Big fine for Efford litterer

A woman has been ordered to pay over £1,500 for dumping bags of household waste on a grass verge. Chloe Coombes, of Lorrimore Avenue in Keyham, was found guilty in her absence of littering under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday. The court heard how in April 2019, a Council […]


Response to Fastnet Race announcement

We are beyond disappointed with today’s announcement by the Royal Ocean Racing Club as Plymouth has hosted the end of this tough race since it started in 1925. Plymouth is the city which welcomed hundreds of sailors home every two years after a gruelling 608 mile course. It is the city that saw a battered […]


Update on Charles Street drainage works

Good news – all cones and closures should be off Charles Street by the end of next week. Work installing drainage for The Box on the southbound carriageway is now complete but resurfacing has had to be postponed until Wednesday night due to forecast heavy rain. Providing the weather is fine, the southbound carriageway will […]


Review of data on the electoral register

The electoral register contains more than 192,000 entries and is constantly changing as people move and come of age. The accuracy of the register is the responsibility of the Council’s electoral registration officers. Elected members have emphasised the need for every effort to be made to ensure there are no issues with its accuracy. When […]


Realising the value of trees

What is a tree worth? Sounds like a daft question, doesn’t it? Trees can’t be worth anything. They’re trees. They don’t go out to work, people don’t pay to see them. They just sit there being trees. If anything they cost us money to maintain, don’t they? Well, as it turns out, thanks to an innovative new […]


New Culinary Care Cook Book launched in Plymouth

Care home residents and staff, Commissioners and health partners across Plymouth have come together to produce a very special cook book. The city’s very first Culinary Care Cookbook was launched at City College Plymouth’s PL1 Restaurant and features recipes that have been developed by Culinary Care Teams and people who live in care homes, and […]


Plymouth geared up to keep roads moving this winter

Gritters will be out on Plymouth’s primary routes this evening, with road surface temperatures forecast to fall below freezing. Crews from the Council and SWH Group are geared up to keep the city’s roads moving in winter, monitoring the weather closely via a dedicated forecast station and two sensor stations, to ensure roads are pre-treated […]


Councils review joint arrangement for children’s services

A review of a joint arrangement between Plymouth and Torbay councils to share a Director of Children’s Services has concluded that each authority now needs its own director to provide more strategic capacity. The arrangement has seen a joint director, who was previously the Director in Plymouth, overseeing children’s services in both authorities to support […]


Marking the restoration of the Mayflower Steps

Containers of earth representing the four nations involved in the Mayflower 400 commemorations, together with a time capsule, have been placed inside the portico of the Mayflower monument ahead of a short ceremony next Wednesday (13 November) to mark the end of its restoration. Samples of earth from Leiden in the Netherlands, Plymouth, Massachusetts, the […]


Families fleeing terror set for sanctuary in Plymouth

Fifteen families fleeing from conflict are set to be welcomed to Plymouth. This follows the Council’s decision to participate in the first year of the government-backed Global Refugee Resettlement Scheme. The Council had already committed to accepting 200 refugees by March 2020; 150 people through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and 50 people through […]


ACE grant for The Box

The Box, Plymouth is celebrating a new grant award of £380,506 from Arts Council’s England’s (ACE) Capital: Small Grants fund. The programme supports building improvements for arts and cultural organisations – helping them create enhanced spaces to produce and present their work, collaborate with artists and audiences and build their resilience and sustainability. The funding […]


More Millbay good news!

Work could start before Christmas on a major new waterfront development as part of the Council’s ongoing ambition to ‘make Millbay happen’. A temporary car park on East Quay could soon be a hive of construction activity, thanks to a decision being signed by the Council leader Tudor Evans this week. The executive decision approves […]


Plans progressing on Woolwell to the George scheme

Work is continuing on plans to tackle one of Plymouth’s worst traffic bottlenecks. We have allocated £450,000 for more detailed design work on a scheme to alleviate congestion at the notorious pinch-point between Woolwell Roundabout and The George. More than 30,000 vehicles use this section of Tavistock Road during the day and there are often […]


Remembrance Day service on Plymouth Hoe

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Richard Ball and Lady Mayoress, Mrs Dianne Ball will be joined by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Devon for this year’s Remembrance Day Service on Plymouth Hoe. The Deputy Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor’s Consort, Council Leader, Leader of the Opposition and Council Chief Executive will also attend the service, which […]


Dog fouler pays high price

A man who failed to pick up after his pooch has been ordered to pay £885. Bradley Collinge-Turpin, 21, of Hornchurch Road in Ernesettle was found guilty of failing to clean up after his dog, in breach of the Public Space Protection Order, in his absence at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday. The court heard […]


Plymouth crowd helps city wins international prize

We’ve done it! Plymouth has won the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award. Cities of Service announced today at CityLab DC Plymouth as one of three winners of the Engaged Cities Award. The award recognises cutting-edge techniques to engage residents to solve problems. Plymouth was recognised for demonstrating leadership in citizen engagement, working with their […]


Companies to get charge points thanks to Council

Electric vehicle charge points will be popping up at business premises all over Plymouth, thanks to grant funding won by Plymouth City Council. The Council is announcing £100,000 of grant funding is to be shared between eight organisations to deliver 51 new electric vehicle charge points. The successful organisations are Plymouth University, Derriford Hospital and […]


Figureheads install underway at The Box

The installation of 14 gigantic Royal Naval figureheads is well and truly underway at The Box. The monumental sculptures, all of which were carved between the 1830s and 1860s, are arriving from conservation studios in London, Helston and North Devon. Their ground breaking restoration has taken nearly two years and was kick started in 2017 […]


Making the most of on-water opportunities in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council is setting out plans to review the city’s watersports offerings and the service offered by Mount Batten Watersports Centre, in line with Plymouth’s new Visitor Plan and Plymouth Sound’s recently declared status as the UK’s first National Marine Park. The review will explore how the Mount Batten Watersports Centre’s existing offer – […]


Sign up for garden waste collections in 2020

We’re changing garden waste collections in Plymouth so that we can be more efficient. This means that people wanting to have their garden waste collected from home next year will need to register first. The registration web page goes live online before Christmas and residents will be reminded to sign up. Collections will still be […]


Big fines for eight litter offenders

Eight litter louts have been ordered to pay a massive £876 each for dropping rubbish in Plymouth. The group had their cases decided by Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday and were all found guilty in their absence. The offenders were given fixed penalty notices by the Council’s environmental enforcement officers, who witnessed them dropping litter […]


Hot water for Bath Street?

Wells are to be drilled along the planned Millbay Boulevard to help heat and cool future homes and businesses in Plymouth. Two wells will be drilled 100 metres beneath Bath Street as part of the Council’s push for alternative sources of renewable heat and to install infrastructure to help tomorrow’s builders, developers and homeowners do […]


Make a change for Plymouth’s Homeless

Do you worry about whether giving money to people begging on the street is the right thing to do? A new campaign is being launched today that gives people two alternative but simple ways to make a change for Plymouth’s homeless. The Make a Change campaign is providing places for people to make a small […]


Fabulous naval figureheads set to return to The Box

A flotilla of fabulous figureheads will return to Plymouth next week to be displayed in The Box, after being restored in a hugely ambitious conservation project. The 14 Royal Navy figureheads, weighing more than 20 tonnes, will start arriving on Monday 21 October and will take two weeks to be delivered and installed in their […]