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OLECG support for NHS Orkney during Covid-19 outbreak

Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group (OLECG) is supporting efforts by NHS Orkney Public Health to contain the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

23 June 2021
Get into Summer campaign launched

After a challenging year for many children and young people and with the school holidays fast approaching, the Council’s Sport and Leisure Team are delighted to announce Orkney’s participation in a national campaign to further develop and enhance the range of activities on offer locally this summer.

23 June 2021
Grainshore Road - Link to Hatston closed
 
Tomorrow, 24 June, the Grainshore Link road which takes traffic into Hatston straight from the A965 (Kirkwall to Finstown Road) will be closed for road works.
23 June 2021
European Union Settlement Scheme deadline approaching

European Union citizens resident in Orkney are being reminded of the 30 June deadline to apply for “settled or pre-settled” status to enable onward living in the UK and the protection of their rights.

23 June 2021
Free school meal financial support extended over the summer holidays

Almost 150 families in Orkney are to benefit from free school meal financial support over the summer holidays.

23 June 2021
“For Kids’ Sake” – child protection campaign urges everyone to be alert for signs of abuse or neglect

A new school holiday campaign being launched this week urges everyone in Orkney to enjoy plenty of summer fun time with extended family and friends after months of pandemic restrictions, but to be alert for signs that the lockdown experience was anything but fun for some children.

23 June 2021
Ready, teddy, go!

Orkney SWI knit hundreds of teddies for nursery children

23 June 2021
TV appearance for Stromness school cook

Stromness Primary’s Karen Bevan is due to make a TV appearance this evening (Tuesday 22 June).

22 June 2021
Surface dressing update for 23 June

This afternoon and tomorrow, Wednesday 23 June, crews will be carrying out surface dressing works on Tankerness Hall Road in Tankerness.

22 June 2021
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.

22 June 2021
Changes to car parking arrangements as construction works due to begin at Glaitness School and Nursery

An exciting new development to extend and alter Glaitness Primary School and Nursery is due to get underway soon.

22 June 2021
Two youths charged with Kirkwall Travel Centre seating damage

Two youths have been charged in relation to the damage caused to seating within the Kirkwall Travel Centre.

22 June 2021
Take a walk on the wild side – guided by new app

A digital guide is now available for one of Orkney’s most popular coastal walks.

22 June 2021
Advice as students await provisional results

Orkney Islands Council is reminding pupils and families of the support and advice available as they await provisional results, due to be sent to pupil's homes on 22 and 23 June by post.

21 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Tuesday 22 June

Tomorrow, Tuesday 22 June, crews will return to Yinstay Road in the morning to complete work there, before moving onto Tankerness Hall Road in Tankerness in the afternoon. 

21 June 2021
Low Income Pandemic payment

Orkney Islands Council is in the process of identifying all residents in the county who are eligible for a one-off Low Income Pandemic payment of £130 to help with increased costs and lost income due to coronavirus.

21 June 2021
Children’s Hearings Scotland is recruiting volunteers in Orkney

Children’s Hearings Scotland in Orkney is looking for people who have good assessment, observation, and communication skills to join our team as a volunteer Panel Practice Advisor.

21 June 2021
Orkney mum of three raising awareness of colorectal cancer

Friends launch crowd fundraiser for family facing uncertain future

“Cancer can take away many things, but not our precious memories” – Georgia Bendall

21 June 2021
Council opens consultation on location-specific community benefit fund from Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project

Orkney Islands Council has launched a public consultation into the location-specific community benefit scheme which could arise from Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project if the project is built.

21 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Monday 21 June and Tuesday 22 June

Surface dressing work is planned for Tankerness on Monday 21 June and Tuesday 22 June.

18 June 2021
Centenary tribute to the Legion

Wreaths were laid today at the war memorials in Kirkwall and Stromness to mark the founding a century ago of the Royal British Legion (Scotland).

18 June 2021
Folk encouraged to check out the Papdale Park exhibition boards at KGS

Folk in Orkney are being reminded to have a look at the exhibition boards detailing the preferred concept for a new community park at Papdale in Kirkwall, which are in place close to the path at Kirkwall Grammar School.

