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  • No Green Freeport for Orkney – but bid could pave the way to better things for Orkney

    Orkney Islands Council has expressed its disappointment at not being named as one of Scotland’s two future Green Freeports – but says it will work to extract as much benefit as possible from the increased awareness brought about by the bidding process.

    13 January 2023

  • Roads works update for week starting 16 January

    A roundup of works underway or soon to start around Orkney, for the week starting Monday 16 January.

    13 January 2023

  • Council vessels assist Isle of Mull ferry

    Council vessels assist Isle of Mull ferry

    The Council tug, Thor of Scapa, and pilot vessel, Scapa Pathfinder, assisted the Caledonian MacBrayne Isle of Mull ferry which had suffered engine troubles on Tuesday, off Orkney.

    The vessel is currently berthed at Lyness and repairs are being carried out.

    12 January 2023

  • The Orkney Islands Council (Groatsetter Road and Newark Road, Tankerness) (Temporary Closure) Order 2023

    Orkney Islands Council has made the above-named Order under section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to ensure the safety of the public and road users during Scottish Water’s works to enable new potable water mains to be laid.

    The Order will be in operation from Monday 16 January 2023 to Friday 3 February 2023 and its effect will be to close Groatsetter Road and Newark Road, Tankerness, when required. Traffic signs will be erected to indicate when a road is closed.

    12 January 2023

  • Fostering, Adoption and Adult Placement Service improvements continue

    Progress continues to be made on improvements to the Fostering, Adoption and Adult Placement (Continuity Care) Services in Orkney.

    The Care Inspectorate published inspection reports into the Council-run services on 29 November 2022 highlighting a number of areas of concern.

    12 January 2023

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