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Young people in Orkney take part in memorable learning experiences thanks to Orkney’s Outdoor Education and Community Learning and Development

From archery to raft building, climbing to bushcraft, orienteering to crabbing – more than 860 children and young people in Orkney have been participating in the Orkney Outdoor Education’s new and exciting outdoor learning and activity programme over the past few months.

04 August 2021
Surface dressing update – Monday 2 August

Surface dressing is planned for Monday 2 August on the road that runs through Herston in South Ronaldsay.

30 July 2021
OIC community pandemic response shortlisted in national awards

The community resilience pandemic response work by a small team at Orkney Islands Council has been recognised at a national level.

The LGC Awards judging panel have shortlisted the Council’s entry “Orkney at its best – creating COVID solution through community” within the Community Involvement category.

30 July 2021
Flood risk areas – share your views

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is asking the public and businesses to share their views on shaping flood risk actions and objectives for Orkney and other high-risk areas of Scotland.

SEPA has launched a joint consultation with Orkney Islands Council and other local authorities, to help shape the direction and delivery of flood risk management across the country.

30 July 2021
Go online to explore Orkney’s historic cathedral

Did you know you can take a virtual tour of St Magnus Cathedral?

...just follow this link www.orkney.gov.uk/StMagnus for a video tour that will take you to all parts of the building, including the upper levels where the bells and intriguing artifacts like a hangman’s ladder can be found.

29 July 2021
Surface dressing update – Friday 30 July

Our roads crews are planning to carry out surface dressing in South Ronaldsay on Friday 30 July.

29 July 2021
Procurement consultation underway

A consultation begins today on the latest version of the Council’s Sustainable Procurement Policy.

You can find out more about the draft policy and take part in the consultation online.

29 July 2021
Surface dressing update – Thursday 29 July

Our roads crews are hoping to complete surface dressing in St Margaret’s Hope on Thursday 29 July – weather permitting.

28 July 2021
Could you help maintain our toilet facilities?

The Council is seeking to recruit additional mobile toilet attendants to assist with the ongoing cleaning programme at the public toilet facilities across the county.

28 July 2021
“Superstar” students showcase their sporting successes and special deeds – Malcolm Clark (5)

Tiny Malcolm Clark had a mountain to climb when he was born three months prematurely weighing less than a 2lb bag of sugar on 2 September 2015.

Now a strapping five-year-old – Malcolm, from Hoy, is still climbing – this time Orkney’s highest hill – Ward Hill on Hoy – raising money for the hospital that cared for him when he was born. 

28 July 2021
“Superstar” students showcase their sporting successes and special deeds – Jorgi Craigie

A 10-year-old Glaitness School pupil says “dreams do come true when you work hard” – after making a name for herself in the competitive world of equestrianism.

Jorgi Craigie and her mum Caroline made a 1,500-mile round trip to compete in one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events – the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead in England.

28 July 2021
The way the Local Biodiverstiy Record Centre is run is under review from this week (26 July)

Due to a vacant post, the Council and partner organisations involved in natural heritage management and protection are looking at how the Centre can be taken forward in conjunction with changes to national biodiversity recording.

27 July 2021
Surface dressing update – Wednesday 28 July

The Council’s roads crews are planning to carry out surface dressing in St Margaret’s Hope on Wednesday 28 July – weather permitting.

27 July 2021
Orkney’s new police chief visiting Westray

The Westray community are being invited along to the island school on Wednesday 28 July to meet Orkney’s new Area Commander Chief Inspector Ali Garrow.

27 July 2021
Inspectors praise “fantastic” School Meals’ Service in Orkney

Orkney Islands Council’s School Meals’ Service has been given a resounding endorsement by the Soil Association’s Food for Life Served Here (FFLSH) inspectors.

27 July 2021
Surface dressing update – Tuesday 27 July

Our roads crews are hoping to carry out surface dressing at Ness Road in Burray on Tuesday 27 July – weather permitting.

26 July 2021
Westray community rallies to support the RNLI – with a “scary” challenge

The Westray community – including a number of our school pupils – have rallied to support the RNLI – taking up the “scary” challenge of designing and making their own scarecrows.

26 July 2021
Surface dressing postponed – Monday 26 July

Surface dressing work planned for Ness Road in Burray today (Monday 26 July) has been postponed because of the weather conditions.

