OIC Press Releases

OIC News
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
OIC Statement on Peedie Breeks Closure

We have been advised today (Friday 4 October) that the owners of Peedie Breeks will be closing the doors on the service in July next year. This is a long established and valued service in Kirkwall and this decision will impact on a number of families.

04 October 2019
Victoria Street Closures Next Week

Victoria Street in Kirkwall will be closed to traffic during the day for three days next week.

04 October 2019
Planning permission approved for Finstown substation

A meeting of Orkney Islands Council's Full Council has today (1 October 2019) approved planning permission for the erection of a substation and associated works at land near Heddle Hill in Firth.

01 October 2019
Loads on at the Library in October

The Orkney Library and Archive in Kirkwall will be a hive of activity this October as they join in national Libraries Week and Fun Palaces celebrations.

01 October 2019
OIC Receives £774k Funding from first Crown Estate Distribution

Orkney Islands Council has today (30 September) welcomed the news that they are to receive £774k from Crown Estate funds to spend on local projects.

30 September 2019
Naming ceremony for new pilot vessel

Orkney's new pilot launch was today officially named Scapa Pathfinder.

27 September 2019
Report sets out findings of headstones review

A report to today's meeting of the Council's Monitoring and Audit Committee (26 September 2019) has set out the key findings of a review into the Council's 2018 headstones and burial ground safety programme - and made a number of recommendations for how the programme should be improved for any future works.

26 September 2019
Arctic initiative launched in Stromness

Orkney Islands Council Leader James Stockan today welcomed an initiative designed to strengthen and build new links between Scotland and nations in the Arctic.

23 September 2019
OIC Marks National Inclusion Week

Orkney Islands Council is this year taking part in National Inclusion Week.

20 September 2019
Northern Isles ferry contract

Orkney Islands Council today welcomed an announcement from the Scottish Government on the next Northern Isles ferry contract, with Serco NorthLink named as the preferred bidder.

20 September 2019
Progress report on headstone reinstatement works

Work to re-erect headstones in Orkney's cemeteries is continuing with five cemeteries now completed, and one more expected to be completed shortly.

18 September 2019
Drop by and discover more about working with the public sector

Businesses have the chance next month to find out more about providing services and supplies for the public sector in Orkney.

18 September 2019
Red bag rollout to start

Orkney Islands Council is about to begin the September Red Bag Roll out.

18 September 2019
Householders urged to focus on foil

This recycling week (23-29 September), Orkney Islands Council is running a mini-campaign encouraging residents to recycle even more foil trays and household foil.

18 September 2019
OIC Leader Responds to OFGEM Orkney interconnector announcement

Orkney Islands Council's Leader James Stockan has responded to the news that UK energy regulator OFGEM has conditionally approved SSEN proposals to build a 220MW interconnector linking Orkney with the Scottish mainland.

17 September 2019
Powerful message to be driven home at Safe Drive, Stay Alive event

A powerful message will be driven home to local people next week as the Safe Drive, Stay Alive event comes to Orkney.

12 September 2019
Review of electoral arrangements in Orkney – public consultation

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland has begun a public consultation on proposals for councillor numbers and ward boundaries in Orkney Islands Council area.

11 September 2019
Sports leaders meet in Orkney to set the bar high for 2023 Island Games

Setting the bar high for sport across Scotland’s Highlands and Islands will be focus of a special event in Orkney later this month, as work starts in earnest to prepare for the International Island Games to be staged in the county in 2023.

11 September 2019
Sanday School at the heart of the island community

Inspectors from Education Scotland have described Sanday Community School as 'the heart, soul and future' of the island community in a recent inspection report.

11 September 2019
Gas canisters – safe disposal reminder

Orkney Islands Council is reminding the public about the dangers of incorrectly disposing of gas canisters.

10 September 2019
Energy survey reminder

Orkney Islands Council is reminding householders they have the chance to take part in a county-wide energy efficiency survey.

10 September 2019
Orkney to host Arctic event

Scotland's first Arctic Policy Framework will be launched in Orkney, a move welcomed by the Islands Council.

09 September 2019
Scapa Pathfinder update

An underwater inspection of the pilot vessel Scapa Pathfinder is to be carried out into a possible technical issue.

06 September 2019
Visual Artists and Craft Makers Awards Scheme now open

A funding scheme for local artists and craftspeople is now open for applications - for the sixth year in a row.

06 September 2019
Home lettings feedback sought

Orkney Islands Council is to seek views on potential changes to its policy on letting homes.

06 September 2019
Remembering HMS Royal Oak at Orkney Museum

To mark the 80th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Royal Oak on 14th October 1939, a special display of objects from the ship and her crew is on show at Orkney Museum in Kirkwall.

04 September 2019
Community projects secure Community Development Fund support

Two community projects have secured funding from the Council's Community Development Fund (CDF), following a meeting of the CDF sub-committee this week.

