OIC Press Releases

OIC News
Covid-19 - OLECG appeal update

An appeal for people with available accommodation to get in touch with the Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group (OLECG) has met with a strong response.

03 April 2020
Covid-19 - Waste collections during the pandemic – your questions answered

Orkney Islands Council has published an online guide to the household waste collection arrangements that will operate during the coronavirus outbreak.

03 April 2020
Covid-19 - OIC Working Towards Business Grant Payments for April 6

Orkney Islands Council is expecting to make the first payments from the Scottish Government business grant funds on April 6.

The Council is administering the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government.

01 April 2020
Covid-19 – Support Hub to contact most at risk directly

People in Orkney who have received a letter from the NHS identifying them as being most at risk from Covid-19 will be contacted by the Orkney Coronavirus Community Support Hub from today, Wednesday.

01 April 2020
Covid-19 – OLECG meets 31 March 2020

Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group (OLECG) met today in response to the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic.

31 March 2020
New refuse collection day for Hoy

Due to the changes to ferry timetables, refuse collections in Hoy have now been scheduled for Wednesdays, with the first collection being tomorrow – 01 April 2020.

31 March 2020
Free Car Parking

As of today, all council carparks will be free of charge as part of OIC’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

31 March 2020
Protecting children during the COVID-19 coronavirus public health emergency

Orkney Public Protection Chief Officer’s Group are urging everyone to keep their eyes and ears open for children who may be at risk of harm, abuse or neglect during the COVID-19 coronavirus public health emergency. It’s now more important than ever for members of the public to speak up if they’re concerned about a child or children.

31 March 2020
Covid-19 – recycling services to be suspended

Orkney Islands Council is making significant changes to waste and recycling services because of the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

30 March 2020
Covid-19 - business discussions underway

Representatives from a broad range of business sectors have begun discussions with Orkney’s newly established Economic and Business Response and Recovery Group on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

27 March 2020
Covid-19 - Orkney Coronavirus Community Support Hub

A call centre to provide essential information and support to the most vulnerable people in Orkney has been established which will open formally on Monday.

The NHS is notifying all those most at risk – and for whom the new service is aimed at - by letter.

27 March 2020
Covid-19 - Key Workers

Following recent measures put in place by the UK and Scottish Government in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Orkney Islands Council has clarified the categories of ‘key workers’ required to support essential services locally.

27 March 2020
Covid-19 - Appeal for Staff

Are you out of work, recently retired, or can you spare even a couple of hours a week? Orkney Islands Council is looking at ways to staff vital service areas in response to the Covid-19 outbreak and one of the options will be offering additional short-term employment.

27 March 2020
Covid-19- Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

As part of the efforts to help to delay the spread of COVID-19, the Registration Office at Kirkwall is closed to the public until further notice.

26 March 2020
Covid-19 – public toilets

Public toilets and pier waiting rooms across the Mainland and the isles are being closed as part of Orkney Islands Council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

25 March 2020
Covid-19 – business support grants

Businesses can now apply for grants to help them deal with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

25 March 2020
Covid-19 – Revised Bus Timetables

Orkney Islands Council are advising that as of Thursday, 26 March, new revised public bus timetables will come into effect until further notice.

25 March 2020
Covid-19 - care homes update

Visiting can no longer take place at care homes operated by Orkney Health and Care in response to the strengthening of nationwide measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

24 March 2020
Covid-19 – Council providing only key services

Orkney Islands Council is now focusing its efforts on the most essential services the local community requires – after the UK and Scottish Governments announced stringent new measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

24 March 2020
Covid-19 – OLECG meets

Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group (OLECG) met virtually today in response to the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic - with representatives involved from all key agencies across the county.

24 March 2020
Covid-19 - Building Standards

Following advice from our Executive Director and Head of Service I have to inform you that the Orkney Islands Council - Building Standards service has been temporarily suspended until the current COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, or alternative measures have been implemented to allow staff to undertake work from home.

