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Community Council election results published

Results for the recent Community Council elections in Orkney have been published by Orkney Islands Council.

16 October 2017
Welcome for Island Wind Announcement

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council, James Stockan, has welcomed the UK Government’s decision to include the Northern and Western Isles in a multi-million pounds support scheme for renewable energy.

12 October 2017
Old to New – Roads Recycled into Runways

Work starts later this week to refresh the runways at Sanday and Westray – using recycled road surface material.

12 October 2017
St Peter's Project Underway

Work has begun on a replacement for St Peter's House, with a ceremonial turf cutting taking place.

11 October 2017
Alistair’s quarter century marked

Tribute has been paid to Chief Executive Alistair Buchan’s 25 years of service with Orkney Islands Council.

11 October 2017
Homecare – a rewarding career

A film aimed at encouraging people to consider homecare as a career is being launched by Orkney Islands Council.

11 October 2017
Have you returned your community council vote?

Voters in eight community council areas in Orkney are reminded the cut-off date for returning their ballot papers to Orkney Islands Council is this Thursday, 12 October, at 17:00.

09 October 2017
Views sought on procurement policy

Orkney Islands Council is seeking views on its draft Sustainable Procurement Policy, which looks at how the Council buys goods and services in a way that benefits the local community.

09 October 2017
KGS sets traditional skills in stone

Pupils from Kirkwall Grammar School had the chance this week to try their hand traditional building skills, with help from Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative (KTHI).

06 October 2017
Anchors aweigh for striking sculpture

The stunning anchor on Foreland Road, Kirkwall, designed especially for Orkney to help mark 20 years of Friends of ANCHOR – the Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary which provides care for cancer and haematology patients - is due to be collected tomorrow (Thursday 5 October) ready to be shipped back to Aberdeen.

04 October 2017
Voice of the islands heard as Committee gathers evidence in Orkney

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council has welcomed the opportunity to put the case to MSPs for measures that will make a difference to the lives of people in island communities.

03 October 2017
Mirran at the Museum

This Saturday (7 October) sees the opening of a new exhibition of paintings, drawings and monoprints at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall, by Stromness artist Mirran Hall.

02 October 2017
Orkney's Cruise Season comes to an end

Orkney has received its final cruise call of the season.

29 September 2017
Ballot Paper reminder

Voters in Orkney are reminded that their Community Council ballot papers must be returned by October 12.

29 September 2017
Rae Freedom of Orkney ceremony this weekend

A ceremony in Stromness this weekend will bestow the Freedom of Orkney upon explorer Dr John Rae.

29 September 2017
Childcare and Social Care on the agenda at Meet the Buyer event

Local businesses are being reminded about the Council’s forthcoming ‘Meet the Buyer’ day – as the final programme for the event is announced.

29 September 2017
Council to commission new pilot vessel

Orkney Islands Council has given its approval for the purchase of a new pilot launch.

29 September 2017
Holyrood comes to Orkney to hear views on Islands Bill

The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee will hold a public meeting in Orkney on Monday evening (2 October).

28 September 2017
Orkney’s Sustainable Energy Strategy unveiled

A Sustainable Energy Strategy for Orkney was launched as part of the official opening of the world leading Surf ‘n’ Turf project.

28 September 2017
Surf 'n' Turf hydrogen fuel cell unveiled in Orkney

The pioneering Surf 'n' Turf hydrogen community energy project has been launched in Orkney by the Scottish Government's Business, Innovation and Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse.

28 September 2017
Local groups urged to go for the ‘perfect package’ of community funding

Groups in Orkney who are looking to carry out a community based project are being urged to consider applying for Orkney Islands Council’s ‘perfect package’ of funding – the LEADER fund and the Community Development Fund.

26 September 2017
Energy saving funding available

The Council is reminding residents of funding that could help cut fuel bills and keep homes warm this winter.

