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Help record the wildlife at Happy Valley

Ever wondered what’s involved in wildlife recording? Head along to a ‘Bio Blitz’ in Happy Valley this Saturday 19 August.

15 August 2017
Artists and craft makers fund reopens

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

15 August 2017
Gas safety awareness

An initiative to promote the safe use of gas in homes and businesses is being undertaking by Orkney Islands Council’s Environmental Health Team.

11 August 2017
Road repairs in Stromness next week

There will be road closures in Stromness on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week to enable road repairs to be carried out.

09 August 2017
Exam results today for Orkney pupils

Pupils across Orkney will today (Tuesday 8 August) be receiving their examination results from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

08 August 2017
It might be summer - but get ready for cold weather ahead

The Council is advising householders to think ahead to winter – with funding available to keep homes warm and cut fuel bills.

07 August 2017
Funding awarded for harbour overhaul in Westray

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government of £1.7 million in funding towards a major upgrade of the harbour at Pierowall in Westay.

06 August 2017
Dunning’s historic achievement remembered

The first aircraft landing on the deck of a moving ship was marked today (Wednesday 2 August) in Orkney – with the Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier forming an impressive background to the centenary commemoration.

02 August 2017
Scapa Flow visit planned by giant aircraft carrier

The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier is expected to visit Scapa Flow tomorrow (Wednesday 2 August) – 100 years to the day since a plane landed on the deck of a moving ship for the first time.

01 August 2017
Flypast on centenary of Dunning’s historic landing

A new memorial to pioneering pilot Edwin Dunning will be unveiled in Orkney tomorrow (Wednesday 2 August).

01 August 2017
Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum refurbishment funding announced

Work on a major renovation of the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum in Lyness looks set to start in spring next year.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has advised Orkney Islands Council that a grant of up to £1.155 million has been approved for the project.

24 July 2017
Energy efficiency – find out if you’re eligible for funding

Are you struggling to keep your home warm during the colder weather? Would you like to cut your household fuel bills?

24 July 2017
Bishops celebrate life of St Magnus

Three archbishops and nine bishops are about to undertake an historic pilgrimage to Orkney to mark the 900th anniversary of the death of St Magnus.

21 July 2017
Landowner invitation as wind farm initiative moves forward

Landowners in Orkney are being invited to put forward possible sites for a substantial wind energy project.

21 July 2017
Naval aviation pioneer remembered 100 years on

The Royal Navy pilot who completed the first ever aircraft landing on a moving ship is to be remembered in Orkney on the 100th anniversary of his landmark achievement.

21 July 2017
Vanguard remembered at Orkney Museum

A century-old brochure marking the launch of HMS Vanguard is just one of the items on display at the Orkney Museum telling the story of the life and tragic sinking of the vessel 100 years ago.

19 July 2017
Get your child car seat checked

Orkney’s Road Safety Forum is calling for parents to visit a free car seat clinic in Kirkwall next week, to help combat common mistakes.

19 July 2017
Project to explore role of arts in health and social care

A new project that will enable users of Orkney Health and Care’s Lifestyles Service to participate in creative workshops and create a lasting work of art has received funding through the Orkney LEADER programme. 

17 July 2017
Kirbuster Museum turns 30

Kirbuster Museum, an historic farm steading dating from as early as 1595, is celebrating thirty years as a Council-run museum this weekend.

12 July 2017
Open day at biodiversity records centre

Have you been out on a walk lately and spotted an unusual creature or plant that you didn’t recognise?

12 July 2017
New Islands Council Leaders reaffirm commitment to Islands Bill

The new Leaders of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Orkney Islands Council and Shetland Islands Council yesterday reaffirmed their commitment to the Islands Bill at a meeting of the Islands Strategic Group chaired by Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands.

12 July 2017
‘Team Stromness’ up for planning award

The Council’s ‘Team Stromness’ scheme – a regeneration effort spanning the last ten years – has been shortlisted in this year’s Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning.

12 July 2017
Share your views on core paths network

Feedback is invited following a review of the Orkney’s core paths network.

10 July 2017
Commemorating centenary of Vanguard disaster

The massive loss of life when a Royal Navy battleship was blown apart at Scapa Flow was remembered today (Sunday 9 July), exactly 100 years since disaster struck HMS Vanguard.

