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Town centre work getting underway

A temporary one-way system is in place ready for street improvement works to begin in Kirkwall.

16 January 2019
Stromness road closures next week

Roads in central Stromness will be closed for periods of time next week to enable Orkney Islands Council to carry out flagstone repairs.

15 January 2019
Round two for Visual Artists and Craft Makers fund

A funding scheme for local artists and craftspeople has reopened for a second round of applications.

15 January 2019
Funding bids invited

A trust fund is inviting applications for support towards educational projects that benefit people in Orkney.

11 January 2019
Christmas tree collection reminder

A Christmas tree collection service for households on the Orkney mainland within 30mph areas will take place in early February.

09 January 2019
Amended Wind Farm Plans Presented in Hoy

Amended plans for a potential Council-owned wind farm in Hoy have been presented to the local community this week.

09 January 2019
Community Transport grant reminder

A grant scheme run by Orkney Islands Council aimed at helping community groups tackle isolation and improve connectivity through transport closes for applications on 1 February.

09 January 2019
New community learning guide 2019

The New Year community learning guide is now available.

08 January 2019
OIC to demolish former Papdale Halls of Residence

Orkney Islands Council has agreed to proceed with plans to demolish the former Papdale Halls of Residence in Kirkwall in order to clear the site for potential development.

08 January 2019
Cruise Passengers rate Kirkwall top destination in Northern Europe

Passengers from one of Europe's most prestigious cruise lines have rated Kirkwall as their top Northern Europe and Scandinavian European cruise destination.

03 January 2019
Public consultation session on Hoy Wind Farm Proposals in the New Year.

A public consultation drop-in session is due to be held in Hoy early in the new year to update the community on plans for a wind farm on the island.

21 December 2018
Convener meets staff delivering a first class Christmas

Council Convener Harvey Johnston visited the Royal Mail’s Kirkwall delivery office today to see first-hand the Christmas post operation and pass on Season’s Greetings to the hardworking staff.

20 December 2018
Community Transport Grant Scheme 2019-2020

Applications are invited to the Community Transport Grant Scheme for 2019/2020.

20 December 2018
Your chance to shape procurement proposals

Feedback is invited to help update the strategy which guides the way Orkney Islands Council procures work, goods and services.

19 December 2018
OIC funding for 2019-2020 announced

Under the draft settlement announced by the Scottish Government, the main funding Orkney Islands Council receives to run services would be £ 74.592 million for 2019-2020.

18 December 2018
Christmas and New Year holiday period

The Council offices will be closed from 16:00 on Monday 24 December 2018 and will reopen again at 09:00 on Thursday 3 January 2019.

18 December 2018
Street Works to get Underway in Kirkwall Town Centre

Repaving and street improvement works are due to get underway in the centre of Kirkwall in the new year.

18 December 2018
Ferries funding – OIC response

Orkney Islands Council is to press for additional funding for the county’s internal ferry service.

13 December 2018
Athlete Travel Scheme to reopen in new year

A scheme which has helped eight local athletes with travel costs will open to applications again in the new year.

12 December 2018
Environmental Health team tops public service excellence awards

Orkney Islands Council’s Environmental Health team has picked up ‘Best Performers’ award at a UK-wide event aimed at recognising examples of quality and improved service by local councils.

12 December 2018
Building on Orkney’s strengths for people with learning disabilities

An event later this week will look at how the lives of people with learning disabilities can be improved in Orkney.

12 December 2018
Consultation on Council charges

Feedback is invited on plans to increase or bring in new charges for a number of services provided by Orkney Islands Council.

07 December 2018
Exciting New Period Ahead for Orkney College UHI.

Orkney College UHI is due to welcome a new principal next year.

07 December 2018
Young people travel to Islands Deal discussions

Seven young people from Orkney will travel to Glasgow this weekend for discussions with young people from Shetland on what they’d like to see included in ‘Islands Deal’ proposals – agreements with Scottish and UK governments about investment in their island communities.

