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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Orkney Counting Officer announces votes cast in Referendum

The Counting Officer for Orkney Islands Council has announced the total votes cast for each answer in the Scottish Independence Referendum. A total of 4883 votes were cast for Yes and a total of 10004 votes were cast for No. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Busy year ahead for cruise visits

The number of cruise ships visiting Orkney in 2015 is expected to exceed this year’s total of 79.  Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Small change, big benefits

Local folk will soon have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to make healthier choices, while at the same time saving a bit on their weekly budget, thanks to an exciting new collaboration between The Learning Link, NHS Orkney, the Pickaquoy Centre and Kirkwall’s Tesco storeRead more.

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Refuse collection advice for Hoy residents

Orkney Islands Council is asking people in the North end of Hoy to have their refuse out for collection by 8am this Thursday (October 2).

This is to enable refuse to be collected before the road between the North end of Hoy and Lyness is closed for repairs and strengthening work.

Road closures on the B9047 are taking place between 9.30am and 4.30pm from Monday to Friday this week.


Five day road closure on Hoy

Sections of the B9047 road on Hoy will be closed to vehicles during the day, for five days from this Monday (September 29), for repairs. This means travelling by vehicle between the north of Hoy and Lyness during this period won’t be possible between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm. Read more...


Economic Development Grant Scheme

Are you a local entrepreneur?  Orkney Islands Council has updated and relaunched its Economic Development Grants Scheme. Why not check if your business or business idea qualifies for financial support.  Read more.