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Special Collections re-introduced for the Isles

Orkney Islands Council is advising that special collections for the non-linked Islands of Orkney will begin again after being suspended due to the pandemic.

21 October 2020
Public toilets – more re-open

Orkney Islands Council is re-opening a further six public toilets.

20 October 2020
Kerbside recycling - week commencing 19 October

For the week beginning 19 October, the waste team will be collecting plastic bottles in the kerbside recycling.

16 October 2020
Have you thought about becoming a Foster Carer?

Orkney Health and Care is seeking to recruit more foster carers.

16 October 2020
Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award

Orkney Islands Council are advising that this year’s Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award (VACMA) will be offering a slightly different service.

16 October 2020
Orkney Islands Council Launches Consultation on Faray Wind Farm Plans

Orkney Islands Council has launched a consultation on revised plans for a six turbine wind farm on Faray.

13 October 2020
Fishing vessel preparations urged before Brexit Transition ends

The Environmental Health team at Orkney Islands Council is urging local owners to register their fishing vessels and arrange for an inspection as soon as possible.

13 October 2020
Orkney’s new tugs officially named

Orkney’s two new tugs were officially named Odin of Scapa and Thor of Scapa during a ceremony at Scapa Pier on Monday. (October 12)

12 October 2020
Self-isolation support payments

From today (Monday 12 October), anyone in employment, or self-employed, who gets one of the low-income benefits listed below will be able to claim a £500 self-isolation support payment from the Scottish Welfare Fund, if they are asked to self-isolate by the Test and Protect service.

12 October 2020
Community Halls Training Event

The annual Orkney Community Halls Training Event is due to be held online for the first time later this month due to ongoing pandemic restrictions.

12 October 2020
Kerbside Recycling - week beginning 12 October

Starting Monday 12 October, kerbside recycling will revert back to glass collection.

09 October 2020
Generations working together

Young children from St Andrews Nursery and older members of the East Mainland community are joining forces in a new pen pal initiative called “Bridging the Gap”.

08 October 2020
OIC “gifted” the island of Little Green Holm

Councillors have agreed to take ownership of the island of Little Green Holm as an investment for part of Orkney’s biodiversity future.

07 October 2020
Localised approach to Covid-19 – further talks welcomed

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council has welcomed the opportunity for further engagement with the Scottish Government on the potential for a more localised approach to coronavirus restrictions.

07 October 2020
“Exemplar” Orkney Dementia Strategy adopted

The “groundbreaking” local delivery of the Orkney Dementia Strategy has moved a step forward with the adoption of the “exemplar” document.

06 October 2020
Orkney's Community Wind Farm Project - Hoy Planning Application Submitted

A planning application has been submitted by Orkney Islands Council for a six-turbine wind farm development at Wee Fea in Hoy.

05 October 2020
Stromness Library Update

From today,  Monday 5 October Stromness Library, Warehouse Buildings will be taking bookings for Public Access PCs and the George Mackay Brown Room.

05 October 2020
Kerbside Recycling - 5 October

For the week beginning 5 October, the waste team will be collecting paper and thin card in the kerbside recycling. 

02 October 2020
Heather elected as North Isles Councillor

Voters in the North Isles have elected Heather Woodbridge to represent the ward on Orkney Islands Council.

02 October 2020
NEC online

We want to remind people aged 60 and over that they can apply for their National Entitlement Card (NEC) online.

02 October 2020
Car Parking Charges Update

Orkney Islands Council reintroduced the first hour free in car parks around the county this week.

02 October 2020
OIC/NHS Orkney Integration Joint Board performance report details the highlights and key challenges moving forward

The fourth Annual Performance Report 2019/2020 for the Orkney Integration Joint Board has outlined significant highlights over the past year, while detailing key challenges and priorities moving forward.

01 October 2020
Help at hand for carers

Orkney’s unpaid carers - described as the county’s “unsung heroes” – are being encouraged to access emotional, practical and financial support services available to them.

29 September 2020
Local Housing Strategy Survey

This week sees the release of the mid-point review consultation of the Local Housing Strategy 2017 – 2022.

25 September 2020
MSPs “better informed” following discussions with Orkney’s young people

Four young people from Orkney have shared their experiences at a national political level on how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on career and employment opportunities.

25 September 2020
North Isles by-election – advice for voters

North Isles residents are encouraged to return postal votes as soon as possible to ensure they arrive in time for the by-election on Thursday October 1.

