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Council election candidates named

Thirty-eight candidates have put themselves forward for election in Orkney for the local Council elections in May. Elections will be held in five out of the six wards in Orkney following the close of nominations. Nominations closed at 4pm today and with three Stromness and the South Isles candidates putting themselves forward, an election won’t […]

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Stromness care home plans get the go ahead

Plans for a new 40-bed care home at Garson, Stromness, were given the green light by the OIC’s planning committee today. Councillors were generally supportive of the application, although there were questions regarding emergency vehicle access and future extension of the building. Scottish Natural Heritage had also expressed concerns about the new care home having “adverse effects […]

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Carry on at your convenience – St Magnus Lane toilets to reopen this weekend

It’s been quite a long-running saga, but the battle to reopen the public toilets in Kirkwall’s St Magnus Lane, Kirkwall, was won. And the public convenience will open its doors again on Saturday for the first time since 2010. The toilets were mothballed in a cost-cutting move and the OIC had previously said there were […]

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Travelodge eye Kirkwall as hotel location

Hotel chain Travelodge has announced that it is looking at Kirkwall as a location to open a new hotel. The company announced that in total it is looking for 21 new hotel sites so that it can expand its network of hotels across Scotland. This includes looking for a suitable site to build a Travelodge […]

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Candidates for local elections to be announced today

The full list of candidates putting themselves forward in the upcoming Orkney Islands Council (OIC) elections is to be published later today. The deadline for nominations is at 4pm today, with the comprehensive list of candidates to be published shortly afterwards.

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Application for new Stromness care home goes to planning committee

The application for the new St Peter’s House care home, in Stromness, is to be viewed by Orkney Islands Council’s planning committee tomorrow, Wednesday. The proposed 40-bed home, at Garson, has received one objection, from a nearby resident, on the grounds of design, layout of site, no access through the site, parking, landscaping, prejudicing future […]

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Green light for new Maeshowe visitor centre

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) have been given the go ahead to make alterations to the former West Mainland Day Care Centre, meaning it will be ready to serve as the new visitor centre for Maeshowe at the start of this summer’s tourist season. In January, HES applied for planning permission to convert the former day […]

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Police appeal after vehicle damaged

Police are appealing for information after a blue, Ford car was damaged in the OHAL car park on Junction Road, Kirkwall. According to police the car’s body work was damaged, between 7.20pm and 9.45pm on Wednesday, March, 22. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kirkwall Police Station via 101.

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Youth finals triumph for Palace Players

The Palace Players are celebrating yet more success, after winning first place at the SCDA Northern Divisional Youth Finals at the weekend. The finals took place at the Craig Centre for Performing Arts in Aberdeen on Saturday. The team, comprising Erika Miller (director), and Harry Siderfin and Calum McArthur, performed teenage drama, School Night, by […]

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Control tower from above

Our photographer, Tom O’Brien, was out yesterday with our drone and shot this short video of the control tower at HMS Tern, the Royal Naval Air Station at Twatt.

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