OIC Press Releases

OIC News
Continuation of COVID-19 restrictions - Sport and Leisure facilities update

With Orkney continuing to be in Level Three of the Scottish Governments COVID-19 restrictions until at least the 18 January, we want to update our customers and staff on what impacts this will have on Sport and Leisure activities and facilities from the 18 January until the 1 February 2021.

15 January 2021
Microsoft Teams accessibility issues resolved

In conjunction with the rest of the UK, parents, carers and pupils in Orkney experienced accessibility issues with Microsoft Teams – one of the main platforms being used for remote learning with schools closed meantime due to Scottish Government pandemic restrictions.

12 January 2021
Orkney Opinions signup reminder

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

12 January 2021
Home energy efficiency scheme reminder as mercury drops

As the mercury drops, Orkney Islands Council is highlighting again the help available for local householders through the Scottish Government’s HEEPS:ABS scheme to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

12 January 2021
Deadline reminder for Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project – Hoy planning application comments

Members of the public wishing to support, or object to, proposals for a six turbine wind farm at Wee Fea in Lyness are being reminded they have until the end of the month (31 January) to do so.

11 January 2021
Westray and Hoy gritter update

A replacement gritter has arrived on Hoy, and one is en route to Westray, ready to resume road treatments as required following breakdowns earlier this week.

06 January 2021
Keyworker childcare update

Schools across Orkney will open tomorrow morning (Thursday 7 January) to provide childcare for the children of key workers and vulnerable children.

06 January 2021
Vigilance urged as over 80’s vaccinations start

Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group (OLECG) met this afternoon (5 January) to discuss yesterday's (4 January) update from the Scottish Government and the current rollout of vaccines to people aged over 80 in Orkney.

05 January 2021
Gritter breakdowns affecting Hoy and Westray

Unfortunately, due to vehicle breakdowns over the festive period, Orkney Islands Council gritters on Westray and Hoy are temporarily off the road.

05 January 2021
Schools update – January 2021

Following the First Minister’s statement yesterday, Orkney Islands Council will fulfil the Scottish Government’s directive to open schools this week for the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children – largely in line with the timeline set out to local families and carers before Christmas.

05 January 2021
The Reel Update from OIC

The Reel was a well-established and valued business in Kirkwall, providing a popular café bar alongside a venue for teaching and performance of traditional Orkney music.

05 January 2021
OIC thank volunteer awarded Queen’s BEM for Cathedral services

Kirkwall’s Marlene Croy has been named in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for her voluntary service to St Magnus Cathedral and the wider Orkney community.

05 January 2021
Cheaper ferry fares for Orkney – call for post-Brexit action from Government

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council is calling for the Scottish Government to finally bring in cheaper ferry fares for residents and visitors to the county – more than a decade after they were first rolled out elsewhere in Scotland.

05 January 2021
Letter to all Orkney residents - local ferry services and return to schools

Orkney Islands Council understands and shares the Scottish Government’s concerns relating to the latest developments with the COVID 19 Virus and the continual need to review the prevailing circumstances across the Country and for each Council area. However, there currently remains no recorded COVID cases in Orkney. Accordingly, the Council believes that a bespoke Orkney response can be accommodated for the lead up to Christmas and for the New Year based on the prevailing data and science for the operation of our internal ferries and the return to school arrangements.

24 December 2020
Roadworks on Pickaquoy Road 11 and 12 January

Orkney Islands Council is carrying out road works on Pickaquoy Road near the Co op supermarket on Monday 11 January and Tuesday 12 January 2021, between 09:00 and 16:00 each day.

24 December 2020
Most popular baby names of 2020

We can now reveal that the most popular name choices for girls and boys in Orkney during 2020.

23 December 2020
Schools in January – update from OIC

Orkney Islands Council is contacting families, carers and staff about current plans for opening schools in January after the Festive Season break.

23 December 2020
Inter-island ferry travel – update from OIC

Orkney Islands Council has advised the Scottish Government of concerns about the impact of Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions on local ferry services and communities – and how it is addressing these.

22 December 2020
Move to Tier Three - sport and leisure facilities update

Following the recent Scottish Government announcement that Orkney will move into Level Three for a three-week period from 26 December 2020 – 17 January 2021, there will unfortunately be some changes to festive and day-to-day arrangements across Orkney’s Sport and Leisure facilities.

22 December 2020
Action for Children and OHAC deliver vouchers for vulnerable families in Orkney

Staff at Orkney Health and Care have helped leading children’s charity Action for Children distribute grocery vouchers to vulnerable families and young children in the county ahead of Christmas.

