Young people take their first steps to employment

A group of seven young people have celebrated being the first in the city to complete the Plymouth City Council Youth Traineeship. The nine week traineeship is delivered in partnership with the City Council, Plymouth Training and Consultancy and Focus Training. The programme includes five weeks at college, followed by a four week practical placement in […]


Historic plaques get some TLC

Some of Plymouth’s historic plaques are being given a facelift thanks to a city-wide refurbishment programme. Existing plaques commemorating stamp dealer Stanley Gibbons (1840-1913), T E Shaw – otherwise known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ (1888-1935)­ – and the possible Mayflower Pilgrim associations with Island House have been removed, repainted in a more familiar blue and […]


Marking a momentous voyage

One of the most momentous voyages to be made by man is being celebrated in Plymouth. Exactly 50 years to the day Sir Francis Chichester KBE departed on his first single-handed voyage around the globe, will be a formal unveiling of a plaque to replace one lost during the winter storms of 2014. Giles Chichester […]


Love Your Parks Day 3 September

A day of activities is taking place to mark Love Your Parks day – a celebration of all the activities you can do for free outdoors. The event takes place at the Central Park Events Field (in front of the Life Centre), on Saturday 3 September from 11am to 4pm. A range of activities are […]


CATERed celebrates living wage commitment

CATERed Plymouth’s school meals provider has just been accredited as a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at CATERed, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors, receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25. This is significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70 and the new minimum […]


A-Level results 2016

As hundreds of students across Plymouth collect their A Level and other Post-16 results today it’s unclear what the results mean for Plymouth. With the ongoing complex changes to qualifications, and the way in which they are classified by the Department for Education, It is ever harder to compare results with previous years given. Early […]


Hop aboard the Chatterbus

Have your say on Plymouth’s buses and find out more about upcoming service changes at a special event being held in the city centre on Tuesday 23 August. Whether you think buses are brilliant or delays are driving you mad, head to the piazza between the Guildhall and Civic Centre and hop aboard the Chatterbus, […]


Plymouth tanning salons still allow underage use

A high number of Plymouth tanning salons are still allowing underage use of sun beds. In a recent test purchasing operation Public Protection officers visited a random selection of seven salons in the city, and staff in five of them did not challenge a 16-year-old volunteer about their age, despite the age limit being 18. […]


Gearing up for summer

British Cycling and Sky are celebrating another successful year of delivering cycling in partnership with the Council. We teamed up in 2012 and since then the Sky Ride recreational cycling programme has had 21,000 sign-ups, with more than 100 people going on to train as lead riders themselves. In recognition of the achievements made over the last […]


Garden and allotments for Stonehouse Creek bank

Stonehouse could be getting its first allotment site, thanks to a transfer of Council-owned land to the community. A patch of unused land on the side of Stonehouse Creek could be turned into a community garden, with allotments, possibly a small orchard with wild flowers and a herb garden. The area of land lies just […]


Clarification on Herald story on speed humps

We’d like to reassure residents, shoppers and traders that there are no plans for speed humps on Mayflower Street. The public notice which appeared in the Herald last week and which the paper based their article on, referred to the access road around the new coach station site only. As this is a service road […]


HLF gives green light to History Centre funding

Plymouth’s incredible past looks set to have an amazing future with confirmation of a whopping £14.8 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, HLF has just announced an investment of £55m for heritage projects across England – with Plymouth receiving £14.8m for the delivery phase of the […]


Plymouth skills float the Life Aquatic

A company based on the historic slipway in Oceansgate Enterprise Zone is a prime example of how investing in under-used infrastructure can pay off for Plymouth, for businesses and for the people they employ. Stirling and Son Ltd has just delivered Life Aquatic to Montecarlo, following a keel up restoration of the classic motor yacht. […]


Pitches at Staddiscombe ready following revamp

Playing fields that have been dogged by drainage and condition problems have been officially opened today following a major revamp. Staddiscombe playing fields are ready for the new football season after the eight full-size senior football pitches had high specification drainage and new goal posts installed. Other works carried out by the contractors include soil […]


Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow win bronze at Rio

Plymouth-born diver Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow, who trains at the Plymouth Life Centre, have won bronze in the men’s 10-metre synchro event at Rio. Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “What an amazing result for Dan and Tom – and for Plymouth Diving. We’re so proud to have so many of our […]


Controlled parking zone in Crownhill – the facts

Council Leader and Eggbuckland ward councillor Ian Bowyer said: “The controlled parking zone in Cross Park Road, Cross Park Avenue and Cross Park Way is not new – it was introduced over 10 years ago, at the specific request of residents. “Permit holders are given the flexibility of being able to park anywhere within the […]


Touch rugby – give it a try!

Young people are getting a chance to play rugby with one of Plymouth Albion’s first team players this summer. We’re teaming up with the club, England Rugby and national sports charity StreetGames to run free coaching sessions, led by lock Dan Collier. The touch rugby sessions are for young people aged 11 to 25 and are […]


Get involved in shaping Plymouth’s future

Calls to protect football pitches at Collings Park and objections about development plans on Paradise Road in Stoke are some of the responses received as part of a massive consultation. Comments are now coming in as part of the Joint Local Plan consultation carried out by Plymouth City Council and South Hams District and West […]


Using nature to keep the grass short

Plymouth’s grass land could be covered in yellow rattle as part of an experiment to use nature to keep the grass short in urban areas. Plymouth City Council and Devon Wildlife Trust have been harvesting yellow rattle seed from Efford Marsh Local Nature Reserve and they plan to use the seed to sow in grasslands […]


Statement: Wheelchair users at MTV Crashes

In response to queries about a wheelchair user being removed from the front of the crowd at MTV Crashes on Thursday 28 July, we have issued this joint statement with MTV. The safety of all our event goers – including those with mobility problems – is our absolute priority at all times. There are several […]


Four Greens Community Trust gets ready for business

We’re getting ready for business! That’s the message residents in north Plymouth are being told at a preview of the new-look centre for business and the community. Thanks to a £1.275 million grant from Plymouth City Council, the Four Greens Community Trust has turned an empty care home in Whitleigh into a welcoming building which […]


All change for waterfront changing rooms

Work starts this week to transform derelict changing rooms on Plymouth’s waterfront as part of a push to get more people to enjoy one of Britain’s Ocean City best assets. Edwardian bathing facilities to the east of Tinside Lido are being turned into a store for kayaks and paddleboards, ahead of an enterprise running the […]


The CATERed Big Summer Food Tour is back!

The CATERed Big Summer Food Tour is back! After the huge success of 2015 the CATERed team are delighted to be able to hand out delicious, healthy free lunches once again. Ed’s Big Summer Food Tour Two will help make sure that some children who would normally receive free school meals are not missing out […]