25 September 2017
Places and Spaces public consultation

Ideas for highlighting Kirkwall’s heritage are being displayed to the public early next month.

25 September 2017
Sagas and stills – chance to explore Highland Park’s history

A unique opportunity to research the history of Orkney’s Highland Park Distillery is on offer at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

22 September 2017
Community Council Ballot Papers Out Next Week

Ballot papers for elections to Orkney’s community councils are being sent out to voters next week.

22 September 2017
Orkney: It’s Time to Make your Metals Matter!

Households in Orkney will now be able to recycle aerosols, kitchen foil and foil tray products as part of the fortnightly green bin collections.

22 September 2017
Be wary of uninvited sales people

Orkney Islands Council trading standards and Police Scotland have issued a warning after reports that traders visiting the area are offering machinery, tools and other goods for sale.

18 September 2017
Care Home Contract Awarded to Local Firm

The contract for the construction of the replacement St Peter's House in Stromness has been awarded to local company Orkney Builders (Contractors) Ltd.


14 September 2017
Orkney Visit for Care Review Team

Two of the team involved in an independent review of Scotland’s care system have been in Orkney to learn from the experiences of local people.

14 September 2017
Stromness Research Campus Tender Documents Available

Tender documents for the construction of a multi-million pound research and innovation campus in Stromness are to be published this week.

14 September 2017
October Launch for ActiveIslands Scheme

Folk living on Orkney's inner and outer isles are set to benefit from a new membership option under Orkney's ActiveLife scheme.

12 September 2017
New recognition for youth awards milestones

Orkney Islands Council has teamed up with the Pickaquoy Centre and Stromness Swimming Pool to reward young people completing accredited awards through youth work in the county, including Dynamic Youth and Youth Achievement. 

11 September 2017
Take care on wet roads

Orkney Islands Council’s Head of Infrastructure and Strategic Projects, Darren Richardson, has reminded motorists to drive carefully following this morning’s heavy rainfall.

11 September 2017
Increased Tourist Numbers on the Development and Infrastructure Agenda Next Week

Orkney Islands Council’s Development and Infrastructure Committee will this week (Tuesday 12 September) consider a report on the continued growth of the  tourism industry in the county.

08 September 2017
Local businesses invited to 'Meet the Buyer'

Local businesses who are interested in doing business with the public sector in Orkney are being invited to attend a 'Meet the Buyer' event next month.

08 September 2017
Deadline for community council nominations extended

The deadline for nominations from people wanting to stand for their local Community Council has been extended until 17.00 on Monday 18 September.

06 September 2017
Fiona forges ahead with art and craft makers award

Local artists and craft makers can hear from a Stromness-based metalworker, Fiona Sanderson, about how a scheme run by the Council has helped boost her skills, at a workshop this Wednesday evening (6 September).

04 September 2017
Shapinsay recycling disruption

Shapinsay residents are advised of a change to their recycling collection this week.

04 September 2017
Dedicated Halls Volunteers to Come Together for Annual Event

The dedicated volunteers who run Orkney’s halls and community centres will come together this week for the annual Halls Event. 

04 September 2017
Orkney Harbours Website Revamped

The Orkney Harbours website has been refreshed with a brand new look

01 September 2017
Travelling Gallery visits Orkney again

Scotland’s Travelling Gallery returns to Orkney next week (9 September) featuring works by artist Lauren Printy Currie.

01 September 2017
Road works in central Kirkwall

The Council will be carrying out essential repairs to Albert Street, Bridge Street and Victoria Street, Kirkwall, over the latter part of this week and next week.

29 August 2017
2017 Community Council Elections Reminder

A further call has gone out for nominations for the 2017 Community Council elections – with a reminder of some of the key projects that Orkney’s community councils have been involved in over the last few years.

25 August 2017
Special offer composters sell out in a day

A new Council initiative to help people in Orkney turn food waste into garden compost has proved a great success with a special offer on food and garden waste digesters selling out in less than 24 hours.

