Orkney Islands Council
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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Night time service to mark declaration of World War One

A late night vigil will be held at St Magnus Cathedral to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Council awards company opportunity to develop wartime tanks project  

A Banffshire company is seeking to bring wartime oil tanks in Orkney back into action as a modern-day fuel distribution base. Read more.  

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Planning ahead for two ship visit 

Preparations are underway for a visit to Orkney by two giant cruise ships. Read more.


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

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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.

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Please provide the web page link and the name of the file you require, as described in the Related Downloads section of the page. We will endeavour to email the file to you as soon as possible.


Chance to witness special WW1 service in Edinburgh

Will you be in or around Edinburgh in early August? You can put your name on a waiting list to attend Scotland’s national commemoration at Edinburgh Castle on August 10 to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Find out more.


Placemaking proposals consulation

A consultation is underway into draft proposals for placemaking projects in Kirkwall.

Follow this link to view a report about a range of potential new approaches to improving the public realm in Kirkwall through the delivery of placemaking initiatives in the town centre and adjacent areas. You can also find out how to take part in the counsultation.


What do you think of the Local Development Plan?

Orkney Islands Council is seeking feedback on the county’s Local Development Plan. Views will be sought throughout July and August, with the consultation ending on the September 1. The Orkney Local Development Plan provides a planning framework and is the main document used in the determination of planning applications. Click here to read more.


Stromness THI end-of-project survey results published

See what folk had to say about the £3.5m Stromness THI project. Click here to read the end-of-project survey results.


Public consultation on councillor numbers

A 12 week public consultation is underway on proposals for the number of councillors for each of Scotland's 32 local authorities.  Orkney Islands Council currently has 21 Elected Members and the Commission is recommending no change to this figure. More information is available on the Commission's website.