07 December 2018
Additional Arts Opportunities for the new Balfour Hospital

Two additional creative arts opportunities have been announced for the new Balfour Hospital.

05 December 2018
Last chance to apply for Farm Diversification funds

A fund aimed at supporting farm diversification projects in Orkney has opened again for a final round of applications.

03 December 2018
Funding for marine environment project

Orkney Islands Council has secured funding worth £119,000 towards a marine environment project.

03 December 2018
Vanishing Point - Paintings by Jeanne B Rose

This Saturday (8th December) sees the opening of a new exhibition at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Broad Street, Kirkwall.

30 November 2018
Café stops serving single use plastics

The café at Kirkwall Town Hall and Community Centre has switched to using eco-friendly packaging for the food and drinks it offers.

30 November 2018
Marine Services and Stromness 'Nav School' Team Up for Marine Engineering Course

Orkney Islands Council’s Marine Services and Orkney College UHI’s Maritime Studies Department have teamed up to deliver a new Marine Engineering course at the ‘Nav School’ in Stromness.

29 November 2018
Householders Urged to Make More Use of Civic Amenity Sites Over Christmas Period

Orkney Islands Council is to delay its annual Christmas tree collection dates for properties within the 30mph town speed limits until February.

29 November 2018
Shapinsay school shortlisted for national sport award

Shapinsay Primary are finalists of the Sunday Mail sportscotland Scottish Sport Awards, in the School Sport Award category.

28 November 2018
Spirit of Young People takes flight

Ten young people from Orkney will hop on board a specially chartered flight this week, to join peers from island communities in Shetland and Western Isles at a special Parliamentary Reception hosted by the three islands MSPs to mark Scotland’s Year of Young People.

28 November 2018
Advent Calendar offers Christmas recycling and reuse tips

Orkney Islands Council is launching a waste and recycling Advent Calendar this year aimed at sharing some fun ideas and tips on how to recycle more for a lower-waste Christmas.

28 November 2018
Culture Fund reopens for applications

Orkney Islands Council is inviting applications for its Culture Fund which is aimed at supporting cultural activity in Orkney.

27 November 2018
Countryside access on the agenda at Kirkwall event

Access to the countryside will be under discussion at a conference in Orkney later this week.

26 November 2018
Council signs deal on new pilot vessel

A deal has now been signed for a new pilot launch for Orkney Islands Council's Marine Services.

23 November 2018
OIC Looking to Acquire Islands as Significant Development Opportunity

An offer by Orkney Islands Council to purchase the islands of Faray, Holm of Faray and Red Holm has been accepted.

22 November 2018
Council IT disruption this weekend

Orkney Islands Council is carrying out further repairs this Saturday 24 November to a vital fibre optic link which was damaged on 5 November. The work will take place between 10:00 and 16:00 and will make permanent the emergency repairs put in place in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

22 November 2018
Tree lightings mark start of festive season

Orkney is getting into the festive spirit as the tree lighting season gets underway from this Saturday (24 November).

20 November 2018
Golden performance by School Concert Band

Orkney Schools Concert Band are progressing to the National finals of the Scottish Concert Band Festival, following a golden performance last Sunday night.

20 November 2018
Council seeks to strengthen Scottish Crown Estate Bill

Orkney Islands Council has put forward measures to bolster the Crown Estate Bill during a key stage of its progress through the Scottish Parliament.

19 November 2018
New economic opportunities explored as OIC prepares for Brexit

Orkney is forging new links with Scandinavian and Arctic states as the Islands Council prepares for the impact of Brexit on the county.

19 November 2018
Test for flood defences planned

The new Kirkwall Harbour flood prevention scheme will be tested during an exercise next week.

15 November 2018
OIC Marine Services Report Shows Business is Brisk

The Council’s Marine Services team has released their Annual Report for 2017/18 – and it shows that Harbours activity and income is in very good shape.

15 November 2018
Proposals invited for artwork for new hospital foyer

Proposals are being invited for the main entrance area within the new Balfour Hospital and Healthcare Facility in Kirkwall, Orkney.