18 June 2021
OIC staff going the extra mile through volunteering and charitable work – Rachel Thomson

Social care worker Rachel Thomson not only changes some of Orkney’s most vulnerable people’s lives for the better, but she is also using her talent for painting to raise thousands of pounds to help dogs in desperate need.

18 June 2021
“Commendable” Papa Westray private water scheme to be upgraded thanks to Council grant

A “fantastic” community scheme  - which ensures a clean and safe private water supply to residents and facilities on Papa Westray – will receive grant funding of just under £10,000 from the Council’s Community Development Fund (CDF) to enable enhancements to be carried out.

17 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Friday 18 June

Tomorrow, Friday 18 June, will see crews finishing off surface dressing on the B9069 in Sanday, between West Langamay and Russness Cottage if required - which will complete their surface dressing work in Sanday.

 

17 June 2021
Notice of times for inspecting returns as to election expenses

I, John Weir Mundell OBE, Constituency Returning Officer for the above Election, in accordance with the Scottish Parliamentary Elections Order 2015 Articles 50 and 55, do hereby give notice, that the election expenses returns, declarations and all accompanying documents of candidates at the above election may be inspected between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday, except public holidays, at Orkney Islands Council, Council Offices, School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney (Tel: 01856 873535) for a period of one year after receipt by me. 

17 June 2021
Cooking up a storm – Karen is through to the School Chef of the Year final!

Stromness Primary’s Karen Bevan has cooked her way through to the national final of the School Chef of the Year competition.

Karen, the chosen North East and Scotland contestant, joined the morning regional heat in a virtual cook-along on 10 June winning her way to the final, which will be held over 12-13 October in Birmingham.

17 June 2021
OIC staff going the extra mile through volunteering and charitable work – Leslie Miller

One of the Council’s Building Inspectors - Leslie Miller - has played a significant role in ensuring Orkney retains its rightful place as one of the premier destinations in the UK for fly fishers.

17 June 2021
Council staff receive national recognition for their sterling volunteering and community work

The Council's selfless staff - who do a power of good work within their communities in addition to their day jobs - are being recognised nationally.

17 June 2021
Increase your parent power - with help from our employability team

Help for parents to increase their confidence and earning power is now available through Orkney Island Council’s Community Learning and Development (CLD) team.

17 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Thursday 17 June

Following completion of Ortie Road in Sanday yesterday, surface dressing road works will take place today, Thursday, on a section of North Loch Road, Sanday, between the junction with the main B9069 through to Sandquoy.

17 June 2021
Family at the centre of Advocacy Orkney publicity appeal for the public to “respect their right to privacy and confidentiality”

The Council is aware of a public petition on social media in reference to the withdrawal of funding from Advocacy Orkney and allegations of a shortfall of care provision in the county in relation to an individual.

We acknowledge the level of well-intentioned public interest, however, as it is not possible for a local authority to divulge details in relation to a vulnerable person – it is a version which is lacking in key information that is being circulated. This is causing great distress to the individual concerned and family members.

16 June 2021
Connecting Scotland – phase three begins

Organisations in Orkney who assist unemployed young people and adults are being encouraged to apply for digital devices for those they represent through the Scottish Government’s phase three Connecting Scotland programme.

16 June 2021
Orkney families urged to apply for free school meals – which may open up further support grants

Families in Orkney are being encouraged to apply for free school meals and clothing allowances before the end of term – which may open up other pandemic support grants available to them.

16 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Wednesday 16 June

Orkney Islands Council's Roads team will be continuing surface dressing road work on Ortie Road in Sanday tomorrow, Wednesday 16 June.

15 June 2021
Stromness Primary bairns say shortlisted school cook Karen is already a winner in their eyes – or should that be bellies!

Stromness Primary school cook Karen Bevan is already a winner in the eyes and bellies of some the bairns she feeds on a daily basis – and they are backing her to win a national competition!