26 July 2021
Surface dressing update – Monday 26 July

The Council’s road crews are heading to Ness Road in Burray (from the A961 Junction to Pole Farm) to carry out surface dressing works on Monday 26 July.

23 July 2021
Orkney flag raised in the heart of London in celebration of Historic County Flags Day

The Orkney flag is flying high in the heart of London’s Parliament Square this week.

The flags of 52 historic counties have been raised in a resplendent celebration of the nation’s heritage to mark the Historic County Flags Day today, Friday 23 July – and they will remain aloft until 27 July.

23 July 2021
Surface dressing update – Friday 23 July

Surface dressing road works will take place on Kirbuster Road, Stronsay tomorrow, Friday 23 July. Full road closures will be in place from 9am.

22 July 2021
Further plea for families to check free school meal entitlement

As we pass the half-way mark of the school summer holidays, we want to remind families to check whether or not they may be entitled to free school meals and the associated benefits this could bring.

22 July 2021
“Superstar” students showcase their sporting successes and special deeds - Sarah Seatter

Papdale Primary School’s Sarah Seatter has challenged herself to walk 100 miles this summer to raise money for a children’s cancer charity.

Ten-year-old Sarah has also been growing her hair which she plans to have chopped next month and donate to the Little Princess Trust for a wig to be made for a child affected by cancer.

22 July 2021
Overnight disruption to EV charging points 26-27 July

Electric vehicle (EV) owners are reminded that charge points across Scotland will be unavailable overnight between 10pm on Monday 26 July and 5am on Tuesday 27 July while the ChargePlace Scotland system migrates to a new network operator.

22 July 2021
Surface dressing update for 22 July 2021

Surface dressing road works crews will be heading to Holland Road in Stronsay tomorrow, Thursday 22 July - full road closures will be in place from 09:00.

21 July 2021
“Superstar” students showcase their sporting successes and special deeds - Megan Flynn

Papdale Primary School’s Megan Flynn is a young female motocross rider in what is historically a male dominated sport and scrambling her way to success!

The eight-year-old from Kirkwall is the only junior female rider at the Orkney Motocross Club but she hasn’t let this put her off and was recently was awarded the Robertson’s Shield and Arkh Angell Cup 2021 for her dirt bike efforts.

20 July 2021
Wise Water Use and water scarcity advice for Private Water Supplies

With the current dry weather and advice from Scottish Water encouraging wise water use by the public, Orkney Islands Council is reminding owners of private Water Supplies (PWS) to take similar steps and report any concerns they have about water levels or quality to OIC’s Environmental Health team.

20 July 2021
Cruise to resume

The Scottish Government has moved all of Scotland into level zero – meaning domestic cruise at Scottish ports and harbours, including Orkney, can resume.

20 July 2021
Low Income Pandemic Payments to roll out to Orkney households

Around 1400 low income families in Orkney will receive a £130 cash boost in August, as Orkney Islands Council delivers the Scottish Government’s Low Income Pandemic Payment.

20 July 2021
Surface dressing update for 20 July

Surface dressing road works crews will move to Everbay and Hescombe Roads in Stronsay tomorrow, 20 July. Full road closures will be in place from 09:00.

19 July 2021
Disability Sport Week offers packed calendar – and chance to get involved with inclusive aims

Orkney Islands Council’s Sport and Leisure team working in partnership with Scottish Disability Sport are running a Disability Sport Week from 31 July - 6 August, jam packed with games and activities for children with physical, sensory and learning disabilities.

19 July 2021
Community Benefit Schemes – Spotlight on Birsay

Birsay Community Council is very much looking to the long term when it comes to the benefits it receives from local renewable energy projects - both in terms of the projects they use the fund for and the potential benefits that could come from new wind energy developments in the Birsay area.

16 July 2021
Surface dressing update – Monday July 19

Surface dressing work is due to take place in Stronsay next week.

16 July 2021
Contract awarded for initial designs of new nursery at Orkney College

Orkney Islands Council has appointed consultants Robert Potter Partners LLP to work up initial designs for the proposed new nursery on the grounds at Orkney College.