25 September 2020
Kerbside Recycling - 28 September

The waste team will be collecting, for the week beginning 28 September, metals and cans in the kerbside recycling.


25 September 2020
Doors Open Days

The chance to take a virtual tour of buildings across Orkney is on offer this weekend.

25 September 2020
National Entitlement Card

As from Wednesday 23 September, people aged 60 and over will be able to apply for their National Entitlement Card (NEC) online.

24 September 2020
New electrical waste collection in Orkney aims to collect 1,200 unwanted electricals and refurbish them - providing 400 low cost electricals for residents

Householders and companies in Orkney will be able to donate their unwanted electricals via a new collection service to support Restart Orkney, a local charity.

24 September 2020
Eat Out to Help Out in Schools

The Scottish Government’s scheme Eat Out to Help Out that was introduced into school canteens within Orkney when they opened in August was gratefully received.

23 September 2020
Ba barriers

The Council notes the Ba Committee has cancelled the Ba for this year and therefore we are reminding property owners/managers that the council will not be placing barriers outside properties as it has done in previous years.

21 September 2020
Kerbside recycling - week beginning 21 September

Plastic bottles will be collected during kerbside recycling for the week beginning 21 September 2020.

18 September 2020
Postal voting update

North Isles residents are encouraged to look out for their postal votes next week.

18 September 2020
Waste update – some of the challenges explained

Much has been very different over the last few months and the Council is proud of how many of its keyworkers have continued to provide a service throughout the pandemic.

17 September 2020
New tugs steam into Stromness

Orkney’s two new tugs have arrived in Stromness after a long sea journey from Turkey.

15 September 2020
Covid-19 – guidance for tourism and hospitality sector

Updated Covid-19 guidance for tourism and hospitality businesses has been published by the Scottish Government.

15 September 2020
Key deadlines for by-election

Voters in the North Isles are reminded that there are two key deadlines this week ahead of the upcoming by-election.

To vote in the by-election, North Isles residents need to ensure they are on the Electoral Register – and to do this by midnight on Tuesday 15 September at the very latest.

15 September 2020
Orkney lollipop lady retiring after nearly 25 years

A popular lollipop lady has retired after nearly quarter of a century helping keep children safe while crossing some of Kirkwall’s roads.

11 September 2020
Kerbside recycling update - 11 September 2020

Kerbside recycling will continue in the four week cycle of collections, with next week reverting back to glass collection.

11 September 2020
Beware scam calls from local numbers

Trading Standards and Police Scotland are warning local people to be on their guard for scam calls which appear to originate from local telephone numbers with STD code 01856.

10 September 2020
Reopening of Stromness Warehouse buildings

Orkney Islands Council is delighted to announce that from Monday 14 September the reception at the Warehouse Building in Stromness will open to the public, to deal with customer services enquiries (payments, blue badges etc.) and police counter enquiries.

09 September 2020
Taking forward recovery strategy

Press Release from Orkney’s Economic Recovery Steering Group

A new group has been tasked with building and driving forward a strategy for Orkney’s recovery from the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

09 September 2020
OIC signs agreement with Hoy Energy Ltd over existing community turbine

Orkney Islands Council has signed an agreement with Hoy Energy Ltd which will ensure that the island’s income from the existing community turbine won’t be adversely affected by the potential development of a council-owned wind farm in Hoy.

08 September 2020
Are you able to help your community?

OIC launches school crossing patrol officer recruitment drive

08 September 2020
Tenders invited for St Andrews Primary School extension

Orkney Islands Council is inviting tenders for the contract to extend and refurbish St Andrews Primary School in Orkney.

07 September 2020
Marine assessment consultation

Views are invited on a state-of-the-seas appraisal of the waters around Orkney.

07 September 2020
North Isles by-election update

Voters are being encouraged to cast their vote by post in the North Isles by-election.

The by-election on Thursday 1 October is being held to elect a councillor to represent the ward on Orkney Islands Council.

07 September 2020
Bookings open for sport and leisure facilities

From Monday 7 September Orkney Islands Councils Sport and Leisure Service will taking bookings for their sport and leisure facilities ahead of their reopening during the week commencing 14 September.

04 September 2020
OIC thanks families for “swift” childcare response

Orkney Islands Council would like to thank parents and carers for their swift response to the request for information on their childcare needs.