15 June 2021
Registration to open at Willow Tree Nursery soon

Families with young children in Orkney are being invited to register for places at the Willow Tree Nursery in Kirkwall – signalling a major step forward in addressing some of the county’s childcare needs.

14 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Tuesday 15 June

Orkney Islands Council is advising surface dressing road works will continue in Sanday tomorrow, Tuesday 15 June, on Airon, Rue and Ortie Roads.

14 June 2021
Travel concession reminder

Members of the travelling public in Orkney are being reminded to make sure they are taking advantage of travel concessions available to them.

14 June 2021
Bus timetable update

Public bus timetables are being made available this summer individually rather than as part of a combined ‘transport guide’.

14 June 2021
OIC staff going the extra mile through volunteering and charitable work – Pat Robinson

In her day job, Pat Robinson can be found number crunching as Chief Finance Officer with Orkney Health and Care – a formal partnership arrangement between OIC and NHS Orkney.

11 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Monday 14 June

Orkney Islands Council’s roads team will be carrying out surface dressing work in Sanday on Monday 14 June.

11 June 2021
Barbara turns 100 with her family by her side

Milestone memories of a bygone era

Four generations of one family were able to reunite to celebrate St Rognvald House resident Barbara Jolly’s 100th birthday today, Wednesday 9 June.

09 June 2021
Committee recommends partial reopening of Flotta Primary School

Orkney Islands Council’s Education, Leisure and Housing committee has recommended Flotta Primary School be partially reopened to school pupils on the island.

09 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Thursday 10 June

Tomorrow, 10 June, crews will be completing surface dressing road works on Stratheast Road in Holm before moving to Ferryhouse Road, Holm later in the day.

09 June 2021
OIC Welcomes Contract Award for Design of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Ferry

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed the news that a contract has been awarded for the concept design of a hydrogen fuelled ferry, which could eventually operate on the Kirkwall to Shapinsay ferry route.

09 June 2021
CCTV at Kirkwall Travel Centre will aid police in latest vandalism

Kirkwall Police are using CCTV installed at the Kirkwall Travel Centre to assist in catching the culprits responsible for damaging seating within the centre recently.

08 June 2021
Gavin’s dedication praised by committee chair

Tribute has been paid to OIC’s Executive Director of Development and Infrastructure Gavin Barr, who will be leaving the Council during the summer to take on a new roll.

08 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Wednesday 9 June

Following completion of surface dressing today at Heath House Road in Stenness, crews will be moving to Graemeshall and Stratheast Roads in Holm tomorrow, 9 June.

 

08 June 2021
Beside the Ocean of Time - exhibition marks 100 years of George Mackay Brown

A new exhibition at The Orkney Museum marks 100 years since the birth of one of Orkney's most prominent writers, George Mackay Brown.

08 June 2021
OIC staff going the extra mile through volunteering and charitable work – Derek Allan

Orkney Islands Council is proud of its workforce – many of whom will be your friends, neighbours or relatives - with over a quarter of Orkney’s working population employed with the local authority.

08 June 2021
Public views sought as Papdale community park exhibition boards now on view at KGS

Exhibition boards detailing the preferred concept for a new community park at Papdale in Kirkwall are now in place close to the path at Kirkwall Grammar School.

08 June 2021
Surface dressing update for 8 June

Surface dressing road works are continuing with work at Heath House Road in Stenness today, 8 June.

08 June 2021
Could you - or someone you know - be an unpaid carer?

This Carers Week we're asking could you - or someone you know - be an unpaid carer?

07 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Monday 7 June

We have completed surface dressing works on Upper Twatt Road now and crews will be moving to Heath House Road, Stenness, on Monday 7 June.

04 June 2021
Statutory Review of Electoral Arrangements

Boundaries Scotland, present our proposals for Orkney Islands Council area resulting from our Review of Electoral Arrangements under, and in accordance with, section 20 of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018.

04 June 2021
Tribute paid to Hoy Head crew after two people rescued from the sea

Tribute has been paid to the crew of the Orkney Ferries’ vessel, Hoy Head, after their quick-thinking led to the rescue of two people in distress from the sea.

