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The second phase of works under the Kirkwall THI is due to get underway at the beginning of next month.

The Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative is a five-year heritage-based grant scheme which seeks to deliver sustainable improvements to the built heritage of the Kirkwall Conservation Area, in an effort to regenerate the centre of Kirkwall for the benefit of local communities and businesses, as well as attract visitors.

The scheme has been running since July 2014 and is now in its concluding stages.

Following works completed earlier this year on Broad Street, Castle Street and Albert Street, we are about to start Phase 2 of the Kirkwall THI street works on September 2 2019.

As part of the process to temporally close a road, all emergency services will be informed and alternative access arrangements put in place.

These routes are subject to minor changes during each section to allow works to progress. All routes will be clearly signed, separated by cones or fenced off.

In the interest of your safety and the safety of the workers, please follow the instruction on site and only park vehicles in approved areas.

The next newsletter is scheduled for mid-November to update on the planned road closures and arrangements for bin collection and deliveries.

Regular updates will be published on the Council’s update Facebook page. Plans illustrating phased closures are available from Customer Services at the Council Offices.

If you have any concerns or questions and wish to discuss the project, please contact Jackie Thomson at Orkney Islands Council on 01856 873535.


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This project was part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Orkney Leader 2007-13 Programme.