04 September 2020
Two public facilities closed due to anti-social behaviour

Orkney Islands Council has taken the difficult decision to close two of its public facilities due to ongoing antisocial behaviour, vandalism and graffiti.

02 September 2020
Building Surveys

Orkney Islands Council is advising that they are undertaking our periodic high-level building surveys on some of their facilities from 4 September 2020.

01 September 2020
Parents requiring childcare urged to contact OIC

Orkney Islands Council would like to hear from parents and carers looking for childcare provision – following the go ahead to progress a temporary nursery facility while also working on a long term solution.

01 September 2020
Increase in vandalism of public toilet facilities

Orkney Islands Council is warning that increased vandalism and damage within public toilets across the county in recent weeks may lead to the unavoidable closure of some.

01 September 2020
Candidates announced for North Isles by-election

Four candidates have put their names forward to stand in the North Isles by-election.

31 August 2020
Incremental return to sport and leisure

Orkney Islands Councils Sport and Leisure Service welcomes the Scottish Governments announcement that sport facilities can begin to re-open from the 31 August.

31 August 2020
Road works continue in Burray

Orkney Islands Council are advising that the road works underway in Burray at the junction with Ness road will continue until Friday 4 September.

27 August 2020
30 Day Consultation Period for Quanterness Wind Farm Proposals

The Scottish Government has begun a 30-day consultation period on Orkney Islands Council’s plans for a wind farm at Quanterness in St Ola.

26 August 2020
Community Learning classes – sign up now!

The Community Learning Guide for Autumn 2020 contains a comprehensive programme of courses drawn together by the Council’s Community Learning and Development service.

26 August 2020
Sport and Leisure Facilities Update

Following the First Ministers announcement last week that indoor sport and leisure facilities can reopen from the 31 August subject to Scottish Government guidance, Orkney Islands Council will continue to plan for re-opening from 14 September in line with previous timescales.

25 August 2020
Getting better connected in Orkney

Over 80 families and individuals in Orkney are now better connected thanks to the first phase of a Scottish Government-funded scheme to get clinically vulnerable people online.

25 August 2020
A temporary change to the opening hours of the OIC’s reception desk is to be put in place on Monday 24 August

Due to operational issues as a result of Covid-19,  the switchboard and reception desk will now require to be closed to the public between 1-2pm, Monday to Friday. To compensate for the closure during the lunchtime period, we will open the reception each day until 4pm rather than 3pm.  Our emergency contact numbers will be available on the recorded message via 01856 873535 and on our website www.orkney.gov.uk

21 August 2020
Eat Out to Help Out Scheme in Schools

Orkney Islands Council is delighted to announce that school canteens have signed up for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

21 August 2020
Commercial Recycling Collections

From Monday 24 August, commercial recycling and cardboard collections will resume.

21 August 2020
Applications invited for business support grants

Three grants from Orkney Islands Council to help local businesses affected by the Covid-19 crisis are now open for applications.

19 August 2020
Recycling centres update – 19 August 2020

The Hatston and Garson Household Waste Recycling Centres can now accept scrap metal and inert waste once again.

19 August 2020
Significant milestone as OIC’s Alison clocks up 40 years at St Colms

Orkney Islands Council’s Alison Bews has been at the forefront of supporting folk with disabilities - bringing creativity into the lives of some of the county’s most vulnerable for the past 40 years.

18 August 2020
Public toilets – more re-opening soon

Orkney Islands Council is planning to re-open a further 14 public toilets over the days ahead – many of them in the North and South Isles.

17 August 2020
Orkney Library and Archive reopens

Orkney Library and Archive

Orkney Library and Archive, in Kirkwall, will reopen to the public on Monday 17 August, with some restrictions in place.

17 August 2020
Burray Road works

Orkney Islands Council is advising that from Monday 17 August road works will begin in Burray at the junction from the main road though Burray (A961) and Ness Road, with work taking two weeks to complete.

14 August 2020
Four Week Kerbisde Recycling Continues

Kerbside recycling will continue in the four week cycle of collections, with next week reverting back to glass collection.

14 August 2020
Notice of Election - North Isles by-election

The Notice of Election for the North Isles by-election was published today (Thursday 13 August).

13 August 2020
Museum to open again for ‘taster’ exhibition

The Orkney Museum will re-open its doors on Thursday 13 August for a new temporary exhibition.

