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  • The Orkney Islands Council (Various Roadworks) (Temporary Closure) Order 2022

    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 patching, resurfacing, haunch reconstruction and streetlighting works being carried out by them.

    The Order will be in operation from Monday, 19 September 2022 to Friday, 31 March 2023 and its effect will be to close the roads specified in the Schedule below, when required. Traffic signs will be erected to indicate when a road is closed.

    15 September 2022

  • Council arrangements for day of Queen's funeral

    All non-essential Council services and Council buildings – including schools and nurseries - will be closed on Monday 19 September for the national bank holiday for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral.

    This will also mean a revised waste collection timetable – further details below - and no leisure and culture facilities.

    Essential services, such as 24/7 care and some harbour operations, will continue, although the Harbour Office at Scapa will be closed. Day Centres will also close, this includes - West Mainland Day Centre; Gilbertson Day Centre; Lifestyle Service; St Colm’s and Kalisgarth day service.

    13 September 2022

  • Proclamation Ceremony to be held on Sunday

    A local ceremony to proclaim King Charles III will take place outside St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall on Sunday 11 September at 2.00pm.

    Following the sad death of the Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral on Thursday afternoon, her eldest son Charles becomes the new monarch, but that needs to be formalised through what is known as the Proclamation.

    09 September 2022

  • Council website outages expected as planned maintenance takes place this Thursday night

    Delays and disruptions are expected on parts of the Council website on Thursday evening (18 August) as essential maintenance and testing works are carried out on the Council network.

    17 August 2022

  • Temporary Closure of Roads in Kirkwall and Stromness for Filming

    Notice is hereby given that Orkney Islands Council has made an order in terms of section 62 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 to ensure the safety of the public and road users while filming takes place.

    The order will be in operation from Monday 15 August, 2022 to Sunday 28 August, 2022.

    11 August 2022

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