22 December 2020
Temporary skips for paper and metals during festive period

Orkney Islands Council is opening temporary skips for paper and metals recycling over the festive period.

22 December 2020
Change to Kirkwall Travel Centre festive opening hours

Orkney Islands Council is advising the Travel Centre in Kirkwall will close at 5.30pm on 23 December 2020 and re-open at 9am on 5 January 2021, due to recent antisocial behaviour at the facility.

18 December 2020
Orkney Opinions seeks new members

Orkney Islands Council is contacting people across the county to invite them to become part of its public consultation group.

18 December 2020
Could you be an unpaid carer

Orkney Islands Council is supporting a national campaign aimed at encouraging people to come forward as carers and claim the support they are entitled to.

17 December 2020
Festive period public bus timetable reminder

Orkney Islands Council has published information on bus timetables over the upcoming festive period.

16 December 2020
Refuse collection disruption in Westray

Orkney Islands Council is advising it has been unable to collect any refuse in Westray today (15 December), due to the breakdown of the collection vehicle.

15 December 2020
Council plea for no bruck at Hope and Cursiter

Orkney Islands Council is renewing pleas to the community to not leave general waste at the newly re-opened recycling facilities in St Margaret’s Hope and Cursiter. 

14 December 2020
Self care tips for a challenging winter

A leaflet aimed at encouraging local people to pay special attention to their mental wellbeing this winter is launching this week.

14 December 2020
Festive Season arrangements published

Orkney Islands Council has published festive season arrangements for the upcoming Christmas and New Year period.

This includes changes to refuse and recycling collections, and emergency out-of-hours contact details.

The information can be viewed on the Council's Festive Arrangements page - or by clicking on the banner at the top of the Council's homepage.

The information was also published in the Orcadian newspaper on 10 December 2020.

11 December 2020
Culture Fund opens for applications

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

11 December 2020
Orkney Between Islands exhibition launched

An online exhibition – 'Orkney: Between Islands' – has just been launched as part of the Between Islands project.

11 December 2020
Kerbside recycling update

Here’s an update on recycling collection arrangements for the week ahead – from Monday 14 December.

11 December 2020
Community Transport Grant Scheme

Applications are invited to the Community Transport Grant Scheme for 2021/2022.

11 December 2020
OLECG vaccination programme support

Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordinating Group (OLECG) met on Monday 7 December and set up a small cross-agency working group to come together to support NHS Orkney with the COVID-19 vaccination programme that started this week.

11 December 2020
Council welcomes cancelled Highers exams

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed news that the Scottish Government has taken a definitive stance that Higher and Advanced Higher exams will not go ahead this year and will be replaced instead by an assessment model based on teacher judgement and evidence of pupils' attainment.

10 December 2020
New Kirkwall care facility plans progress

The model for a “future-proofed” 40-place care facility to replace St Rognvald House in Kirkwall has now been approved this week by the Integration Joint Board (IJB).

10 December 2020
OIC pledge continued support for delayed Island Games

Orkney Islands Councillors have agreed to continue to financially support Orkney hosting the International Island Games despite their postponement to 2025.

10 December 2020
Brough of Deerness path closed due to land slip

Orkney Islands Council is advising members of the public that the path to the Brough of Deerness has had to be closed following a significant slip of land.

09 December 2020
Woodbridge welcomes appointments

North Isles Councillor Heather Woodbridge has been appointed to sit on several committees.

09 December 2020
Most vulnerable families in Orkney to receive early Christmas cash present

Christmas will come early for many of Orkney’s most vulnerable families with a £200 direct payment to those children receiving free school meals - £100 from the Scottish Government COVID Hardship Payment and a further top up payment of £100 thanks to an Orkney Islands Council grant agreed by Councillors today (Tuesday).

08 December 2020
Orkney schools' award-winning meals

Congratulations to Orkney Islands Council for achieving the Food for Life Served Here Bronze award for their primary and secondary school meals service!

08 December 2020
Covid business support grants are changing

Grants provided by Orkney Islands Council aimed at supporting local businesses affected by the pandemic are changing.

08 December 2020
Disruption to Council online services – Saturday 12 December

Parts of Orkney Islands Council’s online services will experience disruptions on Saturday December 12.

07 December 2020
Orkney's Community Wind Farm Project - Hoy Planning Application Called In

The Scottish Government has called in the ‘Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project – Hoy’ planning application for determination.

07 December 2020
Kerbside recycling update

Here’s an update on recycling collection arrangements for the week ahead – from Monday 7 December.

