Orkney Islands Council
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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. OIC to build new Kirkwall care facility

The Council is to develop plans for a new care facility in Kirkwall to replace St Rognvald House. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. First steps towards Islands Bill announced

People in Orkney are being urged to take part in a consultation on plans for new legislation aimed at empowering island communities. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. OHAC News – first newsletter for Orkney Health and Care

A newsletter for the new joint board that will deliver integrated health and social care services for Orkney has been published. 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?

Audio casting Council meetings

Live audio broadcasts and the option to listen again are provided from meetings of the Council's main committees. Listen live or listen again.

During the current round of meetings the next to be broadcast is:

  • General Meeting of the Council - 6 October.

Planning update

Due to current staff shortages, officers of the Development Management Team are currently available to offer planning advice to customers visiting or calling the Council offices, Monday to Thursday 09:00 – 10:00 and 16:00 – 17:00.

Outside of these hours, officers will be available by appointment only. You can also send planning queries by email.

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.

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.