12 August 2020
Exams update following Government announcement

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed a 'significant u-turn' following today’s announcement by the Scottish Education Secretary John Swinney that all downgraded exam awards will be withdrawn.

11 August 2020
Warmworks to provide energy saving improvements to homes in Orkney

Orkney Islands Council has announced the appointment of Warmworks Scotland (Warmworks), following a competitive tendering process, as the new Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area-Based Scheme (HEEPS: ABS) Managing Agent for Orkney.

11 August 2020
Work ongoing to ensure childcare provision in Orkney

Work is continuing within Orkney Islands Council to ensure families in Orkney have access to childcare, including the provision of increased free childcare hours in most nursery settings from this month (August).

10 August 2020
“Getting it right for every child” hopes as nurseries and pre-schools set to reopen

Pre-school and nursery settings in Orkney will reopen in full on August 17 following the recent Scottish Government announcement.

10 August 2020
Orkney Coronavirus Community Support Hub

Friday 7 August saw the last day of the Orkney Coronavirus Community Support Hub being situated at the Pickaquoy Centre, now that shielding has paused in Scotland

10 August 2020
Your vote counts – don’t lose it

People in Orkney are being encouraged to check their voter registration details are up to date.

Residents are asked to complete and return an annual form sent by the local Electoral Registration Office – to ensure they retain the right to vote in future elections.

10 August 2020
Tankerness Lane Resurfacing Work

Orkney Islands Council will be carrying out resurfacing works on Tankerness Lane - which are planned to start on Monday 10 August 2020.

09 August 2020
Birsay Campsite reopening

The Point of Ness Campsite, Rackwick Hostel and the Hoy Centre were some of the first facilities to be re-opened following the initial phases in the easing of lockdown. As a result of the significant demand for pitches at our Point of Ness Campsite plans are now being finalised to re-open the Birsay campsite from the 12 August 2020. 

07 August 2020
Staying Safe Online – Safe Browsing, Spotting Scams, Stopping Fraud

The Community Learning and Development (CLD) service is delighted to be able to offer a new evening class for people who want to know more about staying safe online.

07 August 2020
A look back at the annual Riding of the Marches

The annual Riding of the Marches is one of many events that have had to be cancelled this year because of the Covid-19 crisis.

07 August 2020
Update of reopening timeline for Leisure, Libraries and Culture facilities.

Orkney Islands Council has pushed back the reopening of some leisure facilities following the recent changes in guidance from the Scottish Government.

07 August 2020
Ferry company appeals for funding lifeline

The Board of Orkney Ferries has made a direct appeal to the Scottish Government for emergency funding to offset the damaging impact on the company of the Covid-19 pandemic.

03 August 2020
Orkney schools will reopen fully in August

Schools in Orkney will reopen in full during August following the Scottish Government announcement last week.

Ministers have signed off on a plan which will see pupils back in the classroom by the middle of the month.

03 August 2020
Reopening of Grass Pitches

Orkney Islands Council is delighted to confirm that from Monday 3 August grass pitches will be reopened for bookings.

31 July 2020
HWRC update - electrical equipment

From Tuesday 4 August both Hatston and Garson Household Waste Recycling Centres will again be able to accept waste electrical and electronic equipment.

31 July 2020
More public toilets to re-open

Public toilets at a number of rural and outer isles sites will re-open next week (from Monday, August 3)

31 July 2020
Road works start next week

Orkney Islands Council are advising of three areas of roadworks that Roads Services are intending to carry out next week.

31 July 2020
By-election – prospective candidates encouraged to stand

Orkney Islands Council is encouraging people interested in serving their community to consider standing in the by-election for the North Isles ward.

28 July 2020
OIC seeks new Chief Executive

Orkney Islands Council has started the recruitment process for a new permanent Chief Executive.

28 July 2020
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.

27 July 2020
Public toilets - more to re-open

Public toilets at four more sites will re-open on Monday 27 July.

24 July 2020
REW Ferry Service Survey

People living in Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre are to be asked to help build a picture of how their ferry service is currently used - and how it might develop in future.

24 July 2020
Bus timetables update

Bus timetables for Orkney Mainland and the linked South Isles return to normal from Monday 27 July.

24 July 2020
Helliar Holm Lighthouse Maintenance

Maintenance work at Helliar Holm Lighthouse is set to get underway on Monday 27 July.

24 July 2020
Warm welcome for PM’s ‘unprecedented’ visit

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council has welcomed today’s visit to Orkney by Prime Minister Boris Johnson – following the announcement of government funding for an Islands Growth Deal.