16 July 2021
Cursiter Recycling Centre – misuse could lead to closures

Orkney Islands Council is reminding users of the Cursiter Household Recycling Centre that the facility is only accepting domestic recyclable material.

15 July 2021
‘Orkney's Community Wind Farm Project – Faray’ Planning Application Documents Submitted

Planning application documents have been submitted by Orkney Islands Council for a six-turbine wind farm development and associated marine infrastructure on Faray in Orkney’s North Isles.

15 July 2021
Surface dressing update for Thursday 15 July

Following completion of surface dressing road works at Stove Road in Deerness today crews will move to Northfield and Southbreck Roads in Burray tomorrow, Thursday 15 July.

14 July 2021
Community Benefit Schemes - Spotlight on Evie and Rendall

If you’ve driven past the primary school in Evie recently, you might have spied work going on to install a new community playpark.  Designed by landscape architect Sam Green, the park incorporates modern natural play features, alongside playpark staples like chutes and swings.

14 July 2021
Community Benefit Schemes - Spotlight on Sanday

For nearly twenty years, the Spurness wind turbines have been a fixture of the Sanday skyline and in that time have  - through a location specific community benefit fund – supported multiple local clubs and organisations, paid for numerous trips to the mainland for sports and training – and even helped to ensure that school bairns in Sanday get their five a day!

14 July 2021
Surface dressing update for 14 July 2021

Following completion of surface dressing road works at Manse and Aikerskaill Roads in Deerness today, crews will move to Stove Road, Deerness tomorrow, 14 July. This is a dead end minor road. Works will be carried out on the full length of the road and full road closures will be in place.

13 July 2021
Surface dressing update for 13 July

Following completion of surface dressing road works at Halley Road in Deerness today, crews will move to Aikerskaill and Manse Road in the parish tomorrow, Tuesday 13 July.

12 July 2021
Carness Road closures ahead

Carness Road in Kirkwall will be closed between its junctions with Weyland Bay and Craigiefield roads,  from Monday 19 July 2021 to late August, to enable road works required by Phase 1 of the new Council housing development at Carness.

12 July 2021
Submissions invited for George Mackay Brown Public Art project

Orkney Islands Council is calling for submissions from artists and writers with proposals for a public art installation to mark the centenary this year of the birth of one of Orkney’s most prominent cultural icons - George Mackay Brown.

12 July 2021
Overnight disruption to EV charging points 26-27 July

Electric vehicle (EV) owners are reminded that charge points across Scotland will be unavailable overnight between 10pm on Monday 26 July and 5am on Tuesday 27 July while the ChargePlace Scotland system migrates to a new network operator.

12 July 2021
Freedom parade for Royal Navy divers

The Royal Navy’s bomb disposal experts in Scotland have exercised their Freedom of Orkney by marching through the streets of Kirkwall.

10 July 2021
Top bin tips for a smooth collection

Orkney Islands Council is reminding householders of the simple things they can do to help bin collections run smoothly and prolong the life of their bin.

09 July 2021
Surface dressing update for 12 July

Orkney Islands Council is advising surface dressing road works will be taking place on Monday 12 July at Halley Road in Deerness – between its junctions with Link Road and Braebuster Road. A short detour will be in place via Denwick and Link Road.

09 July 2021
Gillian pays tribute to colleagues as she looks back on 20 years’ service with OIC

Long-serving Council employee – Gillian Morrison - has paid tribute to her colleagues and Elected Members whilst also stating that “the 20 years working for OIC have undoubtedly been the best” in her 37-year career in public service.

08 July 2021
Delays on Junction Road - 14 to 16 July

Orkney Islands Council's Road Operations team will be working on Junction Road in Kirkwall early next week, between the roundabout and Gunn’s Close Car Park, to replace a manhole cover.

07 July 2021
Papdale Park improvements granted planning permission

A planning application for works to transform an area of green space at Papdale into a community park for all ages and abilities has been approved by Orkney Islands Council's Planning committee.

07 July 2021
Algal blooms in local waters – keep a lookout

Orkney Islands Council is advising people to be on the lookout for blooms of blue-green algae in lochs, burns and other watercourses.

07 July 2021
Diving Group events ahead of Freedom of Orkney march

The Royal Navy Northern Diving Group will be holding two displays about their Explosive Ordnance Disposal work during their visit to Orkney this week.

