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In this week’s The Orcadian

This week’s edition of The Orcadian is now in shops and is available online, here.

This week’s 40-page newspaper leads with an exclusive that Orkney Islands Council waived its virtual meeting policy and held a meeting at The Phoenix Cinema to discuss the timeline surrounding the recruitment process for a permanent chief executive.

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, councillors met in person, with the chief executive recruitment deemed such an important issue that it was “more appropriate” to hold an in-person briefing.

Over the course of the pandemic, OIC has presided over major decisions such as how to distribute £35.4million in Islands Deal government funding, the approval of a £230million harbours masterplan, and extending £1million worth of funding to Orkney’s Island Games, by using Microsoft Teams.

Also in this week’s newspaper:

  • Stromness/Scrabster ferry route suspended after freight vessel grounds
  • Inspirational walking 80-year-old breaks the 1,000-mile barrier
  • OIC concern at number of children in schools
  • Dingieshowe Beach remains identified
  • Councillor prepares for Standards Commission hearing
  • Doddie Aid challenge hits £500k mark
  • Additional business support announced by Scot Gov
  • Cafe owners question track and trace system
  • We speak to the lead of NHS Orkney’s contact tracing team
  • No evidence of new COVID-19 variant in Orkney
  • OIC faces criticism over bin placement
  • Much-loved Kirkwall charity shop shuts its doors
  • BBC begin search for new Radio Orkney head
  • The latest from Kirkwall Sheriff Court
  • Brexit delays a serious cause for concern for shellfish sector
  • Stromness walks promoted with new book
  • Pictures from the past — a glimpse into Orkney’s history
  • Focus on Business: Make your home warmer with Warmworks
  • Bird flu restrictions still in place
  • Loganair’s “green dream” for isles following inter-island contract award
  • Deadline reminder for Hoy windfarm project
  • Festive crossword winners, and Highland Park competition winner announced
  • COVID restrictions causes headache for sports clubs
  • The build up begins for Orkney’s Sporting Hall of Fame