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Kirklands Road and Quoybanks Area

Orkney Islands Council, alongside Police colleagues, are appealing to residents in the Kirklands Road and Quoybanks Cresent area of Kirkwall to be careful when they are parking, following issues with the town bus accessing the area.

20 April 2018
Junction Road update

The Council has held further discussions with businesses affected by road works on Junction Road in Kirkwall.

18 April 2018
Have you ever thought about working for the Council?

Orkney Islands Council is holding a recruitment event this month.

13 April 2018
‘Support and Services Merkitplace’ for Hoy

An event is being run in Hoy next month to provide an opportunity for the local community to find out more about some of the health and wellbeing support and services currently available in Orkney.

12 April 2018
Changes in bus services and traffic access due to central Kirkwall roadworks

Diversions and changes to public bus timetables will be in place from this Monday (16 April) while vital road work is carried out by the Council on Junction Road and New Scapa Road in Kirkwall.

11 April 2018
Dog fouling complaints on the rise again

A recent dog mess campaign created by pupils at Papdale Primary School appears have had the desired effect – with a 43% decrease in complaints to Environmental Health about dog fouling immediately after the campaign launched.

06 April 2018
Lifestyles Exhibition from 13 April

An exhibition of artwork created by the users of Orkney Health and Care’s Lifestyles Centre opens next week (Friday 13 April).

06 April 2018
Improvements due at Stromness Campsite

A redevelopment project is about to get underway at the Ness Campsite in Stromness.

05 April 2018
Your Kirkwall - local people asked for their views

Orkney Islands Council is inviting feedback on a plan for how Kirkwall could develop in future that has emerged from an ideas-gathering exercise held earlier this year.

05 April 2018
Lift exhibition opens this week

Orkney Museum will be showing an exhibition of new work by three local artists this month.

Ingrid Budge, Alan Watson and Rebecca Marr will exhibit together for the first time in a show they have called ‘Lift’.

The title, an Orkney dialect word for sky, reflects their shared interest in Orkney skies and clouds. The exhibition opens on Saturday 7 April.

03 April 2018
Kirkwall road works

Temporary traffic lights will be in place in Kirkwall from Wednesday 4 April at the mini roundabout where Pickaquoy Road joins Junction Road.

03 April 2018
Temporary Lyness exhibitions extended

The closure of Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum is to be extended into 2019.

30 March 2018
Easter weekend Council information

Due to the Easter Monday holiday, the Council Offices will be closed from 17:00 on Friday 30 March until 09:00 on Tuesday 2 April 2018.

30 March 2018
School meals update - 2018

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

28 March 2018
North Isles Airfields Flying High at National Transport Awards

Orkney's council-operated airfields have been shortlisted for a national award.

27 March 2018
Council Publishes Procurement Forward Plan for 2018/2019

Two important documents relating to how the Council procures goods and services have been published on the Council website this week.

26 March 2018
University Principals look to the future on Orkney visit

The Principals of three of Scotland’s universities have been looking at new opportunities for collaborative working during a two-day visit to Orkney.

21 March 2018
Safety advice after illegal dumping of explosives

The Council is reminding the public of the risks of dumping potentially explosive material.

21 March 2018
£4.5m North Isles Landscape Scheme Gets Go-Ahead from National Lottery

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed the announcement that they have secured funding from the National Lottery for a £4.5m North Isles Landscape Scheme.

21 March 2018
Contract awarded for Orkney research and innovation campus

A £5.39 million construction contract has been awarded for the development of a new Research and Innovation Campus in Orkney.

19 March 2018
Busy year for Scapa Flow

More than 110 tanker operations have taken place in Scapa Flow over the past 12 months – the highest figure recorded for many years.

19 March 2018
World Social Work Day to be Celebrated in Orkney

An event highlighting the valuable work carried out by social workers takes place in Kirkwall next week.

15 March 2018
Culture & Business Fund Scotland roadshow comes to Orkney

Independent charity Arts & Business Scotland will visit Orkney later this month as part of a series of special events across the Highlands and Islands to promote greater collaboration between local cultural organisations and the local business community.

15 March 2018
Updated core paths plan published

Orkney Islands Council has published a reviewed Core Paths plan for public comment, following feedback gathered over the last several months.

15 March 2018
Glass recycling advice for businesses

The Council is advising that a collection point for glass bottles and jars from commercial businesses will no longer be available at Cursiter Quarry from Thursday 15 March.

14 March 2018
Council seeks to bolster Islands Bill

Orkney Islands Council is working with partners in seeking amendments to the Islands Bill for the next stage of its progress through the Scottish Parliament.

13 March 2018
Resurfacing works cancelled - Junction Road

The resurfacing works on Junction Road, Kirkwall planned to start on Monday (12 March) as advertised in yesterday’s Orcadian have had to be cancelled.

09 March 2018
Dust off your musical instruments this Pass It On week

Hand over your under-loved musical instruments for the benefit of young musicians in the county, as part of national Pass It On Week.

06 March 2018
What's in the boot?

Visitors to Hatston tip will be asked to take a second look at what's in their boot - as part of next week's national re-use event 'Pass It On' week.

06 March 2018
Council welcomes case for grid investment

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed news that energy supplier Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has formally submitted a ‘Needs Case’ to energy regulator Ofgem for a new transmission link for Orkney.

05 March 2018
Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum refurbishment update

Temporary displays of items from the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum have been set up in Kirkwall while the facility undergoes a major refurbishment. 

28 February 2018
Cold snap advice

Orkney Island Council is reminding drivers to be vigilant and take extra care in the current cold conditions.

28 February 2018
Business Festival programme unveiled

Orkney is set to tap into a wealth of expertise and experience when the second Orkney Business Festival gets underway in three weeks’ time.

27 February 2018
Kirkwall road works planned

Orkney Islands Council is advising that essential maintenance work is set to take place on Victoria Street in Kirkwall next week (Monday 26 February 2018 to Friday 2 March 2018).

23 February 2018
Biodiversity Duty Report Now Available


Orkney Islands Council has published its Biodiversity Duty Report for 2015 to 2017.

23 February 2018
Budget for year ahead agreed

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

22 February 2018
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