The team will be at the Broad Street carpark in Kirkwall from 13:00 on Thursday July 8

Later the same day, they will be at the Stromness Academy carpark from 18:30 to 20:00.

07 July 2021
Tributes paid to two ‘stalwart’ senior officers

Councillors paid tribute to two outgoing Executive Directors at this week’s Full Council meeting.

07 July 2021
Council approves £300k emergency fund for voluntary sector covid response

Orkney Islands Council has today agreed to establish a £300k fund to provide emergency support to Orkney’s Third Sector as they face considerable financial pressures and surges in demand for their services as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.

06 July 2021
Council and Crown Estate Scotland join forces for deep-water quay project

Orkney Islands Council and Crown Estate Scotland have signed an agreement to work together in developing a deep-water quay in Scapa Flow.

06 July 2021
Surface dressing update for week starting 5 July

Orkney Islands Council is advising that while recent mechanical issues have been resolved, surface dressing is likely to be on hold until Thursday (8 July) due to current weather forecasts.

05 July 2021
Social care Personal Assistants in Orkney urged to apply for £500 “thank you” payment

A special online portal has been launched to ensure eligible social care Personal Assistants receive a £500 “thank you” payment in recognition of their work throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

05 July 2021
Could you be missing out on free school meals?

More families than ever before in Orkney are benefiting from free school meals and the school clothing allowance – however, OIC is urging anyone who may still be missing out to check to see whether or not they are entitled.

05 July 2021
St Margarets Hope waste facility disruption

The Council's Household Waste Recycling Centre at St. Margaret’s Hope temporarily closed today, 5 July, due to damage to a lighting pole on the site.

05 July 2021
Children and Adolescent Mental Health survey

The Orkney community is being asked for their thoughts on how services supporting young people’s mental health can be refined to best meet local needs, following the allocation of close to £800k by the Scottish Government for Orkney Health and Care to redesign and develop the county’s Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

05 July 2021
Athlete Travel scheme tackles uncertainties with flexible approach

The Islands Athlete Travel Award Scheme for elite pathway athletes is open again for applications - and this time features a bespoke, more flexible application process to address ongoing uncertainty over the sporting calendar due to the pandemic.

05 July 2021
*** Surface dressing update ***

Surface dressing work remains temporarily suspended - initially as a result  of a mechanical problem and subsequently due to a supplier issue.

02 July 2021
EV charger update

Seven new electric vehicle (EV) chargers have been brought into action in Orkney in recent weeks.

01 July 2021
Survey announced to build creative ambitions together

The University of the Highlands and Islands centre for island creativity wants to hear from creative businesses, practitioners and professionals in Shetland, Orkney and the Outer Hebrides as part of research into the economic and social impact of the islands’ creative sector.

01 July 2021
OIC’s community spirited unsung heroes – Andrew Hamilton

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.

01 July 2021
First hour free summer parking starts

Orkney Islands Council is reminding drivers that a ‘first hour free’ approach at car parks across Kirkwall and Stromness for the 2021 summer period starts tomorrow, 1 July. 

30 June 2021
Retiring teacher has given 37 years’ service to Westray school and community

A popular teacher heard the school bell ring for the last time at the end of term after an amazing 37 years at Westray Junior High School.

30 June 2021
Scottish Government grant Cursiter Quarry appeal

The Scottish Government has notified Orkney Islands Council today, Wednesday 30 June, of its decision to grant the Council’s appeal in respect of a planning application to extend Cursiter Quarry in Firth.

30 June 2021
Northern Diving Group to visit county to receive Freedom of Orkney

The Royal Navy Northern Diving Group will march through Kirkwall on July 9 as part of formalities conferring the Freedom of Orkney on the organisation.

29 June 2021
Road closure and bus service changes for central Kirkwall - 9 July 2021

Roads around central Kirkwall will be closed between midday and 2pm on Friday 9 July to enable a Freedom of Orkney ceremony and public procession to take place, with some bus services affected too.

29 June 2021
Dive into Orkney's underwater beauty with new short films

The diversity and beauty of Orkney’s underwater wildlife is revealed in eight new short films released this week by the North Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme.

29 June 2021
OIC’s community spirited unsung heroes – Maureen Herdman

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.