04 December 2020
Roadworks alert

The Council’s Roads Services team will be carrying out maintenance works on the main (A965) Kirkwall to Stromness road - at Finstown - over the next couple of weeks.

04 December 2020
Christmas at The Orkney Museum

A bit of Christmas sparkle should lift the spirits of visitors to The Orkney Museum during December.

04 December 2020
Housing Services Report 2019-2020 published

Orkney Islands Council’s Housing Services Annual Report 2019-2020 has been published and details a strong performance across a number of areas.

04 December 2020
Refuse collection disruption

Orkney Islands Council is advising mechanical issues have impacted the collection of refuse between Finstown and Kirkwall today (Thursday 3 December).

03 December 2020
Black ice persists on Orkney roads

Orkney Islands Council is advising motorists that black ice alerts remain in place for the rest of today (Thursday 3 December) and into the small hours of tonight.

03 December 2020
Black ice forecast for next 48 hours

The Council is warning motorists of the risk of black ice on roads in the first icy blast of the season - and offering some advice for drivers.

02 December 2020
ReFLEX Orkney launches innovative green energy services for Orkney

Orkney is once again leading the drive to net zero and supporting UK government plans for a green industrial revolution with the launch of new green energy services.

01 December 2020
Cursiter recycling centre to re-open

The recycling centre at Cursiter Quarry will re-open on Tuesday 8 December.

01 December 2020
Local planning for the seas around Orkney agreed

Local management of the seas around Orkney moved a step closer this week – with the delegation of regional marine planning functions to Orkney Islands Council by Scottish Ministers today.

27 November 2020
Gift of Christmas Tree from Norway arrives

A special festive gift for the Orkney community has arrived in the county in the form of a live Christmas tree from the county of Vestland in Norway.

27 November 2020
Kerbside recycling update

Here’s an update on recycling collection arrangements for the week ahead – from Monday 30 November.

27 November 2020
Schools sample lamb for St Andrews Day thanks to Mart

Pupils across Orkney will be enjoying lamb this St Andrews Day for their school meals after a kind donation from the Orkney Auction Mart.

26 November 2020
Online Community Halls event hailed a success

The first Orkney Community Halls Training Event to be held online due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions has been hailed a success.

26 November 2020
Proposed rent increase consultation begins

Letters are being sent to all Orkney Islands Council’s council house tenants seeking views on a proposed rent increase for 2021-2022.

25 November 2020
Councillors back “visionary” plan for Orkney’s economic recovery

Orkney Islands Councillors have agreed a new funding package to support an ambitious and visionary action plan for Orkney’s economic recovery post COVID-19.

25 November 2020
Reminder for Artists and Craft Makers of changes to VACMA grant

Artists and craft makers interested in pursuing a VACMA (Visual Artists and Craft Makers Award) grant from Orkney Islands Council can join a ‘Stay Home & Meet’ event next Wednesday evening (2 December 2020) to find out more about the process.

25 November 2020
Connecting Classrooms from across the world

Pupils from Kirkwall Grammar and Papdale Primary Schools are linking with counterparts in Pakistan and Nepal as part of a unique global education programme, Connecting Classrooms.

24 November 2020
Kerbside recycling update

Here’s an update on recycling collection arrangements for the week ahead – from Monday 23 November.

20 November 2020
Winter hours for Aikerness public toilet

Fans of Aikerness Beach in Evie are being advised the public toilet there is now operating shorter opening hours, from midday to 4pm daily.

20 November 2020
Do you know your obligations when transferring or scrapping a vehicle?

Orkney Islands Council is reminding vehicle owners of their obligations for keeping vehicle ownership details up to date and dealing with end-of-life vehicles correctly, off the back of increasing issues with abandoned vehicles issues in the county over the last few years.

20 November 2020
Maintaining the flow…

Orkney’s Marine Services is enjoying a surge in oil industry activity despite the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

19 November 2020
Festive road works in Stromness

The Council’s Roads team will be putting up festive lighting in Victoria Street, Stromness, tomorrow (Thursday 19 November 2020).

18 November 2020
Time to create – calendar now on sale

Young carers in Orkney have been putting their time during a pandemic to good use – getting creative and producing a calendar, which is now for sale at a number of local outlets.

18 November 2020
‘Hope recycling centre to open again

The recycling centre at St Margaret’s Hope will re-open on Tuesday 24 November.

17 November 2020
Deadline approaching for Faray wind farm comments

Members of the public are being reminded that they have just under two weeks left to make their views known about a proposed wind farm on Faray - before a planning application is submitted early next year.

