Update on Sutton Harbour Footbridge

The organisations involved in repairing Sutton Harbour Footbridge are working towards the bridge being back in action in time for Easter. Plymouth City Council, the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Company are putting in over £250,000 into the repair of the custom-built footbridge which crosses Sutton Lock, with the repairs being coordinated and commissioned by […]


Temporary lane closures coming for city centre

Drivers leaving the city centre via the viaduct at Bretonside are being asked to consider another route as more lane closures are due as part of the ongoing multi-million pound Drake Circus Leisure development. A series of lane closures will start on Monday 28 January which are likely to have an impact on drivers leaving […]


District shopping centres are given a deep clean

Plymouth’s district shopping centres are all getting a deep clean this month. Cleaning crews will be out across all 20 district shopping centres steam cleaning pavements, jet washing litter bins, removing weeds and graffiti cleaning. This is the first time Plymouth’s district shopping centres have received this sort of deep clean and it will now […]


More details unveiled about care leavers support

Young people leaving care in Plymouth could get a helping hand to lead an independent life under proposals discussed at Cabinet today (15 January). The proposals recommend 18 to 24-year-olds who live in Plymouth and are leaving the care of the local authority are exempt from Council Tax until their 25th birthday. Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet […]


Work on Charles Cross set to begin

Works on the Charles Cross Transport Improvement Scheme will begin on Monday 4 February. Charles Cross roundabout, with Charles Church at its centre, is one of the key junctions on Plymouth’s transport network and accommodates the majority of the city’s bus routes as well as high volumes of traffic. It is also well-used by pedestrians. […]


Next steps announced for Plymouth National Marine Park

  Plymouth City Council is officially starting work to develop plans for Plymouth Sound to be designated the UK’s first National Marine Park, after securing £75,000 national funding to move the project forward. Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene made the announcement at the Council’s next Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 15 January […]


New policy for unauthorised encampments

Plymouth City Council is taking a fresh look at the way it handles unauthorised encampments. The previous policy, presented last November, listed plans to provide several temporary stopping places (TSPs) around the city as well as placing Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) on sites historically occupied by encampments. That policy was never implemented and so […]


Care leavers to get help with bills

Young people leaving care in Plymouth will not have to pay Council Tax until they reach the age of 25 under plans being announced as part of this year’s budget. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance said: “Some of these young people have had an extremely difficult start in life and we want to […]


Broadening Bath Street for Boulevard

Moves to make Bath Street wider will get underway this week as part of the council’s regeneration plans to make Millbay happen. A service ramp on the Pavilions site is to be ‘shaved off’ as part of a complex demolition programme that will enable the boulevard between the city centre and the sea to be built. […]


Council backs bungalow scheme

A new Council initiative will see the first bungalows built in Plymouth for a number of years. Five new bungalows will be built on the site of the former Sure Start Centre on Ham Green Lane, as part of the council’s commitment to improve housing across the city. In partnership with Westward, this 100 per […]


Smarter steps to tackle road flooding

Smart water sensors are being trialled in gullies to help prevent flooding on Plymouth’s roads. The sensors, which have been installed in 20 locations that are prone to flooding, measure water and silt levels and use real-time weather data to send email and text alerts when there is potential for problems to arise. They can […]


Campaign for city’s children is working

A campaign for more funding for children with special education needs has been partially successful, with an extra £350 million promised over the next two years. Councillor Jon Taylor, Cabinet member for Education, Skills and Transformation today gave a cautious welcome to this week’s announcement from Nadhim Zahawi MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children […]


New winter shelter for rough sleepers

Rough sleepers will have somewhere to go this Christmas and throughout the winter thanks to some new accommodation. Plymouth City Council has joined forces with partners BCHA, PATH, Shekinah and Plymouth Soup Run to open the currently disused Stonehouse Creek Community Centre overnight from Friday 21 December. With some of the colder nights of the […]


New cycle route for Southway to Plymbridge

Plans for a major new cycling and pedestrian route in the north of the city have been revealed. The scheme will provide a completely off-road link between Southway and Plymbridge Woods. Beginning at Pendeen Crescent, the route will run past Southway Shopping Centre, up to the George Junction and then along Plymbridge Road, all the […]


Council work with Unite to protect construction workers

A £40 million construction project in Plymouth was the venue for signing a new charter that will ensure that working conditions and building standards on construction projects under the control of Plymouth City Council meet the highest standards. The charter commits the city to working with the Unite union to ensure direct employment status and […]


Crematorium planning application submitted

The vision to provide Plymouth with a new state of the art crematorium has taken a further step towards reality after hitting a major milestone. Following months of consultation and design work, a planning application was submitted on Friday. Plans show that the new, £12 million facility on a 17-acre site on the eastern edge […]