OIC News

OIC News
OIC Marks National Inclusion Week

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

20 September 2019
Northern Isles ferry contract

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

20 September 2019
Progress report on headstone reinstatement works

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

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

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

18 September 2019
Red bag rollout to start

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

18 September 2019
Householders urged to focus on foil

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

18 September 2019
OIC Leader Responds to OFGEM Orkney interconnector announcement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 September 2019
Gas canisters – safe disposal reminder

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

10 September 2019
Energy survey reminder

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

10 September 2019
Orkney to host Arctic event

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

09 September 2019
Scapa Pathfinder update

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

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

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

06 September 2019
Home lettings feedback sought

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

06 September 2019
Remembering HMS Royal Oak at Orkney Museum

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

04 September 2019
Community projects secure Community Development Fund support

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

04 September 2019
Red Ensign flies for Merchant Navy Day

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

03 September 2019
Scapa Flow Museum - first turf cut

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

02 September 2019
New pilot launch steams in

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

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

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

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

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

30 August 2019
Scapa Flow Project Shortlisted for National Planning Award

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

28 August 2019
Ferry vouchers to be valid for longer

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

26 August 2019
Roadworks on Pickaquoy Road at Tesco pedestrian crossing

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

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

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

26 August 2019
Executive Director recruitment update

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

25 August 2019
Interpreting Kirkwall’s past

New interpretation panels and benches have been installed in Kirkwall.

22 August 2019
Kirkwall THI – next phase announced

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

19 August 2019
Museum project – work starts soon

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

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

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

19 August 2019
Cabinet Secretary visit welcomed

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

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

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

12 August 2019
Exam results today for Orkney pupils

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

06 August 2019
Cathedral consultation event

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

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

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

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

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

02 August 2019
RET funding call for inter-island service

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

31 July 2019
Planning applications for met masts lodged

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

30 July 2019
Red bags survey – reminder from OIC

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

25 July 2019
Orkney Hydrogen Strategy Out for Consultation

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

18 July 2019
Kirkwall named top cruise destination

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

17 July 2019
Education grants now open for applications

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

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

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

12 July 2019
Motorcyclists take part in training course

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

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

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

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

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

08 July 2019
Sandwick road resurfacing next week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

04 July 2019
Councils warn against cold-calling energy traders

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

03 July 2019
Scapa Flow Museum – update

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

02 July 2019
Out of hours numbers - for urgent calls

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

01 July 2019
Bringing the community together with music and song

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

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

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

01 July 2019
Business Gateway celebrates 10 years in Orkney

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

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

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

27 June 2019
Survey Reminder for Local Parents and Carers

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

27 June 2019
Explore Kirkwall’s history with new app

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

25 June 2019

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