OIC Press Releases
A temporary one-way system is in place ready for street improvement works to begin in Kirkwall.
Roads in central Stromness will be closed for periods of time next week to enable Orkney Islands Council to carry out flagstone repairs.
A funding scheme for local artists and craftspeople has reopened for a second round of applications.
A trust fund is inviting applications for support towards educational projects that benefit people in Orkney.
A Christmas tree collection service for households on the Orkney mainland within 30mph areas will take place in early February.
Amended plans for a potential Council-owned wind farm in Hoy have been presented to the local community this week.
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.
The New Year community learning guide is now available.
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.
Passengers from one of Europe's most prestigious cruise lines have rated Kirkwall as their top Northern Europe and Scandinavian European cruise destination.
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.
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.
Applications are invited to the Community Transport Grant Scheme for 2019/2020.
Feedback is invited to help update the strategy which guides the way Orkney Islands Council procures work, goods and services.
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.
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.
Repaving and street improvement works are due to get underway in the centre of Kirkwall in the new year.
Orkney Islands Council is to press for additional funding for the county’s internal ferry service.
A scheme which has helped eight local athletes with travel costs will open to applications again in the new year.
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.
An event later this week will look at how the lives of people with learning disabilities can be improved in Orkney.
Feedback is invited on plans to increase or bring in new charges for a number of services provided by Orkney Islands Council.
Orkney College UHI is due to welcome a new principal next year.
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.
Two additional creative arts opportunities have been announced for the new Balfour Hospital.
A fund aimed at supporting farm diversification projects in Orkney has opened again for a final round of applications.
Orkney Islands Council has secured funding worth £119,000 towards a marine environment project.
This Saturday (8th December) sees the opening of a new exhibition at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Broad Street, Kirkwall.
The café at Kirkwall Town Hall and Community Centre has switched to using eco-friendly packaging for the food and drinks it offers.
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.
Orkney Islands Council is to delay its annual Christmas tree collection dates for properties within the 30mph town speed limits until February.
Shapinsay Primary are finalists of the Sunday Mail sportscotland Scottish Sport Awards, in the School Sport Award category.
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.
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.
Orkney Islands Council is inviting applications for its Culture Fund which is aimed at supporting cultural activity in Orkney.
Access to the countryside will be under discussion at a conference in Orkney later this week.
A deal has now been signed for a new pilot launch for Orkney Islands Council's Marine Services.
An offer by Orkney Islands Council to purchase the islands of Faray, Holm of Faray and Red Holm has been accepted.
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.
Orkney is getting into the festive spirit as the tree lighting season gets underway from this Saturday (24 November).
Orkney Schools Concert Band are progressing to the National finals of the Scottish Concert Band Festival, following a golden performance last Sunday night.
Orkney Islands Council has put forward measures to bolster the Crown Estate Bill during a key stage of its progress through the Scottish Parliament.
Orkney is forging new links with Scandinavian and Arctic states as the Islands Council prepares for the impact of Brexit on the county.
The new Kirkwall Harbour flood prevention scheme will be tested during an exercise next week.
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.
Proposals are being invited for the main entrance area within the new Balfour Hospital and Healthcare Facility in Kirkwall, Orkney.
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.
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).
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.
Pictures of the islands by two pioneering photographers are to go on show at the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall.
A shuttle bus service will operate on Sunday 11 November to help people attend the Armistice Day event at Scapa Beach.
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.
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.
Orkney Islands Council is dealing with an incident that has created major IT problems at many of its facilities.
Orkney Islands Council is carrying out important maintenance work on its electrical vehicle charging points recommended by engineers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Orkney Islands Council has welcomed an invitation to further develop plans for local decision making on seabed leasing in the waters around the county.
An event takes place this week to help people in Orkney make the most of the internet.
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.
A programme of events in Orkney to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War has been announced.
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.
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.
Orkney Islands Council has launched a survey into the county’s recycling provision for householders.
Orkney Islands Council is relaunching the Abattoir Challenge Fund.
Local people are being asked to keep an eye out for disadvantage in all its guises this Challenge Poverty week.
Next Saturday (13 October) sees the opening of the first autumn/winter 2018 exhibition at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Broad Street, Kirkwall.
The first phase of work to make safe headstones found to be in a dangerous condition has been completed at four kirkyards in Orkney.
Isles residents with more than one car can now have two vehicles linked to books of travel tickets issued by Orkney Ferries.
Public views are being sought on Orkney Islands Council's strategy for bringing empty homes back into use.
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.
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.
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.
Parking is free once again from October 1 for the first hour at a number of town centre car parks in Orkney.
Tackling plastic pollution will be top of the list of topics taken to the public this Recycling Week by the Council’s waste team.
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.
Orkney's annual 'Meet the Buyer' networking event takes place on 10 October.
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.
Extra land is being made available to encourage further business activity at Hatston Pier in Orkney.
A new coastal flood warning service for Orkney is launched today (Tuesday 18 September).
Reminders have been sent to households in Orkney that have so far not returned this year’s Electoral Registration forms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Feedback received during the Council's recent 'Community Conversations' consultation meetings has been published today (Tuesday September 4) by the Council.
Visitors to St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall can now access a handy app providing an audio-visual guide to the iconic building.
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.
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.
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.
Free sanitary products are to be made available in Orkney's schools from the first day of the new school term (Tuesday 21 August).
The new community learning guide for Autumn 2018 is now available.
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.
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.
Car park attendants in Orkney are trialling the use of personal video cameras as a safety measure.
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.
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.
The Council is advising households with private water supplies that help is available if these run dry.
Pupils across Orkney are today (Tuesday 7 August) receiving their examination results from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
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.
Orkney Islands Council is asking Orkney households to take it all the way when it comes to putting their bins out.
The Council is seeking feedback on plans to charge for the use of community school kitchens for a number of events.
Visit our Waste team at the Shows this year for a chance to win a 'Green Johanna' hot composter and food waste digester.
The Council is reminding people in Westray that the refuse collection postponed on Tuesday will be taking place tomorrow (Thursday 26 July) instead.
Surface dressing work on the county's roads has finished for 2018.
The final major piece of work to ready the buildings at the Scapa Flow Museum for redevelopment will get underway this week.
Due to mechanical issues the refuse collection in Westray is being postponed.