29 June 2021
Stromness Primary RNLI artwork is brought to life

Work of the Lifeboat crew remains at the heart of the community.

28 June 2021
Traffic restrictions advised

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) have advised that refurbishment work at the Sunnybank Substation in Stromness will mean restrictions to traffic and pedestrian access at times over the days ahead.

28 June 2021
Stromness Academy pupils win £3,000 for Orkney Drugs Dog charity

Donation will go towards second detection dog.

28 June 2021
Surface dressing update

Surface dressing work has been temporarily suspended because of a mechanical problem.

25 June 2021
Staff saluted for their business support efforts

Councillors have praised the ‘magnificent efforts’ of OIC staff for their role in the delivery of many millions of pounds in Covid-19 support to businesses in Orkney.

25 June 2021
Isles asked for feedback on Orkney Inter Island Transport Study - Outline Business Case

Options for the future of inter-island transport in Orkney are being presented to the county’s isles communities for their feedback over coming weeks.

24 June 2021
Cash boost for local tourism welcomed

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed the award of £260,000 in support from the Scottish Government’s Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) for a major upgrade of the Point of Ness campsite in Stromness.

24 June 2021
Bossack waste facility disruptions - 24 and 25 June

For operational reasons the Bossack Household Waste and Recycling Centre will be closed to the general public today, Thursday 24 June and tomorrow, Friday 25 June 2021.

24 June 2021
Health and Care staff lauded for keeping up services in exceptional year

The county’s health and social care teams have been praised for their work over the course of the pandemic in what has been described as “the most challenging and complex financial year in the history of the public sector”.

23 June 2021
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
Council moves to back twenty ‘Kickstart’ posts for young people

Councillors have recommended up to £106k be drawn from its own Coronavirus Response Fund to support the implementation of up to twenty Council-based ‘Kickstart’ posts for young people as part of efforts to ensure they are not left behind as a result of the pandemic.

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
Surface dressing update for 25-28 May

Orkney Islands Council is advising of revised plans for surface dressing road works for the coming days, after recent delays to previously publicised schedules due to weather.

24 May 2021
KGS pupils launch appeal for donations

Want to help Kirkwall Grammar School S2 pupils change the world and make it a better place? They're appealing for donations of educational materials and tech and money to help reduce poverty and inequality for counterparts in schools in Pakistan and Nepal, as part of the global Connecting Classrooms project.

24 May 2021
Orkney Islands Council and Greener Orkney to work in partnership during national clean-up campaign

Orkney Islands Council, in partnership with Greener Orkney, is supporting Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Summer Clean for 2021.

24 May 2021
Surface dressing delayed due to cooler spell

Orkney Islands Council is advising that, due to weather forecasts, surface dressing road works planned for today (21 May) at Holland Road in Firth have been postponed until warmer, drier weather returns to the county.

21 May 2021
Surface dressing update for 21 May

Plans for the Council’s Roads team to carry out surface dressing tomorrow (Friday 21 May) on Holland Road in Firth are postponed due to weather conditions.

20 May 2021
Orkney stands proudly on the national musical map

While not wishing to focus on himself, Edmund Holt was instrumental in laying the foundations – alongside Alistair Bain – for what is now widely recognised as one of Orkney’s Education Service success stories – and now almost 50 years later the Orkney Instrumental Music Service is still going strong.

20 May 2021
Once in a lifetime chances for some instrumentalists

Chris Giles – Principal Teacher of Expressive Arts from 2008- 2013.

20 May 2021
Instrumental Music Service - the jewel in the crown of the Education Service in Orkney

Penny Aberdein shares some thoughts and memories from her time with the Orkney Instrumental Music Service from 1998-2008.

20 May 2021
Orkney Islands Council Instrumental Music Service – hitting the right note for almost 50 years!

In May the Pickaquoy Centre is normally alive with the sound of music, when over 200 young musicians from across Orkney’s schools come together for the Instrumental Music Service’s annual music course. Due to Covid-19, the course has been cancelled for a second year running.

20 May 2021
First hour free summer parking proposed

Councillors at today’s Policy and Resources committee backed recommendations for a ‘first hour free’ approach at Council car parks across Kirkwall and Stromness for the summer period, starting from July 1.

19 May 2021

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