DfT confirms £22.56m investment in Forder Valley Link Road

We’re celebrating news that a £22.56 million investment earmarked for the Forder Valley Link Road has been confirmed by the Department for Transport (DfT). The business case for the scheme, which will create a much-needed second route between the A38 and Derriford avoiding the often heavily congested Manadon Roundabout, has now been approved. The Forder Valley […]

Trailblazing schemes up for national planning awards

Two pioneering schemes that are changing lives in Plymouth have helped Plymouth City Council reach the final of the Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Excellence. The Council’s City Change Fund – which uses an online crowdfunding platform to distribute funds – and DataPlay – which works with local talent and tech companies to explore how […]

Support for EU settlement scheme pilot

Eligible EU citizens who want to apply to the EU settlement scheme pilot, but who do not currently have access to an Android phone, will be able to get support from Plymouth City Council to apply. Two Android phones are now available to use in the Council’s 1st Stop Shop in New George Street, but […]

Positive talks about Barden held in London

Schaeffler’s European CEO, Jurgen Ziegler held positive talks in London yesterday (Wednesday) with the Minister of Defence Procurement, Stuart Andrew MP on the proposed closure of Schaeffler’s Plymouth manufacturing facility; the Barden Corporation UK Ltd, together with the Plymouth Manufacturing Facility’s MP Johnny Mercer and Managing Director of Barden UK Jon Everett. The talks were […]

Plymouth hosts first Sexual Violence Conference

Plymouth hosted a one day conference on sexual violence with a range of local, regional and national speakers including a survivor of sexual violence, Winnie M Li, who shared her inspirational story of how she has survived. The Safer Plymouth event took place at Devonport Guildhall on Wednesday 6 February and forms part of national […]

First look at Stirling Project designs

The first designs for Stirling Project have been released. Based on the site of a former residential care home Honicknowle Green, the Stirling Project is a proposed development of 25 self-contained affordable homes to rent. Taking inspiration from the successful Nelson Project, it is hoped that 12 of the proposed homes will be self-built by […]

Plymouth schools mark Safer Internet Day 2019

Schoolchildren in Plymouth have been learning how to keep safe on the internet with a range of activities on Safer Internet Day (Tuesday 5 January 2019). Safer Internet Day is led by the UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities – Childnet International, the Internet Watch Foundation and South West Grid […]

Tree planting on a massive scale gets underway

Councillors Sue Dann and Mark Coker have planted the first of 14,500 trees destined for the Forder Valley as part of the programme of work to build the long-awaited link road. An oak sapling and 20 other trees including aspen, hawthorn, blackthorn and black poplar have been planted today as part of a wider landscaping […]

Measures to improve safety in West Down Road

Traffic calming measures have been introduced in West Down Road to tackle problems with speeding and ‘rat running’. We have installed speed humps and are painting ‘slow’ markings to help improve safety and ensure drivers comply with the 20mph speed limit in this residential road. Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene, said: […]

New technology centre offering smart solutions for marine industry

The official launch of the new Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC), based at Oceansgate in Plymouth, was held last night attracting more than 100 representatives from key marine organisations from across the region. The launch revealed more information about the centre’s offering, including the development of the Plymouth Smart Sound ‘proving area’, where organisations can […]

Charles Cross: Work starts Monday

Works will begin on the Charles Cross Transport Improvement Scheme from Monday. The long awaited scheme will begin with the setup of the site offices on Hampton Street before main works on the roundabout start later in the week. Charles Cross roundabout is one of the city’s busiest junctions and is on the route for […]

Landing the right person for top fishing job

The hunt is on for someone to help one of the city’s biggest industries to grow and flourish. Plymouth City Council is looking to appoint a fishing industry development manager to fight the industry’s corner at a national and local level and help the city’s fishing industry thrive. Fishing is an important business sector in […]

Council litter enforcement set to begin

Council environmental enforcement patrols will begin in Plymouth from 1 February. The refreshed service will continue enforcement aimed at deterring littering, fly-tipping, fly-posting and dog fouling and control and will enable a more flexible approach to keeping our city clean. This service has been born from the Council’s earlier decision to cancel its contract with […]

Path to Jennycliff Beach closed

Jennycliff Beach is currently out of bounds over fears about the safety of the path from the cliff to the beach. Plymouth City Council, who own the beach and the path, have closed the path as a temporary measure and put a sign up warning walkers to stay away as a safety precaution. A section […]

New tenants for Toys ‘R’ Us

Local charity St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is to move into the empty Toys ‘R’ Us store on Western Approach. Plymouth City Council and the charity have just agreed a temporary lease arrangement which will see a charity shop set up within the store. As well as stocking furniture, the shop will also be the artists […]

Work starts on Forder Valley Link Road

Enabling works for the Forder Valley Link Road will get under way next week. To enable the main construction works to start later in the year, our contractors will be undertaking some enabling works alongside setting up their site compound. There will be a lane closure on the southbound approach to Forder Valley Road on […]

Top British divers en route to Plymouth

Britain’s best divers will once again be showcasing their skills at the Plymouth Life Centre from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 February. The prestigious British National Diving Cup will showcase the best of Britain’s diving talent as everyone focuses on Tokyo 2020. Olympic medallists Tom Daley and Jack Laugher will be competing for national honours […]

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 […]