Future of Kirkwall BID – public meeting announced

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Town centre businesses that fund the Kirkwall Business Improvement District (BID) are being invited to a public meeting next month. Kirkwall BID Ltd recently announced that a board of directors and chairperson could not be recruited for the company. Without a board and chairperson, the company cannot deliver the BID ...

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Appeal for information on zebra crossing incident

Police are looking for witnesses to a suspected near miss in Kirkwall this morning. According to a spokesman, the incident occurred around 8.45am on the Junction Road zebra crossing, outside the Salvation Army building. He said: “It is believed that a vehicle failed to stop at the zebra crossing while a pedestrian ...

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Views wanted for turbine landscape study

A consultation is under way on a study looking at capacity of the Orkney landscape to accommodate future wind energy developments. The assessment was commissioned by Orkney Islands Council and, once finalised following the six-week consultation, will be used to develop a revised version of the council’s wind energy planning ...

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A chance to run out at Murrayfield for Orkney RFC

Orkney RFC are targeting a place in the BT National Shield

Orkney RFC take on GHK tomorrow in Glasgow in the BT National Shield semi-final, with the winners going on to play in the final at Murrayfield on April 18. Both teams currently sit top of their respective leagues, Orkney in BT Caledonia League Division 1, and GHK in BT West ...

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McArthur welcomes First Minister’s NHS 24 commitment

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Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has secured a commitment from the First Minister that the impact of NHS 24 staff shortages on rural and island areas will be assessed in the Scottish Government’s review of out-of-hours medical care. Mr McArthur raised the issue during First Minister’s Questions yesterday, following recent warnings ...

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Former Academy headteacher faces panel hearing

The former headteacher at Stromness Academy is due to go before a hearing of the General Teaching Council for Scotland next Tuesday. The Fitness to Teach panel’s “Procedural Hearing – Removal with Consent” hearing will see Hilda Learmonth face allegations that: Between dates not known at this time, while Head Teacher ...

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Police appeal after car damaged

Police are appealing for information after a car was damaged in Kirkwall on Monday. A spokesman said that the incident occurred between 9.30am and 10.30am at the Peedie Sea Centre, next to Glaitness school, when a blue Peugeot 106 was damaged by another vehicle. The Peugeot was parked and unattended. ...

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Fuel poverty issues brought before forum

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur, in collaboration with Highlands and Islands MSP Mike Mackenzie, hosted a meeting of the Fuel Poverty Forum in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday. The event followed representations from Mr McArthur to the forum about the specific challenges facing householders in Orkney in improving the energy efficiency ...

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Council united in opposing designations

Orkney Islands Council convener, Councillor Steven Heddle.

The full council this week rubber-stamped the OIC standpoint when it comes to environmental designations directed at the islands. The matter came before the OIC’s development and infrastructure committee last month, when elected members unanimously backed convener Steven Heddle’s call for a moratorium on the issue, after hearing plans to ...

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Care home options to be revisited

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Orkney Islands Council is to take a fresh look at the costs and options for either refurbishing St Rognvald House, as previously favoured by the authority, or indeed go forward with an option to build a new care facility. At the meeting of the Full Council on Tuesday, it was ...

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Call for stone donations to help build Hampshire memorial

Kitchener's Memorial on Marwick Head, Birsay.

Volunteers behind plans to build a commemorative wall for the 736 men lost on HMS Hampshire in 1916 are hoping to create an unusually large recycling project in Orkney. The planned wall, to be built next to the Kitchener Memorial, will be around 20 metres long and the project team hope ...

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Pipeline repaired as water works continue

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Scottish Water says that it is continuing work on restoring water supplies to Graemsay, and that repair work is complete on the subsea pipeline that supplies the island from north Hoy. A spokesman said this morning: “The focus is now on preparing the water main to bring it back into ...

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Government urged to back seabed control for isles

The three Northern Isles parliamentarians have challenged the Scottish Government on plans to devolve control of the seabed. Alistair Carmichael MP, Tavish Scott MSP and Liam McArthur MSP have written to finance minister John Swinney asking that the Scottish Government fully backs proposals to give the Northern Isles full control ...

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NHS Orkney staff praised for A&E figures

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Health Secretary Shona Robison has praised staff in NHS Orkney for treating 99 per cent of accident & emergency patients within four hours in January. A&E figures for the month of January show Balfour Hospital’s A&E department treated 99 per cent of people within four hours – far exceeding the ...

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Waste collection drop-in sessions get under way

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The first of a series of OIC drop-in sessions – part of a consultation into waste collection and recycling – takes place in Westray today. The council is asking how folk in the isles feel the service could be implemented in future so there is a greater opportunity for residents to ...

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