23 July 2020
£100 million growth deal ‘can transform the islands’

The Leaders of the three Scottish island councils have welcomed the award of £100 million in funding for a growth deal for Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

23 July 2020
Sign up for robotics event

Youngsters in Orkney are being encouraged to take part in a special online robotics event later this month.

22 July 2020
New hydrogen course developed in Orkney approved by MCA

A course developed in Orkney to prepare local seafarers for working on and alongside hydrogen powered vessels has been approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

22 July 2020
Kerbside recycling update

Orkney Islands Council will be collecting glass bottles and jars during next week’s kerbside collections starting on Monday 20 July.

17 July 2020
Resurfacing work in Kirkwall

Orkney Islands Council are advising that Gunns Close Car Park (behind Bruce’s Stores) and Main Street, Kirkwall will be closed to allow for resurfacing work to take place next week.

17 July 2020
Recycling centres update and advice

Orkney Islands Council is advising people to be prepared for the possibility of short delays when using the Household Waste Recycling Centres at Hatston and Garson.

16 July 2020
Travelling with Orkney Ferries

Orkney Ferries are reminding customers that all travel on their ferries needs to be booked in advance, whether the booking is for foot passengers only or with a vehicle.

15 July 2020
Public toilets update

Orkney Islands Council is planning to start re-opening public toilets later this week.

15 July 2020
Coronavirus: Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

In line with guidance from the Depute Registrar General and the Scottish Government, registration services are provided in Orkney subject to the following restrictions:

15 July 2020
Cathedral update

St Magnus Cathedral will reopen for private prayer and reflection from Tuesday 21 July.

14 July 2020
Burray whale update

Orkney Islands Council’s Environmental Health team is gathering information at the site in Burray where a Fin whale has washed ashore after it died in local waters.

14 July 2020
Free school meals and clothing allowance applications open

Orkney Islands Council would like to announce that the free school meals and clothing allowance applications for 2020/21 are now open.

10 July 2020
Update on our Household Waste Recycling Centres

Whilst Scotland slowly eases its way out of lockdown a number of restrictions and requirements, aimed at keeping staff and site users safe, are still in place, impacting on the ways in which we can operate.

10 July 2020
Black bag waste to be accepted again at HWRCs

Our Hatston and Garson household waste recycling centres will be accepting black bag waste from Tuesday 14 July – along with garden waste, cardboard and bulky household waste.

10 July 2020
Preparations begin for 3G pitches to reopen next week

Orkney Islands Council’s Education, Leisure and Housing Service is currently working to reopen their 3G pitches from the 13 July in line with the Scottish Government Route Map.

08 July 2020
Full Council to Give View on Quanterness Wind Farm Planning Application

Orkney Islands Council has decided that, if required, the Full Council will meet to give their view on the 'Orkney's Community Wind Farm Project - Quanterness' planning application.

08 July 2020
OIC Leader to raise social distancing challenge for islands with Cabinet Secretary

Orkney Island Council's Leader, James Stockan, is to meet with the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism  Fergus Ewing tomorrow (Wednesday 8 July) to raise concerns over some of the challenges Orkney is facing as a national move is made to 'reopen tourism' from 15 July.

07 July 2020
Change to Support Hub call centre hours

The Community Support Hub call centre at the Pickaquoy Centre is changing its opening hours from Monday 13 July, to Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 14:00.

07 July 2020
Car parking charges to return

Car parking charges are due to come back into force in Council car parks on 15 July.

06 July 2020
Changes to Bus Timetables

Orkney's Houton and Tingwall bus services will change this Monday (6 July) to fit in with revised Orkney Ferries timetables for Hoy and Rousay.

04 July 2020
Deadline for two grants approaching

Orkney Islands Council is advising that there are only a few days left to apply for a grant from the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

The deadline is 5pm on Friday 10 July.

03 July 2020
A lockdown “drive-by” to bid farewell to retiring teacher

A surprise retirement celebration saw several hundred teaching staff, parents and pupils turn out in their vehicles to wish Alison Aitken a happy retirement after around 40 years as a teacher in the county.

03 July 2020
Hatston and Garson to accept bulky household waste from 7th July

Our recycling centres at Hatston and Garson will be accepting bulky household waste from Tuesday, July 7 – in addition to garden waste and cardboard.

