OIC News

OIC News
Bill thanked as he retires as Lord-Lieutenant

Tribute has been paid to Bill Spence on his retirement as Orkney’s Lord-Lieutenant.

22 January 2020
Deadline for energy efficiency upgrades growing closer

Orkney Islands Council is advising that the closing date for funding to improve the energy efficiency of local homes is at the end of March 2020.

22 January 2020
Red bags reminder

Orkney Islands Council is about to begin January’s delivery of Red Bags for household waste.

21 January 2020
Keeping an eye on the seas around us – study leads to PhD

For seven years Jenni Kakkonen has followed the fortunes of tiny creatures living around the shores of Scapa Flow.

21 January 2020
Hamnavoe House open day

The new care home in Stromness will open its doors to the public for the first time later this week.

20 January 2020
Orkney’s polling stations – your views invited

A review of polling arrangements in Orkney is underway.

20 January 2020
Public views sought over on-street parking in Kirkwall

Orkney Islands Council will hold consultation sessions later this month to present proposals for on-street parking in Kirkwall town centre, and give local businesses, residents and the wider public an opportunity to comment.

15 January 2020
“Business Academy” project to be launched in Stronsay

Existing and potential business people in Stronsay - Orkney’s Island of Bays - are being invited to take part in a “Business Academy” pilot project, due to get off the ground in February.

15 January 2020
OLECG update - Tuesday 14 January

With the worst risk of flooding now over, organisations involved in Orkney’s response to Storm Brendan will continue for a time to keep an eye out for potential impacts.

14 January 2020
Flood Warnings issued for Orkney

OLECG, the Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group, met today in response to forecasts of serious flooding throughout the county.

13 January 2020
Ferries concern during dry dock period

Orkney Islands Council Leader James Stockan has voiced his concern that a freight ship will be standing in for the MV Hamnavoe during the ferry’s refit period.

10 January 2020
Stromness road works continue

The road works in Stromness that started earlier this week are due to continue from Monday (13 January) along the main street through the town.

10 January 2020
Carness road closure

Orkney Islands Council is advising that part of Carness Road will be closed to traffic from Monday 13 January to Sunday 19 January to enable underground services to be laid to the Carness housing development.

10 January 2020
Early learning and childcare expansion – enrolment coming soon

Families in Orkney are being encouraged to enrol their children for fully funded early learning and childcare ahead of a major expansion this summer.

10 January 2020
Arctic visit to Orkney

Opportunities to strengthen and build new links with nations in the Arctic were discussed during a visit to Orkney by leading figures with a keen interest in the region.

23 December 2019
End this discrimination – OIC Leader’s call to First Minister

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council has sent a strongly-worded open letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, accusing the Scottish Government of ‘blatant discrimination’ in the funding of local ferry services.

23 December 2019
Fire leads to batteries warning

Orkney Islands Council is warning of the dangers of placing batteries in household and business waste – after fire resulted in the temporary closure of the Chinglebraes Waste Transfer Station.

20 December 2019
Visual Artists and Craft Makers fund open for applicants

A scheme aimed at helping local artists and crafts people take their creative development and ideas to the next level is open once again for applications, following renewed backing from Creative Scotland.

19 December 2019
Washing machine recall advice

Orkney Islands Council’s Trading Standards team is highlighting advice about the washing machine recall announced this week.

18 December 2019
Christmas tree collection - February 2020

A Christmas tree collection for households within 30mph areas on the Orkney Mainland and in the connected South Isles will take place in early February.

16 December 2019
Names chosen for tugs

Orkney’s new tugs will be called Odin of Scapa and Thor of Scapa.

16 December 2019
Athlete Travel Scheme – Bids Invited

Island athletes are being given the opportunity to benefit from a scheme to support them with travel costs thanks to a partnership between sportscotland and the local authorities in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

13 December 2019
Result for Orkney and Shetland constituency

Scottish Liberal Democrats candidate Alistair Carmichael has been re-elected to serve as MP for Orkney and Shetland.

