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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Education Summit meets in Orkney to discuss island challenges

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance, was in Orkney this week to lead an education summit between Council leaders, Councillors and officers from Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Share your views on working together in Orkney.

A consultation gets underway this week which will help shape the future of partnership working in Orkney. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Surf and Turf … your chance to find out more about hydrogen in Orkney

A series of events during September will highlight Orkney’s pioneering role in creating a new use for power harnessed from the wind and tides. Read more.

For all news from Orkney Islands Council visit the 'News' tab at the top of this page.

Adverse weather alerts. Adverse weather alerts

OIC Updates: Links to information on disruptions to Council services and Churchill Barrier and school closures - as well as other handy numbers for when the weather is making life unpredictable.

What's New?


Share your thoughts on new wind energy guidance

Council’s planning guidance for wind turbine projects is set to be updated later this year.

To assist with this, comments are invited on draft proposals which are published today (Friday, August 7). Feedback can be provided over a six week consultation period. Read more.

Chance to comment on ’Hope masterplan

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

Marine plan consultation

Members of the public now have the opportunity to give feedback on the draft plan that will be used to guide development activity in the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters.

For more information on the consultation, and to find out how you can get involved, go to the Marine Scotland Blog.

Paper copies of the consultation information are available at OIC Customer Services and the Orkney Library in Kirkwall, the Warehouse Buildings in Stromness, and on mobile library vans.

Suicide - support for you in Orkney. Two new booklets offer help and advice

Orkney Health and Care and ChooseLife Scotland have joined together in producing two booklets to let people who have been bereaved or affected by a suicide - or those who may be having thoughts of taking their own life - know that they don’t need to cope alone. Find the leaflets here.

Hard copies of the booklets are available at various outlets across Orkney, including GP surgeries, Community Mental Health Team, The Blide Trust, and the Orkney Library and Archive.

Council Charges Register

The Council Charges Register is now available and includes all fees and charges in relation to the full range of Council services. The Register can be viewed in full on the Charges Register page.

Public Holidays

The Council Offices will be closed for public holidays on the following days this year: Monday 6 April, Monday 4 May, Thursday 6 August, Friday 25 December - Monday 4 January (inclusive). Check out our calendar page for more info.