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Orkney Hydrogen Strategy Out for Consultation

Views are being sought on a strategy for the development of hydrogen projects in the county.

18 July 2019
Kirkwall named top cruise destination

Orkney has once again topped the table for visitor satisfaction - with Kirkwall named Top Cruise Destination for Western Europe and the United Kingdom.

17 July 2019
Education grants now open for applications

Applications are now open for assistance towards the cost of supporting young people to continue their studies.

16 July 2019
Orkney welcomes new SAGA cruise ship on maiden voyage

One of the world’s newest cruise ships, SAGA's Spirit of Discovery, will visit Orkney when she calls into Kirkwall on her maiden voyage on Sunday 14 July.

12 July 2019
Motorcyclists take part in training course

Ten motorcyclists have taken part in the first Rider Refinement North course to be held in Orkney.

12 July 2019
New research to assess response to climate change in Orkney gets underway

A research project looking at how we react in the UK to climate hazards like flooding and storms is seeking local residents and businesses in Orkney to take part in the study.

11 July 2019
Headstone Reinstatement Works to Gather Pace After Training Courses

A series of courses held in Orkney recently has bolstered the availability of Council staff and local construction firms trained in the inspection, maintenance and repair of headstones in the county.

08 July 2019
Sandwick road resurfacing next week

Orkney Islands Council's spring/summer road resurfacing programme for 2019 is due to come to a close next week (week beginning 8 July), with a final piece of work in the Sandwick area.

05 July 2019
Scapa 100 Message of thanks to Orkney from German Ambassador

A letter sent on behalf of the German Ambassador Dr Petter Wittig has thanked the Orkney community for a 'remarkable' programme of events marking the recent centenary of the scuttling of the German Fleet in Scapa Flow.

05 July 2019
Young people from across northern Scotland meet at alliance event

Seven young people from Orkney joined peers from seven other council areas across northern Scotland recently to talk about issues affecting them.

04 July 2019
Asbestos Waste Reminder as St Margaret’s Hope Recycling Centre Closes

The recycling centre in St Margaret's Hope is currently closed due to the dumping of cement bonded asbestos at the site yesterday (Wednesday) by a member of the public.

04 July 2019
Councils warn against cold-calling energy traders

Trading Standards teams across the North of Scotland are warning unsuspecting householders to be on their guard if they are approached by individuals offering to install home energy products.

03 July 2019
Scapa Flow Museum – update

Councillors today (Tuesday 2 July) endorsed plans to take forward a revised project to restore and improve the Scapa Flow Museum.

02 July 2019
Out of hours numbers - for urgent calls

Outside normal office hours (09:00-17:00), please use the following numbers if you need to contact the council urgently.

01 July 2019
Bringing the community together with music and song

An invitation has been issued for people in Orkney to form a community choir and take part in a special performance at St Magnus Cathedral.

01 July 2019
Cathedral entrance proposals – chance to share your views

Plans to enhance the main entrance to St Magnus Cathedral are due to go on display this week – with feedback invited from Cathedral users and the wider Orkney community.

01 July 2019
Business Gateway celebrates 10 years in Orkney

New figures reveal positive economic boost as Business Gateway celebrates 10 years in Orkney.

28 June 2019
Survey work to establish Barrier Number 1 Surface Issues

Surveys are due to be carried out on the first Barrier next week (w/b 8 July) to establish whether structural issues deep within the causeway could be causing an uneven road surface.

27 June 2019
Survey Reminder for Local Parents and Carers

Parents and carers in Orkney are being reminded they have just a few days left to participate in a survey on parental involvement and engagement in education.

27 June 2019
Explore Kirkwall’s history with new app

An app aimed at encouraging locals and visitors alike to explore one thousand years of the history and heritage of Kirkwall has been launched.

25 June 2019
Local community help with name for new care home

A name has been chosen for the new care home in Stromness.

25 June 2019
Live broadcast - technical problems

The Council is unable to provide a live broadcast of this morning’s meeting of the Integration Joint Board.

25 June 2019
Name chosen for new OIC Marine Services Pilot Vessel

Orkney's new pilot vessel is to be called 'Scapa Pathfinder'.

24 June 2019
Scapa 100 commemorations take place in Orkney

The deliberate sinking of a fleet of warships was remembered in Orkney today (Friday 21 June), 100 years since one of the most extraordinary events in naval history.

