Monthly Archives: June 2014

New work club launches at St Budeaux Library

Plymouth City Council’s library service is launching its fourth work club on Friday 11 July, this time at St Budeaux Library. The work club will give jobseekers practical advice on putting together a CV and covering letter, searching for jobs and using websites. There will also be support with completing application forms and preparing for […]

Work complete on Arnold’s Point flood defence scheme

Work to build a new tidal flood defence wall along Embankment Road has been completed, two weeks early. The Arnold’s Point scheme has been a joint project between Plymouth City Council and the Environment Agency to reduce the risk of flooding in the area. Funded by the Environment Agency through a Flood Defence Grant in […]

Famous characters inspire films, tours and talks at City Museum

Explorers, artists, politicians and royalty are all featured on Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery’s programme of events for adults this July. Ernest Shackleton, whose Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition set sail from Plymouth in 1914, is the subject of a lunchtime talk at 1.10pm on Tuesday 1 July. Paul Davies from the Devon and Cornwall Polar Society […]

One week left to enter Plymouth in Bloom!

Budding local gardeners have only one week left to enter Plymouth in Bloom 2014.   Plymouth in Bloom is the annual competition for those with green fingers and is supported by Plymouth City Council’s Street Scene Services team, Plymouth Garden Centre and led by the Plymouth in Bloom committee. The closing date for this year’s […]

Train gives Britain’s Ocean City a national platform

One of Plymouth best views will now be seen from the centre of London and across the country. A gigantic picture of Plymouth Hoe, featuring the world-famous Smeaton’s Tower, will be powering into Paddington on a regular basis, thanks to a huge train wrap which shows off Britain’s Ocean City in all its glory. Commuters […]

Camera car not banned

Camera cars have not been banned. There are, however, Government plans to stop them being used to enforce certain things (such as ‘no loading’ restrictions). Our camera car spends the majority of its time checking for inconsiderate and dangerous parking at bus stops and schools and this important enforcement will not be affected by the […]

Twelve local acts to perform on MTV Crashes stage

Twelve local acts will get to perform on the massive MTV Crashes Plymouth stage the day after the sell-out event. Plymouth City Council is hosting a free evening show on Wednesday 16 July to celebrate local talent and give anyone who was unable to secure tickets for MTV Crashes Plymouth an opportunity to experience another […]

Prehistoric finds go on display for first time thanks to HLF funding

A £30,000 award from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will help some important archaeological discoveries from Dartmoor go on public display for the first time ever in Plymouth this autumn. Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery will be staging an exhibition, in partnership with the Dartmoor National Park Authority, called ‘Whitehorse Hill: A Prehistoric Dartmoor […]

Major resurfacing programme gets under way in Plymouth

A major 12-week programme of road resurfacing and reconstruction got under way in Plymouth today. The programme will run through to mid-September and see 37 whole roads and larger sections of road across the city being resurfaced. These are the roads that suffered the worst damage after the severe weather that hit Plymouth over the […]

Plymouth Your Space shortlisted for award

A Plymouth project designed to make the most of empty buildings and spaces has been shortlisted for an award. Plymouth’s Your Space has caught the eye of judges at the Association for Town Centre Management National Partnership awards and has been shortlisted for the ‘diversifying the business mix’ category. City organisations led by the Council […]

City schools go wild in the woods

Six Plymouth schools will be heading to a city woodland for a week of fun and educational activities with a host of Plymouth organisations and volunteers. Plymouth City Council’s Stepping Stones to Nature team is running the event in Woodland Woods, Whitleigh, from Monday 30 June until Friday 4 July. The Summer Woodland Woods Week […]

Response to Pothole Repair Fund allocations

News that Plymouth is to receive just £359,114 from the Government’s Pothole Repair Fund has been met with anger and disappointment today. Council Leader Tudor Evans said: “Once again, Plymouth has been short changed when it comes to funding for pothole repairs. “Why is it that quiet leafy roads in Devon are being awarded almost […]

Sign up for Four Greens Community Trust!

