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OIC News archive from July 2015
Council calls for delay on control room closure plans

Orkney Islands Council is calling for a postponement of plans to close the Police control room in Inverness.

30 July 2015
Delays possible after ferry develops technical fault

Orkney Ferries is advising that a mechanical fault affecting the North Isles ferry Varagen could result in disruption to sailing times.

29 July 2015
Your chance to comment on masterplan for the ’Hope

Feedback is invited on newly published proposals setting out a vision of how St Margaret’s Hope could develop in future.

22 July 2015
Halls open doors to summer groups

Orkney’s school hostel has just welcomed its first visitors of the summer holidays.

22 July 2015
New electric bikes make transport easier and greener

New electric bikes, and associated equipment, are now available for hire in Orkney as part of a green travel project.

21 July 2015
Views sought on suicide prevention and awareness in Orkney

Orkney Health and Care is seeking views on suicide prevention and awareness in Orkney.

20 July 2015
Caroline appointed as Chief Officer

A Chief Officer has been appointed for the new joint board that will deliver integrated health and social care services for Orkney.

17 July 2015
Ferry company advises on fodder shipments

Orkney Ferries is issuing advice to farmers and hauliers planning to ship hay and straw to the North and South Isles.

16 July 2015
Orkney Museum gives students hands on experience with timeless artefacts

An exhibition is opening this week through a unique collaboration between Orkney Museum and the University of Highlands and Islands.

15 July 2015
All female Orkney by-election a first for Scotland

The list of candidates standing in the forthcoming West Mainland by-election has been announced.

15 July 2015
Reminder of diversion to drivers in the East Mainland

Orkney Islands Council would like to issue a reminder to drivers that a diversion will be put in place on the A961 Kirkwall to Holm Road.

15 July 2015
Gold Success for Orkney Achievers

Four young folk from Orkney have been awarded the highest accolade in the Duke of Edinburgh programme.

10 July 2015
West Mainland Polling Cards Due to Arrive Next Weekend

Voters in the West Mainland should keep an eye out for their polling cards arriving from next Friday (July 17).

10 July 2015
Views sought on proposed changes to free early learning entitlement

Parents and carers of young children in Orkney are being encouraged to respond to a Scottish Government survey on proposed national changes to early learning and childcare entitlement.

10 July 2015
Orkney Welcomes Britain’s Biggest Cruise Ship

Kirkwall will host Britain’s biggest cruise ship tomorrow (July 10), P&O Cruises Britannia, as part of her first ever British Isles cruise.

09 July 2015
Stromness to welcome European Sea Angling Championships

Orkney is once again set to welcome the European Federation of Sea Anglers next month for their 2015 championships.

09 July 2015
Broad Street project backed by Full Council

The Council today agreed to proceed with improvements designed to enhance the Broad Street area of Kirkwall.

09 July 2015
Joint government island energy forum to continue

Scotland's Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has announced to Islands Council leaders that he has received assurances of the UK Government’s commitment to continuing the Scottish Islands Renewable Delivery Forum (SIRDF).

08 July 2015
Diversion for drivers during essential Highland Park maintenance work

A diversion for drivers will be put in place next week when the Highland Park distillery replaces the pipe bridge that crosses the main road from Kirkwall to Holm.

08 July 2015
Scottish Government urged to stop designation process for Orkney waters

Orkney Islands Council is calling on the Scottish Government to put proposals for new conservation designations over huge areas of local waters on immediate hold.

08 July 2015
Share your views on Orkney’s future development

A consultation gets underway tomorrow (Wednesday July 8) which will help shape development across Orkney in the years ahead.

07 July 2015
Listen live or listen again … audio casting Council meetings

The latest live broadcasts of Council meetings are set to take place on Tuesday (July 7).

06 July 2015
New firefighting vehicles enhance safety for North Isles airfields

The airfield in Eday has received a four-wheel drive firefighting vehicle as part of Orkney Island Council’s efforts to upgrade existing equipment in the North Isles.

06 July 2015
Orkney’s first ‘natural play’ park opens to the public

Kirkwall’s newest outdoor play area, Summerdale Park, will open to the public later this week.

06 July 2015
By-election nomination reminder

Potential candidates hoping to stand in the upcoming West Mainland by-election are reminded that nominations close in less than two weeks.

03 July 2015
Call for free – for home energy help and advice

An Orkney-wide mailshot offering advice on opportunities to reduce home fuel bills is nearing completion.  

03 July 2015