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OIC News archive from October 2014
Sandwick Fly-Tipping Appeal

The Council's Environmental Health team continues to appeal for information on black bags of rubbish which are being dumped in the countryside in the Sandwick and Quoyloo area - and if the culprits are caught they face a heavier fine than ever before.

31 October 2014
Could you represent Orkney in the Scottish Youth Parliament

Young people in Orkney aged 14 to 25 have just one month to put themselves forward for election to the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP).

31 October 2014
Orkney Youths to Gather in Kirkwall

Around 70 young people from across Orkney will gather in Kirkwall Town Hall this Thursday (November 6) for the biennial Orkney Youth Conference.

31 October 2014
Exhibition by Mark Scadding at Orkney Museum

Saturday November 8 sees the opening of an exhibition of works by popular local artist Mark Scadding - at the Orkney Museum.

29 October 2014
Full funding package for Orkney’s first electric bus confirmed

Orkney Islands Council has confirmed that it has been successful in securing full government funding for an electric bus for the county.

28 October 2014
By-election candidates announced

Four candidates have put their names forward for the Kirkwall West and Orphir by-election.

27 October 2014
Don't get caught out by winter

Orkney Islands Council is encouraging people across the county to make sure they are well prepared for whatever this winter brings.

23 October 2014
Protect yourself and your property

Orkney Islands Council is reminding residents there is a lot they can do to protect their property against damage due to bad weather.

23 October 2014
Prepare your community for winter

Orkney Health and Care is urging people to make sure vulnerable family, friends and neighbours don’t get stranded by winter weather. 

23 October 2014
Prepare for dark and cold winter mornings

With clocks going back soon and winter weather around the corner, the local Road Safety Forum is teaming up with P1 pupils from Glaitness to remind parents to make sure their children are well prepared for their daily trip to and from school.

23 October 2014
Prepare for gritting season

With winter comes the chance of icy weather, and the appearance of gritters on roads around Orkney - there are a few important facts about gritting that local people should know, and which it’s important any new or young drivers in your family are aware of too.

23 October 2014
Prepare for winter motoring

Orkney’s local policing team is urging motorists to ensure they are prepared for winter driving.

23 October 2014
Council awarded funding towards first electric bus

Orkney Islands Council looks set to welcome its first fully-electric public bus in coming months, following an announcement by the Scottish Government today (Oct 22) that it will allocate up to £97,560 of match funding from its Scottish Green Bus fund towards the purchase of an electric bus for the county.

22 October 2014
In-person planning advice update

From November 1, there's no in-person planning advice at the Kirkwall Council Offices on Fridays, until further notice.

22 October 2014
Council calls conference to create low carbon strategy

Pathways to a low carbon community will be discussed on Thursday (23 October) as experts from across Orkney’s private and public sectors meet to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the county.

22 October 2014
Have your say on North Isles heritage project ideas

Folk from the North Isles will be able to have their say on a range of project ideas put forward during recent meetings to discuss a package of proposals aimed at boosting local heritage.

21 October 2014
What you need to know about the by-election

Orkney Islands Council is reminding people intending to vote in next month’s Kirkwall West and Orphir by-election of some important points to remember. 

21 October 2014
Graemsehall Road Work to get Underway this Week

Orkney Islands Council will get underway with a project this week to address coastal erosion issues at the Graemeshall Road in Holm. 

21 October 2014
Clock is Ticking for Prospective Candidates

There’s just over a week left for prospective candidates to put themselves forward for the Kirkwall West and Orphir by-election.

17 October 2014
Pick up a bargain at Gilbertson Centre’s Christmas Shopping Night

If you’re looking to get your Christmas shopping started early, you might want to check out the Gilbertson Day Centre’s Christmas Shopping night on November 11.

16 October 2014
Renovation works at Scapa Flow Museum move a step closer

A proposal to carry out extensive repairs and development at the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum has taken a leap forward, with the project set to form part of the Council’s major works from 2015/16 onwards.

16 October 2014
Stromness primary pupils place Daniel in powerful pupil position

Stromness Primary School P6 pupil Daniel Kirkpatrick was handed some serious responsibility recently, when he took on the role of Junior Head Teacher for the day. 

13 October 2014
A special gift of a blanket or quilt

Looked after children in Orkney will soon be gifted with a very special keepsake - a beautifully hand crafted quilt or blanket, lovingly made in Orkney.

10 October 2014
Council’s planning and regulatory services seeking feedback

Have you lodged a planning application recently, applied for permission to carry out building works, or asked the Council for consumer advice?

10 October 2014
Date Set for By-Election

A By-Election is to be held for the return of a Councillor for the Kirkwall West & Orphir Ward following the resignation of Jack Moodie last month.

08 October 2014
Recycling pickup suspended today

Orkney Islands Council is advising people in waste collection areas G and J that today’s (October 7) recycling collection has been suspended due to the high winds.

07 October 2014
'Adrift' - John Cumming Exhibition at Orkney Museum

Next Saturday (October 11) sees the opening of a new exhibition at The Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall.

03 October 2014
Orkney Young Ambassadors Hit Highland Conference

Ten pupil representatives from Orkney’s Secondary and Junior High Schools recently attended the Young Ambassadors Conference in Inverness, along with over 60 pupils from across the Highlands.

02 October 2014
Ask Trading Standards for Call Blocking Advice

Orkney Islands Council is urging residents bothered by nuisance calls not to fall for over-the-phone offers for dodgy ‘call blocking’ devices – and instead contact their Trading Standards team for help and advice.

02 October 2014