04 June 2021
Free period products available online

Residents of Orkney can now place online orders for free period products funded by the Scottish Government and have them delivered direct to their door, through the Orkney Islands Council MyOrkney website.

04 June 2021
Central Kirkwall road closure - bus service changes

Public Bus routes 4 (the Kirkwall Airport bus) and 9 (Kirkwall Town Service) are affected by road closures in central Kirkwall between 7 and 13 June - passengers should catch these services from Kirkwall Travel Centre rather than from Broad Street.

04 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Friday 4 June

Following completion of surface dressing road work on Ness Battery Road, Stromness, today, crews will be moving to Upper Twatt Road, Stenness tomorrow, Friday 4 June.

03 June 2021
Dementia – feeling bereft but learning to treasure the moment

Devoted husband cares for wife at home thanks to family and community support

From this day forward, for better for worse…. in sickness and in health….Colin and Liz Kennedy made this pledge to each other when they married in 1964 – nearly 57 years ago.

03 June 2021
“Forget-me-Not” pledge - new initiatives to help families living with dementia

The devastating impact of Covid-19 on the dementia community in Orkney has been deeply felt these past 15 months – exacerbating what can be a challenging condition for families.

A multi-agency approach is being taken locally in a bid to ensure the dementia community are “never forgotten” while raising awareness of a number of initiatives kickstarted during Dementia Awareness Week, which runs until 6 June.

03 June 2021
OIC staff going the extra mile through volunteering and charitable work - Joan Jones

Orkney Islands Council is proud of its workforce – many of whom will be your friends, neighbours or relatives - with over a quarter of Orkney’s working population employed with the local authority.

A closer look at some of our 2,700 staff has revealed a treasure trove of community-spirited and selfless individuals.

03 June 2021
Stromness Primary’s Karen Bevan shortlisted in School Chef of the Year competition

Orkney is renowned for its world-class fresh produce, some of which ends up on the school menu for bairns and staff to enjoy.

03 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Thursday 3 June

Following completion of road work on The Waterworks Rd in Stromness today, crews will be moving to Ness Battery Road, Stromness, tomorrow, Thursday 3 June.

 

02 June 2021
Community urged to focus on the FACTS

The Orkney public are being urged to continue to focus on the FACTS as the county moves into Level 0 Covid-19 restrictions from 5 June.

02 June 2021
Out of the mouths of Glaitness Nursery babes!

The Glaitness Nursery children, who were lucky enough to meet the Royal visitors recently, have been reflecting on the special occasion – although not all of them were entirely star struck!

02 June 2021
Football season kicks off - players reminded of national guidance still in place

With the continued easing of COVID-19 restrictions Orkney’s 2021 football season has been able to kick off, however, there is still specific guidance relating to sport, sporting events and physical activity that must be adhered to.

02 June 2021
Young people urged to stand in Scottish Youth Parliament Election

As the nation looks recover from the worldwide pandemic, never has it been more important for our young people to take a stand and ensure their voices are heard on the political stage.

02 June 2021
OIC Leader welcomes move to Level 0 from 5 June

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council has welcomed news of a move to Level 0 of Scottish Government Coronavirus restrictions from 5 June - but reminds people a range of restrictions remains in place.

01 June 2021
Surface dressing update for Wednesday 2 June

Following completion of surface dressing road works on Nistaben Road in Harray today, crews will be moving to The Waterworks Rd, Stromness tomorrow (2 June). This is a minor, dead end road and crews will be dressing the entire length of the road.

01 June 2021
Tall ship visit sparks wave of interest among local sea cadets

A number of Orkney Sea Cadets were able to get a taste of life on board a tall ship when the sail training brig, Royalist, called into Scapa on Thursday (May 27).

01 June 2021
Expressions of interest sought for contract to build new care home in Kirkwall

Orkney Islands Council is inviting suitably qualified contractors to register an expression of interest in the contract to build a new 40-bed care facility in Kirkwall to replace St Rognvald House.

