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Road resurfacing work in Westray next week

The OIC has advised that road resurfacing work will take place in Westray next week. Road sections affected are: B9066 (Aikerness Rd – Noup Rd) B9066 (Swartmill Rd – Swartmill Rd) B9067 (Tirlot Rd – Tuquoy Rd) Swartmill Rd (B9066 – Gretna Green Road) A spokeswoman said that cars and light vehicles will be subject […]

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Ferry fares increase from Monday

A fare and freight tariff increase by Orkney Ferries Ltd will be effective from Monday. Tariffs will go up by five per cent, an Orkney Ferries spokeswoman said today. The change is due to an increase in the company’s rising fuel costs, according to interim director of Marine Services, David Sawkins.

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Copland’s Dock renewables proposals

A new marine renewables support base, at Copland’s Dock, in Stromness, took a step closer this week, with islands councillors recommending the project should be included in the OIC’s works programme for 2011-12. Subject to a successful application for European Regional Development funding, design work on the pier would start in the short-term, with construction […]

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Stromness library to become an art studio?

Islands councillors have recommended beginning negotiations with a party interested in using the Stromness Library as an artists’ studio. Members of the OIC’s policy and resources committee heard that the move aims to support the “economic and community vitality” of Stromness. The building is expected to become vacant in late 2013/early 2014. The decision is […]

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Hoy Head lengthening plans

Members of Orkney Islands Council’s policy and resources committee have recommended that a project to lengthen and repower the mv Hoy Head be added to its capital programme for 2011-12. If approved by full council, it’s expected work on the vessel would start in October, 2012, and take around four months to complete. The work […]

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Jewson site – councillors back sale or lease plan

Islands councillors have recommended that the former Jewson’s site, Burnmouth Road and Junction Road properties be marketed for sale, or long term lease, to allow developers to play a lead role in the regeneration of the area. Development principles for the area are set out in the Kirkwall Central West Development Brief, which outlines key […]

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MPs reject Government’s plans for Coastguard service

The UK Government should withdraw its “seriously flawed” proposals to modernise the Coastguard Service – according to the cross-party Transport Committee. One of the proposed changes is the closure of either the Shetland or Stornoway coastguard stations. If Shetland closes, it would leave the Northern Isles served by Aberdeen. Launching the report, Transport Committee chairwoman […]

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OIC and OREF call for end to electricity network logjam

New figures show that a major upgrade of the power transmission network in the north of Scotland – which will help unlock Orkney’s huge renewable energy potential – can be achieved at an average annual cost of just 92p for electricity consumers. In response, the OIC and OREF, the Orkney Renewable Energy Forum, are calling […]

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Court case referred to Inverness

A 27-year-old man, who appeared from custody at Kirkwall Sheriff Court this afternoon, is due to be sentenced in Inverness next month. Carl James Howley pleaded guilty to breaching a court order by purchasing alcohol from a shop in Burray, on June 13, and  failing to present himself to police officers at his bail address, […]

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Council moves towards flexible working hours

Flexible working at Orkney Islands Council moved a step closer this week, and could be introduced by October 1. If ratified by the full council, the council offices will be open from 8am until 6pm, Monday to Friday. Islands councillors were told that a recent trial with the IT and education departments at the local […]

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