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  • Short delays over coming days as festive lighting preparations continue

    Short delays over coming days as festive lighting preparations continue

    Orkney Islands Council is advising there may be short delays in the centre of Kirkwall, Stromness and St Margarets Hope over coming days as preparations for festive lighting continue.

    02 November 2021

  • Sunday 31 October toilet closures

    Sunday 31 October toilet closures

    Members of the public are advised that Orkney’s public toilets will be closed for one day this Sunday.

    These facilities can sadly become a target of vandalism on Halloween and therefore it is normal practice that on 31 October the facilities are closed to the public.

    27 October 2021

  • Test for flood defences planned

    Test for flood defences planned

    The pre-winter deployment of coastal flood protection systems in Kirkwall, St Margaret’s Hope and Holm will be carried out during an exercise next week (16 and 17 September).

    Within Kirkwall the various flood gates will be deployed in sections on Thursday 16 September from 9am. This will have a temporary impact on the Waterfront West-Shapinsay Slip carpark and the wider Kirkwall harbour area, but deployment will be carried out in sections to minimize disruption.

    13 September 2021

  • Don’t lose your voice - residents in Orkney urged to check their voter registration details are up to date

    Don’t lose your voice - residents in Orkney urged to check their voter registration details are up to date

    Local residents are being asked to ensure that they don’t lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

    03 September 2021

  • Customer Services in Kirkwall closed on Friday afternoon

    OIC's Customer Services reception desk at the council offices in School Place, Kirkwall will be closed for visits from the public this Friday 27 August from 1pm, to enable staff training to take place, with the team still contactable by phone between 2pm and 5pm.

    23 August 2021

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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