15 November 2018
Event Ushers in a New Era for Tourism

Orkney’s first ever Tourism Week is set to take place later this month, with the aim of informing and inspiring both local tourism businesses and the wider community.

14 November 2018
Reminder of changes to refuse and recycling collections for Westray and Shapinsay

Residents and businesses in Westray and Shapinsay are being reminded that changes to their recycling and refuse collections start next week (week starting Monday 19 November).

12 November 2018
Six more community projects awarded LEADER funding

A joint project between Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles is one of the latest community projects to secure support from Orkney Islands Council’s LEADER fund.

12 November 2018
The Way it Was – an exhibition of Victorian photographs

Pictures of the islands by two pioneering photographers are to go on show at the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall.

09 November 2018
Shuttle bus available for Scapa event

A shuttle bus service will operate on Sunday 11 November to help people attend the Armistice Day event at Scapa Beach.

07 November 2018
Remembrance Sunday programme of events

This year’s Remembrance Sunday, November 11, marks the centenary of the Armistice that brought to an end to the hostilities of the Great War. A special programme of events will mark the day.

07 November 2018
Recycling update for Kirkwall Area 2

Orkney Islands Council is advising customers in Kirkwall West and Kirkwall South (Area 2) whose recycling was not collected yesterday (Tuesday 8 November) that they can present their bins again this Friday 9 November.

07 November 2018
Work underway to repair cable damage

Orkney Islands Council is dealing with an incident that has created major IT problems at many of its facilities.

06 November 2018
EV charging points maintenance work taking place

Orkney Islands Council is carrying out important maintenance work on its electrical vehicle charging points recommended by engineers.

06 November 2018
Flotta serviceman to be remembered at Scapa Beach commemoration

A courageous Orkney soldier who lost his life during the First World War has been chosen as the face of Armistice commemorations in the islands.

02 November 2018
Cathedral walls bear witness to special armistice film

The walls of Orkney’s St Magnus Cathedral were transformed this evening as the internationally significant building became the canvas for a short film marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

01 November 2018
News in more detail – travel expenses

A recent Freedom of Information request asked for a breakdown of the expenses claims made by the chief executives of a number of public sector organisations over the last three years.

31 October 2018
Scapa 100 fund launched to help mark scuttling of German fleet

A special fund to help retell the remarkable tale of the scuttling of the German fleet in Scapa Flow almost 100 years ago has been launched by Orkney Islands Council.

29 October 2018
GMB portrait restored thanks to labour of love

One of the best known portraits of George Mackay Brown has been returned to its former glory and has gone on show in Orkney once again.

24 October 2018
Get involved in Pages of the Sea event

Details on how local people can get involved in the Pages of the Sea event taking place on Scapa Beach on Armistice Day have been announced.

22 October 2018
Flagstone Repairs for Stromness

Flagstone repairs are due to be carried out in Stromness this coming week (22 to 26 October) - leading to sections of the street being closed whilst the work takes place.

19 October 2018
Collaborative public artwork to be unveiled at the Lifestyles Pickaquoy Service

A collaborative public artwork created by adults with learning disabilities, professional artists and local community groups in Orkney will be unveiled on Monday (October 22).

19 October 2018
Council’s seabed leasing proposals move to the next stage

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed an invitation to further develop plans for local decision making on seabed leasing in the waters around the county.

16 October 2018
Support to help you make more of going online

An event takes place this week to help people in Orkney make the most of the internet.

15 October 2018
Scapa beach part of Danny Boyle's Armistice Day commission

On 11 November 2018, the public is invited to gather on Scapa beach for an informal, nationwide gesture of remembrance for the men and women who left their home shores during the First World War.

15 October 2018
Armistice programme for Orkney announced

A programme of events in Orkney to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War has been announced.

15 October 2018
Royal Oak Roll of Honour Returns to Orkney

The HMS Royal Oak Roll of Honour has gone back on display at St Magnus Cathedral after conservation work to repair damage to the book.

