Orkney Islands Council
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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. An Orkney Civil Marriage or Partnership ceremony - anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

As of 1st September 2014, Orkney’s registrars will be able to perform Civil Marriages or Civil Partnerships all year round, anywhere in the county. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Sanday event launches search for our wilder side  

A weekend of community-based archaeological exploration and creative workshopping will aim to uncover what it means to be human on Sanday on August 30-31. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Orkney Museum launches project to reshape stone age displays

Orkney Islands Council is gathering feedback from locals and visitors on the current display of its world-renowned Stone-Age artefacts, to discover what folk would like to see being developed. Read more

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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? 

Scottish Independence Referendum 

Voters in Orkney have just days left to make sure they are able to vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum on September 18. People have until midnight on September 2 to register to vote, and until 5pm on September 3 to apply for a postal or proxy vote. Find out more including how you can vote if you aren't going to be in Orkney on polling day. (Published on behalf of the Counting Officer).

Isles internal air and ferries survey

Residents of Orkney’s isles communities are urged to take part in the survey of the county’s internal ferry services to help shape the future development of the service. The survey is open to residents from the outer north isles, south isles and inner isles, and isles residents who take part will go into a prize draw for a £100 voucher for a local retailer of their choice. Find out more.


Council working with partner agencies on Picky oil solution

Orkney Islands Council is continuing to work with the Picky Centre and other partner agencies to deal with the leaked oil within the grounds of the centre after a leak in an oil pipe was identified at the Pickaquoy Centre earlier this week.

To remove the oil,  ground water is now being treated on site prior to being discharged to the surface drainage. As the surface drains run to the Peedie Sea extra measures have been put in place by OIC Marine Services at the out fall - namely absorbent pads and booms to ensure that there is no contamination risk to the Peedie Sea. The oil itself is being captured in a tank and will be disposed of through licensed facilities.

This work will be carried out until Council officers are satisfied that the site is clear.

Spin or Box your way to fitness at KGS

Looking for a new way to get fit? Why not join one of the two new fitness classes being run at Kirkwall Grammar School. Spinning classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 28th August from 7 - 8pm and Boxercise will run on Monday evenings from 1st September, 7 - 8pm. Each class costs £20 for 4 week block. Find out more on the KGS Community Sport Centre Facebook page. To book a place on either of these classes please email kirkwallsportscentre@glow.orkneyschools.org.uk or phone 01856 872364.


OIC Community Learning Guide

Do you fancy learning a new skill or increasing your knowledge on a range of subjects.  The Council’s Community Learning Guide is out and you can start booking your place on a course NOW!  Check out the web page for more details.


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.


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.