24 March 2020
Covid-19 - Housing repairs

Orkney Islands Council’s Housing Service is advising that due to the current COVID-19 situation and recent guidance for contractors, only emergency repairs will be carried out within their houses – for example internal power failure or leak.

24 March 2020
Covid-19 – update on key worker childcare and free school meals

Orkney Islands Council continues to take steps to ensure childcare is provided in schools and nurseries for the children of key workers.

23 March 2020
Covid-19 – Recycling Centres and waste services current guidance

The five Recycling Centres in Orkney – at Hatston, Garson, Cursiter, St Margaret’s Hope and Bossack – remain open as normal at present.

23 March 2020
Additional support planned for the most vulnerable

Following the announcement earlier this afternoon that the Scottish Government has requested all local authorities to take extra steps to support the most vulnerable in our community, Council officers have swung into action this afternoon to get this up and running.

22 March 2020
Key worker childcare arrangements in place

Over the weekend, Orkney Islands Council’s education staff have responded to 250 applications for childcare for key workers' children and young people under the age of 16.

22 March 2020
Coronavirus - Care Homes, Supported Accommodation and Home Care

Visiting restrictions to our Care Homes are now in place following guidance from Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland to help delay the spread of COVID-19.

20 March 2020
Covid-19 – Economic and Business Response and Recovery Group

Orkney Islands Council, Business Gateway Orkney and other partner agencies have established an Economic and Business Response and Recovery Group.

20 March 2020
Coronavirus: Information for Council Tax payers

With recent developments in the coronavirus outbreak, we understand that many Council Tax payers may be worried about the bills for the new financial year that we recently issued

20 March 2020
MyOrkney - a new way to contact us about our services

Orkney Islands Council has launched a new online platform which will make it easier to get in touch, make online payments and to report and track issues and requests.

20 March 2020
Covid-19 – school and nursery closures

The Council has responded to the announcement from the Scottish Government that schools and local authority nurseries will close from Friday afternoon (20 March).

20 March 2020
Coronavirus – range of facilities to close

Leisure, cultural and library facilities in Orkney will close to the public later this week as part of efforts to help prevent infection by the coronavirus.

19 March 2020
Covid-19 – school closures

Following yesterday's announcement on school closures by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the Council is awaiting clarification from the Scottish Government on the detail behind this.

19 March 2020
John Street Retaining Wall Repair

A contractor has been appointed and work will begin shortly to start repairs to a damaged section of wall in Stromness.

18 March 2020
Covid-19 preparations

Detailed planning has taken place over recent weeks to ensure the Council can respond as effectively as possible in the event of Covid-19 cases in Orkney.

17 March 2020
Road works in the Hope

From Monday 16 March, Orkney Islands Council will be carrying out carriageway repairs and resurfacing on the Ontoft Road, from Cromarty Square to the Pier Road, in St Margaret’s Hope.

13 March 2020
Owners of viewpoint bench sought

Orkney Islands Council is seeking to get in touch with the owners of a memorial bench at the Downies Lane viewpoint in Stromness.

11 March 2020
Barriers survey launched

People in Orkney are being asked for their views on options the Council might consider in response to wave over-topping at the second Churchill Barrier.

11 March 2020
Public events for Hoy wind turbines proposal

Orkney Islands Council is to present revised plans for a seven-turbine wind farm in Hoy to the public later this month to allow folk to provide input in advance of a planning application being submitted later this year.

10 March 2020
Coronavirus information

Advice on Covid-19 and the Coronavirus.

09 March 2020
Flooding protection options for St Margaret’s Hope

Orkney Islands Council say work is ongoing to find solutions to reduce the risk of flooding within St Margaret’s Hope.

09 March 2020
Met Mast Installation to Get Underway at Quanterness and Hoy

Work to install 'met masts' at two of the sites being considered as part of 'Orkney's Community Wind Farm Project’ is due to get underway shortly.

