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OIC News archive from May 2018
Surface dressing update - for Friday 1 June

The Council is advising that surface dressing road works will be carried out in two areas tomorrow (Friday 1 June):

31 May 2018
Council Carrying Out Safety Reviews of Local Headstones

Following an ongoing safety review of the county's cemeteries, Orkney Islands Council is urging local folk to check on their relatives headstones.

31 May 2018
Islands Bill outcome welcomed as historic achievement

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed the outcome of today’s Islands Bill debate in the Scottish Parliament as an historic and momentous day for Scotland’s island communities.

30 May 2018
Share your pledge to beat plastic pollution

Orkney Islands Council is urging local residents to share ideas on reducing their plastic footprint, as part of activities to mark World Environment Day on 5 June.

30 May 2018
Free youth work course opens for applications

Are you a volunteer in youth services, or looking to obtain formal youth work qualifications for work you are already doing? Orkney Islands Council in conjunction with Youth Scotland have launched a rare opportunity for local people to gain a formal youth work qualification - for free.

29 May 2018
Orkney awarded another £1m towards warm homes

Orkney Islands Council is urging householders to check if they could be eligible for funding to help keep their homes warm and cut fuel bills.

29 May 2018
Council seeks to strengthen Islands Bill

The Council is asking MSPs to support measures to bolster the Islands Bill during a key stage of its progress through the Scottish Parliament.

29 May 2018
Mapping Magnus talk comes to Birsay

A talk taking place in Birsay next month will tell the story of an important research and archaeology project carried out as part of the Magnus 900 commemorations.

28 May 2018
Surface dressing update for week starting 28 May

Surface dressing of the county’s roads continue next week across several locations in Orkney.

25 May 2018
Council Takes Top Honours at UK Planning Awards

Orkney Islands Council's ‘Team Stromness’ scheme – a regeneration effort spanning the last ten years – took the top award at last night's Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence.

25 May 2018
Council welcomes ferries announcement

Council Leader James Stockan has welcomed an announcement by Transport and the Islands Minister Humza Yousaf on how the next Northern Isles ferry contract will be awarded.

24 May 2018
Council to bring the conversation to communities

Five community engagement events are to be held across the Orkney mainland and linked South Isles next month as Orkney Islands Council continues to tackle its ongoing budget challenge. 

24 May 2018
Surface dressing update for 24 and 25 May

The Council's surface dressing works will move onto Back Road in Dounby tomorrow (Thursday 24 May), starting in the morning.

23 May 2018
Roadworks this week on Albert and Bridge Street

Orkney Islands Council is planning to carry out some road maintenance and flag repairs on Albert Street and Bridge Street, Kirkwall, tomorrow (Thursday 24 May) and Friday.

23 May 2018
Surface dressing to begin again midweek

Drivers are advised surface dressing works by Orkney Islands Council will get underway again from the middle of next week (21 – 25 May).

21 May 2018
Council to make return trip to Norway following Constitution Day celebrations

Council Convener Harvey Johnston has described yesterday's Norwegian Constitution Day celebrations as ‘magnificent’.

18 May 2018
Surface dressing - bus service update

There will be changes to public bus Service 9 (Kirkwall Town Service) and Service 7 (Stromness and Kirkwall to Birsay via Dounby) later this week as the Council's surface dressing work begins from Thursday 17 May.

16 May 2018
Surface dressing starts

Drivers are advised surface dressing works by Orkney Islands Council will start tomorrow, Thursday 17 May

16 May 2018
Big Hit takes to the road in Orkney

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed the official launch of the BIG HIT hydrogen project.

15 May 2018
Norwegian Constitution Day celebrations are fast approaching

Visitors from Norway will travel to Orkney to take part in the annual celebrations for Norwegian Constitution Day on Thursday 17 May.

14 May 2018
Dial-a-Bus update

The Council is suspending the introduction of a savings measure which reduced the number of free return trips for eligible passengers using Dial-a-Bus to 12 per year.

14 May 2018
Surface dressing reminder

Drivers are reminded to check for road closures and diversions that could affect them when surface dressing work starts in Orkney this week.

14 May 2018
Pupils present fantastic plastic project to Council

Pupils from St Andrews Primary School enjoyed a visit to the Council Chamber in School Place last week.

09 May 2018
Keep your dog under control near livestock

Dog owners are being reminded to keep their dogs under control when near livestock.

09 May 2018
Council advises of road closures and bus service changes during surface dressing

Road surface dressing will bring road closures and bus service changes across Orkney. With road surface dressing due to start later this month, the Council is advising the public of how they can keep updated on road closures and bus service changes which might affect them.

08 May 2018
Sheltered Housing consultation opens

A consultation on Orkney Islands Council’s Sheltered Housing service is now live.

04 May 2018
Glaitness pupils launch book about Kirkwall

P5 Pupils from Glaitness School have teamed up with ‘weel-kent’ local illustrator, Britt Harcus to launch a new book exploring the unique history and heritage of Kirkwall – through the eyes of an inquisitive curlew.

04 May 2018
Council closed for May Day public holiday

Orkney Islands Council is reminding the public that Council offices will be closed on Monday, 7 May for the ‘May Day’ public holiday.

03 May 2018
New funding welcomed for museum project

Two new awards of funding will help support a major redevelopment project at the Scapa Flow Museum.

03 May 2018
Design in the countryside - share your views

Orkney Islands Council is seeking views on design for housing in the countryside.

03 May 2018
Junction Road works set to pause

Road works on Junction and New Scapa Road will pause for the summer as the Council gears up for its annual surface dressing.

02 May 2018
Important milestone for wind farm project

The next phase of a project looking at how a large scale wind farm could generate significant income and community benefit for Orkney has been announced at a public meeting in Hoy.

01 May 2018

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