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Maureen picks up lifetime award for youth work

Orkney youth worker Maureen Herdman has received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award for Youth Work’ at the National Youth Work Awards 2018 run by YouthLink Scotland.

22 February 2018
Council following up international interest in Lyness project

The Council is exploring new options for the development of Lyness as a decommissioning base for the oil and gas industry.

21 February 2018
Call for community and farming projects to apply for LEADER cash

Community groups with big ideas, and farmers considering diversification options, are reminded that time is ticking to make an application to the Orkney LEADER fund.

20 February 2018
Orkney welcomes first national adult protection day

Ten years after implementation of the Adult Support and Protection Act in Scotland, local partners have issued an upbeat statement about the progress made in Orkney.

20 February 2018
Fostering campaign launches

A campaign aimed at recruiting more foster carers to be at the ready for children in need of family based care in the county has been launched by Orkney Health and Care.

19 February 2018
Bridge Street to reopen

The Council is advising that the entrance to Bridge Street from Harbour Street in Kirkwall is due to re-open to permitted traffic on Saturday afternoon (17 February).

15 February 2018
Budget for year ahead discussed

Elected Members have recommended Orkney Islands Council’s budget for the next financial year.

13 February 2018
Papdale Halls of Residence bad weather update

Papdale Halls of Residence will be open and staffed on Thursday (15 February) for any resident pupils who are stranded by Wednesday's (14 February) forecast bad weather.

13 February 2018
Welcome for Islands Bill support

Council Leader James Stockan has welcomed the cross-party support given to the Islands Bill which was debated in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday (8 February).

09 February 2018
Welcome for Island Wind boost

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council, James Stockan, has welcomed a significant development in a long running campaign for onshore wind energy projects in the Northern and Western Isles to be included in a multi-million pounds support scheme.

09 February 2018
Living well whatever your age – share your views on Facebook

An online discussion next week will debate the question – is Orkney a good place to live as we get older?

05 February 2018
Fostering and adoption services praised by inspectors

Fostering and adoption services in Orkney have been praised for the support they give to foster and adoptive families and children in the county.

05 February 2018
Athlete Travel Scheme Launched

Orkney's top athletes are set to benefit from a scheme designed to support travel costs in the Islands.

02 February 2018
Council welcomes ferry funding announcement

Council Leader James Stockan has welcomed the announcement by the Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay MSP, that £5.5 million in additional funding for Orkney’s inter-island ferry service will be included in the Scottish Government’s budget for 2018-19.

31 January 2018
Bridge Street road closure update

The road closure at the entrance to Bridge Street and associated changes in Albert Street and Laing Street is being extended for a further two weeks until Monday 19 February.

30 January 2018
‘Recent Acquisitions’ on Show at the Orkney Museum

Next Saturday (3 Feb) sees a new exhibition opening at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall.

26 January 2018
Caroline heading for new role

The Chief Officer of Orkney’s Integration Joint Board, Caroline Sinclair, will be taking up a new post later this year.

25 January 2018
Four new Deputy Lieutenants for Orkney

Four additional Deputy Lieutenants have been appointed in Orkney to assist the Lord-Lieutenant with his official duties.

24 January 2018
Rousay Pupils are ‘keen to learn’

An inspection by Education Scotland has found that pupils at Rousay Primary School are 'confident, friendly children, who are keen to learn and contribute to the school and wider community'.

24 January 2018
Kirkwall care home planning event

An event this week (Tuesday 23 January) will give people the opportunity to engage with the first stage of the planning process for the new Kirkwall Care Home.

22 January 2018
Your Kirkwall – help shape the next steps

Events later this week offer the chance to find out about ideas put forward for the Your Kirkwall exercise – and how these could develop in future.

22 January 2018
Three Projects Allocated LEADER Funds

Three local projects have been allocated funding in the latest round of LEADER awards.

19 January 2018
New Members Sought for College Management Council

Six new community and business representatives are being sought for Orkney Islands Council's College Management Council.

19 January 2018
Report highlights the work of Community Learning and Development partners

An inspection has found that Community Learning and Development services are having a ‘very good’ impact in Orkney.

19 January 2018
Beware bogus calls

Police Scotland and the Council’s Trading Standards Team are reminding consumers of the need to be wary when receiving unsolicited calls claiming to be from businesses such as BT or Microsoft, following advice that a local residence has lost a substantial sum of money in a scam.

16 January 2018
OIC supports fight against food waste

Orkney Islands Council is joining forces with Zero Waste Scotland, Resource Efficient Scotland, Orkney Food & Drink and Orkney Zerowaste this month, to urge local people to keep up the fight against food waste.

15 January 2018
Centenary of naval tragedy remembered

Wreaths were laid today (Friday 12 January) in memory of the 188 men who perished when two Royal Navy destroyers hit rocks off Orkney exactly 100 years ago. HMS Opal and HMS Narborough ran aground and were wrecked as they battled through heavy seas and a blizzard to find the shelter of Scapa Flow.

12 January 2018
Sports Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year's Orkney Sports Awards have been announced today.

11 January 2018
Short closure of Waterfront West car park on Wednesday

Access to the Waterfront West/Shapinsay slip car park in Kirkwall will be restricted for a short period on Wednesday evening this week (10 January) while work on the Council's flood prevention scheme continues.

08 January 2018
Remembering those who died in WW1 disaster

A remarkable discovery has helped ensure that the sacrifice of the sailors who died in a maritime tragedy in Orkney waters will never be forgotten.

05 January 2018
Temporary traffic changes for Kirkwall in January

Orkney Islands Council is advising motorists of temporary changes to traffic arrangements in Kirkwall later this month while contractors work on renewing the road surface and paving at the entrance to Bridge Street.

04 January 2018
Barrier repairs update

Work to repair the safety railings on the second Churchill Barrier is due to get underway next week (from Monday 8 January onwards).

04 January 2018
Centenary of Opal and Narborough disaster commemorated

Lives lost a century ago will be remembered in Orkney during commemorative events marking the night when two warships ran ashore in a snowstorm.

29 December 2017
OIC funding for 2018-2019 announced

Under the draft settlement announced by the Scottish Government, the main funding Orkney Islands Council receives to run services will be £67.615 million for 2018-2019.

15 December 2017
Council welcomes vote of confidence from watchdog

Convener Harvey Johnston has welcomed the response of the Accounts Commission to an independent assessment of Orkney Islands Council.

14 December 2017
Council launches Abattoir Challenge Fund

Orkney Islands Council has announced the launch of an ‘Abattoir Challenge Fund’ to encourage the private sector to become directly involved in developing a solution to the challenge of providing sustainable abattoir services in Orkney.

11 December 2017
LEADER fund supports Destination Orkney post

Orkney's LEADER fund is to support the establishment of a Chief Executive post to lead the newly formed Destination Orkney partnership.

11 December 2017
Orkney’s young people gather for Chamber Debate

This year’s Youth Chamber Debate will take place on Monday (December 11).

08 December 2017
Road closure next week

A short section of Pickaquoy Road, Kirkwall (between Junction Road and Great Western Road), will be closed from Monday 11 December 2017 to Friday 15 December 2017 to enable some works to be carried out on behalf of Scottish Water.

08 December 2017
Traffic Controls at the Barriers

Temporary traffic controls are being put in place at Barrier No. 2 today for safety reasons, following significant storm damage yesterday.

08 December 2017
OLECG advice as storm approaches

The multi-agency Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordinating Group (OLECG) is advising the community to be prepared for severe weather conditions.

07 December 2017
Norwegian musicians visit schools ahead of Cathedral Christmas events

School pupils across mainland Orkney have been treated to special performances and workshops this week (5 – 8 December) with Norwegian musicians who are in the county ahead of the annual Christmas tree lighting festivities at St Magnus Cathedral.

07 December 2017
Council welcomes Best Value report

An independent review of Orkney Islands Council has been welcomed as constructive and positive by Chief Executive Alistair Buchan.

07 December 2017
Disruption to recycling and rubbish collections expected due to Storm Caroline

Storm Caroline is likely to bring widespread disruption to Council recycling and refuse collections over coming days.

06 December 2017
New Scapa Road Closed Next Week

New Scapa Road in Kirkwall will be closed for the whole of next week whilst final utility works are carried out at the site of the new hospital.

01 December 2017
Access Restrictions at Kirkwall Harbour next week

Access to specific areas around Kirkwall Harbour will be restricted for short periods early next week whilst work on the Council's flood prevention scheme continues.

30 November 2017
Council House Rent Setting Policy to be Updated

Orkney Islands Council's Housing Service is looking for tenant views on its updated rent setting policy.

30 November 2017
Wind project update

Orkney Islands Council’s Policy and Resources Committee has agreed that OIC should take forward the further development of a substantial wind energy project.

29 November 2017
What are you signing up for?

Orkney Islands Council is joining in this year's National Consumer Week campaign by urging consumers to be careful about what they are really signing up for.

27 November 2017
Next round of Culture Fund opens

Orkney Islands Council is inviting applications for its 2018 to 2019 Culture Fund.

27 November 2017
On this day in 1917 - Airship lost off Papay

Today (Sunday 26 November) marks 100 years since three crewmen were lost when their airship crashed off Papay at 11:40 on November 26 1917.

26 November 2017
Norwegian gift of Christmas trees arrive

Orkney Islands Council has taken delivery of two Christmas trees from Norway, for the annual tree lighting ceremony at St Magnus Cathedral.

24 November 2017
Much loved Orkney archive gains stamp of approval

Orkney’s much loved archive service has been applauded for a well-run and effective service, during a national accreditation process.

23 November 2017
Book Week Scotland Celebrations at Orkney Library and Archive

Orkney Library and Archive is holding a series of events to celebrate Book Week Scotland 2017 (November 27 to December 3).

23 November 2017
Drivers advised of continued surface water

Orkney Islands Council is advising there is surface water on roads in several locations across Orkney, following sustained rainfall in the county over the past two days.

22 November 2017
Council reminds drivers of continued risk of surface water on roads

Orkney Islands Council is advising there is surface water on roads in several locations across Orkney, following sustained rainfall in the county over the past two days.

22 November 2017
Orkney gets in the festive spirit

Orkney is getting into the festive spirit as the tree lighting season gets underway next week.

21 November 2017
Innovative approach gains national recognition for OIC

Orkney Islands Council has been awarded the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award for Innovation’ by APSE, the Association of Public Sector Excellence, which works with more than 300 local authorities throughout the UK.

21 November 2017
Council reiterates vital need for fairer ferries funding

Orkney Islands Councillors have been meeting with the county’s constituency MSP Liam McArthur, to reiterate the risk to the local community should a fairer funding formula for Orkney’s internal ferries be left out of the Scottish Government’s budget.

20 November 2017
Focus on food waste in European Week of Waste Reduction

It’s European Week of Waste Reduction this week, and Orkney Islands Council is focusing in on food waste.

20 November 2017
Council Leader hails ferry funding talks as constructive

Orkney Islands Council's Leader Councillor James Stockan has described talks with the Scottish Government as constructive - but warned that the Council needs to strike quickly to secure additional funding on the back of this.

17 November 2017
New way to participate in decision-making

A new process has been introduced to help community groups talk to public authorities about local issues and local services.

16 November 2017
Find out about energy efficiency funding

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

16 November 2017
Council’s Empty Homes project scoops media award

A new project run by Orkney Islands Council aimed at bringing empty homes in the county back into use has won a national award for use of media, only four months after being set up.

15 November 2017
Help us shape your ActiveLife

The team behind Orkney’s ActiveLife scheme are reminding the public to help keep the scheme in good shape by passing on issues and suggestions to staff at their fitness centre.

15 November 2017
Orkney Islands Council Takes Top Honours at National Planning Awards

Orkney Islands Council scooped the top award at Scotland's national planning awards in Edinburgh last night.

09 November 2017
Cathedral to be lit poppy red

St Magnus Cathedral will be lit red at night over the weekend to help raise awareness of the annual Scottish Poppy Appeal.

09 November 2017
Farm Diversification Fund Available in Orkney

Local farmers who are considering diversifying are being encouraged to find out more about Orkney's LEADER programme.

09 November 2017
Work of young people celebrated

Young people celebrated their efforts in the community on Tuesday (7 November 2017) at the annual Orkney Youth Awards Ceremony.

08 November 2017
Big Tree Preservation Works this Week

Vital preservations works are due to be carried out on the Big Tree in Kirkwall next week.

03 November 2017
Christmas Grants open

Orkney Islands Council’s Christmas Grant scheme is now open for applications.

31 October 2017
For the Journey and the Return – new exhibition at Orkney Museum

An exhibition ‘For the Journey and Return with the Orkney Boat’ by Beatrice Searle opens on Saturday 4 November at the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall.

27 October 2017
Sally Named Librarian of the Year

Orkney’s children’s librarian Sally Walker has today (Thursday 26 October) been named as Scotland’s Library and Information Professional of The Year.

26 October 2017
Your Kirkwall - Help Shape It!

A new ideas-gathering exercise will pose the question – what would you want Kirkwall to be like over the next 10 to 20 years?

26 October 2017
Cursiter recycling centre update

Members of the public are advised that although the Cursiter household waste and recycling centre has reopened for public use following temporary closure this morning to enable staff to deal with a small oil spoil, the waste oil receptacle is not in use.

25 October 2017
Duke of Gloucester visits Orkney

HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited the West Mainland of Orkney today, as part of a two-day visit to the county.

24 October 2017
Kirkwall THI consultation results

Feedback from the recent consultation on ideas for the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative’s ‘Places and Spaces’ project has been collated.

23 October 2017
Council to commission new tug

Orkney Islands Council is looking to purchase a new towage vessel.

23 October 2017
Recycling update - ex-hurricane Ophelia

Due to the high winds brought to Orkney by ex-hurricane Ophelia, yesterday's (Tuesday 17 October) recycling collections were hampered.

18 October 2017
Doors set to close for Lyness refurbishment

The Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum at Lyness will close at the end of the month ahead of a major renovation project.

17 October 2017
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