Plymouth people living in the north of the city are being invited to sign up for a scheme that could unlock careers, opportunities and skills for their family and friends. A recruitment campaign is getting off the ground for more people to join the Four Greens Community Trust. The rallying call is sounding out across […]

Work starts on Laira Rail Bridge scheme

Work to breathe new life into Plymouth’s disused Laira Rail Bridge is now under way. The £3.1 million scheme, funded through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, will see the former rail bridge restored and converted into a new walking and cycling route over the River Plym. Built in 1887, the Laira Rail […]

Launch of Plymouth’s Book of Wonder

Over 100 amazing facts about Plymouth have been brought together in a lovely book that will help show off Britain’s Ocean City. The publication features a mixture of quirky and fascinating knowledge nuggets all beautifully illustrated with stunning photographs and designs that will catch the eyes of movers and shakers in the region, Whitehall and […]

The 1975 and Kiesza join MTV Crashes Plymouth line-up

Number one selling band The 1975 and electro-pop breakthrough artist Kiesza have joined the stellar line-up for MTV Crashes Plymouth. The sold out show, which takes place on the Hoe on Tuesday 15 July, is being organised in collaboration with the Council and is one of the highlights in this year’s Three Towns centenary celebrations. […]

Aggie Weston’s memorial gets spruced up

A special memorial at Weston Mill cemetery has been given a spruce up  – the city’s tribute to Agnes Weston. One of Plymouth’s favourite adopted daughters, Agnes Weston was buried at the cemetery with full naval honours in 1918 for her work providing a place for a home onshore for sailors. Agnes (1840 to 1918) […]

Celebrate Co-operative Fortnight 21 June – 5 July

Plymouth’s Co-operative Fortnight is an opportunity for local organisations and people to come together and celebrate the great partnership working that goes on in Britain’s Ocean City. A range of events are taking place throughout the fortnight, which runs from 21st June to 5th July around the theme of Cooperative Plymouth. Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet […]

Tattoo ‘scratchers’ targeted in Plymouth raid

Plymouth’s campaign to encourage people to think before they ink has got off to a flying start – equipment has already been seized from two properties. This morning the Council’s Public Protection team, accompanied by police officers. seized equipment from a house in Efford. The haul included needles, ink, tattoo machinery and tattoo stencils from […]

Be a spider hunter at Wild About Plymouth’s insect event

Family-friendly natural history group Wild About Plymouth will be celebrating National Insect Week with a special event at Devonport Park on Saturday 21 June. ‘Eight Legged Creatures’ will be a chance for bug hunters to see how many different types of spider they can spot in one of the city’s biggest parks. Armed with only […]

New steps open on South West Coast Path at Jennycliff

We’ve installed new steps on the South West Coast Path near Jennycliff Bay, as part of a £24,000 repair programme for the popular walking route. The previous wooden steps, which had deteriorated considerably since they were installed in 1998, have been replaced with new steps made of recycled composite plastic, which is more resistant to […]

Learning Disability Week 2014

Plymouth is celebrating Learning Disability Week this week with a range of events and encouraging people to come forward if they experience discrimination. Plymouth City Council is supporting Blue Light Day on Tuesday 17 June at Plympton Fire Station from 11am, along with Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and […]

School food co-operative will guarantee hot lunches continue

Schools across Plymouth are cooking up a national first with the Council to guarantee hot school lunches will continue to be offered to children through a new city-wide Co-operative company. A report to Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet outlines plans to create a jointly owned Local Authority Trading Co-operative Company, which will see the majority of […]

Leader warns minister that region won’t accept a ‘make do and mend’ rail line

The main line between Plymouth and London needs to be shorter, straighter and designed for future electrification, Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans has told transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin. Councillor Evans has told the minister that ‘a make do and mend’ approach will not be acceptable now work to repair storm damage at Dawlish is […]

New scheme for tattoo artists

Plymouth’s tattoo artists are being urged to sign up to a new scheme designed to curb sharp practices and make the industry safer for customers. The Council’s Public Protection team is launching a competency scheme for reputable tattoo businesses as part of a drive to make sure tattoos and skin piercing takes place in hygienic […]

June talks and tours highlight Modern Masters and Old Masters

This month’s lunchtime talks and art bites at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery focus on Old Masters from one of its most historic collections plus Modern Masters from a significant exhibition. On Tuesday 17 June, senior conservator Neil Wressell will give a presentation about ‘A Royal Game’. This large-scale sculpture featuring Elizabeth I and […]

Carnival comes to town for Lord Mayor’s Day celebrations

Plymouth City Centre will be bursting with live entertainment, magic shows, balloon making and jugglers as part of the celebrations to welcome in the new Lord Mayor on Saturday 14 June. This year’s event, organised by Plymouth City Council in partnership with Plymouth University, will be centred around the theme of ‘The Amalgamation of the […]

Carers Week 9 to 15 June 2014

Unpaid carers are the unsung heroes who save health and social care around £120bn a year nationally. In Plymouth, more than 27,000 people are unpaid carers, with 42 per cent doing this for more than 20 hours each week, some of whom are children. Many people do not even identify themselves as a carer and […]

New home for UK’s largest film and television archive

The UK’s largest collection of film and television footage has a new city centre home in Plymouth, making it easier for people to visit and see some of the incredible historic moments captured on film across the region. The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is moving to Catherine Street in Plymouth’s city centre […]