09 March 2020
Odin of Scapa launched

 The first of the Orkney Islands Council two new tugs – Odin of Scapa – was launched at the end of February at the Sanmar Shipyard at Altinova in Turkey.

06 March 2020
Supplementary Guidance consultation opens.

Orkney Islands Council are inviting comments on their planning document - Supplementary Guidance: Housing in the Countryside.

05 March 2020
Seminar could open up opportunities for business growth between Orkney and Japan

An exciting opportunity has arisen for businesses in Orkney to attend a free seminar for those interested in global market growth, particularly between the UK and Japan.

04 March 2020
Budget for year ahead agreed

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

04 March 2020
Replacement ferry purchase moves ahead

Orkney Islands Council is set to purchase a vessel to replace the aging ferry MV Golden Mariana.

03 March 2020
New exhibition - "Mizzle and strife and all things nice"

Saturday, 7 March, sees the opening of a new exhibition at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall.

28 February 2020
Local opinion sought on Orkney Library & Archive services

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

28 February 2020
Images of War – a number of unshown works to go on display at Orkney Museum

A selection of artworks from Orkney Islands Council’s wartime collections, some of which have never been shown before, will be on display at Orkney Museum from 29 February to 4 April.

28 February 2020
Alcohol and drug hub pilot project for Orkney

A new alcohol and drug hub is to be trialled in Orkney.

28 February 2020
Praise for long service with ferries

After more than 42 years helping steer the office side of Orkney Ferries, Lorraine MacDonald is heading off to new pastures.

26 February 2020
Budget for year ahead discussed by councillors

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

25 February 2020
Youth Fund open for applications


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

21 February 2020
Connectivity funding welcomed

Orkney Islands Council Leader James Stockan has welcomed an announcement of £5 million in funding from the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

21 February 2020
Orkney folk invited to take part in electric vehicle survey

People in Orkney are being encouraged to take part in a survey to gather information surrounding their views and experiences of electric vehicles and associated charging technology.

21 February 2020
Quanterness Planning Application Submitted

A planning application has been submitted by Orkney Islands Council this week for a six-turbine wind farm development at Quanterness outside Kirkwall.

19 February 2020
OIC Leader praises staff for storm work

Orkney Islands Council Leader Councillor James Stockan has paid tribute to council employees for their “incredible efforts” in dealing with the difficult storm conditions in Orkney this month.

18 February 2020
New support group for Kinship Carers

A support group for “Kinship Carers” is being set up in Orkney.

18 February 2020
North Ronaldsay sailing for Wednesday

A ferry carrying essential supplies is due to visit North Ronaldsay tomorrow (Wednesday 19 February), almost three weeks since the island last received cargo by sea – and with this weekend’s scheduled sailing almost certain to be cancelled again.

18 February 2020
Maths for Parents

A new Community Learning Class is starting in March titled Maths for Parents.

13 February 2020
OLECG update – Monday 10 February

OLECG, the Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group, is advising people living in coastal areas at risk of flooding to remain vigilant.

10 February 2020
OLECG update

OLECG, the Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group, is advising people living in areas that could be affected by coastal flooding to keep an eye on updates from SEPA, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

09 February 2020
Flood Alert for Orkney

OLECG, the Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group, met today for a second time in preparation for potential flooding in coastal areas of the county.

08 February 2020
Flood Warnings issued ahead of Strom Ciara

OLECG, the Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group, met today in response to forecasts of serious flooding throughout the county.

07 February 2020
OIC funding for 2020-2021 announced

Under the draft settlement announced by the Scottish Government, the main funding Orkney Islands Council receives to run services will be £77.5 million for 2020-2021.

07 February 2020
Victoria Street reopens to traffic

Orkney Islands Council have reopened the section of Broad Street outside the Royal Bank of Scotland after the street works that’s part of the Kirkwall THI project finished ahead of schedule.