09 July 2017
Budget setting underway as Councillors prepare for funding shortfall

Orkney’s newly elected Councillors have started the budget planning process in preparation for considerable financial challenges in the year ahead.

07 July 2017
OIC Strategic Reserve Fund performs exceptionally

Orkney Islands Council is managing its investments well, according to a recent report considered by the new Council

06 July 2017
Council takes over Pelamis device

Orkney Islands Council has taken over ownership of a Pelamis marine energy device for a nominal sum.

06 July 2017
Share your views on the core paths network

Feedback will be invited from Monday (10 July) following a review of the Orkney’s core paths network.

05 July 2017
Band looks forward to Kirkwall concert

Musicians from the Royal Marines will make a poignant return visit to Orkney this weekend, where they will play at a special concert as part of the HMS Vanguard commemorations.

04 July 2017
Senior appointments for Orkney councillors

Two of Orkney’s Councillors have been appointed to senior roles within CoSLA, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

04 July 2017
Anchor on show in support of anniversary campaign

A specially designed anchor has gone on display in Orkney to help mark the 20th anniversary of Aberdeen-based charity Friends of ANCHOR.

03 July 2017
What do you think of the library service?

The Orkney Library and Archive is looking to hear the views of local folk about the services they provide.

03 July 2017
Asking for Orkney Opinions

A new public consultation group is about to provide feedback for the first time.

03 July 2017
Building Warrant Fee Increases from 1 July 2017

Scottish Ministers advised all local authority verifiers on 29 June 2017 that the planned changes to building warrant fees will apply from 1 July 2017. Consequently charges for all building warrant related applications received on or after 1 July 2017 will be calculated in accordance with the revised Fees table.

30 June 2017
Remembering lives lost in Vanguard tragedy

Forty descendants of men who died aboard HMS Vanguard will lay wreaths above the wreck next month to mark 100 years since the ship went down.

30 June 2017
Welcome for young workforce funding

The award of £330,000 from the Scottish Government towards an initiative to help Orkney’s young people find fulfilling jobs and careers has been welcomed today (Monday 26 June).

26 June 2017
Nine projects receive LEADER backing

Nine community projects across Orkney have recently benefited from funding from Orkney’s LEADER fund.

22 June 2017
Memories of hostel life as 70th anniversary celebrated

Former residents gathered this week to mark seven decades since the opening of Orkney’s original school hostel.

21 June 2017
Potential for income generating wind farm to be looked at further by OIC

The possibility of creating a large scale wind farm as an important source of income for Orkney is to be investigated fully by the Council.

21 June 2017
Cruise competition winners

The winners have been announced of a competition offering a guided tour and lunch aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship during a visit to Orkney in July.

20 June 2017
Award Winning Marine Plan Scoops National Award

A plan that will guide development activity in the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters has picked up a prestigious national award.

16 June 2017
OIC Wants to Tell You More About Recycling

Orkney Islands Council has launched two new services to help raise awareness of recycling in Orkney.

16 June 2017
Mapping Magnus project launched

The launch has been announced of a major new community archaeology research and training project in Orkney.

13 June 2017
Council welcomes introduction of Islands Bill to Scottish Parliament

Leader of Orkney Islands Council, James Stockan, has welcomed the publication of an Islands Bill by the Scottish Government.

13 June 2017
Historic children’s library a window on Victorian childhood

A library created by children in 1860s Orkney is challenging ideas of stiff Victorian upbringings and childhoods confined to nurseries.

13 June 2017
Norwegian Royal couple to mark historic ties with Orkney

Orkney will welcome Royal visitors later this week when Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway travel to the islands to mark the 900th anniversary of the death of St Magnus.

13 June 2017
Orkney Renews Fairtrade Zone Status

Orkney Fair Trade Group is celebrating the county’s renewed accreditation as a Fairtrade Zone – a region where Fairtrade is widely sold, promoted, supported and understood.

09 June 2017
Marine Services Launch Cruise Competition

Eight lucky people will get the chance to tour the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship when it is in Orkney on Friday 7 July.

