Archive for December 6th, 2017

Disruption to recycling collections

With the expected effects of storm Caroline, the council has said it likely there will be widespread disruption to recycling and refuse collections over coming days. According to the OIC, it is expected that tomorrow’s recycling collection for Area 4, will be disrupted. Some households may be bypassed due to high winds. Current forecasts are for […]

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4G to arrive in Stromness next year

Mobile Network operator, O2 have confirmed plans to roll out 4G to Stromness in the next few months. Kirkwall was the first to receive the enhanced mobile internet connection, 18 months ago. Now, it appears that Stromness is to follow suit, enabling customers to enjoy high speed 4G mobile internet, stream high-definition TV, shop on the […]

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School transport to operate early due to storm

Orkney Islands Council is reporting that due to the high winds forecast for tomorrow afternoon, Thursday 7, school transport will operate earlier than usual, leaving schools at 12 noon. Schools will remain open and the start and end of the school day will be at the usual times. School transport will also operate at the […]

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Local gin companies shortlisted for Scottish Rural Awards

Two Orkney-based gin companies have been shortlisted in the 2018 Scottish Rural Awards. Both the Deerness Distillery and Orkney Distilling Ltd have been shortlisted in the Artisan Drink category, while the latter has also been shortlisted for the Business Start-Up award. A winner, runner-up and highly commended will be awarded for each of the awards’ […]

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Carmichael supports VAT reduction for tourism sector

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, has joined colleagues in supporting a Parliamentary motion calling for a VAT cut for the tourism. The cross-party motion calls on the Chancellor to reduce VAT to 5 per cent for the tourism sector, in line with the European average. This is something Mr. Carmichael has campaigned in […]

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Orkney upgraded to amber weather warning

The Met Office have set an amber weather warning for Orkney, with winds of up to 90mph expected across the Northern Isles tomorrow, Thursday, as storm Caroline hits the UK. According to forecasts, gusts of between 70mph and 80mph are expected to widely affect the region, with some damage to buildings possible. Longer journey times […]

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Early disruption warnings for ferry services

In light of the yellow weather warnings issued for Orkney earlier this week, ferry services in the isles have issued early disruption alerts for their services. Orkney Ferries is reporting that all their sailings are under review for tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday, due to the strong winds and swell conditions forecast, while Northlink has said there is a […]

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Orkney Native Wildlife Project launched

The first of a range of a public events and activity days have been announced as part of the Orkney Native Wildlife Project community consultation. The consultation, which was launched last Saturday, will run until February. It aims to gather the thoughts and ideas of Orkney’s residents and invite feedback on a range of proposed […]

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