25 August 2017
Tenants Day for Council and OHAL householders

Orkney Islands Council and Orkney Housing Association are holding a Tenants Day on Friday 1 September.

23 August 2017
From beggars to bishops - stories from the Cathedral graveyard

Stroll through centuries of stories buried within the grounds of St Magnus Cathedral, with the help of a new self-guided tour of the graveyard.

23 August 2017
Welcome for cheaper fares announcement

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed a Scottish Government scheme to significantly reduce ferry fares on routes between the Northern Isles and mainland Scotland.

22 August 2017
Your vote matters... don’t lose it

Orkney’s electors are being asked to complete their annual Electoral Registration Household Enquiry Form.

18 August 2017
Work at school hostel

Scaffolding is being put up ahead of work to replace fascia, soffit and barge boards fitted at Papdale Halls of Residence in Kirkwall.

18 August 2017
Could you be a Community Councillor?

Elections for Orkney’s 20 Community Councils are now underway.

18 August 2017
School Journey Reminder

With pupils returning to school on Tuesday, the chair of the local Road Safety Forum is reminding local drivers to be extra vigilant on the roads.

17 August 2017
Help record the wildlife at Happy Valley

Ever wondered what’s involved in wildlife recording? Head along to a ‘Bio Blitz’ in Happy Valley this Saturday 19 August.

15 August 2017
Artists and craft makers fund reopens

A scheme aimed at helping local artists and craftspeople take their creative and business ideas to the next level is open again for applications, following renewed backing from Creative Scotland.

15 August 2017
Gas safety awareness

An initiative to promote the safe use of gas in homes and businesses is being undertaking by Orkney Islands Council’s Environmental Health Team.

11 August 2017
Road repairs in Stromness next week

There will be road closures in Stromness on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week to enable road repairs to be carried out.

09 August 2017
Exam results today for Orkney pupils

Pupils across Orkney will today (Tuesday 8 August) be receiving their examination results from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

08 August 2017
It might be summer - but get ready for cold weather ahead

The Council is advising householders to think ahead to winter – with funding available to keep homes warm and cut fuel bills.

07 August 2017
Funding awarded for harbour overhaul in Westray

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government of £1.7 million in funding towards a major upgrade of the harbour at Pierowall in Westay.

06 August 2017
Dunning’s historic achievement remembered

The first aircraft landing on the deck of a moving ship was marked today (Wednesday 2 August) in Orkney – with the Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier forming an impressive background to the centenary commemoration.

02 August 2017
Scapa Flow visit planned by giant aircraft carrier

The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier is expected to visit Scapa Flow tomorrow (Wednesday 2 August) – 100 years to the day since a plane landed on the deck of a moving ship for the first time.

01 August 2017
Flypast on centenary of Dunning’s historic landing

A new memorial to pioneering pilot Edwin Dunning will be unveiled in Orkney tomorrow (Wednesday 2 August).

01 August 2017
Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum refurbishment funding announced

Work on a major renovation of the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum in Lyness looks set to start in spring next year.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has advised Orkney Islands Council that a grant of up to £1.155 million has been approved for the project.

24 July 2017
Energy efficiency – find out if you’re eligible for funding

Are you struggling to keep your home warm during the colder weather? Would you like to cut your household fuel bills?

24 July 2017
Bishops celebrate life of St Magnus

Three archbishops and nine bishops are about to undertake an historic pilgrimage to Orkney to mark the 900th anniversary of the death of St Magnus.

21 July 2017
Landowner invitation as wind farm initiative moves forward

Landowners in Orkney are being invited to put forward possible sites for a substantial wind energy project.

21 July 2017
Naval aviation pioneer remembered 100 years on

The Royal Navy pilot who completed the first ever aircraft landing on a moving ship is to be remembered in Orkney on the 100th anniversary of his landmark achievement.