09 June 2017
Result announced for Orkney and Shetland constituency

Scottish Liberal Democrats candidate Alistair Carmichael has been re-elected to serve as MP for Orkney and Shetland.

09 June 2017
Iconic Skua brought back from the brink

An iconic and rare wooden racing boat once at risk of ruin has been brought back from the brink in Orkney, following eighteen months of painstaking restoration by a dedicated team of volunteers.

01 June 2017
Getting Down to Business in Stromness

Business Gateway Orkney are to run two drop in sessions in Stromness this summer.

31 May 2017
Two hundred years of diaries at Orkney Library and Archive

Two centuries of everyday moments captured by people around the world is on show in Kirkwall and Stromness libraries, in a collaboration with London-based artist Dylan Stone.

31 May 2017
Remembering those who died when HMS Vanguard went down

Commemorations will be held this summer to mark the huge loss of life when a Royal Navy battleship was blown apart while at anchor at Scapa Flow in Orkney.

29 May 2017
Dementia Awareness Week in Orkney

Organisations across Orkney will come together over next week (28 May to 3 June 2017) to raise awareness of dementia within the local community.

26 May 2017
OLECG update

The multi-agency Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordinating Group (OLECG) has met after the terrorism threat level in the UK was raised to critical.

25 May 2017
Convener's message of support

Councillors and council staff joined people across the UK in observing a minute’s silence at 11 this morning as a mark of respect following the Manchester terrorist attack.

25 May 2017
Postal vote packs arriving

Postal voting packs for the forthcoming UK Parliamentary Election on 8 June will start arriving through Orkney letterboxes from today (Tuesday 23 May).

23 May 2017
Polling cards arriving this weekend

Poll cards will be arriving through Orkney letterboxes this weekend for all those eligible to vote at the forthcoming UK Parliamentary General Election on 8 June

19 May 2017
School report published for Evie primary

Education Scotland has published the findings of an inspection visit to Evie Community School.

19 May 2017
Health and care drop-in for Westray

Westray residents have the opportunity to find out more about results of a survey last winter into health and care services on the island, at a drop in event on Tuesday (23 May).

19 May 2017
Community Justice Event

An event is being held in Orkney on Friday 19 May looking at redesigning community justice and how it can help improve the community and lives within that community.

18 May 2017
Senior appointments made by Council

Elected Members have appointed Orkney Islands Council's Convener, Leader and Depute Leader.

16 May 2017
Temporary closure of Shore Street car park

Orkney Islands Council is advising of a temporary closure of its Shore Street car park (also known as the Waterfront East car park) for a period of around 10 weeks, starting 1 June, to enable construction of the next stage of the Kirkwall Flood Prevention Scheme, around the Kirkwall Pier entrance and the Shore Street car park.

16 May 2017
Hospitality course launch

A new course in hospitality designed for people with learning difficulties is launched tomorrow (16 May 2017) by Orkney College UHI.

15 May 2017
Call for voters in Orkney to register in time for June election

Poll cards for the Parliamentary General Election will be sent out from Monday (15 May), hot on the heels of last week’s Orkney Islands Council elections.

12 May 2017
Council secures funding to delve into Magnus connections

The Council has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to delve into the landscapes, seascapes and places where the Magnus story unfolded.

12 May 2017
Candidates announced for Orkney and Shetland constituency

Six candidates have put their names forward to stand for the Orkney and Shetland constituency in the UK Parliamentary Election in June.

11 May 2017
Orkney marine energy firms promote islands at major industry event

Orkney’s marine energy sector will have a strong presence at a major renewables industry event that gets underway in Glasgow today (Wednesday, 10 May). 

10 May 2017
Road works on Pickaquoy Road starting Monday

Orkney Islands Council is advising of road works planned to start on Pickaquoy Road on Monday 15 May, in the vicinity of the junction with Tesco.

09 May 2017
Erin’s Jutland poem showcased at London charity gala

A poem by Orkney school pupil Erin Dundas portraying the grief stricken aftermath of the Battle of Jutland has been read out an event in London whose attendees included the Vice Chief of Defence Staff, General Sir Gordon Messenger, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond.

09 May 2017
Roads maintenance season starts with Old Finstown Road works

Orkney Islands Council is advising drivers of planned maintenance on the Old Finstown Road starting today (Monday 8 May).