13 December 2019
Culture Fund opens for 2020 – 2021 applications

Orkney Islands Council is inviting applications for its Culture Fund which is aimed at supporting cultural activity in Orkney.

11 December 2019
Postal votes reminder as Election approaches

People voting by post in Orkney are urged to return their postal votes in sufficient time to reach next week’s General Election count in Kirkwall.

06 December 2019
Kirkwall Road Works – 9 to 11 December

Orkney Islands Council is advising that road maintenance work will be carried out in Kirkwall next week.

05 December 2019
Recycling collections update

Orkney Islands Council is starting to have more recycling vehicles available to carry out collections after a number of recent breakdowns.

04 December 2019
Shaping local care and health services – find out more

An event this week offers the chance to discover how the development of a different approach to providing social care and community health services is progressing in Orkney.

03 December 2019
Safe space available on Friday before Christmas

Partner agencies in Orkney will be operating a safe space for revellers on so-called ‘Mad Friday’ during the festive period.

03 December 2019
Kirkwall street works update

Orkney Islands Council is advising that Palace Road and Tankerness Lane in Kirkwall will be open to traffic again from Monday (2 December).

29 November 2019
Postal and proxy votes update

Voters in Orkney are reminded they still have time to apply for a proxy vote.

29 November 2019
Christmas trees from Norway arrive

Orkney is getting into the festive spirit with the annual tree lighting season starting this week.

26 November 2019
Ferries update

The MV Shapinsay will provide ferry services to and from Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre from Monday 25 November.

22 November 2019
Kirkwall road works – 25 to 27 November

Orkney Islands Council is advising that road maintenance work will be carried out in Kirkwall next week.

22 November 2019
Stromness festive lighting – 25 November

Orkney Islands Council is advising that festive lighting will be put up in Stromness on Monday 25 November.

22 November 2019
Chief Executive retires

Alistair Buchan, Orkney Islands Council’s Chief Executive since 1997, has retired on medical grounds.

21 November 2019
Tugs poll closes soon

Orkney Islands Council has issued a reminder that people under a week left to help choose names for the county's two new tugs.

20 November 2019
Postal vote reminder

With under four weeks to go before the General Election, voters in Orkney and Shetland are being urged to think now about how they plan to take part in the poll.

18 November 2019
Baltic bowls and Riga cups at Orkney Museum

A new exhibition at the Orkney Museum features a colourful Russian link with the islands in the 1800s

18 November 2019
Candidates announced for Orkney and Shetland constituency - 14 November

Six candidates have put their names forward to stand for the Orkney and Shetland Constituency in the UK General Election in December.

14 November 2019
Hope festive lighting

Orkney Islands Council advising that festive lighting will be put up in St Margaret’s Hope on Thursday 14 November 2019.

13 November 2019
Road maintenance work – 11 to 15 November

Orkney Islands Council is advising that road maintenance work will be carried out in Kirkwall next week.

08 November 2019
Notice of General Election published

The Notice of Election for December’s General Election has been published today (Friday 8 November).

08 November 2019
Help celebrate Orkney sporting success

Sports Awards Nominations are requested for the most prestigious awards in Orkney sport.

06 November 2019
Road resurfacing works start shortly

Orkney Islands Council is advising of plans for resurfacing works on six roads around Orkney over coming months.

06 November 2019
Orkney’s Young People gather for Chamber debate - 2019

Young people from across Orkney will gather in the Council Chamber to debate issues of importance to them later this month.

06 November 2019
Two more Orkney schools win gold

A record number of Scottish schools - 12 of them from Orkney - have received a prestigious award from sportscotland in recognition of their commitment to school sport.

05 November 2019
Cast your vote in new tugs poll

A public vote is underway to select the names for Orkney’s new tugs - currently under construction in Turkey.

05 November 2019
Public events for Quanterness wind turbines proposal

Orkney Islands Council is to present revised plans for a six turbine wind farm at Quanterness to the public later this month.