03 July 2020
Plans to reopen some OIC leisure facilities progressing

Orkney Islands Council is hoping to reopen a number of leisure facilities from late July onwards.

02 July 2020
OIC agrees package of childcare measures

Orkney Islands Council has agreed a number of measures to ensure families in Orkney have access to childcare, including the building of a new £1.5 million early learning and childcare facility at Orkney College.

30 June 2020
OIC bids farewell to Brian…and welcomes Jim into Marine Services

Like ships passing through the String on a tide, Orkney Islands Council has bid a fond farewell to Brian Archibald, Head of Marine Services, Engineering and Transportation and Harbour Master, and welcomed his successor to the role, Jim Buck.

30 June 2020
Help us keep Orkney safe - message for people travelling to and within our islands

A letter asking travellers for their help in keeping Orkney safe will be given to people as they check in with NorthLink Ferries, Pentland Ferries and Loganair.

29 June 2020
Orkney Dementia Strategy – held as an example to the rest of Scotland

Document will now go out to consultation in the county.

Orkney is leading the way in Scotland when it comes to driving forward a Dementia Strategy for people living with dementia in the county and their unpaid carers.

29 June 2020
Housing services update

A number of Orkney Islands Council’s housing services will soon be available again, in line with the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions.

26 June 2020
Orkney Ferries timetables update

Orkney Ferries is set to bring in enhanced timetables from Monday 6 July following consultation with Community Councils in the North and South Isles.

26 June 2020
Scapa Flow salute

A Dutch warship will fire a 21-gun salute in Scapa Flow tomorrow (Friday 26 June) in memory of lives lost at sea in the waters around the north of Scotland.

25 June 2020
Stay Scam Aware

Orkney Islands Council's Trading Standards team is urging local people to stay vigilant and report scams to them, as the national 'Shut Out Scammers' campaign comes to an end this Friday (26 June).

25 June 2020
OIC Agrees Addition to Business Grant Scheme

Businesses in Orkney who have previously received financial assistance through Scottish Government business grant schemes or the Council's Business Hardship Support Fund are to receive an additional payment from the Council's £5m Coronavirus Support Fund.

24 June 2020
Play areas to open again

Play areas in Orkney are set to reopen early next month

24 June 2020
Key worker childcare update

Orkney Islands Council is to provide two support services for the children of Category 1 key workers over the summer holiday period.

24 June 2020
Orkney Islands Council sculpture now online at Art UK

Orkney Islands Council’s collection of sculpture can now be viewed online as part of a nationwide Art UK project.

23 June 2020
Former Stromness care home to be put up for sale

St Peter's House, the former care home in Stromness, is to be put up for sale by Orkney Islands Council.

22 June 2020
Samaritans of Orkney gifted £4,000 thanks to Stromness Academy pupils

Two Stromness Academy pupils have been successful in winning a £4,000 grant for the Samaritans of Orkney.

22 June 2020
Covid-19 – face coverings on public transport

Orkney Islands Council is reminding the community that face coverings will become mandatory on public transport from Monday (22 June) in line with Scottish Government requirements.

19 June 2020
Schools reopening – Council Leader calls for urgent talks with Government

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council is warning that Scottish Government objectives for the reopening of schools will be ‘undeliverable’ in the county.

19 June 2020
Recycling centres update - 17 June

Orkney Islands Council's recycling centres at Hatston and Garson will be accepting heavy corrugated cardboard - as well as garden waste - from Tuesday 23 June.

17 June 2020
Household Waste Recycling Centres update

Over the last two weeks Hatston and Garson Household Waste Recycling Centres have collected a large amount of garden waste and are expecting more to come.

15 June 2020
Kerbside recycling update

Kerbside recycling collections are to continue with the current four-week cycle of single material types for households in Orkney Mainland, Burray and South Ronaldsay.

15 June 2020
Travel Restrictions Reminder

Orkney Islands Council is warning local people that, despite the potential lifting of some national travel restrictions this week by the Scottish Government, opportunities to travel locally by bus, plane and ferry will still be limited due to capacity constraints arising from social distancing.

15 June 2020
Nominate your local “coronavirus hero”

Birthday Honours list delayed to allow for Covid-19 recognition

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List has been delayed until the autumn this year to allow for recognition of people who have made “exceptional contribution” to the national Covid-19 response.