16 November 2020
Covid-19 – new business support now available

Funding is now available from a new Scottish Government support scheme for businesses that have had to close or significantly change their operations because of Covid-19 restrictions.

16 November 2020
Storehouse awarded for design

On Monday night (9 November) the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) funded project, the Storehouse Restaurant with Rooms, was recognised in the biennial Inverness Architectural Association Awards.

13 November 2020
Kerbside recycling update - 16 November

Monday (16 November) marks the start of week two of our new recycling collection arrangements.

13 November 2020
Your vote counts – don’t lose it

People in Orkney are being reminded to check their voter registration details are up to date.

12 November 2020
Council Leader calls on Government to allow home visits

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council has called on the Scottish Government for a further relaxation of Covid-19 rules to allow people in the county to visit one another’s homes.

10 November 2020
Remembrance in COVID times

Unable to gather the school for a Remembrance ceremony, Stromness Academy found a different way to remember.

09 November 2020
Sport and Leisure Bookings Go Online

Orkney Islands Council is delighted to announce that from 12:01 on Monday 9 November customers will be able to book courses, classes, gym and pool sessions online however, customers will firstly have to register.

06 November 2020
Kirkwall Travel Centre set to reopen next week

The Kirkwall Travel Centre is due to reopen on Monday (November 9) complete with a CCTV system - in a bid to stamp out the anti-social behaviour which has plagued the public facility.

06 November 2020
OLECG backing for fishing vessel inspection call

Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group (OLECG) is supporting efforts to encourage local fishing vessel owners to register their boats as soon as possible – as the end of the Brexit transition period gets closer.

06 November 2020
Cathedral to be lit red in remembrance

St Magnus Cathedral will be lighting up red on Wednesday 11 November to help raise awareness of the annual Scottish Poppy Appeal.

05 November 2020
Orkney Health and Care – the use of agency staff and the reasons why

Orkney Health and Care is part of the fabric of our community and our teams of skilled carers make a world of difference to the lives of the people who use our service.

04 November 2020
Ever considered working in care?

Orkney Health and Care (OHAC) are on the recruitment hunt for people who may be thinking of a career in care.

03 November 2020
Ferry company appeals for funding lifeline

The Board of Orkney Ferries has renewed an appeal to the Scottish Government for emergency funding to offset the severe impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on the company.

03 November 2020
Stromness Academy raise funds and gather donations for the Orkney Foodbank

Stromness Academy pupils and staff have been doing their bit to scare away hunger this Hallowe’en.

03 November 2020
Welcome for new children’s legislation

The Chair of Orkney’s Public Protection Committee has welcomed new legislation due to come into force this week in Scotland which will make all forms of physical punishment of children against the law.

02 November 2020
Kerbside recycling - 2 November update

Next week our waste team will be collecting paper and card in the kerbside recycling collections.

30 October 2020
New business support measures agreed by Councillors

Orkney Islands Council is to provide two new Covid-19 business support measures.

30 October 2020
Help Shape the Future of Papdale

Orkney Islands Council is supporting Papdale East Playpark Association (PEPA) to progress the ‘Help Shape the Future of Papdale’ project to its next stage.

28 October 2020
“Intolerable” level of vandalism could lead to public toilet closure

Orkney Islands Council is warning that an “intolerable” level of vandalism at the St Magnus Lane Public Toilets will lead to their closure if it does not stop.

27 October 2020
Folk in Orkney encouraged to “Remember at Home”

In common with the rest of the nation, Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day commemorations in public will be minimised this year with people in Orkney encouraged to “Remember at Home” instead.

27 October 2020
Shapinsay and Westray – recycling collections to resume soon

Kerbside recycling collections are to start again in Westray and Shapinsay next month.

27 October 2020
Recycling collections set to change

Fortnightly recycling collections will begin again in November – with two types of recyclable materials picked up from the kerbside every two weeks.

27 October 2020
Covid-19 – new business support now available

Applications can now be made for support from the Scottish Government’s new £48 million fund to help businesses affected by temporary restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus.

23 October 2020
SSEN road closure in Stromness

Orkney Islands Council is advising that Scottish and Southern Energy Network (SSEN) have had to close Victoria Street in Stromness to locate and repair a cable fault.

23 October 2020
Kerbside recycling - week beginning 26 October

Next week (beginning Monday 26 October) kerbside recycling will be back to tins and cans.

23 October 2020
Special Collections re-introduced for the Isles

Orkney Islands Council is advising that special collections for the non-linked Islands of Orkney will begin again after being suspended due to the pandemic.