21 June 2019
Car seat safety - it’s the little things that matter

When it comes to getting a handle on the details of child car seat safety, it’s the little things that matter. That’s the message coming from Orkney’s Road Safety Forum ahead of free car seat checks being offered in Orkney next month when the national ‘Good Egg’ campaign visits the county.

19 June 2019
Course to improve safety of motorcyclists to be held in Orkney

A training scheme to help reduce the number of collisions involving motorcyclists is being run for the first time in Orkney

18 June 2019
Wanted – Sheep Dyke Warden for North Ronaldsay

North Ronaldsay, Orkney’s most northerly island community, is seeking applicants for a unique role overseeing care and repair work on a historic stone dyke that plays a vital part in the management of a unique local breed of ancient seaweed eating sheep.

17 June 2019
Views sought on business challenges in Orkney

Businesses in Orkney are being invited to take part in the Orkney Business Survey 2019.

17 June 2019
Local management of Orkney waters moves a step closer

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed an announcement that innovative plans for greater local management of the seas around the islands have taken an important step forward.

13 June 2019
New partnership for Orkney’s World Heritage Site

An ambitious new partnership to shape the future direction for Orkney’s World Heritage Site has been unveiled today.

11 June 2019
Workshop for young customer care champions

Young people with a flair for customer care are being offered the chance to hone their skills at a free workshop being run by Orkney Business Gateway.

11 June 2019
Shapinsay teacher presented with primary school science award

Anita Angier from Shapinsay School has been awarded the Outstanding Primary Science Teacher award by the Primary Science Teachers Trust (PSTT), a UK wide award aimed at recognising teachers who raise the profile of science and the quality of primary school science provision and engage pupils in the excitement and fascination of science.

10 June 2019
Share your views on harbours masterplan

Events next week will provide an opportunity to find out more about the proposed Harbours Masterplan for Orkney.

06 June 2019
Scuttling of German Fleet retold at Orkney Museum

A special exhibition at the Orkney Museum is retelling the startling story of the scuttling of the German Fleet in Scapa Flow 100 years ago.

05 June 2019
Aurrida House to Celebrate Two Decades of Service

Orkney Islands Council's Aurrida House service will mark its 20th birthday this June.

05 June 2019
UK’s first large ship-to-shore commercial connection to be installed in Stromness as part of green power project

A project to supply locally produced 'green' electrical power to the MV Hamnavoe NorthLink ferry while docked in Stromness, Orkney, is due to get underway shortly.

05 June 2019
Fees for replacement waste bins - update

A decision made earlier this year that Orkney Islands Council should charge for replacement household waste bins comes into effect next week.

04 June 2019
Brexit breakfast blether with Bill and Business Gateway

A business networking breakfast event is being held at the end of this month, to officially launch a new Business Gateway service.

31 May 2019
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.

31 May 2019
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.

31 May 2019
OIC holds Brexit talks with Cabinet Secretary

Councillors held discussions today (Monday 4 February) with Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell MSP over the potential impact on Orkney of the Brexit process.

31 May 2019
£28.5m ReFLEX Orkney project to create a ‘smart energy island'

Orkney Islands Council is to support the development of a multi-partner £28.5m project which could maximise the potential for renewable energy generation in Orkney – and ultimately eliminate the need for fossil fuels.

31 May 2019
Eibhlin Scoops Young Achiever Award for Wind Farm Project Work

Orkney Islands Council scooped an award at last night's Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Awards in Glasgow.

31 May 2019
Council metals recycling campaign shortlisted

A campaign by Orkney Islands Council to boost metals recycling rates in the county has been shortlisted for a national award.

28 May 2019
Building Standards top small team in national awards

Orkney Islands Council’s Building Standards team has scooped a top award at the Scottish Government’s Building Standards Division awards.

28 May 2019
European Parliamentary Election 2019 results announced

The voting results in Orkney for the European Parliamentary Election 2019 have been counted.

26 May 2019
Health and care proposals – have your say

Feedback is invited on a plan setting out ambitions for health and social care services in Orkney.

17 May 2019
Pilot vessel poll closes soon

The Council has issued a reminder that people have just a few days left to help choose the name for the county's new pilot launch.

17 May 2019
Council declares climate emergency

Orkney Islands Council has joined organisations around the world in declaring a climate emergency.

17 May 2019
Postal voting reminder

The Council’s Elections team is urging people who vote by post to take time to ensure that they have completed the postal voting statement correctly for the forthcoming European Parliamentary Elections.