15 June 2020
Stromness Academy pupils create online newspaper – Lockdown Lowdown

S2 pupils at Stromness Academy have created their own virtual newspaper – Lockdown Lowdown – documenting the biggest news story of the century so far.

15 June 2020
Change to Support Hub call centre hours

The Community Support Hub call centre at the Pickaquoy Centre is changing its opening hours from Monday, June 29 to Monday to Friday, 09:00 -17:00.

15 June 2020
Stromness Academy: We are Writers!

The new S2 pupils at Stromness Academy have been busy during lockdown and are set to publish a book before the end of term.

12 June 2020
Date Set for North Isles By-Election

Orkney Islands Council has announced that a council by-election will be held in Orkney for the North Isles Ward on Thursday 1 October 2020.

10 June 2020
Cursiter Quarry Extension Decision Deferred

A decision on whether or not to grant planning permission for an extension to the council-owned Cursiter Quarry in Finstown has been deferred for a site visit in due course.

10 June 2020
Sailing into retirement – after nearly 44 years’ service to OIC

One of Orkney Islands Council’s longest serving employees – Hazel Stephen – is retiring after nearly 44 years’ continuous service.

10 June 2020
OIC contracted suppliers encouraged to seek assistance under Relief Scheme

Orkney Islands Council is encouraging all companies who provide contracted services to the council to apply for assistance under the Supplier Relief Scheme.

10 June 2020
Kerbside recycling and HWRCs

Orkney Islands Council wants to thank people who visited the Hatston and Garson Household Waste Recycling Centres this week for their consideration and co-operation.

04 June 2020
Road works planned for Kirkwall

Orkney Islands Council are advising that they will be carrying out some road repair works in Kirkwall over the next few weeks.

04 June 2020
OLECG continues to meet

Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group – OLECG, made up of representatives from a broad range of organisations, including the emergency and public services, transport providers, the utilities and voluntary sector, continue to meet virtually during this pandemic.

03 June 2020
Garson and Hatston recycling centres – phased re-opening begins on Tuesday

The Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) at Hatston and Garson are set to reopen on Tuesday (June 2) - and will initially accept only garden waste.

01 June 2020
Recycling collections – week two

Kerbside recycling collections will be for plastic bottles next week.

29 May 2020
Covid-19 – public transport advice

Orkney Islands Council is advising that this week’s announcements on the move to Phase One of the Scottish Government’s Route Map out of Lockdown will result in no immediate change to current public transport arrangements.

29 May 2020
Caring for People Group

The Caring for People group, continue to meet virtually to work together to discuss how services can support individuals and communities in both responding to and recovering from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

25 May 2020
Business Loan Scheme launched

A loan scheme to assist local businesses experiencing cashflow difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 crisis is launched today by Orkney Islands Council.

25 May 2020
Recycling centres – phased re-opening announced

The phased re-opening of Orkney’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) is set to begin early next month.

25 May 2020
Concessionary Travel Update

Transport Scotland has announced that local authorities can now begin accepting and processing applications for the replacement and renewal of National Entitlement Cards, however, applications for new cards are still not being accepted at present.


25 May 2020
Orkney embraces a new way of learning

Childcare Hubs ensure frontline workers can continue to play their part in the fight against the coronavirus — while home learning largely replaces traditional schooling in the county.

22 May 2020
OLECG meeting update

Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group (OLECG) are continuing to meet virtually to monitor the response to Covid-19 across Orkney.

20 May 2020
Isles shopping support to continue

Orkney Islands Council is to extend a food funding scheme that supports residents in the isles. 

20 May 2020
Phased restart soon for recycling collections

Recycling collections are set to begin again on a phased basis for households in Orkney Mainland, Burray and South Ronaldsay – and will take place weekly over the next four weeks.

19 May 2020
Information on Mental Health Support

Orkney Health and Care, in partnership with public and voluntary-sector agencies from throughout Orkney, have produced a leaflet that provides details of where you can find help and support with your mental health and wellbeing, along with some tips on how to stay well.

19 May 2020
Internet disruption update

A problem affecting Orkney Islands Council’s internet connections has been resolved.

15 May 2020
“Business as usual” for many OIC staff

The Council’s doors may remain closed as part of the nation’s ongoing coronavirus lockdown, but it’s very much “business as usual” for many of our own frontline workers.

Here, we take a closer look at the “front face” of the Local Authority – those customer service teams in Kirkwall and Stromness who have adapted to a new way of working in these challenging times.

