Community Council

The Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 states that “the general purpose of a community council shall be to ascertain, co-ordinate and express to the local authorities for its area, and to public authorities, the views of the community which it represents, in relation to matters for which those authorities are responsible, and to take such action in the interests of that community as appears to it to be expedient and practicable.”

So in short the role of the Community Council is to represent Shapinsay in a range of matters to Orkney Islands Council, the Scottish Government and any other body who is making decisions and requires to garner the thoughts and feelings of the local community. That might be in regards to the ferries, planning and provision of services, waste and recycling, roads and a whole range of other matters. Our aim will always be to get the best for Shapinsay and to ensure we are representing the needs and wants of the people who call Shapinsay home. In addition we are also able, through the Community Council Grants Scheme, to support small local projects, events and school trips etc.

Community Council members are elected every 4 years. The current Community Councilors are:

If you have any issue you would like to discuss then feel free to approach any of us. Alternatively you can email the clerk on You can also report issues directly to Orkney Islands Council on 01856873535, by emailing or using the website To access a copy of the latest Community Council minutes visit 

Other Useful Council related links

For updates on Waste and Recycling and other Council issues follow the OIC updates page on Facebook and Twitter 

For up to date information on ferry cancellations or You can also sign up for the text alert service by contacting Orkney Ferries directly and requesting this service.


Archived Minutes

To access a list of our archived minutes from past meetings please visit: