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OIC News archive from November 2016
Government introduces document check for taxi and private hire car drivers

People applying for licences to drive taxis or private hire cars will from the start of December have to show that they have the right to work in the UK.

28 November 2016
Summer tradition on show for Christmas season

This year’s Christmas Exhibition opens at the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall on Saturday (December 3) with a celebration of a unique event.

28 November 2016
Orkney getting in the festive spirit

Orkney is getting into the festive spirit as the tree lighting season gets underway from this Saturday (26 November).

25 November 2016
Get Switched On to National Consumer Week 2016

Monday 28th November marks the beginning of this year’s National Consumer Week.

25 November 2016
Barriers listed as structures of national importance

Two of Orkney’s famous Churchill Barriers have been listed by Historic Environment Scotland for the first time.

24 November 2016
Orkney secondary schools reach silver sports status

Kirkwall Grammar School and Stromness Academy have both been recognised with a national award for innovation and achievement in delivering physical education and extra-curricular sport.

23 November 2016
Caledonia LNG: Joint Co-operation Agreement To Develop Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Deliveries in North UK and North Sea

UK – ExxonMobil, Babcock International Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), Calor and Orkney Islands Council have signed an agreement to collaborate in the “Caledonia LNG ” project. The aim is to develop the infrastructure, storage and technical support needed to enable safe liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations for customers in the north of the UK and North Sea, including bunkering.

23 November 2016
Home Office takes up Orkney offer to help refugees

The UK Government has accepted an offer from Orkney Islands Council to provide homes for two families caught up in the conflict in Syria.

22 November 2016
Alert on local fraudulent parking tickets scam

Orkney Islands Council’s Trading Standards Service are alerting members of the Orkney public of a fraudulent parking ticket scam received by a number of local residents.

22 November 2016
Culture Fund 2017 – 2018 open for applications

Orkney Islands Council is inviting applications for its 2017 to 2018 Culture Fund.

22 November 2016
Help stamp out puppy farming this Christmas

Orkney Islands Council is supporting a national campaign to help stamp out so- called ‘puppy farms’, by issuing a list of tips for anyone shopping for a puppy

22 November 2016
DIY Rescue for Historic Homes

DIY enthusiasts can sign up for expert tips on how to properly repair traditional homes, thanks to funding support from the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative (KTHI).

22 November 2016
OLECG update

The Orkney Local Emergency Coordinating Group met at 4pm for an update on the situation with phone networks in the county.

17 November 2016
Minister visits new housing

The Scottish Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart MSP visited Orkney recently.

17 November 2016
Message from OLECG - 17 November

The Orkney Local Emergency Coordinating Group met at lunchtime today to determine a multi-agency response to the phone and electricity outages being reported at various locations throughout Orkney.

17 November 2016
Armed forces award for Council

Orkney Islands Council has been recognised for its support for the armed forces.

17 November 2016
Candidates for next year's MSYP elections

The names of the candidates hoping to be elected as Orkney’s Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament have been announced.

11 November 2016
Pioneering marine plan wins Scottish Award

A plan developed with communities across the north of Scotland to help manage the marine environment in and around Orkney has won a national award for its pioneering joint working.

09 November 2016
Sustainable Fishing Projects Receive Backing from Local Fund

Two projects have received the backing of a local fund designed to support the development of the local fisheries sector and community.

07 November 2016
Exhibition showcases work by new Orkney art collective

An exhibition showcasing the work of a new art collective, established by a group of young Orkney based graduates, opens tomorrow (Saturday November 5) in Kirkwall.

04 November 2016
Students step into new Evie School

Evie school children are enjoying their first week in their new school.

03 November 2016
Lucky escape for centuries old carving

A routine check of artefacts on loan at the Orkney Museum has revealed a remarkable tale of luck, serendipity and survival against all odds for one centuries-old carving.

03 November 2016
OIC Christmas Grant Scheme Open

The Council’s Christmas Grant scheme is now open for applications.

03 November 2016
Pride in Billy’s achievements

The Council has congratulated Billy Muir, whose work as an airfield firefighter in North Ronaldsay has helped him win a Pride of Britain Award.

02 November 2016