05 November 2019
Stromness road works - November 2019

Orkney Islands Council is advising that Alfred Street in Stromness will be closed to traffic from Monday 4 November for around five weeks to allow drainage work to take place.

01 November 2019
Stromness road works - 28 to 31 October

Road maintenance work is planned for Stromness next week.

25 October 2019
Kirkwall road closure - week beginning 28 October

Orkney Islands Council is advising that a section of Palace Road in Kirkwall is set to be closed to traffic for around five weeks.

24 October 2019
Recycling disruptions today and tomorrow

Mechanical issues have affected recycling collections today (Monday 21 October) and will also cause disruptions tomorrow (Tuesday 22 October)

21 October 2019
Your chance to look round new campus building

A special open day takes place this week, showcasing the new Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC) Robert Rendall building in Stromness.

21 October 2019
Flares warning

Orkney Islands Council has issued a safety reminder after maritime distress flares were dumped at St Margaret’s Hope household waste and recycling centre.

18 October 2019
Orkney Health and Care publishes three year plan

The body overseeing the delivery of health and social care in the county has published its plan for the next three years.

17 October 2019
Street Closures in Stromness Next Week

Orkney Islands Council will be carrying out flagstone replacement works in Dundas Street, Stromness next week.

11 October 2019
Electoral Registration reminder 2019

Reminders have now been sent to all properties in Orkney who have not yet responded to Electoral Registration Household Enquiry forms issued earlier this year.

10 October 2019
Council house lettings policy reminder

Orkney Islands Council's consultation on potential changes to its Council house letting policy closes on Sunday.

10 October 2019
Council moves to showcase low carbon credentials during UN gathering

Orkney’s pioneering work in the renewables and low carbon sectors should be showcased as part of the United Nations Conference of Parties (C0P) next year as one way of sharing and showcasing climate change solutions, Councillors have agreed.

10 October 2019
OIC to submit funding bid for further 4/5G trials

Orkney Islands Council has agreed to take part in a bid to the UK Government for another round of funding to support testing of 4/5G services in Orkney.

10 October 2019
Peedie Breeks Update from OIC

Peedie Breeks is a long established and valued business in Kirkwall. The decision of the owners to cease trading will have a significant impact on a number of families. This issue has attracted public interest in the last week and we thought it might be useful to provide you with some information on some of the main issues that have been raised.

09 October 2019
OIC Statement on Peedie Breeks Closure

We have been advised today (Friday 4 October) that the owners of Peedie Breeks will be closing the doors on the service in July next year. This is a long established and valued service in Kirkwall and this decision will impact on a number of families.

04 October 2019
Victoria Street Closures Next Week

Victoria Street in Kirkwall will be closed to traffic during the day for three days next week.

04 October 2019
Planning permission approved for Finstown substation

A meeting of Orkney Islands Council's Full Council has today (1 October 2019) approved planning permission for the erection of a substation and associated works at land near Heddle Hill in Firth.

01 October 2019
Loads on at the Library in October

The Orkney Library and Archive in Kirkwall will be a hive of activity this October as they join in national Libraries Week and Fun Palaces celebrations.

01 October 2019
OIC Receives £774k Funding from first Crown Estate Distribution

Orkney Islands Council has today (30 September) welcomed the news that they are to receive £774k from Crown Estate funds to spend on local projects.

30 September 2019
Naming ceremony for new pilot vessel

Orkney's new pilot launch was today officially named Scapa Pathfinder.

27 September 2019
Report sets out findings of headstones review

A report to today's meeting of the Council's Monitoring and Audit Committee (26 September 2019) has set out the key findings of a review into the Council's 2018 headstones and burial ground safety programme - and made a number of recommendations for how the programme should be improved for any future works.

26 September 2019
Arctic initiative launched in Stromness

Orkney Islands Council Leader James Stockan today welcomed an initiative designed to strengthen and build new links between Scotland and nations in the Arctic.

23 September 2019
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

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