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OIC News archive from March 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