05 February 2020
Moratorium call

The three Island Councils have called for a moratorium on plans by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) to centralise air traffic control services.

05 February 2020
Green light for ReFLEX Orkney project

The ground-breaking ReFLEX Orkney project is to progress from feasibility studies into a demonstration phase.

04 February 2020
Ferries frustration – Leader’s new call to First Minister

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council is asking for a rethink by the First Minister after receiving a “frustrating and disappointing” response to a call for fair funding for local ferry services.

04 February 2020
The Life and Times of Orcadian Artist Jim Baikie

This Saturday sees the opening at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, of the exhibition “The Life and Times of Orkney Artist Jim Baikie”.

31 January 2020
New head teacher for Papa Westray

A new head teacher has been appointed for Papa Westray Community School.

31 January 2020
Your library in one app

Orkney Library and Archive’s round-the-clock borrowing service is expanding – with more titles available from early next week.

30 January 2020
Elaine appointed Lord-Lieutenant

The Queen’s appointment of Elaine Grieve as the 21st Lord-Lieutenant for Orkney was warmly welcomed today (Wednesday 29 January).

29 January 2020
Going for Gold

Two schools in Orkney have received prestigious Gold sportscotland School Sport Awards.

29 January 2020
Italian Chapel appeal

An appeal for stories, letters and artefacts from the Italian Chapel Prisoners of War has been launched by the committee who look after the Lamb Holm place of worship.

27 January 2020
Stromness road works - 27 to 31 January

Orkney Islands Council will be carrying out road maintenance on Victoria Street and Graham Place, Stromness, between Church Road and Dundas Street.

24 January 2020
Bill thanked as he retires as Lord-Lieutenant

Tribute has been paid to Bill Spence on his retirement as Orkney’s Lord-Lieutenant.

22 January 2020
Deadline for energy efficiency upgrades growing closer

Orkney Islands Council is advising that the closing date for funding to improve the energy efficiency of local homes is at the end of March 2020.

22 January 2020
Red bags reminder

Orkney Islands Council is about to begin January’s delivery of Red Bags for household waste.

21 January 2020
Keeping an eye on the seas around us – study leads to PhD

For seven years Jenni Kakkonen has followed the fortunes of tiny creatures living around the shores of Scapa Flow.

21 January 2020
Hamnavoe House open day

The new care home in Stromness will open its doors to the public for the first time later this week.

20 January 2020
Orkney’s polling stations – your views invited

A review of polling arrangements in Orkney is underway.

20 January 2020
Public views sought over on-street parking in Kirkwall

Orkney Islands Council will hold consultation sessions later this month to present proposals for on-street parking in Kirkwall town centre, and give local businesses, residents and the wider public an opportunity to comment.

15 January 2020
“Business Academy” project to be launched in Stronsay

Existing and potential business people in Stronsay - Orkney’s Island of Bays - are being invited to take part in a “Business Academy” pilot project, due to get off the ground in February.

15 January 2020
OLECG update - Tuesday 14 January

With the worst risk of flooding now over, organisations involved in Orkney’s response to Storm Brendan will continue for a time to keep an eye out for potential impacts.

14 January 2020
Flood Warnings issued for Orkney

OLECG, the Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group, met today in response to forecasts of serious flooding throughout the county.

13 January 2020
Ferries concern during dry dock period

Orkney Islands Council Leader James Stockan has voiced his concern that a freight ship will be standing in for the MV Hamnavoe during the ferry’s refit period.

10 January 2020
Stromness road works continue

The road works in Stromness that started earlier this week are due to continue from Monday (13 January) along the main street through the town.

10 January 2020
Carness road closure

Orkney Islands Council is advising that part of Carness Road will be closed to traffic from Monday 13 January to Sunday 19 January to enable underground services to be laid to the Carness housing development.

