Planning granted for new crematorium

Planning permission for Plymouth’s new crematorium has been granted. The state-of-the-art facility will be built on the east of the city adjacent to Drake Memorial Park off Merafield Road near the Stag Lodge entrance to Saltram Park. The designs have been produced by local architects Stride Treglown and Aecom show single-storey buildings nestled in green […]


Bearing good news for Good Friday about lock footbridge

The Sutton Harbour lock footbridge is expected to reopen tomorrow Good Friday – 19 April. The one tonne bearing has been successfully fitted by a local company.  Following installation, full testing has been carried out by expert teams effectively and safely, with the lock remaining open to marine traffic for the majority of this time. […]


Plymouth primary school places decided

Thousands of families across Plymouth will find out today which primary school their children will be going to in September. The latest figures show that 98.63 per cent of city children (2,733) who applied on time, were allocated a place at one of their preferred schools. Letters and emails confirming school places for September 2019 […]


More acts announced for MTV Music Week Plymouth

Disciples, Kurupt FM and Young T & Bugsey are joining the exciting line-up for MTV Music Week Plymouth. Running from 5 to 8 June, MTV Music Week Plymouth will see four live music evening events hosted at venues across the city, in addition to a programme of free daytime events hosted by MTV Breaks. Disciples […]


Ultra-fast broadband coming to Plymouth

Improved ultrafast ‘Fibre to the Premises’ (FTTP) broadband will be rolled out to over 220 public buildings across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon over the next two years, thanks to a successful bid to a UK Government fund. The buildings include council offices, GP surgeries, hospitals, schools, colleges and many others. This investment will […]


Council backs new bank

Plymouth City Council has pledged support for the development of a new local bank. The bank, known for now as South West Mutual, will be the first ever member-owned, high street bank dedicated to the residents and small businesses of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. The bank will provide a full range of services to […]


Toilet block set to be removed

The unsightly toilet block on Mutley Plain is set to be removed. Following consultation by local councillors with residents and business owners on the Plain, the toilets will be demolished and replaced with street furniture in time for the Mayflower commemorations in 2020. It is hoped that the removal of the toilet block will encourage […]


Red Arrows returning for Plymouth Armed Forces Day

The spectacular Red Arrows will return to Plymouth this year for Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June. Huge crowds gathered to watch the impressive aerobatic team the last time they performed in the city in 2012, when Plymouth hosted the national Armed Forces Day event. Deputy Council Leader Pete Smith said: “We are absolutely thrilled […]


Topping out on top of the world at Drake Leisure

Council leader Tudor Evans enjoyed a sneak peek from the top of the Drake Circus Leisure Development as part of a topping out ceremony in the sky bar. The development is set to open later this year and create a new dining and entertainment destination for both residents and visitors to Plymouth. Council leader Tudor […]


Council helps turn more empty spaces into homes

Vacant space above an Indian takeaway in Albert Road that has been empty for seven years to be converted into four new flats Property in Julian Street transformed thanks to financial help from the Council Plymouth City Council has helped turn more long term empty properties in the city into homes, including vacant space above […]


Resident receives support with warming home

A St Budeaux resident has had gas central heating installed in his home for free thanks to the council’s Warm Homes Fund. Stanley Terry, who is 91 this year, heard about the scheme after receiving a home visit from a Plymouth Energy Community Advisor. Working with delivery partner Eon, the Council’s Low Carbon Team were […]


New wildflower meadow locations announced

The locations of four new wildflower meadows in Plymouth, which help local bee and butterfly populations to thrive, have now been announced. Plymouth City Council has identified four new sites across the city to establish new wildflower meadows, which will be prepared and planted this month, when ground conditions are good for sowing, and will […]


Council bids for much needed High Street Fund

Plymouth City Council has submitted an expression of interest for funding to improve the city centre. The £675 million Future High Street Fund aims to renew and reshape high streets by improving infrastructure, accessibility and experience. The fund will contribute up to a maximum of £25 million for a successful bid. With major challenges including […]


Plastics Taskforce Group meeting update March 2019

Partners in Plymouth are continuing to work hard to tackle plastics pollution and reduce single use plastics in the city. The Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City Plastics Taskforce held its quarterly meeting on 19 March 2019. At the meeting, the Taskforce heard updates from all of the theme leads: AVOID – A Plastic free schools event is […]


North Prospect scheme enters final phase

Plymouth’s latest Plan for Homes is set to benefit its first project. The redevelopment of North Prospect, which is now approaching its final phase, will receive £1 million from the new Housing Investment Fund, a key part of the Council’s latest Plan for Homes. The money will go towards the construction of new roads and […]


Solar panels for Council buildings

More Council-owned buildings look set to have solar panels installed as the city continues its drive to cut carbon and create clean renewable energy. The Box, Ballard House, Prince Rock Depot and Chelson Meadow are the latest buildings to be earmarked for installations that could help the Council cut its carbon emissions by up to […]


Flood defences approved for Ham Lane

One of Plymouth’s favourite green spaces is set for some investment to tackle flooding. Ham Lane, a footpath which runs the length of Ham Woods, is often prone to flooding in the winter. In particular, a 60 metre, low-lying stretch of the path can spend up to 50 days of the year under water. Now, […]


Viaduct works to begin in May

Major road improvement works to support some of Plymouth City Centre’s most exciting developments will begin this Spring. Shoppers and visitors are being urged to try new routes into the city centre from 13 May when work begins on the viaduct – Exeter Street – the road between the new Drake Leisure complex and Drake […]


Partners sign Plan For Trees partnership agreement

Partners in Plymouth have signed the Plan For Trees commitment to enhancing Plymouth’s tree coverage. Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Community Homes, the Woodland Trust, Plymouth Tree Partnership, the National Trust and Plymouth Open Spaces Network, have all signed an agreement to be a member of the steering group that fulfils the Plan’s Delivery Programme which […]


A helping hand for people with a business idea

Plymouth’s would-be entrepreneurs could get a helping hand, thanks to a scheme designed to help people give business a go. Plymouth City Council is part-funding an enterprise coaching programme which aims to help people develop self-employment opportunities as well as start and sustain micro and small businesses, including conversations around alternative business structures such as […]


Plymouth profits from Pocket Park funding

Three Plymouth community projects have been boosted by significant government funding. Over £55,000 has been awarded from the Pocket Park fund to help revamp play areas in Carlton Terrace and How Street and also to help establish a wildlife-friendly green space in Eggbuckland. The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government money was bid for […]