21 July 2017
Vanguard remembered at Orkney Museum

A century-old brochure marking the launch of HMS Vanguard is just one of the items on display at the Orkney Museum telling the story of the life and tragic sinking of the vessel 100 years ago.

19 July 2017
Get your child car seat checked

Orkney’s Road Safety Forum is calling for parents to visit a free car seat clinic in Kirkwall next week, to help combat common mistakes.

19 July 2017
Project to explore role of arts in health and social care

A new project that will enable users of Orkney Health and Care’s Lifestyles Service to participate in creative workshops and create a lasting work of art has received funding through the Orkney LEADER programme. 

17 July 2017
Kirbuster Museum turns 30

Kirbuster Museum, an historic farm steading dating from as early as 1595, is celebrating thirty years as a Council-run museum this weekend.

12 July 2017
Open day at biodiversity records centre

Have you been out on a walk lately and spotted an unusual creature or plant that you didn’t recognise?

12 July 2017
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 at a meeting of the Islands Strategic Group chaired by Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands.

12 July 2017
‘Team Stromness’ up for planning award

The Council’s ‘Team Stromness’ scheme – a regeneration effort spanning the last ten years – has been shortlisted in this year’s Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning.

12 July 2017
Share your views on core paths network

Feedback is invited following a review of the Orkney’s core paths network.

10 July 2017
Commemorating centenary of Vanguard disaster

The massive loss of life when a Royal Navy battleship was blown apart at Scapa Flow was remembered today (Sunday 9 July), exactly 100 years since disaster struck HMS Vanguard.

09 July 2017
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.

07 July 2017
OIC Strategic Reserve Fund performs exceptionally

Orkney Islands Council is managing its investments well, according to a recent report considered by the new Council

06 July 2017
Council takes over Pelamis device

Orkney Islands Council has taken over ownership of a Pelamis marine energy device for a nominal sum.

06 July 2017
Share your views on the core paths network

Feedback will be invited from Monday (10 July) following a review of the Orkney’s core paths network.

05 July 2017
Band looks forward to Kirkwall concert

Musicians from the Royal Marines will make a poignant return visit to Orkney this weekend, where they will play at a special concert as part of the HMS Vanguard commemorations.

04 July 2017
Senior appointments for Orkney councillors

Two of Orkney’s Councillors have been appointed to senior roles within CoSLA, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

04 July 2017
Anchor on show in support of anniversary campaign

A specially designed anchor has gone on display in Orkney to help mark the 20th anniversary of Aberdeen-based charity Friends of ANCHOR.

03 July 2017
What do you think of the library service?

The Orkney Library and Archive is looking to hear the views of local folk about the services they provide.

03 July 2017
Asking for Orkney Opinions

A new public consultation group is about to provide feedback for the first time.

03 July 2017
Building Warrant Fee Increases from 1 July 2017

Scottish Ministers advised all local authority verifiers on 29 June 2017 that the planned changes to building warrant fees will apply from 1 July 2017. Consequently charges for all building warrant related applications received on or after 1 July 2017 will be calculated in accordance with the revised Fees table.

30 June 2017
Remembering lives lost in Vanguard tragedy

Forty descendants of men who died aboard HMS Vanguard will lay wreaths above the wreck next month to mark 100 years since the ship went down.

30 June 2017
Welcome for young workforce funding

The award of £330,000 from the Scottish Government towards an initiative to help Orkney’s young people find fulfilling jobs and careers has been welcomed today (Monday 26 June).

26 June 2017
Nine projects receive LEADER backing

Nine community projects across Orkney have recently benefited from funding from Orkney’s LEADER fund.

22 June 2017
Memories of hostel life as 70th anniversary celebrated

Former residents gathered this week to mark seven decades since the opening of Orkney’s original school hostel.

21 June 2017
Potential for income generating wind farm to be looked at further by OIC

The possibility of creating a large scale wind farm as an important source of income for Orkney is to be investigated fully by the Council.

21 June 2017
Cruise competition winners

The winners have been announced of a competition offering a guided tour and lunch aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship during a visit to Orkney in July.

20 June 2017
Award Winning Marine Plan Scoops National Award

A plan that will guide development activity in the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters has picked up a prestigious national award.

16 June 2017
OIC Wants to Tell You More About Recycling

Orkney Islands Council has launched two new services to help raise awareness of recycling in Orkney.

16 June 2017
Mapping Magnus project launched

The launch has been announced of a major new community archaeology research and training project in Orkney.

13 June 2017
Council welcomes introduction of Islands Bill to Scottish Parliament

Leader of Orkney Islands Council, James Stockan, has welcomed the publication of an Islands Bill by the Scottish Government.

13 June 2017
Historic children’s library a window on Victorian childhood

A library created by children in 1860s Orkney is challenging ideas of stiff Victorian upbringings and childhoods confined to nurseries.

13 June 2017
Norwegian Royal couple to mark historic ties with Orkney

Orkney will welcome Royal visitors later this week when Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway travel to the islands to mark the 900th anniversary of the death of St Magnus.

13 June 2017
Orkney Renews Fairtrade Zone Status

Orkney Fair Trade Group is celebrating the county’s renewed accreditation as a Fairtrade Zone – a region where Fairtrade is widely sold, promoted, supported and understood.

09 June 2017
Marine Services Launch Cruise Competition

Eight lucky people will get the chance to tour the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship when it is in Orkney on Friday 7 July.

09 June 2017
Result announced for Orkney and Shetland constituency

Scottish Liberal Democrats candidate Alistair Carmichael has been re-elected to serve as MP for Orkney and Shetland.

09 June 2017
Iconic Skua brought back from the brink

An iconic and rare wooden racing boat once at risk of ruin has been brought back from the brink in Orkney, following eighteen months of painstaking restoration by a dedicated team of volunteers.

01 June 2017
Getting Down to Business in Stromness

Business Gateway Orkney are to run two drop in sessions in Stromness this summer.

31 May 2017
Two hundred years of diaries at Orkney Library and Archive

Two centuries of everyday moments captured by people around the world is on show in Kirkwall and Stromness libraries, in a collaboration with London-based artist Dylan Stone.

31 May 2017
Remembering those who died when HMS Vanguard went down

Commemorations will be held this summer to mark the huge loss of life when a Royal Navy battleship was blown apart while at anchor at Scapa Flow in Orkney.

29 May 2017
Dementia Awareness Week in Orkney

Organisations across Orkney will come together over next week (28 May to 3 June 2017) to raise awareness of dementia within the local community.

26 May 2017
OLECG update

The multi-agency Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordinating Group (OLECG) has met after the terrorism threat level in the UK was raised to critical.

25 May 2017
Convener's message of support

Councillors and council staff joined people across the UK in observing a minute’s silence at 11 this morning as a mark of respect following the Manchester terrorist attack.

25 May 2017
Postal vote packs arriving

Postal voting packs for the forthcoming UK Parliamentary Election on 8 June will start arriving through Orkney letterboxes from today (Tuesday 23 May).

23 May 2017
Polling cards arriving this weekend

Poll cards will be arriving through Orkney letterboxes this weekend for all those eligible to vote at the forthcoming UK Parliamentary General Election on 8 June

19 May 2017
School report published for Evie primary

Education Scotland has published the findings of an inspection visit to Evie Community School.

19 May 2017
Health and care drop-in for Westray

Westray residents have the opportunity to find out more about results of a survey last winter into health and care services on the island, at a drop in event on Tuesday (23 May).

19 May 2017
Community Justice Event

An event is being held in Orkney on Friday 19 May looking at redesigning community justice and how it can help improve the community and lives within that community.

18 May 2017
Senior appointments made by Council

Elected Members have appointed Orkney Islands Council's Convener, Leader and Depute Leader.

16 May 2017
Temporary closure of Shore Street car park

Orkney Islands Council is advising of a temporary closure of its Shore Street car park (also known as the Waterfront East car park) for a period of around 10 weeks, starting 1 June, to enable construction of the next stage of the Kirkwall Flood Prevention Scheme, around the Kirkwall Pier entrance and the Shore Street car park.

16 May 2017
Hospitality course launch

A new course in hospitality designed for people with learning difficulties is launched tomorrow (16 May 2017) by Orkney College UHI.

15 May 2017
Call for voters in Orkney to register in time for June election

Poll cards for the Parliamentary General Election will be sent out from Monday (15 May), hot on the heels of last week’s Orkney Islands Council elections.

12 May 2017
Council secures funding to delve into Magnus connections

The Council has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to delve into the landscapes, seascapes and places where the Magnus story unfolded.

12 May 2017
Candidates announced for Orkney and Shetland constituency

Six candidates have put their names forward to stand for the Orkney and Shetland constituency in the UK Parliamentary Election in June.

11 May 2017
Orkney marine energy firms promote islands at major industry event

Orkney’s marine energy sector will have a strong presence at a major renewables industry event that gets underway in Glasgow today (Wednesday, 10 May). 

10 May 2017
Road works on Pickaquoy Road starting Monday

Orkney Islands Council is advising of road works planned to start on Pickaquoy Road on Monday 15 May, in the vicinity of the junction with Tesco.

09 May 2017
Erin’s Jutland poem showcased at London charity gala

A poem by Orkney school pupil Erin Dundas portraying the grief stricken aftermath of the Battle of Jutland has been read out an event in London whose attendees included the Vice Chief of Defence Staff, General Sir Gordon Messenger, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond.

09 May 2017
Orkney's results declared for the 2017 Scottish Local Government elections

A total of 18 candidates were elected across the five contested wards: Kirkwall East, Kirkwall West and Orphir, West Mainland, East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray and North Isles.

05 May 2017
Notice of General Election published

The Notice of Election for June’s General Election has been published today.

05 May 2017
Three Stromness and South Isles Councillors Officially Take their Seats

Returning Officer for Orkney, Alistair Buchan, has formally declared the result of the uncontested election in the Stromness and South Isles ward.

04 May 2017
Postal vote reminder from OIC Elections team

Orkney Islands Council’s Elections team is reminding local voters with a postal vote that their completed votes must be returned to the Council by 22.00 on polling day.

27 April 2017
Recycling centres switch to summer opening hours

From Tuesday May 2, the Council's recycling centres will change over to summer opening times.

26 April 2017
Barrier survey update

The Council is advising that 3D scanning of the First Churchill Barrier will now start on Friday 28 April, when suitable weather conditions are forecast.

26 April 2017
May Day Holiday refuse and recycling centres information

There will be no refuse collections on the May Day Holiday, Monday 1 May 2017. Chinglebraes Waste Transfer Station, Bossack Landfill Site and all the recycling centres will be closed.

26 April 2017
Summer parking fees reminder

A reminder that ‘first hour free’ parking ends soon, with summer tariffs starting on Monday 1 May in Council carparks in central Kirkwall and Stromness.

25 April 2017
Ernie commended for youth parliament work

Ernie Skea from Orkney Islands Council’s Community Learning and Development Team has been recognised for his work helping the county’s young people make a difference to the lives of their peers.

24 April 2017
General Election Vote Count to Take Place in Orkney

The counting of votes for the Orkney and Shetland Constituency in the upcoming General Election will take place in Orkney.

21 April 2017
Orkney Pupils Ready to Vote

Senior pupils at Orkney’s two biggest secondary schools have been busy over the last few months preparing themselves for the local elections on May 4.

21 April 2017
Do you know where your polling station is?

With two weeks to go until the local council elections, Orkney Islands Council’s elections team is reminding voters to check where their polling station is

20 April 2017