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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
Delays likely on Churchill barriers as survey starts

There will be delays and disruptions on the Churchill Barrier Number 1 in coming weeks as a 3D survey of the road surface gets underway from Wednesday 26 April.

18 April 2017
Youth work fund open until end of April

Orkney Islands Council is encouraging local groups to apply for funding from a national youth work fund.

14 April 2017
Magnus900 off to fitting start

Events this Easter weekend to launch a programme commemorating the martyrdom of St Magnus 900 years ago look set to create a fitting tribute to Orkney’s very own saint, with some activities already fully booked.

12 April 2017
Your thoughts invited on fuel poverty strategy

Orkney Islands Council is seeking feedback after publishing a draft strategy for addressing fuel poverty in the county.

12 April 2017
Barbara’s egg and Easter activities

The Easter message of hope and renewal as experienced by wounded WW1 soldiers will be showcased this Saturday at the Kirbuster Museum.

11 April 2017
School meals update

A ten pence increase in the price of school meals in Orkney will come into effect later this month.

11 April 2017
New use for wartime tanks to be explored

Orkney Islands Council and Scapa Flow Asset Management Limited have signed an agreement providing access to the wartime oil tanks at Lyness.

07 April 2017
Keep an eye on cruise ship arrivals

Orkney Islands Council’s Marine Services team has launched a new Twitter feed to keep local folk up to date with changes to cruise ship comings and goings this summer.

06 April 2017
Barrier road signs to be installed

Temporary road signs will be installed next week advising a 40mph speed limit on the first Churchill Barrier.

05 April 2017
Five things you need to know about this election

With less than five weeks to go until the local council elections, Orkney Islands Council’s Elections Team is reminding local voters of five key points to remember about the election.

05 April 2017
Take a stroll through wartime history

A two hour guided walk around the former Royal Naval Base at Lyness starts from the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum at 11:00 every Tuesday from 4 April onwards.

30 March 2017
Local Council Election Candidates Named

Thirty eight candidates have put themselves forward for election in Orkney for the local Council elections in May.

29 March 2017
Toilets to reopen

The St Magnus Lane public toilets in Kirkwall will open again later this week.

29 March 2017
Work to start on The Storehouse, Kirkwall

Work to renew an historic property in the centre of Kirkwall starts soon, with the helping hand of a heritage scheme supported by Orkney Islands Council.

28 March 2017
Orkney tops Scotland in food safety survey

Orkney has the highest food safety standards in Scotland according to a recent survey by consumer group Which?.

27 March 2017
One week until close of nominations

Prospective candidates in the forthcoming local council elections have until Wednesday to officially put their name on the ballot paper - and are being urged not to leave it until the last minute.

23 March 2017
Beware Bogus Council Tax Rebates

The Council’s Trading Standards Service is advising the public of bogus calls being received by local households, claiming residents are due a rebate of their Council Tax.

23 March 2017
Hope Pupils lend a hand

Pupils at the Hope School have been lending a hand to the local MacMillan charity.

21 March 2017
Families from Syria welcomed to Orkney

Two families from war-torn Syria are starting to build a new life in Orkney.

20 March 2017
Report highlights Weeping Window benefit for Orkney

Around 9,000 people visited Kirkwall last year specifically to see the Weeping Window display at St Magnus Cathedral, according to a recent report.

17 March 2017
Stromness Academy pupils getting Ready to Vote

Pupils at Stromness Academy are gearing up for the forthcoming local council elections by taking part in a series of activities as part of the national ‘Ready to Vote’ campaign.

16 March 2017
Look out for your polling card from this week

Polling cards will be arriving through Orkney letterboxes over the next couple of days for all those eligible to vote at the forthcoming local council elections on May 4.

16 March 2017
Council publishes draft aquaculture plan for consultation

Draft planning guidance for aquaculture activity in the county is being published by Orkney Islands Council this week for public consultation.

16 March 2017
Have your say on sustainable energy strategy

Local people are being asked for their opinions on priorities for achieving a more sustainable future for Orkney’s energy supply, as part of a consultation being run by Orkney Islands Council.

14 March 2017
Orkney Opinions signup reminder

Orkney Islands Council is reminding local residents who would like to join Orkney Opinions – but have not yet returned their membership survey - to do so by the end of this week.

14 March 2017
Doorstep trading reminder for consumers

Following queries from the public the Council’s Trading Standards Service is reminding consumers of their rights when buying goods or services at their doorstep.

