£650,000 funding is available to enhance the centre of Kirkwall and increase people’s enjoyment and appreciation of the town centre. In July 2016 we started asking groups about their ideas.
We wrote and talked to a number of town centre groups including Age Concern, Orkney Heritage Society, Orkney Tourism Group, Visit Orkney, members of Scottish Youth Parliament etc. to get their views and thoughts.
The Kirkwall and St Ola Community Council and Kirkwall BID were actively involved in shaping ideas through looking at what areas should be improved, current issues and setting out the aims for any future improvements.
Areas seen as priorities include:
After a public consultation and with the help of the Kirkwall BID, Community Council and stakeholders, plans were drawn up for these areas and work has now started.
Repaving and street improvement works are underway in the centre of Kirkwall. The first stage of works, part of the KTHI’s Places and Spaces Project, has begun at the top of Castle Street and the bottom of the Strynd, and also takes in works at the War Memorial on the Kirk Green.
The key aspects of the Places and Spaces project are:
The works at the top of Castle Street will see new paving and road surfacing laid, and the road surface raised to pavement level.
Due to the works there will be some street closures and diversions in place. This phase of the works is due for completion in early May 2019 after which works will be suspended for the main summer season. Work will move to the entrance to Victoria Street in the autumn.
A plan of works is available from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.