Orkney Islands Council
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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Election candidates announced

Five candidates will stand for the Orkney and Shetland Constituency in next month’s General Election. Polling takes place on Thursday 7 May 2015. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Days left to register to vote

The deadline to register to vote in the UK Parliamentary Election is Monday. Don't miss out. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Suicide support 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.


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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?

Community Learning Guide for 2015 - 2016

The new Community Learning Guide for 2015 - 2016 has been published. View the courses available on the Community Learning Classes webpage.

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.

Road works at Hatston Pier access

Temporary diversions will be in place on the access to Hatston Pier and the Northlink terminal from the week commencing April 6 for a period of around 6 weeks, as part of current development of the Hatston Enterprise Area.

Hatston Pier Road will be temporarily closed from its junction with Grainshore Road throughout the period, with a temporary diversion route to and from the Hatston Pier facilities provided via Grainshore Road (adjacent to the Saverock junction), through the newly completed Hatston Enterprise Area.

This alternative access will be signposted, and traffic controls will be also be in place.

Pedestrian access through the Hatston Pier access road will be provided as indicated by traffic signs. Temporary access arrangements to adjacent properties will also in place.

Orkney Islands Council would like to thank the public in advance for their patience and cooperation during this period.

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.