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News From Orkney Islands Council

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Poppies cascade opens at Cathedral

The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window has opened at St Magnus Cathedral, marking the start of First World War commemorations taking place in Orkney throughout May and June. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. First seats allocated for local people at Jutland events

The first allocation of seats has been made for people in Orkney to join the Battle of Jutland commemorations in Kirkwall and Lyness next month. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Look out for your postal vote

Postal voting packs for the Scottish Parliament Election will start arriving through letterboxes in Orkney this week. 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?

Last chance to give your views on ferry services

An online survey - part of a consultation on the next Northern Isles ferry services contract – has been extended to give as many people as possible the chance to give their views.

The aim is to gauge people's use of the current service - and seek their views on how services could be improved to better meet the needs of Orkney and Shetland.

Surveys aimed at residents and businesses are available online until Wednesday May 4.

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.

The next meetings to be broadcast are:

  • Thursday 28 April - Full Council.

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.