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  • Notice of Election - Community Council Elections

    Community Councillors are to be elected for each of the 20 Community Council areas within Orkney.  The Community Councils, and number of members required, are as follows:

    17 May 2022

  • Summer Transport Guide

    Summer Transport Guide

    The Council’s Summer Transport Guide will be available for use from Sunday 8 May.

    The guides will be available from operators as well as Kirkwall Travel Centre, Stromness Travel Centre, Orkney Library and Customer Services in Stromness and Kirkwall.

    The summer timetables for both ferry and bus services starts on Sunday 8 May and will also be available online at

    If you have any queries please contact the Transportation Service on 873535.

    03 May 2022

  • Temporary closure of Cursiter Recycling Centre

    Temporary closure of Cursiter Recycling Centre

    The Recycling Centre at Cursiter Quarry in Finstown will be closed at 1pm today (Thursday 28 April) to allow for a clean-up operation after various types of inappropriate waste was dumped there.

    A number of residual waste items have been placed into the recycling skips with additional furniture, building materials and other waste scattered on the site. This will require replacement of skips and staff to be diverted from other service areas in order to clear the site ready for reopening. It is anticipated the site will not re-open until Tuesday 3 May.

    28 April 2022

  • Road works update - 28 April

    Road works update - 28 April

    Roadworks Update

    There will be some bus services affected especially during the Pickaquoy Road closure which have been discussed with Stagecoach. Please contact the company directly on (01856) 870555 for any changes that may affect you.

    Have a lovely weekend when it comes and take care of everyone on our roads.

    28 April 2022

  • Finstown road works update

    Resurfacing works on the A965 (main Kirkwall to Stromness Road) junction with Old Finstown Road are now in the final stages and expected to be completed by polling day.

    Contractors are expected to be laying surfacing materials on Tuesday next week (3 May), with line marking being the last bit of works before re-opening fully on Wednesday 4 May, ready for polling day on Thursday 5 May.

    28 April 2022

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Telephone: 01856 873535

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