Orkney Islands Council
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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. By-election candidates announced

Four candidates have put their names forward for the Kirkwall West and Orphir by-election. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Are you ready for winter?

Don't get caught out by recent mild winters - make sure you're prepared for all weathers. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Full funding package for first electric bus confirmed

The Council has secured full government funding for an electric bus for the countyRead 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? 

Winter is coming

Orkney Islands Council is encouraging people across the county to make sure they are well prepared for whatever this winter brings. Read more.


What you need to know about the by-election

Orkney Islands Council is reminding people intending to vote in next month’s Kirkwall West and Orphir by-election of some important points to remember. Read more.


Have your say on North Isles heritage project ideas

The Council is seeking feedback from North Isles residents on a range of project ideas put forward during recent meetings in the isles to discuss a package of proposals aimed at boosting local heritage. To find out more and view the range of project ideas, read the press release


Graemeshall road works and road closure

The section of the B9052 road between the Holm war memorial and Graemeshall Farm, in Holm, is closed while work to address coastal erosion issues is underway. The work is expected to take around two months, with the current road closure required until at least mid November while the section of damaged sea wall is repaired. Graemeshall Road (accessed between Graemeshall Farm and Graemeshall House) is open, as is the B9052 between the north end of No 1 Barrier and the Graemeshall Road. Read more.


Council’s planning and regulatory services seeking feedback

Have you lodged a planning application recently, applied for permission to carry out building works, or asked the Council for consumer advice?  Why not fill in our survey .


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.