10 January 2020
Early learning and childcare expansion – enrolment coming soon

Families in Orkney are being encouraged to enrol their children for fully funded early learning and childcare ahead of a major expansion this summer.

10 January 2020
Arctic visit to Orkney

Opportunities to strengthen and build new links with nations in the Arctic were discussed during a visit to Orkney by leading figures with a keen interest in the region.

23 December 2019
End this discrimination – OIC Leader’s call to First Minister

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council has sent a strongly-worded open letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, accusing the Scottish Government of ‘blatant discrimination’ in the funding of local ferry services.

23 December 2019
Fire leads to batteries warning

Orkney Islands Council is warning of the dangers of placing batteries in household and business waste – after fire resulted in the temporary closure of the Chinglebraes Waste Transfer Station.

20 December 2019
Visual Artists and Craft Makers fund open for applicants

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

19 December 2019
Washing machine recall advice

Orkney Islands Council’s Trading Standards team is highlighting advice about the washing machine recall announced this week.

18 December 2019
Christmas tree collection - February 2020

A Christmas tree collection for households within 30mph areas on the Orkney Mainland and in the connected South Isles will take place in early February.

16 December 2019
Names chosen for tugs

Orkney’s new tugs will be called Odin of Scapa and Thor of Scapa.

16 December 2019
Athlete Travel Scheme – Bids Invited

Island athletes are being given the opportunity to benefit from a scheme to support them with travel costs thanks to a partnership between sportscotland and the local authorities in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

13 December 2019
Result for Orkney and Shetland constituency

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

13 December 2019
Culture Fund opens for 2020 – 2021 applications

Orkney Islands Council is inviting applications for its Culture Fund which is aimed at supporting cultural activity in Orkney.

11 December 2019
Postal votes reminder as Election approaches

People voting by post in Orkney are urged to return their postal votes in sufficient time to reach next week’s General Election count in Kirkwall.

06 December 2019
Kirkwall Road Works – 9 to 11 December

Orkney Islands Council is advising that road maintenance work will be carried out in Kirkwall next week.

05 December 2019
Recycling collections update

Orkney Islands Council is starting to have more recycling vehicles available to carry out collections after a number of recent breakdowns.

04 December 2019
Shaping local care and health services – find out more

An event this week offers the chance to discover how the development of a different approach to providing social care and community health services is progressing in Orkney.

03 December 2019
Safe space available on Friday before Christmas

Partner agencies in Orkney will be operating a safe space for revellers on so-called ‘Mad Friday’ during the festive period.

03 December 2019
Kirkwall street works update

Orkney Islands Council is advising that Palace Road and Tankerness Lane in Kirkwall will be open to traffic again from Monday (2 December).

29 November 2019
Postal and proxy votes update

Voters in Orkney are reminded they still have time to apply for a proxy vote.

29 November 2019
Christmas trees from Norway arrive

Orkney is getting into the festive spirit with the annual tree lighting season starting this week.

26 November 2019
Ferries update

The MV Shapinsay will provide ferry services to and from Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre from Monday 25 November.

22 November 2019
Kirkwall road works – 25 to 27 November

Orkney Islands Council is advising that road maintenance work will be carried out in Kirkwall next week.

22 November 2019
Stromness festive lighting – 25 November

Orkney Islands Council is advising that festive lighting will be put up in Stromness on Monday 25 November.

22 November 2019
Chief Executive retires

Alistair Buchan, Orkney Islands Council’s Chief Executive since 1997, has retired on medical grounds.

21 November 2019
Tugs poll closes soon

Orkney Islands Council has issued a reminder that people under a week left to help choose names for the county's two new tugs.

20 November 2019
Postal vote reminder

With under four weeks to go before the General Election, voters in Orkney and Shetland are being urged to think now about how they plan to take part in the poll.