21 October 2020
Public toilets – more re-open

Orkney Islands Council is re-opening a further six public toilets.

20 October 2020
Kerbside recycling - week commencing 19 October

For the week beginning 19 October, the waste team will be collecting plastic bottles in the kerbside recycling.

16 October 2020
Have you thought about becoming a Foster Carer?

Orkney Health and Care is seeking to recruit more foster carers.

16 October 2020
Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award

Orkney Islands Council are advising that this year’s Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award (VACMA) will be offering a slightly different service.

16 October 2020
Orkney Islands Council Launches Consultation on Faray Wind Farm Plans

Orkney Islands Council has launched a consultation on revised plans for a six turbine wind farm on Faray.

13 October 2020
Fishing vessel preparations urged before Brexit Transition ends

The Environmental Health team at Orkney Islands Council is urging local owners to register their fishing vessels and arrange for an inspection as soon as possible.

13 October 2020
Orkney’s new tugs officially named

Orkney’s two new tugs were officially named Odin of Scapa and Thor of Scapa during a ceremony at Scapa Pier on Monday. (October 12)

12 October 2020
Self-isolation support payments

From today (Monday 12 October), anyone in employment, or self-employed, who gets one of the low-income benefits listed below will be able to claim a £500 self-isolation support payment from the Scottish Welfare Fund, if they are asked to self-isolate by the Test and Protect service.

12 October 2020
Community Halls Training Event

The annual Orkney Community Halls Training Event is due to be held online for the first time later this month due to ongoing pandemic restrictions.

12 October 2020
Kerbside Recycling - week beginning 12 October

Starting Monday 12 October, kerbside recycling will revert back to glass collection.

09 October 2020
Generations working together

Young children from St Andrews Nursery and older members of the East Mainland community are joining forces in a new pen pal initiative called “Bridging the Gap”.

08 October 2020
OIC “gifted” the island of Little Green Holm

Councillors have agreed to take ownership of the island of Little Green Holm as an investment for part of Orkney’s biodiversity future.

07 October 2020
Localised approach to Covid-19 – further talks welcomed

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council has welcomed the opportunity for further engagement with the Scottish Government on the potential for a more localised approach to coronavirus restrictions.

07 October 2020
“Exemplar” Orkney Dementia Strategy adopted

The “groundbreaking” local delivery of the Orkney Dementia Strategy has moved a step forward with the adoption of the “exemplar” document.

06 October 2020
Orkney's Community Wind Farm Project - Hoy Planning Application Submitted

A planning application has been submitted by Orkney Islands Council for a six-turbine wind farm development at Wee Fea in Hoy.

05 October 2020
Stromness Library Update

From today,  Monday 5 October Stromness Library, Warehouse Buildings will be taking bookings for Public Access PCs and the George Mackay Brown Room.

05 October 2020
Kerbside Recycling - 5 October

For the week beginning 5 October, the waste team will be collecting paper and thin card in the kerbside recycling. 

02 October 2020
Heather elected as North Isles Councillor

Voters in the North Isles have elected Heather Woodbridge to represent the ward on Orkney Islands Council.

02 October 2020
NEC online

We want to remind people aged 60 and over that they can apply for their National Entitlement Card (NEC) online.

02 October 2020
Car Parking Charges Update

Orkney Islands Council reintroduced the first hour free in car parks around the county this week.

02 October 2020
OIC/NHS Orkney Integration Joint Board performance report details the highlights and key challenges moving forward

The fourth Annual Performance Report 2019/2020 for the Orkney Integration Joint Board has outlined significant highlights over the past year, while detailing key challenges and priorities moving forward.

01 October 2020
Help at hand for carers

Orkney’s unpaid carers - described as the county’s “unsung heroes” – are being encouraged to access emotional, practical and financial support services available to them.

29 September 2020
Local Housing Strategy Survey

This week sees the release of the mid-point review consultation of the Local Housing Strategy 2017 – 2022.

25 September 2020
MSPs “better informed” following discussions with Orkney’s young people

Four young people from Orkney have shared their experiences at a national political level on how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on career and employment opportunities.

25 September 2020
North Isles by-election – advice for voters

North Isles residents are encouraged to return postal votes as soon as possible to ensure they arrive in time for the by-election on Thursday October 1.

25 September 2020
Kerbside Recycling - 28 September

The waste team will be collecting, for the week beginning 28 September, metals and cans in the kerbside recycling.


25 September 2020
Doors Open Days

The chance to take a virtual tour of buildings across Orkney is on offer this weekend.