04 September 2019
Red Ensign flies for Merchant Navy Day

The Red Ensign flag is flying this Tuesday 3 September over the Town Hall in Kirkwall as Orkney joins UK-wide events in recognition of the nation's merchant seafarers.

03 September 2019
Scapa Flow Museum - first turf cut

A turf cutting ceremony has taken place at Lyness, marking the start of work to restore and improve the Scapa Flow Museum.

02 September 2019
New pilot launch steams in

Orkney's new pilot vessel has arrived at Scapa after a long sea journey from Spain.

01 September 2019
Kirkwall town centre works to get underway on Monday

The Council is reminding folk that the second phase of street improvement works in Kirkwall’s town centre is due to get underway next week (week beginning 2 September).

30 August 2019
North Isles Scheme Teams Up with Orkney Skate Trust for Marine Life Project

The North Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme (NILPS) is to work with the Orkney Skate Trust on an exciting and innovative project to learn more about the critically endangered Flapper Skate and general marine life in the North Isles.

30 August 2019
Scapa Flow Project Shortlisted for National Planning Award

A project by Orkney Islands Council which aims to support the sustainable growth of the aquaculture industry whilst protecting and maintaining the seas around Orkney has been shortlisted for a national planning award.

28 August 2019
Ferry vouchers to be valid for longer

Orkney Ferries is to extend the period multi-journey books of vouchers are valid for.

26 August 2019
Roadworks on Pickaquoy Road at Tesco pedestrian crossing

The Council will be carrying out important road works on Pickaquoy Road from 09:00 tomorrow (Tuesday 27 August) to lay safety surfacing at a pedestrian crossing.

26 August 2019
‘Valuing our Seas’ workshops for marine planning project

An innovative workshop looking at the process of marine planning in Orkney will take place in Kirkwall and Stromness next month.

26 August 2019
Executive Director recruitment update

Orkney Islands Council is set to appoint a new Executive Director of Education, Leisure and Housing.

25 August 2019
Interpreting Kirkwall’s past

New interpretation panels and benches have been installed in Kirkwall.

22 August 2019
Kirkwall THI – next phase announced

The second phase of street improvement works in Kirkwall’s town centre is due to get underway at the beginning of September.

19 August 2019
Museum project – work starts soon

Work to restore and improve the Scapa Flow Museum is set to begin in September.

19 August 2019
Don't be an idler - and help cut those fumes

Orkney Islands Council is urging all motorists to switch over to switching off, following concerns raised by the public about fumes from idling vehicles.

19 August 2019
Cabinet Secretary visit welcomed

Council Leader James Stockan has welcomed the opportunity for discussions today with the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

14 August 2019
Your vote matters - don’t lose it

People in Orkney are being encouraged not to lose their vote by completing and returning their annual canvass form to the Electoral Registration Office as soon as possible.

12 August 2019
Exam results today for Orkney pupils

Pupils across Orkney are today (Tuesday 6 August) receiving their examination results from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

06 August 2019
Cathedral consultation event

The consultation on plans to improve the main entrance at St Magnus Cathedral comes to an end this week.

05 August 2019
Call for artists to contribute to ‘landscape of tales’ exhibition

Artists’ contributions are currently invited for an upcoming winter exhibition at the Orkney Museum exploring folklore, archaeology and landscape.

05 August 2019
Look out for your energy survey – and the chance to win a cash prize

An Orkney-wide energy efficiency survey will drop though letter boxes over the weeks ahead.

02 August 2019
RET funding call for inter-island service

Orkney Islands Council is calling for the Scottish Government to provide funding that would allow cheaper fares on local inter-island ferry routes.

31 July 2019
Planning applications for met masts lodged

Planning applications have been made to install 'met masts' at two of the sites being considered as part of 'Orkney's Community Wind Farm' project.

30 July 2019
Red bags survey – reminder from OIC

Householders who currently receive a red bag waste collection are being reminded to return survey forms to the Council.

25 July 2019
Orkney Hydrogen Strategy Out for Consultation

Views are being sought on a strategy for the development of hydrogen projects in the county.

18 July 2019
Kirkwall named top cruise destination

Orkney has once again topped the table for visitor satisfaction - with Kirkwall named Top Cruise Destination for Western Europe and the United Kingdom.

17 July 2019
Education grants now open for applications

Applications are now open for assistance towards the cost of supporting young people to continue their studies.

16 July 2019
Orkney welcomes new SAGA cruise ship on maiden voyage

One of the world’s newest cruise ships, SAGA's Spirit of Discovery, will visit Orkney when she calls into Kirkwall on her maiden voyage on Sunday 14 July.

12 July 2019
Motorcyclists take part in training course

Ten motorcyclists have taken part in the first Rider Refinement North course to be held in Orkney.