15 May 2020
Resilience Groups address local issues

Orkney Islands Council relies on its partnership working with Community Councils and this has never been so important as during the current challenging times.

The Council would like to thank all the volunteers for their commitment in ensuring the work of Community Councils continues – at a safe, social distance.

15 May 2020
ATC centralisation – Council calls for pause until full assessment is undertaken

Orkney Islands Council is calling for a halt to moves by Highland and Islands Airports Limited to press ahead with plans to centralise air traffic control operations – at least until a full Islands Impact Assessment is carried out.

14 May 2020
Internet disruption affects OIC

Orkney Islands Council is experiencing disruption to two of its main internet connections.

14 May 2020
Revised arrangements for Hoy pre-application consultation

Revised arrangements have been put in place by Orkney Islands Council for consulting with the public on proposed plans for a wind farm development in Hoy.  As the development is classed as a 'major development' there is a requirement to submit a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) to the planning authority and carry out a Pre-Application Consultation (PAC) – which usually would include a public event or exhibition.

14 May 2020
Private Water Supplies

With low water levels reported elsewhere in Scotland, Orkney Islands Council is offering some handy tips to people in the county with private water supplies – in case they experience similar problems later in the year.

14 May 2020
OLECG update

Key agencies working to support the Orkney community during the coronavirus pandemic met virtually again today.

12 May 2020
75th Anniversary of the Churchill Barriers

It’s been 75 years since the Churchill Barriers officially opened on 12 May 1945 - four days after Victory in Europe day.

12 May 2020
Supplier Relief Scheme for Contracted Suppliers to the Council

Orkney Islands Council is keen to support all contracted suppliers through this difficult time to ensure that they are able either to continue to work with us through the crisis or, where that is not possible, to be in a position to resume normal service delivery when the outbreak is over.

12 May 2020
Household waste update

We would firstly like to thank the Orkney public for their understanding and co-operation with the changes in how waste collections and Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) operate as a result of COVID-19, and for all the drawings and comments in support of Orkney’s refuse collection teams. Your thanks and support are truly appreciated, as they keep this essential service running every day.

08 May 2020
Hall of Clestrain plans move a step forward

The long-held aspiration to restore the Hall of Clestrain – birthplace and childhood home of Orcadian Arctic explorer Dr John Rae - moved a step closer this week, with funding secured from the Council’s Community Development Fund towards a feasibility works project.

07 May 2020
Orkney Islands Council Establishes Coronavirus Business Loan Scheme

Orkney Islands Council has established a council loan scheme to assist local businesses experiencing cashflow difficulties as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

06 May 2020
Orkney Islands Council encourages self-employed to apply for scheme

Orkney Islands Council is encouraging those who are self-employed to go online and check to see if they are eligible for the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)  - which opens next week.

06 May 2020
OLECG supports Scotland Fire and Rescue Service

The Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordinating Group is supporting Scotland’s Fire and Rescue Service in urging Orkney communities to stay safe in their homes during the continuing covid-19 pandemic.

05 May 2020
Orkney Islands Council Leader Hails ‘Significant Victory for Local Government’

Orkney Islands Council Leader, Councillor James Stockan, has described the Scottish Government’s decision to pass £155 million of funding from the UK Government in full to Councils as a ‘significant victory for local government’.

05 May 2020
Council launches first phase of business hardship support

A support initiative for businesses experiencing hardship is launched today by Orkney Islands Council (Friday 1 May).

01 May 2020
OIC staff answer the call to help Orkney’s most vulnerable

They come from all walks of life but have one thing in common – a willingness to help in whatever way necessary to support Orkney’s most vulnerable people as the nation continues to wage war on the coronavirus.

01 May 2020
OLECG support for NHS Orkney and local support hub

Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordination Group (OLECG) is supporting efforts to encourage people with non-coronavirus health concerns to seek help as they would have done before the outbreak.

01 May 2020
Dog waste – collection points for bags during the pandemic

Orkney Islands Council has taken steps to make sure supplies of free dog poo bags are still available for people to use.

28 April 2020
Flag at half mast at School Place

The flag at the Council offices in Kirkwall is flying at half mast as part of the nationwide tribute to key workers who have lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.

28 April 2020
Coronavirus – looking ahead

Orkney Islands Council is engaged in discussions on whether an islands-based approach should be considered for tackling the spread of Covid-19 – and for the eventual lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

28 April 2020

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