25 September 2020
National Entitlement Card

As from Wednesday 23 September, people aged 60 and over will be able to apply for their National Entitlement Card (NEC) online.

24 September 2020
New electrical waste collection in Orkney aims to collect 1,200 unwanted electricals and refurbish them - providing 400 low cost electricals for residents

Householders and companies in Orkney will be able to donate their unwanted electricals via a new collection service to support Restart Orkney, a local charity.

24 September 2020
Eat Out to Help Out in Schools

The Scottish Government’s scheme Eat Out to Help Out that was introduced into school canteens within Orkney when they opened in August was gratefully received.

23 September 2020
Ba barriers

The Council notes the Ba Committee has cancelled the Ba for this year and therefore we are reminding property owners/managers that the council will not be placing barriers outside properties as it has done in previous years.

21 September 2020
Kerbside recycling - week beginning 21 September

Plastic bottles will be collected during kerbside recycling for the week beginning 21 September 2020.

18 September 2020
Postal voting update

North Isles residents are encouraged to look out for their postal votes next week.

18 September 2020
Waste update – some of the challenges explained

Much has been very different over the last few months and the Council is proud of how many of its keyworkers have continued to provide a service throughout the pandemic.

17 September 2020
New tugs steam into Stromness

Orkney’s two new tugs have arrived in Stromness after a long sea journey from Turkey.

15 September 2020
Covid-19 – guidance for tourism and hospitality sector

Updated Covid-19 guidance for tourism and hospitality businesses has been published by the Scottish Government.

15 September 2020
Key deadlines for by-election

Voters in the North Isles are reminded that there are two key deadlines this week ahead of the upcoming by-election.

To vote in the by-election, North Isles residents need to ensure they are on the Electoral Register – and to do this by midnight on Tuesday 15 September at the very latest.

15 September 2020
Orkney lollipop lady retiring after nearly 25 years

A popular lollipop lady has retired after nearly quarter of a century helping keep children safe while crossing some of Kirkwall’s roads.

11 September 2020
Kerbside recycling update - 11 September 2020

Kerbside recycling will continue in the four week cycle of collections, with next week reverting back to glass collection.

11 September 2020
Beware scam calls from local numbers

Trading Standards and Police Scotland are warning local people to be on their guard for scam calls which appear to originate from local telephone numbers with STD code 01856.

10 September 2020
Reopening of Stromness Warehouse buildings

Orkney Islands Council is delighted to announce that from Monday 14 September the reception at the Warehouse Building in Stromness will open to the public, to deal with customer services enquiries (payments, blue badges etc.) and police counter enquiries.

09 September 2020
Taking forward recovery strategy

Press Release from Orkney’s Economic Recovery Steering Group

A new group has been tasked with building and driving forward a strategy for Orkney’s recovery from the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

09 September 2020
OIC signs agreement with Hoy Energy Ltd over existing community turbine

Orkney Islands Council has signed an agreement with Hoy Energy Ltd which will ensure that the island’s income from the existing community turbine won’t be adversely affected by the potential development of a council-owned wind farm in Hoy.

08 September 2020
Are you able to help your community?

OIC launches school crossing patrol officer recruitment drive

08 September 2020
Tenders invited for St Andrews Primary School extension

Orkney Islands Council is inviting tenders for the contract to extend and refurbish St Andrews Primary School in Orkney.

07 September 2020
Marine assessment consultation

Views are invited on a state-of-the-seas appraisal of the waters around Orkney.

07 September 2020
North Isles by-election update

Voters are being encouraged to cast their vote by post in the North Isles by-election.

The by-election on Thursday 1 October is being held to elect a councillor to represent the ward on Orkney Islands Council.

07 September 2020
Bookings open for sport and leisure facilities

From Monday 7 September Orkney Islands Councils Sport and Leisure Service will taking bookings for their sport and leisure facilities ahead of their reopening during the week commencing 14 September.

04 September 2020
OIC thanks families for “swift” childcare response

Orkney Islands Council would like to thank parents and carers for their swift response to the request for information on their childcare needs.

04 September 2020
Two public facilities closed due to anti-social behaviour

Orkney Islands Council has taken the difficult decision to close two of its public facilities due to ongoing antisocial behaviour, vandalism and graffiti.

02 September 2020
Building Surveys

Orkney Islands Council is advising that they are undertaking our periodic high-level building surveys on some of their facilities from 4 September 2020.