12 October 2018
Council IT upgrade and disruption this weekend

Orkney Islands Council is advising the public there will be widespread disruption and outages to IT and telephone systems this weekend across all Council offices and facilities, as work to install vital new equipment at the core of the OIC network takes place.

11 October 2018
Council launches recycling survey

Orkney Islands Council has launched a survey into the county’s recycling provision for householders.

10 October 2018
Abattoir Challenge Fund relaunches

Orkney Islands Council is relaunching the Abattoir Challenge Fund.

09 October 2018
Can you challenge poverty this week?

Local people are being asked to keep an eye out for disadvantage in all its guises this Challenge Poverty week.

05 October 2018
Stories of our time by Robinson RR – a new exhibition at Orkney Museum

Next Saturday (13 October) sees the opening of the first autumn/winter 2018 exhibition at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Broad Street, Kirkwall.

05 October 2018
Headstones safety work update

The first phase of work to make safe headstones found to be in a dangerous condition has been completed at four kirkyards in Orkney.

04 October 2018
Ticket books update from Orkney Ferries

Isles residents with more than one car can now have two vehicles linked to books of travel tickets issued by Orkney Ferries.

27 September 2018
Views sought on ‘Empty Homes Strategy’

Public views are being sought on Orkney Islands Council's strategy for bringing empty homes back into use.

27 September 2018
Keeper of Registers of Scotland visits Archive after tweet about oldest document

The Council's Orkney Library and Archive team have been in the news again - this time for their tweet about a centuries-old item in their care which documents the selling of a piece of land for 'five crowns/krona and two ky' (cattle) in 1402.

26 September 2018
Gold Sports Award award for two Orkney schools

Two schools in Orkney have been recognised this week with a prestigious national award from SportScotland for innovation and achievement in delivering physical education and extra-curricular sport.

26 September 2018
Local projects awarded LEADER funding – deadline looming for remaining applications

Two projects have been awarded funding from the local LEADER fund - with time is running out for other projects looking to secure support from the fund.

24 September 2018
Free Parking Time Again

Parking is free once again from October 1 for the first hour at a number of town centre car parks in Orkney.

21 September 2018
Recycling Week 2018

Tackling plastic pollution will be top of the list of topics taken to the public this Recycling Week by the Council’s waste team.

21 September 2018
Council Leader to Press Senior Ministers for Ferry Improvements

Orkney Islands Council Leader, James Stockan, is to meet with senior Scottish Government ministers over the next couple of weeks to discuss a range of issues around Orkney's internal and external ferry services.

20 September 2018
Interested in doing business with the public sector?

Orkney's annual 'Meet the Buyer' networking event takes place on 10 October.

20 September 2018
Tankerness House Gardens targeted by vandals

Orkney Islands Council and Orkney Blide Trust are appealing to members of the public for their help reporting vandalism, following recent damage at Tankerness House Gardens.

19 September 2018
More land available in support of harbour business at Hatston

Extra land is being made available to encourage further business activity at Hatston Pier in Orkney.

18 September 2018
Residents encouraged to sign up for new flood warning service

A new coastal flood warning service for Orkney is launched today (Tuesday 18 September).

18 September 2018
Electoral Registration reminder

Reminders have been sent to households in Orkney that have so far not returned this year’s Electoral Registration forms.

17 September 2018
Orkney Voices Heard on Young Brexit Panel

Two local young people have been selected to sit on a national panel designed to ensure young peoples' voices are heard as part of the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

12 September 2018
Armistice film to be cast on Cathedral

St Magnus Cathedral, one of Orkney’s best-known landmarks, is set to become the canvas for a short film as part of events to mark the armistice of the Great War.

10 September 2018
Safety reminder following illegal dumping of explosives

The Council is reminding the public of the risks of dumping explosives following discovery by staff of 26 marine distress flares at St Margaret’s Hope household waste and recycling centre.

10 September 2018
Roadworks resume on Junction and New Scapa roads

Diversions and changes to public bus timetables will be in place from this Monday (10 September) while vital road work is carried out by the Council on Junction Road and New Scapa Road in Kirkwall.