08 May 2017
Orkney's results declared for the 2017 Scottish Local Government elections

A total of 18 candidates were elected across the five contested wards: Kirkwall East, Kirkwall West and Orphir, West Mainland, East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray and North Isles.

05 May 2017
Notice of General Election published

The Notice of Election for June’s General Election has been published today.

05 May 2017
Three Stromness and South Isles Councillors Officially Take their Seats

Returning Officer for Orkney, Alistair Buchan, has formally declared the result of the uncontested election in the Stromness and South Isles ward.

04 May 2017
Postal vote reminder from OIC Elections team

Orkney Islands Council’s Elections team is reminding local voters with a postal vote that their completed votes must be returned to the Council by 22.00 on polling day.

27 April 2017
Recycling centres switch to summer opening hours

From Tuesday May 2, the Council's recycling centres will change over to summer opening times.

26 April 2017
Barrier survey update

The Council is advising that 3D scanning of the First Churchill Barrier will now start on Friday 28 April, when suitable weather conditions are forecast.

26 April 2017
May Day Holiday refuse and recycling centres information

There will be no refuse collections on the May Day Holiday, Monday 1 May 2017. Chinglebraes Waste Transfer Station, Bossack Landfill Site and all the recycling centres will be closed.

26 April 2017
Summer parking fees reminder

A reminder that ‘first hour free’ parking ends soon, with summer tariffs starting on Monday 1 May in Council carparks in central Kirkwall and Stromness.

25 April 2017
Ernie commended for youth parliament work

Ernie Skea from Orkney Islands Council’s Community Learning and Development Team has been recognised for his work helping the county’s young people make a difference to the lives of their peers.

24 April 2017
General Election Vote Count to Take Place in Orkney

The counting of votes for the Orkney and Shetland Constituency in the upcoming General Election will take place in Orkney.

21 April 2017
Orkney Pupils Ready to Vote

Senior pupils at Orkney’s two biggest secondary schools have been busy over the last few months preparing themselves for the local elections on May 4.

21 April 2017
Do you know where your polling station is?

With two weeks to go until the local council elections, Orkney Islands Council’s elections team is reminding voters to check where their polling station is

20 April 2017
Delays likely on Churchill barriers as survey starts

There will be delays and disruptions on the Churchill Barrier Number 1 in coming weeks as a 3D survey of the road surface gets underway from Wednesday 26 April.

18 April 2017
Youth work fund open until end of April

Orkney Islands Council is encouraging local groups to apply for funding from a national youth work fund.

14 April 2017
Magnus900 off to fitting start

Events this Easter weekend to launch a programme commemorating the martyrdom of St Magnus 900 years ago look set to create a fitting tribute to Orkney’s very own saint, with some activities already fully booked.

12 April 2017
Your thoughts invited on fuel poverty strategy

Orkney Islands Council is seeking feedback after publishing a draft strategy for addressing fuel poverty in the county.

12 April 2017
Barbara’s egg and Easter activities

The Easter message of hope and renewal as experienced by wounded WW1 soldiers will be showcased this Saturday at the Kirbuster Museum.

11 April 2017
School meals update

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

11 April 2017
New use for wartime tanks to be explored

Orkney Islands Council and Scapa Flow Asset Management Limited have signed an agreement providing access to the wartime oil tanks at Lyness.

07 April 2017
Keep an eye on cruise ship arrivals

Orkney Islands Council’s Marine Services team has launched a new Twitter feed to keep local folk up to date with changes to cruise ship comings and goings this summer.

06 April 2017
Barrier road signs to be installed

Temporary road signs will be installed next week advising a 40mph speed limit on the first Churchill Barrier.

05 April 2017
Take a stroll through wartime history

A two hour guided walk around the former Royal Naval Base at Lyness starts from the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum at 11:00 every Tuesday from 4 April onwards.

30 March 2017
Local Council Election Candidates Named

Thirty eight candidates have put themselves forward for election in Orkney for the local Council elections in May.

29 March 2017
Toilets to reopen

The St Magnus Lane public toilets in Kirkwall will open again later this week.

