Orkney Islands Council
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News From Orkney Islands Council

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Do business better with the Council

The Council is inviting local firms who have or would like a business link with the Council to come along to a ‘Meet the Buyer’ day. Read more about the programme for the Meet the Buyer day

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Remembering those who served – and the events that marked their sacrifice 

A review of this year’s World War One commemorations highlights their considerable impact in Orkney and much further afield. Read more about the review of the WW1 events

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. New funds for fishing sector and communities

A new pot of funding aimed at supporting fishing industries and communities is now open to applications. Find out more about the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

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?

Mobile library service

A new timetable for Orkney’s mobile library service starts on Monday 1 August.

The timetable is available here.

MV Hoy Head heading for repairs

The South Isles ferry MV Hoy Head will be going into dry dock for around a week later this month. MV Thorsvoe will cover the south isles service from 21-27 August while MV Hoy Head is away for repairs on a faulty bow thruster.

Audio casting

You can listen to debates as they happen in the Council Chamber. Meetings of the main Committees and the Full Council are broadcast live. We also provide a listen-again service, with audio recordings made available within two working days of the meetings taking place.

Listen live or listen again via the relevant Committee entry in  the Diary of Council Meetings calendar.

The next meetings to be broadcast are:

  • Tuesday 30 August - Monitoring and Audit.
  • Wednesday 7 September - Orkney Health and Care.
  • Tuesday 13 September - Development and Infrastructure.
  • Wednesday 14 September - Education, Leisure and Housing.
  • Tuesday 27 September - Policy and Resources.
  • Thursday 29 September - Monitoring and Audit.
  • Tuesday 11 October - Full Council.

Suicide - support for you in Orkney. Two 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.