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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
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
Surface dressing update – Monday 23 July

Surface dressing is due to take place on Monday 23 July in Holm, on the Greenwall Road and then the Woodstock Road.

20 July 2018
Garden House to be new home for VAO

The offices currently used by NHS Orkney are to provide a base for Voluntary Action Orkney following the opening of the new hospital in Kirkwall.

20 July 2018
Surface dressing - further update for Friday 20 July

Surface dressing work in Hoy has been completed today (Thursday 19 July).

19 July 2018
OLECG update

The multi-agency Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordinating Group (OLECG) met today (Thursday 19 July) in response to the grounding of the freight vessel MV Priscilla on a skerry in the Pentland Firth.

19 July 2018
Surface dressing update – Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July

Surface dressing is due to take place on Thursday and Friday this week (19 and 20 July) on a section of the B9047 (the main Moaness - Lyness - Longhope road) from the Hoy Hotel to just past the School (Hoy and North Walls Community School).

18 July 2018
Surface dressing update – Wednesday 18 July

Surface dressing is set to continue tomorrow (Wednesday 18 July) on the B9047 (the main Moaness - Lyness - Longhope road) on a 1km section either side of Lyrawa Bay in North Hoy.

17 July 2018
Surface dressing starts in Hoy

Surface dressing will take place in Hoy this week, with full road closures in place while work is carried out. 

16 July 2018
Help drive down serious injuries – get your child’s car seat checked

Local emergency services are assisting this years' campaign urging local people to get their children's car seats checked in light of startling national and local statistics. 

16 July 2018
Surface dressing update – Friday 13 July and Monday 16 July

No surface dressing is planned for Friday or Monday (13 and 16 July).

12 July 2018
Consultant sought for museum project

The Council is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced consultant to assess the impact of a major redevelopment of the Scapa Flow Museum at Lyness in Hoy.

12 July 2018
Surface dressing update – Thursday 12 July

Surface dressing is planned for tomorrow (Thursday 12 July) on the B9067 (the Pierowall to Kirbest road) between Gairy and the junction at Tufter (known locally as ‘Tifter’).

11 July 2018
Surface dressing update - Wednesday 11 July

Surface dressing will start in Westray tomorrow, Wednesday 11 July, on the main Pierowall to Rapness road.

10 July 2018
Surface dressing – Tuesday 10 July

There will be no surface dressing on Tuesday 10 July as the team prepare to carry out work in Westray.

We will provide a further update tomorrow.

09 July 2018
Orkney confirmed as host of the 2023 Island Games

Orkney will host the 2023 Island Games after all 24 member islands of the International Island Games Association (IIGA) voted unanimously to award the event to the county.

09 July 2018
Recruitment underway for Chair of Orkney Research and Innovation Centre

Experienced people with a wide range of skills in the UK energy sector are invited to apply to the post of Chair of the new Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC).

06 July 2018
Islands Bill becomes law

The Islands Bill has received Royal Assent and become an Act of the Scottish Parliament.

06 July 2018
Surface dressing – Saturday 7 July and Monday 9 July

Surface dressing continues tomorrow (Saturday 7 July) in Holm, on the road from Hurtiso to Warthill, where short signed diversions will be in place.

06 July 2018
Tick-tock – time’s up for hand winding the cathedral clock

A century of tradition has come to an end inside Kirkwall’s St Magnus Cathedral with the cathedral clock having been wound by hand for the very last time (Thursday 5 July).

06 July 2018
Surface dressing – Friday 6 July

Surface dressing will begin tomorrow (Friday 6 July) in South Ronaldsay, on a small side road around half a mile from St Margaret’s Hope.

05 July 2018
Housing Energy Efficiency Standards Consultation Event

A consultation event is being held this Tuesday (10 July) to gather views on the Scottish Government's consultation on the 'Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing’ (EESSH) post 2020.

04 July 2018
Surface dressing update – Thursday 5 July

Surface dressing will continue on Thursday 5 July in South Ronaldsay, on two stretches of the road from St Margaret’s Hope to Hoxa.

04 July 2018
Surface dressing – further update for Wednesday 4 July

There has been a change to the surface dressing work planned for today.

04 July 2018
Surface dressing – Wednesday 4 July

Surface dressing takes place on Wednesday 4 July in Holm, on the road from Hurtiso Farm to Warthill. Short signed diversions will be in place.

03 July 2018
Surface dressing update for Tuesday 3 July

Surface dressing is set to take place on Tuesday 3 July on two sections of the Tankerness Hall. The road will be closed in both directions while the work is carried out, with short signed diversions in place.

