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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
Local community help with name for new care home

A name has been chosen for the new care home in Stromness.

25 June 2019
Live broadcast - technical problems

The Council is unable to provide a live broadcast of this morning’s meeting of the Integration Joint Board.

25 June 2019
Name chosen for new OIC Marine Services Pilot Vessel

Orkney's new pilot vessel is to be called 'Scapa Pathfinder'.

24 June 2019
Scapa 100 commemorations take place in Orkney

The deliberate sinking of a fleet of warships was remembered in Orkney today (Friday 21 June), 100 years since one of the most extraordinary events in naval history.

21 June 2019
Car seat safety - it’s the little things that matter

When it comes to getting a handle on the details of child car seat safety, it’s the little things that matter. That’s the message coming from Orkney’s Road Safety Forum ahead of free car seat checks being offered in Orkney next month when the national ‘Good Egg’ campaign visits the county.

19 June 2019
Course to improve safety of motorcyclists to be held in Orkney

A training scheme to help reduce the number of collisions involving motorcyclists is being run for the first time in Orkney

18 June 2019
Wanted – Sheep Dyke Warden for North Ronaldsay

North Ronaldsay, Orkney’s most northerly island community, is seeking applicants for a unique role overseeing care and repair work on a historic stone dyke that plays a vital part in the management of a unique local breed of ancient seaweed eating sheep.

17 June 2019
Views sought on business challenges in Orkney

Businesses in Orkney are being invited to take part in the Orkney Business Survey 2019.

17 June 2019
Local management of Orkney waters moves a step closer

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed an announcement that innovative plans for greater local management of the seas around the islands have taken an important step forward.

13 June 2019
New partnership for Orkney’s World Heritage Site

An ambitious new partnership to shape the future direction for Orkney’s World Heritage Site has been unveiled today.

11 June 2019
Workshop for young customer care champions

Young people with a flair for customer care are being offered the chance to hone their skills at a free workshop being run by Orkney Business Gateway.

11 June 2019
Shapinsay teacher presented with primary school science award

Anita Angier from Shapinsay School has been awarded the Outstanding Primary Science Teacher award by the Primary Science Teachers Trust (PSTT), a UK wide award aimed at recognising teachers who raise the profile of science and the quality of primary school science provision and engage pupils in the excitement and fascination of science.

10 June 2019
Share your views on harbours masterplan

Events next week will provide an opportunity to find out more about the proposed Harbours Masterplan for Orkney.

06 June 2019
Scuttling of German Fleet retold at Orkney Museum

A special exhibition at the Orkney Museum is retelling the startling story of the scuttling of the German Fleet in Scapa Flow 100 years ago.

05 June 2019
Aurrida House to Celebrate Two Decades of Service

Orkney Islands Council's Aurrida House service will mark its 20th birthday this June.

05 June 2019
UK’s first large ship-to-shore commercial connection to be installed in Stromness as part of green power project

A project to supply locally produced 'green' electrical power to the MV Hamnavoe NorthLink ferry while docked in Stromness, Orkney, is due to get underway shortly.

05 June 2019
Fees for replacement waste bins - update

A decision made earlier this year that Orkney Islands Council should charge for replacement household waste bins comes into effect next week.

04 June 2019
Brexit breakfast blether with Bill and Business Gateway

A business networking breakfast event is being held at the end of this month, to officially launch a new Business Gateway service.

31 May 2019
Orkney Voices Heard on Young Brexit Panel

Two local young people have been selected to sit on a national panel designed to ensure young peoples' voices are heard as part of the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

31 May 2019
New economic opportunities explored as OIC prepares for Brexit

Orkney is forging new links with Scandinavian and Arctic states as the Islands Council prepares for the impact of Brexit on the county.

31 May 2019
OIC holds Brexit talks with Cabinet Secretary

Councillors held discussions today (Monday 4 February) with Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell MSP over the potential impact on Orkney of the Brexit process.

31 May 2019
£28.5m ReFLEX Orkney project to create a ‘smart energy island'

Orkney Islands Council is to support the development of a multi-partner £28.5m project which could maximise the potential for renewable energy generation in Orkney – and ultimately eliminate the need for fossil fuels.

31 May 2019
Eibhlin Scoops Young Achiever Award for Wind Farm Project Work

Orkney Islands Council scooped an award at last night's Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Awards in Glasgow.

31 May 2019
Council metals recycling campaign shortlisted

A campaign by Orkney Islands Council to boost metals recycling rates in the county has been shortlisted for a national award.

28 May 2019
Building Standards top small team in national awards

Orkney Islands Council’s Building Standards team has scooped a top award at the Scottish Government’s Building Standards Division awards.

28 May 2019
European Parliamentary Election 2019 results announced

The voting results in Orkney for the European Parliamentary Election 2019 have been counted.

26 May 2019

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