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  • Tenant participation pop-up events hailed a success

    The recent tenant participation pop-up events in Orkney have been hailed a success by the organisers – Orkney Islands Council (OIC) and Orkney Housing Association Ltd (OHAL).

    Suzy Boardman from OHAL and Claire Pritchard from the Council hosted a number of the drop-in sessions in Kirkwall and Stromness to promote tenant participation and engagement.

    They were delighted with the response.

    22 May 2023

  • Student Funding 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.

    There are two types of grants available through the Council:

    22 May 2023

  • Orkney teacher enjoys a ‘commute with a difference’ to get to work!

    Orkney teacher enjoys a ‘commute with a difference’ to get to work!

    One of our teachers has been flying high and making the national news for his unusual commute to work!

    Acting Head Teacher at Papa Westray School, Karl Simpson, can often be found making part of the school journey on the world’s shortest scheduled flight – between Papay and Westray. 

    At 1.7 miles, the flight can take less than a minute, and is recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's shortest scheduled flight.

    22 May 2023

  • Statutory Finstown speed limit consultation underway

    The next stage of the statutory consultation process required for introducing new speed limits in and around Finstown gets underway this week.

    Following a petition received from the local community in 2021, the Council - after significant debate -  recommended the introduction of new speed limits in and around the village.

    In order to introduce these Orkney Islands Council now has to put in place a Traffic Regulation Order - or a TRO - which by law has to be consulted on across three stages

    22 May 2023

  • Roadworks round-up – from 22 May

    Here’s a round-up of works underway or soon to start around Orkney from Monday 22 May.

    Scottish Water are working on the A960 in Toab, traffic will be controlled by traffic lights, with completion expected by the end of this week.

    The collapsed culvert on the Harray Road (A986) remains covered by steel plates while replacement options are being investigated.

    22 May 2023

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