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News From Orkney Islands Council

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. New Islands Council Leaders reaffirm commitment to Islands Bill

The new Leaders of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Orkney Islands Council and Shetland Islands Council yesterday reaffirmed their commitment to the Islands Bill. Follow this link to find out more about the Islands Bill

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Budget setting underway as Councillors prepare for funding shortfall 

Orkney’s newly elected Councillors have started the budget planning process in preparation for considerable financial challenges in the year ahead. Follow this link to find out more about the budget planning the Council is undertaking.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Orkney's Core Paths Plan

Feedback is invited following a review of the Orkney’s core paths network. Follow this link to find out more about Orkney's Core Path Plan.

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?

Seeking artist for collaborative project with adults with learning disabilities

Orkney Health and Care’s Lifestyles Service which supports adults with a wide range of learning disabilities is looking to commission an artist to work closely with service users, volunteers and staff to deliver workshops and create a lasting work of art, following a grant from the Orkney LEADER programme. Read the full press release to find out more about this project.

Temporary closure of Shore Street car park

The Shore Street car park will be closed for a period of around 10 weeks, starting 1 June, to enable construction of the next stage of the Kirkwall Flood Prevention Scheme in the vicinity of the Kirkwall Pier entrance and the Shore Street car park. Read the full press release to find out more about the closure and other parking areas available.

Development Management reduced availability

Due to current staff shortages, planning officers from Development Management are only available on a ‘drop-in’ basis from Monday to Thursday 09:00 to 10:00 and 16:00 to 17:00 for customers visiting or phoning the Council Offices. Outside these times, please arrange an appointment or send in your query by email to planning@orkney.gov.uk.

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.

Council Charges Register

The Council Charges Register includes all fees and charges in relation to the full range of Council services. The latest version of the Register will be available soon and can be viewed in full on the Charges Register page.