01 September 2020
Parents requiring childcare urged to contact OIC

Orkney Islands Council would like to hear from parents and carers looking for childcare provision – following the go ahead to progress a temporary nursery facility while also working on a long term solution.

01 September 2020
Increase in vandalism of public toilet facilities

Orkney Islands Council is warning that increased vandalism and damage within public toilets across the county in recent weeks may lead to the unavoidable closure of some.

01 September 2020
Candidates announced for North Isles by-election

Four candidates have put their names forward to stand in the North Isles by-election.

31 August 2020
Incremental return to sport and leisure

Orkney Islands Councils Sport and Leisure Service welcomes the Scottish Governments announcement that sport facilities can begin to re-open from the 31 August.

31 August 2020
Road works continue in Burray

Orkney Islands Council are advising that the road works underway in Burray at the junction with Ness road will continue until Friday 4 September.

27 August 2020
30 Day Consultation Period for Quanterness Wind Farm Proposals

The Scottish Government has begun a 30-day consultation period on Orkney Islands Council’s plans for a wind farm at Quanterness in St Ola.

26 August 2020
Community Learning classes – sign up now!

The Community Learning Guide for Autumn 2020 contains a comprehensive programme of courses drawn together by the Council’s Community Learning and Development service.

26 August 2020
Sport and Leisure Facilities Update

Following the First Ministers announcement last week that indoor sport and leisure facilities can reopen from the 31 August subject to Scottish Government guidance, Orkney Islands Council will continue to plan for re-opening from 14 September in line with previous timescales.

25 August 2020
Getting better connected in Orkney

Over 80 families and individuals in Orkney are now better connected thanks to the first phase of a Scottish Government-funded scheme to get clinically vulnerable people online.

25 August 2020
A temporary change to the opening hours of the OIC’s reception desk is to be put in place on Monday 24 August

Due to operational issues as a result of Covid-19,  the switchboard and reception desk will now require to be closed to the public between 1-2pm, Monday to Friday. To compensate for the closure during the lunchtime period, we will open the reception each day until 4pm rather than 3pm.  Our emergency contact numbers will be available on the recorded message via 01856 873535 and on our website www.orkney.gov.uk

21 August 2020
Eat Out to Help Out Scheme in Schools

Orkney Islands Council is delighted to announce that school canteens have signed up for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

21 August 2020
Commercial Recycling Collections

From Monday 24 August, commercial recycling and cardboard collections will resume.

21 August 2020
Applications invited for business support grants

Three grants from Orkney Islands Council to help local businesses affected by the Covid-19 crisis are now open for applications.

19 August 2020
Recycling centres update – 19 August 2020

The Hatston and Garson Household Waste Recycling Centres can now accept scrap metal and inert waste once again.

19 August 2020
Significant milestone as OIC’s Alison clocks up 40 years at St Colms

Orkney Islands Council’s Alison Bews has been at the forefront of supporting folk with disabilities - bringing creativity into the lives of some of the county’s most vulnerable for the past 40 years.

18 August 2020
Public toilets – more re-opening soon

Orkney Islands Council is planning to re-open a further 14 public toilets over the days ahead – many of them in the North and South Isles.

17 August 2020
Orkney Library and Archive reopens

Orkney Library and Archive

Orkney Library and Archive, in Kirkwall, will reopen to the public on Monday 17 August, with some restrictions in place.

17 August 2020
Burray Road works

Orkney Islands Council is advising that from Monday 17 August road works will begin in Burray at the junction from the main road though Burray (A961) and Ness Road, with work taking two weeks to complete.

14 August 2020
Four Week Kerbside Recycling Continues

Kerbside recycling will continue in the four week cycle of collections, with next week reverting back to glass collection.

14 August 2020
Notice of Election - North Isles by-election

The Notice of Election for the North Isles by-election was published today (Thursday 13 August).

13 August 2020
Museum to open again for ‘taster’ exhibition

The Orkney Museum will re-open its doors on Thursday 13 August for a new temporary exhibition.

12 August 2020
Exams update following Government announcement

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed a 'significant u-turn' following today’s announcement by the Scottish Education Secretary John Swinney that all downgraded exam awards will be withdrawn.

11 August 2020
Warmworks to provide energy saving improvements to homes in Orkney

Orkney Islands Council has announced the appointment of Warmworks Scotland (Warmworks), following a competitive tendering process, as the new Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area-Based Scheme (HEEPS: ABS) Managing Agent for Orkney.

11 August 2020
Work ongoing to ensure childcare provision in Orkney

Work is continuing within Orkney Islands Council to ensure families in Orkney have access to childcare, including the provision of increased free childcare hours in most nursery settings from this month (August).