16 May 2019
OIC to appoint Interim Chief Executive

The Council is to appoint an Interim Chief Executive.

15 May 2019
Cathedral film nominated for top award

The film projected on to the walls of St Magnus Cathedral to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

15 May 2019
Mid-term Council appointments take place

At today’s Statutory General Meeting, Councillor Harvey Johnston has been re-elected by fellow Councillors as Convener of Orkney Islands Council.

14 May 2019
Changes to housing in the countryside guidance – consultation launched

Orkney Islands Council is seeking feedback on proposed changes to its planning guidance for housing in the countryside.

14 May 2019
Norwegian Constitution Day 2019 programme

Orkney’s special friendship with Norway will be celebrated this Friday (17 May) when the annual Norwegian Constitution Day takes place.

13 May 2019
Chance to boost your numbers skills

Help and advice are on offer this week for people keen to build their skills in using numbers.

National Numeracy Day will be marked in Orkney with a drop-in event at Kirkwall Town Hall and Community Centre on Wednesday 15 May from 10:00 to 16:00.

13 May 2019
New process for public and school bus contracts

Orkney Islands Council is undertaking a two-stage process ahead of awarding school and public bus contracts for 2020-2025.

Tenders for the contracts will be invited next month. But before this, operators interested in running one or more of the routes need to apply to join a ‘framework’ of suppliers.

13 May 2019
Get involved in shaping local care and health services

A different approach to providing social care and community health services is to be developed and trialled in Orkney.

The aim is to put local communities at the heart of decision-making when it comes to working out how to deliver services that best meet local needs.

13 May 2019
Reminder of ‘Let’s explore what’s next for Stromness’ community events

Orkney Islands Council is reminding local folk that a series of consultation events will be held in Stromness next week for local folk to come together and discuss and share ideas for the future of the town.

13 May 2019
New path for Happy Valley

Work is about to begin on building a new boardwalk path at Happy Valley in Stenness.

10 May 2019
Scoping Reports Published for Orkney’s Wind Farm Projects – and Westray Date Announced

Key documents on Orkney Islands Council's Community Wind Farm project are now available through the planning portal on the council website.

10 May 2019
Road resurfacing programme 2019 begins

Orkney Islands Council's spring and summer road resurfacing programme for 2019 is due to get underway next week.

10 May 2019
Study Success for 16 Local Youth Workers

Sixteen local youth workers are celebrating after successfully completing a Professional Development Award in Youth Work.

10 May 2019
European Parliamentary Elections – Postal Vote Reminder

Local voters wishing to secure a postal vote for the forthcoming European Parliamentary Elections are being reminded that they need to apply by 17.00 on May 8.

01 May 2019
Local Businesses and Organisations Benefitting from Quicker Decisions on Properties.

New arrangements for agreeing the leasing of Council properties to businesses and community groups have been a great success - with 25 properties leased out since January 2018.

01 May 2019
Cast your vote in pilot vessel poll

A public vote opens this week to select the name for Orkney’s new pilot launch - currently under construction in Spain.

30 April 2019
Hospital stops in new bus timetables

Summer public bus service timetables for Orkney are due to come into effect from Sunday May 5.

30 April 2019
‘Let’s explore what’s next for Stromness’ - community events announced

A series of consultation events will be held in Stromness next month for local folk to come together and discuss and share ideas for the future of Stromness.

30 April 2019
Scapa 100 programme of events

A programme of events has been announced marking 100 years since the scuttling of the German High Seas fleet in Scapa Flow.

30 April 2019
OIC Announces ‘Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project’

Orkney Islands Council is to investigate an additional two sites for potential community wind farms in the county - to add to the project already under investigation on Hoy. 

26 April 2019
Grounds maintenance update for 2019

The Council has announced where grounds maintenance work will be focused over the months ahead.

25 April 2019
EV charging fees due soon

Fees for using Orkney Islands Council’s electric vehicle chargers are set to be introduced next month.

24 April 2019
Street Closures for Kirkwall Town Centre

Orkney Islands Council is carrying out flagstone repairs in Kirkwall town centre this week.

24 April 2019
Changed opening hours at Stromness fitness suite

Changes have been made to the fitness suite timetable at Stromness Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre, following consultation with local community organisations and businesses.

24 April 2019
Shortlisting for OIC in Young Energy Awards

A member of staff at Orkney Islands Council has been shortlisted in a national awards scheme which recognises the best young talent in the renewables and energy fields.

23 April 2019
May Day holiday arrangements

The Council is reminding households and businesses that there will be no waste or recycling collections on the May Day Holiday (Monday 6 May).

18 April 2019
Wheelchair-accessible taxis and private hire cars – consultation underway

Views are invited on whether people would like to see more wheelchair-accessible taxis and private hire cars operating in Orkney.

17 April 2019
European Elections 2019

Arrangements for holding elections to the European Parliament are being put in place by Orkney Islands Council’s elections team, in line with local authorities across the country.

15 April 2019
Stenness and World Heritage Site Active Travel Public Consultation

Orkney Islands Council is to develop an Active Travel Plan for Stenness and the adjacent World Heritage Site area.

12 April 2019
What's next for Stromness?

A partnership project between Orkney Islands Council, Stromness Community Council and the Stromness Community Development Trust is launched this week, to bring local people together to discuss and share ideas for the future of Stromness.

10 April 2019
Metals matter to Orkney households

Orkney householders are being congratulated for their efforts with new figures showing metal packaging recycling has increased by an impressive amount over the last 18 months.

09 April 2019
Works continue at Kirkwall Castle site

Work is continuing at a steady pace on the THI Places and Spaces project in central Kirkwall, as contractors and archaeologists work alongside each other whilst the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA) investigates and records structures uncovered in Castle Street.

08 April 2019
Travel Scheme funding for local athletes announced

Eight elite sportspeople from Orkney have been awarded a grant aimed at helping athletes meet travel costs associated with pursuing their sporting goals and ambitions.

08 April 2019
School meals update - 2019

A ten pence increase in the price of school meals in Orkney will come into effect later this month.

02 April 2019
New development programme for Orkney women entrepreneurs

A new development programme for women entrepreneurs in Orkney is open for applications.

01 April 2019
Spring has Sprung at Orkney Museum with Sheena Graham-George exhibition

Spring is in the air at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, this April with an exhibition of new paintings by local artist Sheena Graham-George.

01 April 2019
New MSYPs elected

Hope Laing and Maya Tams-Gray have been elected as Orkney's two new Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament.

29 March 2019
OLECG meets ahead of industrial action

The multi-agency Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordinating Group (OLECG) met today (Friday 29 March) to consider the potential impact of industrial action by air traffic controllers working for Highlands and Islands Airports Limited.

29 March 2019
Draft Orkney harbours masterplan to look at potential long-term investment

A plan for how Orkney's harbours could potentially be developed in the coming years is due to be consulted on and then built upon over the next 12 months.

29 March 2019
Staying safe online

A special online safety event for older people has taken place at Kirkwall Town Hall and Community Centre.

29 March 2019
More free sanitary products for Orkney

Free sanitary products are to be made available in a range of public buildings in Orkney from next month.

28 March 2019
Business waste reminder

Orkney Islands Council will be contacting local business owners about their responsibilities in terms of waste and recycling disposal – to help them stay on the right side of the law and avoid fines.

27 March 2019
Major road closures for Kirkwall

Major road closures are to come into effect in Kirkwall from next week (week beginning 1 April) as part of the ongoing works in Broad Street.

25 March 2019
Bignold Park Road roadworks

A section of Bignold Park Road will be closed in the evenings between Wednesday 20 March and Friday 22 March, and from 08:00 to 17:00 on Saturday 23 March to enable road resurfacing works to be carried out.

18 March 2019
Roadworks on Pegal Burn Bridge, Hoy

Work to repair a damaged wall on Pegal Burn Bridge, around 4 miles north of Lyness on the main Lyness to Moaness road (B9047) in Hoy, is due to start this Thursday 21 March.

18 March 2019
World Social Work Day 2019 to be celebrated in Orkney

Orkney's social work service will be celebrated at a World Social Work Day event in Kirkwall this week.

18 March 2019
Street works on the move in Kirkwall - with further street closures to come

Street works in Kirkwall town centre will move to the opposite side of Broad Street from today (week beginning 18 March).

18 March 2019
OIC Takes Top Technology Prize for BIG HIT project

Orkney Islands Council was named winner at a national awards ceremony this week for its work on the Big HIT project.

15 March 2019
Planning review body bound for Sanday

The Council’s Local Review Body will hold a meeting in Sanday next week.

