Update on 11+ exams

Statement from Plymouth City Council 26 September 2016: A spokesperson for Plymouth City Council said: “The Council is very concerned about allegations that have been made regarding the 11+ exams. We were already working jointly with the assessment provider following questions raised about the English 11+ exam. We have now also been made aware of […]


Statement on 11+ exams

Statement from Plymouth City Council A spokesperson for Plymouth City Council said: “We are currently working jointly with the assessment provider to explore if there were any irregularities with the 11+ exam. The Maths test that was due to take place this Saturday 24 September is still going ahead as planned. “We can offer no further […]


Sara Pascoe is an animal!

Stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe will be at Plymouth Guildhall on Friday 14 October, talking about her first book, ‘Animal – How a Woman is Made’. ‘Animal’ combines autobiography and evolutionary history to make us laugh and re-consider the female body, from armpit hair to zygots! In each chapter she examines a specific part or aspect of the […]


New homes for north of city take step forward

Plans to build more than 60 homes on the site of the old Southway campus are a step closer to reality. Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) has signed a contract with building firm Galliford Try Partnerships to redevelop the site at the corner of Clittaford Road and Skerries Road, which will be marketed as Porsham Heights. […]


Work gets underway on former Ship building

Work is set to start to transform the derelict former Ship Hostel building in Millbay into affordable apartments – as Plymouth City Council seeks to relieve the number of empty homes in the city. The Ship Hostel building, which has been empty since 2011, is to be converted into 11 contemporary, affordable rent-to-buy flats with […]


Share your views on Forder Valley transport improvements

We’re inviting people to share their views on proposals to improve the transport network in the Forder Valley area. Two schemes are being proposed: a new link road between William Prance Road in Derriford and the junction of Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road and improvements to Forder Valley Roundabout. The north of Plymouth is set […]


Massive weekend for the arts coming up!

A series of small grants are adding a vital spark to this year’s Plymouth Art Weekender which takes place this weekend (23 to 25 September). Over 90 events, involving 500 local, national and international artists, will be taking place all over the city from the water’s edge to people’s houses, the Athenaeum to the Mayflower […]


Summer Mix serves up tasty treats

This year’s Summer Mix programme has found some culinary stars of the future after a hosting a come dine with me style cooking competition. Summer Mix is a free programme run by the Council’s youth Services team and supported by local businesses that offers free and exciting activities in August to all young people in […]


Plymouth appoints new highways contractor

We have appointed South West Highways as the new contractor for our highways maintenance services. Cabinet members have given the preferred bidder the green light after a rigorous procurement process and contracts are due to be signed next month, following a statutory ‘standstill’ period. South West Highways will take over from our current provider in April 2017 […]


Social Enterprise fund launched in Plymouth

Social enterprises across Plymouth are being invited to apply for a share of a £800,000 pot of loans and grants to help their business flourish. Plymouth City Council is launching another round of its innovative Social Enterprise Investment Fund and the successful bidders will be able to join a growing rank of organisations who have […]


Drug den shut down by council, police and landlords

A drug den has been shut down by a partnership between Plymouth City Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and landlords Westward Housing Group. The Council successfully applied to Plymouth Magistrates on Friday 9 September for the three month closure order for the property in Hospital Road, following ongoing complaints around drug dealing and anti-social behaviour […]


Big Friendly Read a big hit

More than 4,000 Plymouth children signed up to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The Big Friendly Read is celebrating 100 years of the world’s greatest storyteller, Roald Dahl and children have until Saturday 17 September to read their six books. Our libraries staff are encouraging everyone to finish so they can be presented with a medal […]


More space for parking in the city centre

More shoppers will be able to park in the West End of the city centre, thanks to the opening of a new car park next to Plymouth’s brand new coach station. Contractors South West Highways have put the finishing touches to the new layout of the car park which will have room for 90 vehicles.  […]


Statement on MoD plans for Stonehouse Barracks

Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “Stonehouse Barracks has been home to the Royal Marines for three centuries and we understand that Georgian barracks may no longer fit the needs of a modern fighting force. However, it is essential that the marines are relocated within Plymouth. “We will be seeking concrete assurances from the MoD that […]


2017 school admission places now open

September 2017 may seem ages away but if your child is due to start school you need to start the application process now. From Monday 5 September the City Council is taking applications from families whose children: are due to start at primary school for the first time junior school (having completed Year 2 in […]


Plymouth sweeps up at national Community Energy Awards

Plymouth’s outstanding contribution to community energy has been rewarded with two national Community Energy Awards. Over the weekend, Plymouth City Council was crowned Local Authority Partner at the Annual Community Energy Conference and Awards in Oxford, in recognition of its commitment to a greener, fairer future and unprecedented support for local Community Benefit Society, Plymouth […]


Contractors now on site at Plymouth City Market

Work has now started to transform Plymouth City Market with a £3.5 million major makeover. Contractors, Ryearch Ltd are now preparing the site and erecting scaffolding inside the building. This will be shortly followed by external scaffolding going up to allow the start of the replacement of the north light windows and the roof works […]


Make sure you’re registered to vote

We’re reminding residents to make sure their details are up-to-date and accurate on the electoral register. More than 118,000 forms were posted to households across the city in July as part of the annual voter registration canvass and around 60,000 have so far been returned. We’re now sending reminders out asking people who haven’t responded to […]