13 March 2017
Recycling collections possibly affected - Tuesday 14 March

Orkney Islands Council is advising that recycling collections could be affected by the strong winds forecast for tomorrow (Tuesday 14 March).

13 March 2017
Breaking Barriers for youth mental health at Orkney Arts Theatre

Young people and mental health will be the focus of a youth arts performance event at the Orkney Arts Theatre next Saturday night (Saturday 11 March).

06 March 2017
Election process gets underway on 13 March

The starting pistol for this year’s local council elections will be fired on Monday 13 March when the Notice of Election is published.

06 March 2017
Council publishes annual performance information

Orkney Islands Council has published its latest Annual Performance Report.

03 March 2017
Magnus 900 programme launched with Easter weekend of events

Relive the martyrdom of St Magnus this Easter on the isle of Egilsay – 900 years after the legendary event took place.

03 March 2017
It’s Health Week at KGS

Pupils at Kirkwall Grammar School are to go on a health kick, as they take part in the school’s annual Health Week (6 – 10 March).

03 March 2017
Give your gizmos a new lease of life

Orkney Islands Council is supporting a national campaign aimed at giving old mobile phones and gadgets a new lease of life.

02 March 2017
New group will seek Orkney Opinions

Orkney Islands Council is getting in touch with people across the county to invite them to become part of a new public consultation group.

02 March 2017
Comments on proposed constituency boundaries published

Comments received during the Boundary Commission for Scotland's consultation on initial proposals for UK Parliament constituencies have been published for a four-week period of public scrutiny and further feedback.

01 March 2017
This spring clean - don't pitch it, pass it on!

Orkney Islands Council is urging local folk to give unwanted items a second chance this spring, as part of Pass It On Week (March 11-19).

01 March 2017
Illuminating the benefits of Fair Trade

St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall will be lit blue and green on Friday night (3 March) – Fairtrade’s trademark colours.

28 February 2017
Budget for year ahead agreed

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

22 February 2017
Local Scottish Youth Parliament candidates announced

The names of the candidates hoping to be elected as Orkney’s Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament have been announced.

17 February 2017
So you want to be a Councillor? Find out more

Information sessions for people thinking about standing for election to Orkney Islands Council attracted a good turnout – with advice still available for anyone who was unable to attend.

17 February 2017
Local cycle volunteer recognised with national award

A local man who’s spent the last eight years helping train youngsters to cycle safely has picked up one of only four awards given out annually by Cycling Scotland.

16 February 2017
Award Winning Marine Plan Shortlisted for National Award

An award-winning plan that will guide development activity in the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters continues to make waves as it’s shortlisted for another prestigious award.

10 February 2017
Mementos and memories of the First World War go on show

Next of Kin, an exhibition created by National Museums Scotland, opens on Saturday February 18 at the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall. It presents a picture of Scotland during the First World War through treasured objects from official and private sources, passed to close relatives and down through generations.

10 February 2017
Isles residents respond positively to bins offer

Over 70% of householders in the isles have requested recycling bins under a new scheme to make recycling easier in the isles.

10 February 2017
Orkney Youth Café Numbers are on the Up

The Orkney Youth Café has seen a surge in popularity in the opening weeks of 2017, with up to 40 young folk now using the service on a regular basis.

10 February 2017
Budget for year ahead discussed

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

09 February 2017
Education representatives invited on Japanese trip

Representatives from Orkney Islands Council are headed to Japan this week, after being invited on a trip to find out more about the Japanese education system.

09 February 2017
Kirkwall flood defence works begin

Construction of the Council’s flood defence scheme along the central Kirkwall shoreline starts next week.

31 January 2017
Have your say on possible Harbour Street works

A consultation event is being held this Tuesday, to look at potential plans for repaving part of Harbour Street in Kirkwall.

30 January 2017
Changes at Kirkwall Travel Centre

Changes are being made to the bus stances at the Kirkwall Travel Centre to allow the introduction of a charging point for the county’s electric bus at the facility.

30 January 2017
Help for refugees – Orkney update

Plans are being finalised for the help and support that will be offered when refugees from Syria make a new home in Orkney later this year.

27 January 2017
Fair funding for internal ferries in the Northern Isles

The leaders of the Councils in Orkney and Shetland are asking Ministers and local MSPs to support their call for fair funding for inter-island ferry services in the two communities.

26 January 2017
Orkney Fisheries Association Awarded Funding for Green Fishing Project

A project which could see the development of an innovative piece of fishing gear has been awarded funding from the Orkney Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG).

23 January 2017
Sportscotland Chief Executive in Orkney in big week for sports and leisure

The Chief Executive of Scotland’s national sports agency will be in Orkney this week to find out more about sport in the county.

19 January 2017
Reuse event rescues almost a tonne of unwanted household goods

An event run by Orkney Islands Council, in partnership with Orkney ZeroWaste, has ensured the redistribution and reuse of almost 1000kg of unwanted household goods - diverting them from being disposed of as waste.

19 January 2017
Wintry roads driving advice

Orkney Islands Council and Police Scotland are advising drivers to take particular care given current road conditions.

12 January 2017
Council Secures Funding for Life Skills Project

Orkney Islands Council has secured £170k of funding for a project which will help vulnerable groups to develop key life skills.

12 January 2017
Locals featured in ActiveLife film

A short film featuring local people getting active has been released by Orkney Islands Council and the Pickaquoy Centre.

12 January 2017
Brexit breakfast blether with Bill and Business Gateway

A business networking breakfast event is being held at the end of this month, to officially launch a new Business Gateway service.

09 January 2017
Crofting Commission Election 2017

An election is being held to elect Crofting Commissioners from the six crofting constituencies.

09 January 2017
£6.5m agreed for Orkney research and innovation campus

Plans for a multi-million pound research and innovation campus in Stromness are set to go ahead after the two organisations behind the venture agreed funding for the project.

09 January 2017
Views sought on housing advice and information strategy

The Council’s Housing Service is seeking public views on its Advice and Information Strategy.

05 January 2017
Community Learning Classes 2017

The 'Community Learning Guide' for 2017-2018 is now available with classes from Archaeology to Welding.

05 January 2017
Karen awarded BEM

The Council’s Head of Executive Support, Karen Greaves, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours List.

31 December 2016
Second Meeting of the Islands Strategic Group

The second meeting of the Islands Strategic Group took place yesterday, Monday 19 December, in Bute.

21 December 2016
Council teams up with Orkney Zerowaste for after-Christmas re-use and recycle event

Orkney Islands Council’s Waste Management team has organised a collection of unwanted electrical and household goods and items for the New Year.

21 December 2016
Details of new Orkney-wide leisure card announced

Being more active, more often, is now a more affordable new year’s resolution with Orkney’s “universal leisure card” scheme launching early in 2017.

21 December 2016
Support for refugees – Arabic speakers asked to get in touch

Orkney Islands Council is asking Arabic speakers living in the county to get in touch if they may be able to help with efforts to support families caught up in the conflict in Syria.

19 December 2016
Stromness Academy on Track to National Final

A group of pupils at Stromness Academy have made the Scottish finals of a national initiative aimed at supporting young people in building their skills.

16 December 2016
So you want to be a Councillor?

With the local elections coming up in May next year, Orkney Islands Council is encouraging anyone who is thinking about standing for election to find out more about the process.

16 December 2016
Proposed new guidance for ‘Housing in the Countryside’ and ‘Energy’

Newly updated planning guidance for housing in Orkney’s rural areas and energy will be published by Orkney Islands Council on December 15, for a public consultation.

15 December 2016
Enterprising new nativity scene for the Cathedral

A new nativity scene created by folk from St Colms is lighting up a nook in the St Magnus Cathedral this Christmas.

13 December 2016
LEADER funding for local projects

Six local projects have secured support from the latest round of LEADER funding.

08 December 2016
Website maintenance

Due to essential website maintenance, the Orkney Islands Council website may be unavailable for a brief period from 22:00 on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 December 2016.

08 December 2016
Hunt the puffin and win a Christmas gift

Young visitors to the Orkney Museum are invited to join a Christmas puffin hunt.

07 December 2016
Isles residents offered help with recycling‎

The Council is contacting households in the North and South Isles to offer up to two wheelie bins to help with recycling and waste storage.

07 December 2016
Archive a treasure trove of wartime memories

A rolling exhibition of archive material from 100 years ago is shedding new light on how Orcadians experienced, thought and felt about World War 1.

02 December 2016
Police Scotland Welcomed to Warehouse Buildings

An open evening will be held next week to welcome Police Scotland to the Warehouse Buildings in Stromness.

02 December 2016
Your chance to comment on procurement proposals

Feedback is invited on proposals which set out the approach Orkney Islands Council will take in future in the procurement of work, goods and services.

01 December 2016
Energy Efficiency Funding Reminder

Are you struggling to keep your home warm during the colder weather?

01 December 2016
Government introduces document check for taxi and private hire car drivers

People applying for licences to drive taxis or private hire cars will from the start of December have to show that they have the right to work in the UK.

28 November 2016
Summer tradition on show for Christmas season

This year’s Christmas Exhibition opens at the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall on Saturday (December 3) with a celebration of a unique event.

28 November 2016
Orkney getting in the festive spirit

Orkney is getting into the festive spirit as the tree lighting season gets underway from this Saturday (26 November).

25 November 2016
Get Switched On to National Consumer Week 2016

Monday 28th November marks the beginning of this year’s National Consumer Week.

25 November 2016
Barriers listed as structures of national importance

Two of Orkney’s famous Churchill Barriers have been listed by Historic Environment Scotland for the first time.

24 November 2016
Orkney secondary schools reach silver sports status

Kirkwall Grammar School and Stromness Academy have both been recognised with a national award for innovation and achievement in delivering physical education and extra-curricular sport.

23 November 2016
Caledonia LNG: Joint Co-operation Agreement To Develop Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Deliveries in North UK and North Sea

UK – ExxonMobil, Babcock International Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), Calor and Orkney Islands Council have signed an agreement to collaborate in the “Caledonia LNG ” project. The aim is to develop the infrastructure, storage and technical support needed to enable safe liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations for customers in the north of the UK and North Sea, including bunkering.

23 November 2016
Home Office takes up Orkney offer to help refugees

The UK Government has accepted an offer from Orkney Islands Council to provide homes for two families caught up in the conflict in Syria.

22 November 2016
Alert on local fraudulent parking tickets scam

Orkney Islands Council’s Trading Standards Service are alerting members of the Orkney public of a fraudulent parking ticket scam received by a number of local residents.

22 November 2016
Culture Fund 2017 – 2018 open for applications

Orkney Islands Council is inviting applications for its 2017 to 2018 Culture Fund.

22 November 2016
Help stamp out puppy farming this Christmas

Orkney Islands Council is supporting a national campaign to help stamp out so- called ‘puppy farms’, by issuing a list of tips for anyone shopping for a puppy

22 November 2016
DIY Rescue for Historic Homes

DIY enthusiasts can sign up for expert tips on how to properly repair traditional homes, thanks to funding support from the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative (KTHI).

22 November 2016
OLECG update

The Orkney Local Emergency Coordinating Group met at 4pm for an update on the situation with phone networks in the county.

17 November 2016
Minister visits new housing

The Scottish Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart MSP visited Orkney recently.

17 November 2016
Message from OLECG - 17 November

The Orkney Local Emergency Coordinating Group met at lunchtime today to determine a multi-agency response to the phone and electricity outages being reported at various locations throughout Orkney.

17 November 2016
Armed forces award for Council

Orkney Islands Council has been recognised for its support for the armed forces.

17 November 2016
Candidates for next year's MSYP elections

The names of the candidates hoping to be elected as Orkney’s Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament have been announced.

11 November 2016
Pioneering marine plan wins Scottish Award

A plan developed with communities across the north of Scotland to help manage the marine environment in and around Orkney has won a national award for its pioneering joint working.

09 November 2016
Sustainable Fishing Projects Receive Backing from Local Fund

Two projects have received the backing of a local fund designed to support the development of the local fisheries sector and community.

07 November 2016
Exhibition showcases work by new Orkney art collective

An exhibition showcasing the work of a new art collective, established by a group of young Orkney based graduates, opens tomorrow (Saturday November 5) in Kirkwall.

04 November 2016
Students step into new Evie School

Evie school children are enjoying their first week in their new school.

03 November 2016
Lucky escape for centuries old carving

A routine check of artefacts on loan at the Orkney Museum has revealed a remarkable tale of luck, serendipity and survival against all odds for one centuries-old carving.

03 November 2016
OIC Christmas Grant Scheme Open

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

03 November 2016
Pride in Billy’s achievements

The Council has congratulated Billy Muir, whose work as an airfield firefighter in North Ronaldsay has helped him win a Pride of Britain Award.

02 November 2016