Vital Sparks marks third anniversary with new bursary awards

Four more Plymouth-based groups have been awarded Vital Sparks bursaries to help realise or kickstart their community arts projects. North Prospect Community Choir, Red Velvet Cinema, Devonport Lifehouse and Mutley Matters will all benefit from funding for their initiatives which include combating isolation, tackling mental ill health and championing community cohesion. Vital Sparks is a […]


Great SEND support services are available in Plymouth

A report highlighting Plymouth’s achievements in delivering services to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) has been published today, Wednesday 7 December. The recent joint Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection focused on Plymouth City Council, local NHS services and other partners success, in making the changes required by […]


The search is on for Plymouth’s construction apprentice of the year

Leader of Plymouth City Council Ian Bowyer, along with key partners from the Building Plymouth network have officially launched the search to find Plymouth’s construction apprentice of the year 2017. The award acknowledges and celebrates an apprentice’s exceptional contribution to their workplace, and recognise their commitment to the apprenticeship experience. Cllr Bowyer said: “Not only […]


New bird flu protection measures

People who keep poultry or captive birds are being asked to keep them indoors or take steps to keep them separate from wild birds. The Government Chief Vet has declared a Prevention Zoneto help protect birds from a strain of avian flu circulating in mainland Europe. The zone covers England and will remain in place for […]


Five star hotel overlooking Hoe unveiled

Plans for a £50 million redevelopment scheme with a boutique hotel offering magnificent views of the Sound have been unveiled. Development specialists Henley Real Estate have been selected as the preferred bidder to develop the site of the now-demolished Quality Hotel in Cliff Road overlooking the Hoe. Representatives from the company will be at Cabinet […]


Phone scammers posing as Council employees

Another scam is doing the rounds where bogus telephone callers are posing as Council officials. Trading Standards officers have received a number of reports that residents are getting phone calls saying there is a problem with their council tax and asking for payment. The person on the phone couldn’t tell them how much they owed or […]


Young people have their say on mental health

Following the launch of a new £1.2 million emotional health and wellbeing support project in September, a group of Plymouth young people have agreed to share a short film they produced for secondary school teachers. The film was created by a group of six young people between the ages of 15 and 17 who were […]


Plymouth wins Dementia Friendly City of the year 2016 award

Plymouth has won the Dementia Friendly (City of the year award) at the Alzheimers Society’s national awards in London. Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth University and sixty organisations and businesses have been working together for the past five years, to make the city more dementia friendly. Initiatives include Dementia friendly City Bus, […]


Businesses invited to hear about apprenticeship shake-up

Plymouth businesses are being invited to a free event next week to hear how the new Apprenticeship Levy and apprenticeship reforms will affect them. Plymouth City Council, in partnership with the Devon and Cornwall Training Provider Network and the Skills Funding Agency, will be holding an event at Plymouth Guildhall on Tuesday 6 December to […]


Plans to modernise parking in Plymouth

Simpler tariffs, more online services, cheaper long-stay parking and tickets that can be used in multiple locations are among a number of improvements being proposed in a major modernisation of Plymouth’s parking arrangements. We are modernising our parking fees and services to make charges more consistent, fairer and easier to understand, provide more flexible options for […]


Upgrade for digital bus shelter displays

Digital displays in Plymouth’s bus shelters are to get an upgrade, meaning more reliable and accurate information for passengers. We’re currently tendering for a new system that will deliver improvements to our 85 ‘real time’ screens, which show information about the next services due at bus stops. We plan to move from 2G mobile phone technology to […]


Empty Homes Week 28 November – 2 December 2016

Plymouth is making great progress in bringing empty homes across the city back into use, as we mark Empty Homes Week (28 November – 2 December 2016). Earlier this year Plymouth City Council launched its refreshed Plan for Empty Homes with £1 million to help bring 375 empty homes back into use by 2021. Plymouth […]


Get Switched on this Christmas

This year’s National Consumer Week (Monday 28 November to Friday 2 December) is all about getting consumers ‘switched on’ to their rights when buying electrical goods. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching, Plymouth Trading Standards Officers are warning shoppers to be careful what they buy and where they buy it. There is a […]


Two prosecuted for Disabled Blue Badge Fraud

Two people have been prosecuted by Plymouth City Council’s Corporate Fraud Team for Disabled Blue Badge fraud. Jocelyn Ruffle, of Chudleigh Road, Plymouth pleaded guilty at Plymouth Magistrates on Tuesday 22 November to using the Blue Badge that belonged to her deceased husband Peter Ruffle to park in Tavistock Place in October 2015. She was […]


Sign up to Credit Union and you could get £25

The first 50 people to join City of Plymouth Credit Union before 30 November 2016 and make at least three monthly payments into their account will qualify for a savings boost of £25. To fund this project the England Illegal Money Lending Team is using proceeds of crime money, confiscated from convicted loan sharks to […]


Death of Alderman Mrs Joan Stopporton

Plymouth City Council is sad to announce the death of Alderman and former Lord Mayor and Councillor, Mrs Joan Stopporton. Alderman Mrs Stopporton died on 14 November 2016 aged 87. She was a Councillor for the Plympton St Mary Ward of Plymouth from 1979 and was made an Honorary Alderman of the City of Plymouth […]


Rally behind rail investment plan for South West

Plymouth’s leader and deputy leader have welcomed today’s strategic rail blueprint for the South West Peninsula and said it should be used a rallying call for rail investment to drive economic growth in the South West. Council leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Ian Bowyer said: “An incredible amount of work has been carried out […]


Call for renewed campaign for rail improvements

Plymouth’s deputy leader Councillor Patrick Nicholson has called for a renewed and sustained campaign across the region to push for improvements to rail. At Full Council today Councillor Nicholson told councillors that the 20-year plan to ‘Close the Gap’ would be launched and presented to Minister for Transport in Westminister tomorrow. He said: “This is […]


Student accommodation in Plymouth to be restricted

Plymouth City Council is going to take a more stringent approach to planning applications for student accommodation in the future. At the Full Council meeting on Monday 21 November Leader Councillor Ian Bowyer announced that as the number of student flats either currently being built or that have already been granted planning permission – combined […]


Cockahoop at new Social Enterprise City brochure!

A successful social enterprise that inspires children and young people to learn has hosted the launch of Plymouth’s new Social Enterprise City brochure. Bees – the Bespoke Engaging Education Services – has been showcasing its work as well as highlighting some of the achievements that have been going on in Plymouth over the last 18 […]