12 July 2019
New research to assess response to climate change in Orkney gets underway

A research project looking at how we react in the UK to climate hazards like flooding and storms is seeking local residents and businesses in Orkney to take part in the study.

11 July 2019
Headstone Reinstatement Works to Gather Pace After Training Courses

A series of courses held in Orkney recently has bolstered the availability of Council staff and local construction firms trained in the inspection, maintenance and repair of headstones in the county.

08 July 2019
Sandwick road resurfacing next week

Orkney Islands Council's spring/summer road resurfacing programme for 2019 is due to come to a close next week (week beginning 8 July), with a final piece of work in the Sandwick area.

05 July 2019
Scapa 100 Message of thanks to Orkney from German Ambassador

A letter sent on behalf of the German Ambassador Dr Petter Wittig has thanked the Orkney community for a 'remarkable' programme of events marking the recent centenary of the scuttling of the German Fleet in Scapa Flow.

05 July 2019
Young people from across northern Scotland meet at alliance event

Seven young people from Orkney joined peers from seven other council areas across northern Scotland recently to talk about issues affecting them.

04 July 2019
Asbestos Waste Reminder as St Margaret’s Hope Recycling Centre Closes

The recycling centre in St Margaret's Hope is currently closed due to the dumping of cement bonded asbestos at the site yesterday (Wednesday) by a member of the public.

04 July 2019
Councils warn against cold-calling energy traders

Trading Standards teams across the North of Scotland are warning unsuspecting householders to be on their guard if they are approached by individuals offering to install home energy products.

03 July 2019
Scapa Flow Museum – update

Councillors today (Tuesday 2 July) endorsed plans to take forward a revised project to restore and improve the Scapa Flow Museum.

02 July 2019
Out of hours numbers - for urgent calls

Outside normal office hours (09:00-17:00), please use the following numbers if you need to contact the council urgently.

01 July 2019
Bringing the community together with music and song

An invitation has been issued for people in Orkney to form a community choir and take part in a special performance at St Magnus Cathedral.

01 July 2019
Cathedral entrance proposals – chance to share your views

Plans to enhance the main entrance to St Magnus Cathedral are due to go on display this week – with feedback invited from Cathedral users and the wider Orkney community.

01 July 2019
Business Gateway celebrates 10 years in Orkney

New figures reveal positive economic boost as Business Gateway celebrates 10 years in Orkney.

28 June 2019
Survey work to establish Barrier Number 1 Surface Issues

Surveys are due to be carried out on the first Barrier next week (w/b 8 July) to establish whether structural issues deep within the causeway could be causing an uneven road surface.

27 June 2019
Survey Reminder for Local Parents and Carers

Parents and carers in Orkney are being reminded they have just a few days left to participate in a survey on parental involvement and engagement in education.

27 June 2019
Explore Kirkwall’s history with new app

An app aimed at encouraging locals and visitors alike to explore one thousand years of the history and heritage of Kirkwall has been launched.

25 June 2019
Local community help with name for new care home

A name has been chosen for the new care home in Stromness.

25 June 2019
Live broadcast - technical problems

The Council is unable to provide a live broadcast of this morning’s meeting of the Integration Joint Board.

25 June 2019
Name chosen for new OIC Marine Services Pilot Vessel

Orkney's new pilot vessel is to be called 'Scapa Pathfinder'.

24 June 2019
Scapa 100 commemorations take place in Orkney

The deliberate sinking of a fleet of warships was remembered in Orkney today (Friday 21 June), 100 years since one of the most extraordinary events in naval history.

21 June 2019
Car seat safety - it’s the little things that matter

When it comes to getting a handle on the details of child car seat safety, it’s the little things that matter. That’s the message coming from Orkney’s Road Safety Forum ahead of free car seat checks being offered in Orkney next month when the national ‘Good Egg’ campaign visits the county.

19 June 2019
Course to improve safety of motorcyclists to be held in Orkney

A training scheme to help reduce the number of collisions involving motorcyclists is being run for the first time in Orkney

18 June 2019
Wanted – Sheep Dyke Warden for North Ronaldsay

North Ronaldsay, Orkney’s most northerly island community, is seeking applicants for a unique role overseeing care and repair work on a historic stone dyke that plays a vital part in the management of a unique local breed of ancient seaweed eating sheep.

17 June 2019
Views sought on business challenges in Orkney

Businesses in Orkney are being invited to take part in the Orkney Business Survey 2019.

17 June 2019
Local management of Orkney waters moves a step closer

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed an announcement that innovative plans for greater local management of the seas around the islands have taken an important step forward.

13 June 2019
New partnership for Orkney’s World Heritage Site

An ambitious new partnership to shape the future direction for Orkney’s World Heritage Site has been unveiled today.

11 June 2019
Workshop for young customer care champions

Young people with a flair for customer care are being offered the chance to hone their skills at a free workshop being run by Orkney Business Gateway.

11 June 2019

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