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News From Orkney Islands Council

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Jutland preparations – new details announced 

The Council has announced the road closures and parking restrictions that will be in place for the Battle of Jutland Commemorations in Kirkwall. Details of the events commemorating Jutland and the loss of HMS Hampshire can be found here.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Tickets available for Hampshire commemorations

Find out how to book tickets for the HMS Hampshire commemoration service on Sunday June 5 - and for the free bus service to and from the event. Read more

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Let's talk recycling!

Orkney Islands Council is to run another live Facebook Chat with local folk this Thursday (19 May). Head of Roads and Environmental Services, Darren Richardson and his team will be online to talk about rubbish and how we can work together to reduce household waste further and recycle more of it.  Read 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?

Council email problem

Efforts are under way to address a problem which is preventing email from reaching some Council services.

If you receives a “bounce-back” after sending an email to the Council, please resend your message here or phone on 01856 873535.

Community Learning Classes

The Spring Programme of Evening and Daytime Classes commencing in April is now available for booking.

To view the programme please visit this page or pick up a leaflet at Customer Services, the Orkney Library, Kirkwall Community Centre or the Warehouse Buildings in Stromness.

To book or for further enquiries please phone the Council on telephone number 01856873535 Extension 2904.

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.

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.

Planning update

Due to current staff shortages, officers of the Development Management Team are currently available to offer planning advice to customers visiting or calling the Council offices, Monday to Thursday 09:00 – 10:00 and 16:00 – 17:00.

Outside of these hours, officers will be available by appointment only. You can also send planning queries by email.

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.