18 November 2019
Baltic bowls and Riga cups at Orkney Museum

A new exhibition at the Orkney Museum features a colourful Russian link with the islands in the 1800s

18 November 2019
Candidates announced for Orkney and Shetland constituency - 14 November

Six candidates have put their names forward to stand for the Orkney and Shetland Constituency in the UK General Election in December.

14 November 2019
Hope festive lighting

Orkney Islands Council advising that festive lighting will be put up in St Margaret’s Hope on Thursday 14 November 2019.

13 November 2019
Road maintenance work – 11 to 15 November

Orkney Islands Council is advising that road maintenance work will be carried out in Kirkwall next week.

08 November 2019
Notice of General Election published

The Notice of Election for December’s General Election has been published today (Friday 8 November).

08 November 2019
Help celebrate Orkney sporting success

Sports Awards Nominations are requested for the most prestigious awards in Orkney sport.

06 November 2019
Road resurfacing works start shortly

Orkney Islands Council is advising of plans for resurfacing works on six roads around Orkney over coming months.

06 November 2019
Orkney’s Young People gather for Chamber debate - 2019

Young people from across Orkney will gather in the Council Chamber to debate issues of importance to them later this month.

06 November 2019
Two more Orkney schools win gold

A record number of Scottish schools - 12 of them from Orkney - have received a prestigious award from sportscotland in recognition of their commitment to school sport.

05 November 2019
Cast your vote in new tugs poll

A public vote is underway to select the names for Orkney’s new tugs - currently under construction in Turkey.

05 November 2019
Public events for Quanterness wind turbines proposal

Orkney Islands Council is to present revised plans for a six turbine wind farm at Quanterness to the public later this month.

05 November 2019
Stromness road works - November 2019

Orkney Islands Council is advising that Alfred Street in Stromness will be closed to traffic from Monday 4 November for around five weeks to allow drainage work to take place.

01 November 2019
Stromness road works - 28 to 31 October

Road maintenance work is planned for Stromness next week.

25 October 2019
Kirkwall road closure - week beginning 28 October

Orkney Islands Council is advising that a section of Palace Road in Kirkwall is set to be closed to traffic for around five weeks.

24 October 2019
Recycling disruptions today and tomorrow

Mechanical issues have affected recycling collections today (Monday 21 October) and will also cause disruptions tomorrow (Tuesday 22 October)

21 October 2019
Your chance to look round new campus building

A special open day takes place this week, showcasing the new Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC) Robert Rendall building in Stromness.

21 October 2019
Flares warning

Orkney Islands Council has issued a safety reminder after maritime distress flares were dumped at St Margaret’s Hope household waste and recycling centre.

18 October 2019
Orkney Health and Care publishes three year plan

The body overseeing the delivery of health and social care in the county has published its plan for the next three years.

17 October 2019
Street Closures in Stromness Next Week

Orkney Islands Council will be carrying out flagstone replacement works in Dundas Street, Stromness next week.

11 October 2019
Electoral Registration reminder 2019

Reminders have now been sent to all properties in Orkney who have not yet responded to Electoral Registration Household Enquiry forms issued earlier this year.

10 October 2019
Council house lettings policy reminder

Orkney Islands Council's consultation on potential changes to its Council house letting policy closes on Sunday.

10 October 2019
Council moves to showcase low carbon credentials during UN gathering

Orkney’s pioneering work in the renewables and low carbon sectors should be showcased as part of the United Nations Conference of Parties (C0P) next year as one way of sharing and showcasing climate change solutions, Councillors have agreed.

10 October 2019
OIC to submit funding bid for further 4/5G trials

Orkney Islands Council has agreed to take part in a bid to the UK Government for another round of funding to support testing of 4/5G services in Orkney.

10 October 2019
Peedie Breeks Update from OIC

Peedie Breeks is a long established and valued business in Kirkwall. The decision of the owners to cease trading will have a significant impact on a number of families. This issue has attracted public interest in the last week and we thought it might be useful to provide you with some information on some of the main issues that have been raised.

09 October 2019

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