01 June 2021
New fairer ferry fares structure agreed

Passengers on Orkney Ferries will see standard fares reduced by 38% from 14 June and the 50% discount on pre-paid books of 50 tickets retained, following debate and agreement of a new fares structure at a Special Full Council meeting of Orkney Islands Council on Monday (31 May).

01 June 2021
Check your car seat this Child Safety Week with Good Egg experts

Orkney’s Road Safety Forum is urging anyone who drives with children to take advantage of free online car seat checks with a ‘Good Egg’ expert this Child Safety Week (7-13 June).

01 June 2021
Business mini-survey launched

Orkney businesses are being invited to take part in a mini survey aimed at exploring how the local business community is feeling about the future following an incredibly challenging last several months.

31 May 2021
Surface dressing – Tuesday 1 June

Following completion of work on Tenston road in Sandwick today, crews will be moving to Nistaben Road in Harray tomorrow (Tuesday 1 June). This is a minor, dead end road and crews will be dressing the entire length of the road.

31 May 2021
Surface dressing update – Monday May 31

Following completion of work on the Georth Road in Evie today (Friday 28 May), surface dressing will take place on Monday 31 May on the Tenston road in Sandwick.

28 May 2021
Views sought – should young islanders receive free ferry travel in line with a new Scottish Government concessionary bus scheme?

Council Leader James Stockan is encouraging people in Orkney to respond to an Island Impact Assessment on the importance of young folk receiving free ferry travel in line with a new Scottish Government concessionary bus scheme.

28 May 2021
Summer opening hours to resume at Hope recycling centre

St Margaret’s Hope Recycling Centre returns to summer opening hours on Monday (May 31).

28 May 2021
Surface dressing update for 28 May

Following completion of the surface dressing road works at Arwick Road in Evie (27 May), the Council is advising crews will move onto Georth Road in Evie tomorrow (28 May). This is a dead end minor road.

27 May 2021
A Royal encounter for the bairns at Glaitness Nursery

Bairns from the Glaitness Nursery in Kirkwall enchanted Orkney’s Royal visitors - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - during a chance encounter on Tuesday.

27 May 2021
Cathedral closed to public for St Magnus International Festival filming

Orkney Islands Council is advising St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall will be closed to the public from 7 – 10 June (inclusive) to allow filming and recording for this year’s St Magnus International Festival.

27 May 2021
Deadline approaching for comments on ‘Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project - Hoy’

The deadline date for submission of comments to the Scottish Government on proposed plans for a six turbine, council-owned wind farm at Wee Fea in Lyness is fast approaching.

27 May 2021
Surface dressing update for 27 May

Following completion of the surface dressing road works at Puldrite Road in Rendall today (26 May), the Council is advising crews will move onto Arwick Road in Evie tomorrow (27 May). This is a dead end minor road.

26 May 2021
Tall Ship Royalist to call

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are not the only Royalty expected to visit Orkney this week.

26 May 2021
Warm welcome for The Duke and Duchess

The visit to Orkney by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been warmly welcomed by the county’s Lord Lieutenant and the Leader of Orkney Islands Council.

26 May 2021
Taskforce tackling child poverty in Orkney

Orkney fares better than 22 of the 32 local authority areas across Scotland – when it comes to rising levels of child poverty – but there is no room for complacency.

26 May 2021
Orkney electricity transmission link worth up to £807 million to Orkney economy

A new electricity transmission link between Orkney and the Scottish Mainland could be worth at least £371 million to the Orkney economy, according to a recently commissioned study into the potential value of the cable.

26 May 2021
Surface dressing update for 26 May

Following completion of the surface dressing road works at Holland Road in Firth today (25 May), the Council is advising crews will move onto Puldrite Road in Rendall and Arwick Road in Evie.

25 May 2021
OIC staff going the extra mile through volunteering and charitable work

Orkney Islands Council is proud of its workforce – many of whom will be your friends, neighbours or relatives - with over a quarter of Orkney’s working population employed with the local authority.

25 May 2021
Papdale community park planning application submitted

A planning application has been submitted to the Council for a development to transform an area of green space at Papdale into a community park for all ages and abilities.

25 May 2021

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