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Gritting and Snow Clearance

Gritting of primary and secondary roads within the local authority area when weather conditions may prove hazardous, for example, freezing temperatures, is undertaken by Development and Infrastructure. Orkney Islands Council also provide grit bins for public use on roads and pavements in potentially dangerous areas.

For more severe weather information and advice, read our Guide to Winter Roads in Orkney, available from the Related Links section on this page.

Notify the Council about Wintery Conditions

If you wish to report instances of:

  • Icy surfaces.
  • Roads affected due to snow.
  • Severe road damage following a storm.

Contact us using our emergency contact number for severe weather conditions on Telephone: 01856876338.

For other general concerns such as to report damage due to gritting, provision of grit bins or low salt levels in bins, please call the Council's Customer Services team on 01856873535 during business hours or use the online reporting form, available from Related Links section on this page.

Winter Service Plan

The Winter Service Plan details Orkney Islands Council's activities, through Development and Infrastructure, to provide a winter service which allows the safe movement of traffic on roads and keeps to a minimum delays caused by adverse winter weather.

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