Digital Declaration promises better Council Services

Plymouth City Council has joined a number of other local authorities and public sector organisations who have pledged to work together to improve digital services for their residents. The Council has officially signed the Digital Declaration, which was initiated by the UK Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) and publicly commits to embracing […]


Your views on school admission arrangements

Parents are being asked to have their say about the school admissions process in Plymouth. The Council is working with schools to encourage parents for their views on the proposed school admission arrangements for the start of the 2020 academic year. While 2020 seems a long way off, schools are already making sure that applying […]


Christmas trees to remember loved ones

Three memorial Christmas trees have been unveiled across Plymouth’s two cemeteries. Christmas trees have been placed in the waiting rooms of both Weston Mill and Efford Cemeteries, for members of the public to decorate with messages on special tags to remember friends and family. The trees proved very popular last year with over 100 messages […]


Photography exhibition highlights role of volunteers

The fantastic work of the Active Neighbourhoods Project is being celebrated with a unique photography exhibition. On Wednesday, volunteers gathered at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard for the first glimpse of specially commissioned portrait photographs of volunteers in their favourite spaces for nature in Plymouth. Some of the key successes of the project, which is […]


New strategy for children’s home procurement

Steps are being taken to stop private companies cashing in on vulnerable children. A report which sets out a clear set of guidelines for providing residential placements for young people in care, will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet next week. Plymouth, like most local authorities, is subject to the national trend of decreasing budgets […]


Forder Valley Link Road takes next major step

Plymouth’s Forder Valley Link Road has reached another major milestone, with the final business case being given the green light for submission to Department for Transport (DfT).  After months of detailed planning and design work the business case will be submitted in January and hopefully release a £22.56 million investment earmarked for the scheme. The […]


Council opposes Public Health funding cuts

Plymouth City Council is standing up to projected funding cuts for Public Health. In 2018-19 and 2019-20 every local authority will have less to spend on public health than the year before and by 2020-21, the Government plans to phase out the Public Health Grant altogether. Following on from a Motion on Notice at last […]


Water cover repairs on the Embankment

A section of the Embankment will be closed for urgent repairs tonight, at the Old Laira Road junction. A South West Water cover has collapsed on the outbound side, between the slip roads to and from Old Laira Road. One lane is already closed but the repair cannot be carried out safely without a full […]


New service launched to help people recover at home

More people will be helped to stay at home safely and recover from illnesses and injury thanks to a new service that has started this week.  An average of 150 people a week will benefit from Plymouth’s new Independence@Home service, run by Plymouth City Council with support from Livewell South West. The service is designed to […]


Innovative technology centre opening at Oceansgate development

A new centre for marine innovation, based at Plymouth’s Oceansgate development, is now up-and-running thanks to European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding. The ERDF has granted £2.6 million to fund the Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC) in Plymouth, which has been developed as a partnership by some of the world’s leading key marine research establishments. […]


Crews prepared for heavy rain

Council crews have been sweeping roads, clearing gullies and checking known flooding hotspots in preparation for the heavy rain expected to hit Plymouth tonight and tomorrow night. Rain is currently forecast from around 11pm tonight until 10am, with another band of rain from around 6pm tomorrow. Teams are working throughout the day and night and […]


Boost for major Plymouth building

Plymouth’s plan to restore and reopen its Elizabethan House for Mayflower 400 has been given a welcome boost from the Coastal Revival Fund. The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government today announced a grant of £44,208 for the project. The Council is fully restoring the building so that it can play a key part […]


Enrolment of Honorary Aldermen

The Lord Mayor of Plymouth held a ceremony for three long-serving ex-councillors honouring them for their decades of public service in Plymouth. Former Councillors Ted Fry, Martin Leaves and Wendy Foster were enrolled as Aldermen at the ceremony held at the Council House on Monday 26 November. Between them they served the city as councillors for 62 years, […]


Community Sports Hub works begins

Work on Central Park’s new Community Sports Hub and tennis courts is underway. Situated in the heart of the park on the site of current bowling pavilion, the hub will complement the current bowling greens as well as the refurbished sports plateau by adding changing rooms, accessible toilets and storage facilities; opening up the park […]


Temporary barrier at Charlton Road junction

Work to install a temporary barrier at the right turn from Tavistock Road into Charlton Road will start on Monday 26 November. The right turn has been closed during the Derriford Transport Scheme works and will remain closed while work continues to progress a signalised upgrade of the junction. It is currently coned off but […]


Warm welcome at the library on Christmas Day

Our Central Library will be opening its doors again this Christmas Day, providing a warm welcome to anyone who may be on their own and would like some company. Volunteers from libraries across the city and our customer services team will be giving up their time to open the library for three hours during the […]


Plot to build on business park success

An empty patch of land could become home for new and expanding businesses looking to be part of a highly-successful international business park. Plymouth City Council is to develop an acre plot at the Plymouth International Medical and Technology Park in Derriford so that it can house more small or medium-sized businesses in ready to […]


Another building to come down

Another building is to come down as part of the city’s long-term ambition to rebuild and revive the West End and make Millbay happen. Number 18 Western Approach is to be knocked down from November 26, just weeks after the Union Street bridge came down. The former home of second hand dealers Little Camden Market […]


Plymouth’s 2020 Mayflower 400 programme revealed

Plymouth’s Mayflower 400 programme for 2020 will include a major cultural programme funded by Arts Council England and others, spectacular new events such as the Mayflower Week and Ocean Festival and a wide range of education, arts and culture, sport and volunteering activities that the community can get involved in. 2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower […]


Action against untidy properties in Union Street

The owners of eight run-down historic buildings in Union Street have been targeted as part of an initiative to make them carry out immediate urgent repairs. The operation has been launched this week with the aim tackling the worst maintained historic buildings in the landmark street. This follows on from previous similar action in February […]


Plymouth joins fight against criminal scammers

Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet Member for Customer Focus and Community Safety and Dr Ruth Harrell, Director for Public Health at Plymouth City Council have joined the Friends Against Scams campaign, an initiative that aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to ‘Take a Stand Against Scams’. As SCAMbassadors, […]


Tree Trail takes new route…

A new piece of art is about to appear in Central Park. Plymouth City Council has been working in partnership with The Woodland Presents, to create a new archway into Pounds Park. Phase one of the Tree Trail project saw timber from the park turned into a sculptures and benches, along the path by Ford […]


Charles Cross works to begin in new year

Work to improve Charles Cross roundabout will begin in the new year. The roundabout, with Charles Church at its centre, is one of the key junctions on Plymouth’s transport network, handles high volumes of traffic and is used by the majority of the city’s bus routes. It is also well-used by pedestrians. The Charles Cross […]