02 July 2018
Surface dressing – Monday 2 July

Surface dressing work will resume on Monday (2 July) on the main road in Evie (the A966 from the 30mph sign at the cemetery to the Old Evie School). The road will be closed in both directions.

29 June 2018
RET announcement – response from Orkney Islands Council

Orkney Islands Council Leader James Stockan has expressed concern that cheaper ferry fares are not being introduced on routes between Orkney and the Scottish mainland.

29 June 2018
Stromness Academy appeals for return of school books

Staff at Stromness Academy are appealing to local families to check their bookshelves at home - to see if there are any school books lurking there.

28 June 2018
Surface dressing update – Thursday 28 June and Friday 29 June

No surface dressing is planned for Thursday and Friday (28 and 29 June) this week.

27 June 2018
Temporary Scapa Flow exhibition opens in Hoy Hotel

A temporary exhibition on the wartime history of Scapa Flow is due to open at the Hoy Hotel in Lyness on Saturday (30 June).

27 June 2018
Eyes open approach encouraged for children at risk

Everyone in Orkney should keep their Eyes Open for children at risk during the school holidays.

27 June 2018
New Website Provides One-Stop Shop for Postal Surcharge Concerns

The issue of parcel surcharging has long been a bone of contention for many internet shoppers. However, consumers across the United Kingdom, and especially those living in Northern Ireland and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are now set to benefit from the launch of a new website which provides a one stop shop to acknowledge these concerns.

26 June 2018
Surface dressing – Wednesday 27 June

Surface dressing work will continue tomorrow (Wednesday 27 June) on the main road in Evie (the A966 from the 30mph sign at the cemetery to the Old Evie School) and the road will be closed in both directions.

26 June 2018
Surface dressing - Tuesday 26 June

Surface dressing work will continue tomorrow (Tuesday 26 June) on the main road in Evie (the A966 from the 30mph sign at the cemetery to the Old Evie School) and the road will be closed in both directions.

25 June 2018
Orkney tops Scotland for food safety

Orkney has the highest food safety standards in Scotland, according to a recent survey by consumer group Which?.

21 June 2018
Magnifier now available at Warehouse Buildings

An electronic magnifier has been presented to the Warehouse Buildings in Stromness to help people with a range of visual impairments.

20 June 2018
Work to repair Royal Oak Roll of Honour

Conservation work is to be carried out to repair damage to the HMS Royal Oak Roll of Honour.

20 June 2018
Wartime guns head south to aviation museum

Two anti-aircraft guns from the Scapa Flow Museum at Lyness are being transported to a new home in Dumfries.

20 June 2018
Partners call for broadband solution for remote communities

Orkney’s Community Planning Partnership is to push Scottish and Westminster Governments for faster progress on the roll out of improvements to broadband coverage and speeds for Orkney’s most remote areas.

20 June 2018
Sheltered housing consultation reminder

A consultation on Orkney Islands Council’s Sheltered Housing service remains open until the end of June.

19 June 2018
Environment Partnership launches biodiversity consultation

Orkney’s Community Planning Environment Partnership is seeking public views on the latest version of its Orkney Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

19 June 2018
Surface dressing update for 19 to 21 June

The Council will be continuing surface dressing in the Wald Road and Hinderayre Road area of Evie and Rendall from Monday 18 June, moving onto Gorseness Road over following days.

18 June 2018
South Isles recycling collection cancelled this week for kirkyard grass cutting

Recycling collections in the linked South Isles are to be cancelled next week to allow Council crews to be diverted to grass cutting duties in the area’s kirkyards.

18 June 2018
Surface dressing update - Saturday 16 June and Monday 18 June

The Council will be carrying out surface dressing for a short time tomorrow (Saturday 16 June) in Orphir in the Kirbister/Waulkmill area between the track west of Waterfold and the junction with the Germiston Road at the Kirbister Loch end.

15 June 2018
Evie school opening ceremony

Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP today (Friday 15 June) performed the official opening ceremony at Orkney’s newest school.

15 June 2018
Bridge Street Closed on Monday.

Kirkwall's Bridge Street will be closed to traffic this Monday (18 June) as Orkney Islands Council carries out some temporary repairs.

15 June 2018
Feed into public bus services from 2020

The Orkney community is being asked for input into future public bus services for the county, ahead of preparations by Orkney Islands Council for the next contract period.

15 June 2018
New cardboard recycling skip at Cursiter

A new cardboard recycling container is now in operation at the Council’s household waste and recycling centre (HWRC) at Cursiter Quarry in Firth.

15 June 2018
Safety work planned for kirkyards

Work on headstones found to be in an unsafe condition is about to begin at kirkyards in Orkney.

14 June 2018
Surface dressing update - Friday 15 June

Surface dressing will be carried out tomorrow (Friday 15 June) on the A964 Kirkwall-Houton-Stromness road on the stretch from Houton to Clowally.

14 June 2018
Feedback sought on choice-based lettings system

Orkney Islands Council is asking for views on a possible change to the way its houses are let.

14 June 2018
Scams awareness - where to find help and advice

June is this year’s Scams Awareness month and the Trading Standards team at Orkney Islands Council is reminding people to be on their guard for scams which can target all age groups.

14 June 2018
Surface dressing update - Thursday 14 June

Due to the weather conditions forecast for tomorrow, surface dressing work is not expected to take place on Thursday 14 June.

13 June 2018
Surface dressing update for 13 June

Tomorrow (Wednesday 13 June) will see surface dressing starting on the A964 (main Kirkwall/Stromness to Houton road), from Houton to Nealand Kennels.

12 June 2018
New community justice co-ordinator

A co-ordinator has been appointed to take forward the work of the Orkney Community Justice Partnership.

12 June 2018
Surface dressing update - Monday 11 June and Tuesday 12 June

Surface dressing work will continue in the Bay of Skaill/Skara Brae area, on the B9056 between the B9057 (the Loch of Skaill) and Quoyloo Road before moving onto the B9055 between Aith and Queena.

08 June 2018
Kirkwall Harbour Collection Box Spruced Up

An unusual Kirkwall landmark has been given a bit of TLC as part of the Council's ongoing work on Kirkwall's harbour front.

07 June 2018
Are you a small business and with services to offer to the Council, but not sure how to go about it?

Free business workshops are being held in Orkney next week to help small businesses polish up on their tendering skills when dealing with public sector bodies such as the Council. 

06 June 2018
Road maintenance works for Stromness

Road maintenance works are due to be carried out on Stromness' main street from next week (11 June - 15 June). 

06 June 2018
Surface dressing update for 7 and 8 June

The Council will be carrying out surface dressing in the Bay of Skaill and Skara Brae area on Thursday and Friday this week.

06 June 2018
Sally appointed as Chief Officer

A new Chief Officer has been appointed for Orkney Health and Care, the Integration Joint Board that commissions and oversees community health and social care services in the islands.

05 June 2018
Ideas welcome from the isles

People living in Orkney’s North and South Isles are being encouraged to contribute ideas as part of the community conversations initiative.

05 June 2018
Surface dressing update for 5 June

Surface dressing will be taking place on the A965 - the main Kirkwall to Stromness road - from Binscarth Farm to Germiston Road, over the course of Tuesday (5 June) and Wednesday (6 June) this week.  

04 June 2018
Surface dressing update - Monday 4 June

The Council is advising that surface dressing will take place on Monday 4 June on the Bigswell Road in Stenness.

01 June 2018
Two Headteachers Sought for Orkney Schools

Orkney Islands Council is looking to recruit Head Teachers for two distinct local schools.

01 June 2018
Surface dressing update - for Friday 1 June

The Council is advising that surface dressing road works will be carried out in two areas tomorrow (Friday 1 June):

31 May 2018
Council Carrying Out Safety Reviews of Local Headstones

Following an ongoing safety review of the county's cemeteries, Orkney Islands Council is urging local folk to check on their relatives headstones.

31 May 2018
Islands Bill outcome welcomed as historic achievement

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed the outcome of today’s Islands Bill debate in the Scottish Parliament as an historic and momentous day for Scotland’s island communities.

30 May 2018
Share your pledge to beat plastic pollution

Orkney Islands Council is urging local residents to share ideas on reducing their plastic footprint, as part of activities to mark World Environment Day on 5 June.

30 May 2018
Free youth work course opens for applications

Are you a volunteer in youth services, or looking to obtain formal youth work qualifications for work you are already doing? Orkney Islands Council in conjunction with Youth Scotland have launched a rare opportunity for local people to gain a formal youth work qualification - for free.

29 May 2018
Orkney awarded another £1m towards warm homes

Orkney Islands Council is urging householders to check if they could be eligible for funding to help keep their homes warm and cut fuel bills.

29 May 2018
Council seeks to strengthen Islands Bill

The Council is asking MSPs to support measures to bolster the Islands Bill during a key stage of its progress through the Scottish Parliament.

29 May 2018
Mapping Magnus talk comes to Birsay

A talk taking place in Birsay next month will tell the story of an important research and archaeology project carried out as part of the Magnus 900 commemorations.

28 May 2018
Surface dressing update for week starting 28 May

Surface dressing of the county’s roads continue next week across several locations in Orkney.

25 May 2018