07 September 2018
Film Festival returns with support from Film Hub Scotland

Orkney Islands Council and West Side Cinema have secured strategic support from Film Hub Scotland to continue to develop film exhibition and community cinema provision in the county.

07 September 2018
Report Published on Community Conversations Feedback

Feedback received during the Council's recent 'Community Conversations' consultation meetings has been published today (Tuesday September 4) by the Council.

04 September 2018
New Tour App for St Magnus Cathedral

Visitors to St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall can now access a handy app providing an audio-visual guide to the iconic building.

04 September 2018
Call for photos of Orcadians lost in First World War as Armistice approaches

Orkney Islands Council is urging local people to see if they can help complete a photographic collection of all Orcadian service personnel killed during the First World War, as the centenary of the end of the conflict draws near.

04 September 2018
Red Ensign flies for Merchant Navy Day

The Red Ensign flag will fly this Monday 3 September over the Town Hall in Kirkwall as Orkney Islands Council joins UK-wide events in recognition of the nation's merchant seafarers.

30 August 2018
Scapa Flow Museum Painting Conservation Appeal

An oil painting which at one time adorned the walls of the canteen at the Royal Navy Base in Lyness has been selected to be restored via public donations.

17 August 2018
Free Sanitary Products for Orkney Schools

Free sanitary products are to be made available in Orkney's schools from the first day of the new school term (Tuesday 21 August).

17 August 2018
New community learning guide for Autumn 2018 is now available

The new community learning guide for Autumn 2018 is now available.

16 August 2018
Annual Canvass Underway - Don't Lose Your Voice

Residents in Orkney are being encouraged not to lose their voice on matters that affect them by completing and returning their annual canvass form to the Electoral Registration Office as soon as possible.

16 August 2018
King Street road closure

The Council is advising that King Street in Kirkwall will be closed to traffic from tomorrow morning (Wednesday 15 August) for essential work to take place.

14 August 2018
Body-worn cameras on trial

Car park attendants in Orkney are trialling the use of personal video cameras as a safety measure.

13 August 2018
Orkney to welcome Royal Town Planning Institute President

The UK President of the Royal Town Planning Institute is to visit Orkney next week to see for himself the award-winning regeneration work carried out in Stromness.

10 August 2018
Orkney Islands Council Secures Funding for Low-Carbon Travel Project

Orkney Islands Council has today (August 8) welcomed the news that thay have secured £670,000 from the European Regional Development Fund for a low carbon travel project in Stromness.

08 August 2018
Help on offer when private water supplies run dry

The Council is advising households with private water supplies that help is available if these run dry.

07 August 2018
Exam results today for Orkney pupils

Pupils across Orkney are today (Tuesday 7 August) receiving their examination results from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

07 August 2018
Visual Artists and Craft Makers fund reopens

A scheme aimed at helping local artists and crafts people take their creative development and ideas to the next level is open again for applications, following renewed backing from Creative Scotland.

03 August 2018
Take it all the way

Orkney Islands Council is asking Orkney households to take it all the way when it comes to putting their bins out.

02 August 2018
Views sought on kitchen hire charging

The Council is seeking feedback on plans to charge for the use of community school kitchens for a number of events.

02 August 2018
Waste not want not at the Shows

Visit our Waste team at the Shows this year for a chance to win a 'Green Johanna' hot composter and food waste digester.

31 July 2018
Westray refuse collection update

The Council is reminding people in Westray that the refuse collection postponed on Tuesday will be taking place tomorrow (Thursday 26 July) instead.

25 July 2018
Surface dressing finished for 2018

Surface dressing work on the county's roads has finished for 2018.

23 July 2018
Oil tank exhibits prepared for storage

The final major piece of work to ready the buildings at the Scapa Flow Museum for redevelopment will get underway this week.

23 July 2018
Westray refuse collection postponed

Due to mechanical issues the refuse collection in Westray is being postponed.

23 July 2018