Orkney Islands Council
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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Notice of Election published

The official Notice of Election has been published for the UK Parliamentary Election for the Orkney and Shetland Constituency. The UK General Election takes place on Thursday 7 May 2015. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. New Evie school project underway

Evie schoolchildren were on hand to welcome workmen starting the construction of their new school. The £2.6 million replacement community school is being part funded by the Scottish Government through the Scottish Futures Trust. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Suicide support in Orkney - two new 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.


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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?

Alternate Weekly Collection Questionnaires

The closing date for the return of the Alternate Weekly Collection Questionnaires is Tuesday 31 March 2015 and the Council would ask members of the public to return their questionnaires by this date. Anyone who has not received a questionnaire should contact Development and Infrastructure at the Council on extension 2320 and request one.

Road works at Hatston Pier access

Temporary diversions will be in place on the access to Hatston Pier and the Northlink terminal from the week commencing April 6 for a period of around 6 weeks, as part of current development of the Hatston Enterprise Area.

Hatston Pier Road will be temporarily closed from its junction with Grainshore Road throughout the period, with a temporary diversion route to and from the Hatston Pier facilities provided via Grainshore Road (adjacent to the Saverock junction), through the newly completed Hatston Enterprise Area.

This alternative access will be signposted, and traffic controls will be also be in place.

Pedestrian access through the Hatston Pier access road will be provided as indicated by traffic signs. Temporary access arrangements to adjacent properties will also in place.

Orkney Islands Council would like to thank the public in advance for their patience and cooperation during this period.

Public Holidays

The Council Offices will be closed for public holidays on the following days this year: Monday 6 April, Monday 4 May, Thursday 6 August, Friday 25 December -Monday 4 January (inclusive). Check out our calendar page for more info.