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News From Orkney Islands Council

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Budget simulator gives you the chance to balance the books

Orkney Islands Council is encouraging people across the county to have a go at balancing the Council’s books – using a budget simulator. Find out more from the press release and follow this link to the 'Balance OIC's Budget' page to try out the budget simulator.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Marine Spatial Plan

Orkney Islands Council has published a short film to help attract public support for a pioneering local marine planning project. Read more on the new marine plan

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Arts Development Strategy

Artists and organisations are being invited to comment on a draft plan for strengthening and developing Orkney’s rich cultural scene over the next decade. Read more on the Arts Development Strategy..

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?

Planning guidance consultation

The Council is seeking feedback on updated planning guidance linked to Orkney’s historic sites and cultural heritage, along with guidance relating to the county’s natural environment. Find out more here.

Share your views on outdoor access

The Council is asking for views that will help shape a new version of the county’s Outdoor Access Strategy.

The strategy was first published in 2006 and has now been reviewed and updated. Find out more from the 'Share your views on outdoor access' news item.

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.

Details of the next meetings to be broadcast will be listed here when they become available.

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.

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.