29 March 2017
Work to start on The Storehouse, Kirkwall

Work to renew an historic property in the centre of Kirkwall starts soon, with the helping hand of a heritage scheme supported by Orkney Islands Council.

28 March 2017
Orkney tops Scotland in food safety survey

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

27 March 2017
One week until close of nominations

Prospective candidates in the forthcoming local council elections have until Wednesday to officially put their name on the ballot paper - and are being urged not to leave it until the last minute.

23 March 2017
Beware Bogus Council Tax Rebates

The Council’s Trading Standards Service is advising the public of bogus calls being received by local households, claiming residents are due a rebate of their Council Tax.

23 March 2017
Hope Pupils lend a hand

Pupils at the Hope School have been lending a hand to the local MacMillan charity.

21 March 2017
Families from Syria welcomed to Orkney

Two families from war-torn Syria are starting to build a new life in Orkney.

20 March 2017
Report highlights Weeping Window benefit for Orkney

Around 9,000 people visited Kirkwall last year specifically to see the Weeping Window display at St Magnus Cathedral, according to a recent report.

17 March 2017
Stromness Academy pupils getting Ready to Vote

Pupils at Stromness Academy are gearing up for the forthcoming local council elections by taking part in a series of activities as part of the national ‘Ready to Vote’ campaign.

16 March 2017
Look out for your polling card from this week

Polling cards will be arriving through Orkney letterboxes over the next couple of days for all those eligible to vote at the forthcoming local council elections on May 4.

16 March 2017
Council publishes draft aquaculture plan for consultation

Draft planning guidance for aquaculture activity in the county is being published by Orkney Islands Council this week for public consultation.

16 March 2017
Have your say on sustainable energy strategy

Local people are being asked for their opinions on priorities for achieving a more sustainable future for Orkney’s energy supply, as part of a consultation being run by Orkney Islands Council.

14 March 2017
Orkney Opinions signup reminder

Orkney Islands Council is reminding local residents who would like to join Orkney Opinions – but have not yet returned their membership survey - to do so by the end of this week.

14 March 2017
Doorstep trading reminder for consumers

Following queries from the public the Council’s Trading Standards Service is reminding consumers of their rights when buying goods or services at their doorstep.

13 March 2017
Recycling collections possibly affected - Tuesday 14 March

Orkney Islands Council is advising that recycling collections could be affected by the strong winds forecast for tomorrow (Tuesday 14 March).

13 March 2017
Breaking Barriers for youth mental health at Orkney Arts Theatre

Young people and mental health will be the focus of a youth arts performance event at the Orkney Arts Theatre next Saturday night (Saturday 11 March).

06 March 2017
Election process gets underway on 13 March

The starting pistol for this year’s local council elections will be fired on Monday 13 March when the Notice of Election is published.

06 March 2017
Council publishes annual performance information

Orkney Islands Council has published its latest Annual Performance Report.

03 March 2017
Magnus 900 programme launched with Easter weekend of events

Relive the martyrdom of St Magnus this Easter on the isle of Egilsay – 900 years after the legendary event took place.

03 March 2017
It’s Health Week at KGS

Pupils at Kirkwall Grammar School are to go on a health kick, as they take part in the school’s annual Health Week (6 – 10 March).

03 March 2017
Give your gizmos a new lease of life

Orkney Islands Council is supporting a national campaign aimed at giving old mobile phones and gadgets a new lease of life.

02 March 2017
New group will seek Orkney Opinions

Orkney Islands Council is getting in touch with people across the county to invite them to become part of a new public consultation group.

02 March 2017
Comments on proposed constituency boundaries published

Comments received during the Boundary Commission for Scotland's consultation on initial proposals for UK Parliament constituencies have been published for a four-week period of public scrutiny and further feedback.

01 March 2017
This spring clean - don't pitch it, pass it on!

Orkney Islands Council is urging local folk to give unwanted items a second chance this spring, as part of Pass It On Week (March 11-19).

01 March 2017
Illuminating the benefits of Fair Trade

St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall will be lit blue and green on Friday night (3 March) – Fairtrade’s trademark colours.

28 February 2017
Budget for year ahead agreed

Elected Members have set Orkney Islands Council’s budget for the next financial year.

22 February 2017