13 March 2019
Survey on air and ferry services for outer north isles residents

A survey has been launched for residents of isles with both an air and ferry service - Eday, North Ronaldsay, Sanday, Stronsay or Westray.

12 March 2019
Orkney’s prospective MSYPs count down to elections

Voting opens this Friday 15 March to elect Orkney’s two Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs).

12 March 2019
St Colm’s review – update

A review undertaken by the Chief Officer of Orkney Health and Care has concluded that St Colm’s will continue to play its part in providing services for people with learning disabilities.

08 March 2019
New start in Orkney for families from Syria

Two families from war-torn Syria are beginning to build new lives in Orkney.

07 March 2019
Concern over funding announcement

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council has expressed his concern that the Scottish Government is providing reduced funding for the county’s internal ferry service for the year ahead.

06 March 2019
Albert Street Set to Reopen

Albert Street in Kirkwall will reopen to traffic on Monday afternoon (March 4).

01 March 2019
Scapa 100 – call for descendants

Plans are developing to mark the centenary of the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow.

28 February 2019
All female candidate list for MSYP elections in March.

Girl power is set to take centre stage in Orkney next month - with an all-female candidate list for the upcoming Scottish Youth Parliament elections in March. 

27 February 2019
Street closures in Stromness this week

Temporary street closures will be in place in Stromness over the next two days (Thursday 28 February and Friday 1 March) whilst Orkney Islands Council completes flagstone repairs.

27 February 2019
Kirkyard Reinstatement Works to Get Underway

Work to reinstate headstones laid flat in Orkney's cemeteries is due to get underway shortly.

26 February 2019
Full Council cancelled - 21 February

Orkney Islands Council has cancelled the meeting where Elected Members would have set the authority’s budget for the financial year ahead.

18 February 2019
Council signs contract for new tugs

A contract has been signed for two new tugs for Orkney Islands Council's Marine Services.

13 February 2019
Budget for year ahead discussed

Elected Members have recommended that Orkney Islands Council’s budget for the year ahead should take account of the uncertain times the country faces.

12 February 2019
Personal Licence Holders Should Act Now on Renewal

Personal licence holders in Orkney are being reminded that they must act now to ensure that they apply to renew their personal licences by 31 May this year - or risk losing them.

12 February 2019
Blocking the bus in the ’Hope

Police Scotland and Orkney Islands Council are asking drivers to ‘think bus’ when leaving vehicles in St Margaret’s Hope.

11 February 2019
Help for refugees – update for Orkney

Planning is underway to help a further two families from war-ravaged Syria build new lives in Orkney.

11 February 2019
Orkney Youth Conference Takes Place in Kirkwall

Orkney's biennial Youth Conference got underway at the Kirkwall Town Hall this morning (7 February).

07 February 2019
Unsteady headstones to be marked in advance of safety work

The Council is to identify headstones assessed as unstable in local kirkyards to give families advanced notice that these are scheduled to be laid flat.

05 February 2019
Team Appointed at £4.5m North Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme

The North Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme (NILPS) team is now up to full strength with the appointment of three new staff members.

05 February 2019
Further Opportunity to Comment on Cursiter Quarry Plans

Orkney Islands Council is providing a further opportunity for the public to view and comment on plans to expand Cursiter Quarry in Firth.

04 February 2019
Kirkwall Street Works Update

The next stage of street improvements in Kirkwall's town centre will get underway next Wednesday (6 Feb).

01 February 2019
‘Not Just Concrete’ at the Orkney Museum

Next Saturday (9 February) sees the opening of a new exhibition at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall.

01 February 2019
Report highlights success of Highland and Islands colleges

A new report has revealed that 70.3% of full-time students successfully completed their studies at Highlands and Islands colleges in the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

01 February 2019
Papdale drop-in planned

A drop-in event takes place later this week (Friday 1 February) to give people the chance to talk over ideas for the future development of Papdale East Playpark and surrounding footpaths.

28 January 2019
Games residency for island artists

An exciting opportunity is on offer to local artists – an arts residency at this year’s Island Games in Gibraltar.

25 January 2019
Further Stromness road closures next week

Roads in central Stromness will be closed for a short period next week to enable Orkney Islands Council to complete flagstone repairs.

25 January 2019
Campus appoints executive manager

The new Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC) in Stromness has appointed an executive manager following a recent recruitment campaign.

24 January 2019
Website overhaul beginning soon

A comprehensive makeover of Orkney Islands Council’s website is about to get underway.

23 January 2019

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