10 August 2020
“Getting it right for every child” hopes as nurseries and pre-schools set to reopen

Pre-school and nursery settings in Orkney will reopen in full on August 17 following the recent Scottish Government announcement.

10 August 2020
Orkney Coronavirus Community Support Hub

Friday 7 August saw the last day of the Orkney Coronavirus Community Support Hub being situated at the Pickaquoy Centre, now that shielding has paused in Scotland

10 August 2020
Your vote counts – don’t lose it

People in Orkney are being encouraged to check their voter registration details are up to date.

Residents are asked to complete and return an annual form sent by the local Electoral Registration Office – to ensure they retain the right to vote in future elections.

10 August 2020
Tankerness Lane Resurfacing Work

Orkney Islands Council will be carrying out resurfacing works on Tankerness Lane - which are planned to start on Monday 10 August 2020.

09 August 2020
Birsay Campsite reopening

The Point of Ness Campsite, Rackwick Hostel and the Hoy Centre were some of the first facilities to be re-opened following the initial phases in the easing of lockdown. As a result of the significant demand for pitches at our Point of Ness Campsite plans are now being finalised to re-open the Birsay campsite from the 12 August 2020. 

07 August 2020
Staying Safe Online – Safe Browsing, Spotting Scams, Stopping Fraud

The Community Learning and Development (CLD) service is delighted to be able to offer a new evening class for people who want to know more about staying safe online.

07 August 2020
A look back at the annual Riding of the Marches

The annual Riding of the Marches is one of many events that have had to be cancelled this year because of the Covid-19 crisis.

07 August 2020
Update of reopening timeline for Leisure, Libraries and Culture facilities.

Orkney Islands Council has pushed back the reopening of some leisure facilities following the recent changes in guidance from the Scottish Government.

07 August 2020
Ferry company appeals for funding lifeline

The Board of Orkney Ferries has made a direct appeal to the Scottish Government for emergency funding to offset the damaging impact on the company of the Covid-19 pandemic.

03 August 2020
Orkney schools will reopen fully in August

Schools in Orkney will reopen in full during August following the Scottish Government announcement last week.

Ministers have signed off on a plan which will see pupils back in the classroom by the middle of the month.

03 August 2020
Reopening of Grass Pitches

Orkney Islands Council is delighted to confirm that from Monday 3 August grass pitches will be reopened for bookings.

31 July 2020
HWRC update - electrical equipment

From Tuesday 4 August both Hatston and Garson Household Waste Recycling Centres will again be able to accept waste electrical and electronic equipment.

31 July 2020
More public toilets to re-open

Public toilets at a number of rural and outer isles sites will re-open next week (from Monday, August 3)

31 July 2020
Road works start next week

Orkney Islands Council are advising of three areas of roadworks that Roads Services are intending to carry out next week.

31 July 2020
By-election – prospective candidates encouraged to stand

Orkney Islands Council is encouraging people interested in serving their community to consider standing in the by-election for the North Isles ward.

28 July 2020
OIC seeks new Chief Executive

Orkney Islands Council has started the recruitment process for a new permanent Chief Executive.

28 July 2020
Education Grants open for applications

Orkney Islands Council is advising that applications are now open for assistance towards the cost of supporting young people to continue their studies.

27 July 2020
Public toilets - more to re-open

Public toilets at four more sites will re-open on Monday 27 July.

24 July 2020
REW Ferry Service Survey

People living in Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre are to be asked to help build a picture of how their ferry service is currently used - and how it might develop in future.

24 July 2020
Bus timetables update

Bus timetables for Orkney Mainland and the linked South Isles return to normal from Monday 27 July.

24 July 2020
Helliar Holm Lighthouse Maintenance

Maintenance work at Helliar Holm Lighthouse is set to get underway on Monday 27 July.

24 July 2020
Warm welcome for PM’s ‘unprecedented’ visit

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council has welcomed today’s visit to Orkney by Prime Minister Boris Johnson – following the announcement of government funding for an Islands Growth Deal.

23 July 2020
£100 million growth deal ‘can transform the islands’

The Leaders of the three Scottish island councils have welcomed the award of £100 million in funding for a growth deal for Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

23 July 2020
Sign up for robotics event

Youngsters in Orkney are being encouraged to take part in a special online robotics event later this month.

22 July 2020
New hydrogen course developed in Orkney approved by MCA

A course developed in Orkney to prepare local seafarers for working on and alongside hydrogen powered vessels has been approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

22 July 2020

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