New firefighting vehicles for North Isles airfields

Councillor James Stockan, left, with Eday's Mike Ilett (airfield co-ordinator), Mellissa Thomson, Adam Cockram and Kate Townsend.

The airfield in Eday has received a four-wheel drive firefighting vehicle as part of Orkney Island Council’s efforts to upgrade existing equipment in the North Isles. North Ronaldsay is already making use of a new firefighting vehicle, with Papa Westray, Sanday, Stronsay and Westray scheduled to receive theirs in the ...

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Reckless driving reported to police

Police are seeking information regarding a report of alleged reckless driving on the A960, in Deerness. According to a spokesman, the incident, around 5pm on Friday, involved a silver pick-up truck, driving at excessive speed and overtaking dangerously. Anyone who witnessed this is urged to contact Kirkwall Police station on 101.

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Road accident in Westray

Police are appealing for information after a vehicle collided with, and damaged, a wall in Pierowall, Westray, at the weekend. According to a spokesman, the incident occurred between 11pm on Friday night and 10.30am on Saturday morning. As yet, the driver of the vehicle has not reported the accident. Anyone ...

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Diver flown in to Stromness for treatment

The Coastguard rescue helicopter on the Market Green, Stromness. (Cecil Garson)

On Sunday evening a coastguard rescue helicopter from Inverness transported a diver from the Scottish Mainland to Stromness for treatment in the hyperbaric chamber. According to a coastguard spokesman the diver got into difficulty at Skerray Harbour, near Cape Wrath, and was due to go to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. However, ...

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By-election nomination reminder

Potential candidates hoping to stand in the upcoming West Mainland by-election are reminded that nominations close in less than two weeks. The deadline for submitting nomination papers, which are available from the OIC election office in Kirkwall, is Wednesday, July 15, at 4pm. If more than one valid nomination is ...

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Placemaking back on OIC agenda

Broad Street, Kirkwall.

Controversial ‘placemaking’ proposals for Kirkwall’s Broad Street are back on the Orkney Islands Council agenda next week. On Tuesday, the council’s development and infrastructure committee will decide whether to progress the first phase of improvements at a cost of £1.083 million. The placemaking scheme, which has been on the OIC ...

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Town centre housing development open to visitors

The doors to Orkney Housing Association’s latest Kirkwall development are open to the public this morning, Saturday. The £413,000 project saw the creation of three shared-ownership flats in Dunnett’s Close, in the centre of Kirkwall. According to OHAL, the flats have been constructed from a closed timber panel system, into ...

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