Monthly Archives: October 2014


Good neighbours stop rogue traders

Residents in Plymouth are being asked to keep an eye on their elderly and vulnerable neighbours as part of a campaign to keep rogue traders away. National Consumer Week gets underway next week and this year’s theme is ‘Good neighbours stop rogue traders’. A team from the Council’s Trading Standards, together with Devon and Cornwall police […]


Grow Wild goes wild! Last call to cast your vote for Plymouth

Wow! Plymouth’s Grow Wild campaign has gone wild on the web, on twitter and in the streets but time is running out as voting ends on midnight of Tuesday 4 November. Now the Council and its partners are asking for one last push to get the City to Sea the votes it needs to get […]


Major resurfacing works will continue until December

A major programme to repair some of the most severely damaged roads in Plymouth will continue until December. The resurfacing programme, which started in June, has already seen more than 80,000 square metres of tarmac laid on 35 roads across the city. Over the next seven weeks a further 30 roads and two car parks will be […]


Event registration now open for 2015 History Festival

Registration for next year’s Plymouth History Festival is now open to all local event providers. The annual celebration of the city’s heritage will run from Friday 1 to Sunday 31 May 2015. Since it was launched in 2012, two successful festivals have taken place, offering more than 250 events that have been enjoyed by thousands […]


Businesses told to declare their nuts…and eggs and fish

Food business are being reminded about new rules which will affect the way they give information about the food they sell or provide. From 13 December all businesses must verbally explain or signpost food which are known allergens. Food allergies can cause life-threatening reactions and the number of people affected by them is growing. The […]


Young people sparkle at education and film ceremony

Young learners from across Plymouth got to tread the red carpet last night as part of Plymouth’s Children’s University graduation celebration and Young Motion Plymouth 2014. Over 250 young people between the ages of five and 14 graduated with the Children’s University (CU) – a national organisation that recognises the efforts of young people who […]


Plymouth City Council supports National care leavers week.

Plymouth City Council is proud to support National Care Leavers week 23 – 31 October 2014. The theme this year is “New belongings” and invites policy makers, practitioners, service providers and communities to pause and think what it might be like to be one of those care leavers starting out. Everyone engaged in thinking about, or […]


Plymouth smashes Plan for Jobs target

We’ve done it! 2,000 jobs have been created through the city’s ambitious Plan for Jobs. A concerted effort to push projects that have stalled, provide support for business getting off the ground and encourage existing businesses to expand has led to 2,000 new roles in Plymouth – months ahead of target. Council leader Tudor Evans […]


New charter to set standard for private rented housing in Plymouth

Landlords in Plymouth are being asked to sign up to a new charter to improve private rented homes in the city. A consultation is being launched today (Thursday 23 October) to share the draft Charter for PR Housing with landlords, tenants, and the wider public in Plymouth. Plymouth City Council has committed, as one of its […]


Trial lighting for landmarks

Plymouth’s much loved landmarks are coming a step closer to being permanently lit. Charles Church and Smeaton’s Tower will be in the spotlight for one night – 11 November – as part of a trial lighting scheme. The Council wants the landmarks to be better lit at night, but is looking at making sure this […]


Team appointed to oversee History Centre development

A key appointment has been made to the team that will drive the development of the £21m Plymouth History Centre. Plymouth City Council has appointed consultants Atkins to lead the design of the project, which will see Plymouth’s existing museum and art gallery refurbished and expanded to create a major new attraction. The appointment follows […]


Look for the bear necessities at your library this half term

Don’t let the kids get grizzly this October half-term – head to your nearest library for some bear-faced fun. Families are invited to go on a bear hunt to unearth some furry interesting facts, enjoy favourite stories of loveable bears such as Winnie the Pooh and Paddington. Youngsters can get their paws dirty and make […]


Barne Barton gets planning

People in Barne Barton are becoming town planners and will shape development in their area for the next two decades. Instead of the Council’s Planning Service putting together a plan and asking local people what think about it, residents have joined forces to create their own plan that will shape development in the future – […]


Plymouth Parent Conference for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities will be able to hear first-hand how Plymouth is responding to the new Children and Families Act at a special event being held next month. On 4 November Plymouth Parent Partnership and Your Child Your Voice are co-hosting a conference for families, giving them […]


Plymouth named best city to live in England and Wales

Plymouth has been named the best city in England and Wales for families to live. According to the 2014 Family Hotspots report by family finance specialist Family Investments, Plymouth has come out tops. The report, first launched in 2012, analyses postcode data across 71 different data sets, from education, safety and childcare to local amenities, […]


Plymouth named best city for families

Plymouth has been named the best city in England and Wales for families to live. According to the 2014 Family Hotspots report by family finance specialist Family Investments, Plymouth has come out tops. The report, first launched in 2012, analyses postcode data across 71 different data sets, from education, safety and childcare to local amenities, […]


Our Plymouth launches today

A new volunteering scheme officially kicks off in Plymouth today (Tuesday 21 October 2014) with the launch of a website.   Plymouth City Council’s cabinet has approved ‘Our Plymouth’ – the name of the new initiative which aims to work with local residents to help them make improvements to the local community through volunteering, through […]


Sea of Poppies for City to Sea in Plymouth?

A sea of poppies could be planted on the walk towards the Hoe’s war memorial as part of the exciting City to Sea project to bring wildflowers into the heart of Plymouth. More details and images of what could be a spectacular wildflower tribute to Plymouth’s proud military past are being unveiled as support for […]


More countdown crossings for Plymouth city centre

Countdown signals have been installed on five more crossings in Plymouth city centre to improve pedestrian safety. The signals reduce uncertainty about whether it is still safe to cross, by counting down the exact amount of time pedestrians have left before the lights change. A green man still appears when it is safe to cross, […]


Survey launched on health and social care integration

A survey has been launched to ask people in Plymouth for their views on making health and social care services in the city more joined up. Work is underway in Plymouth, as in the rest of the country, to develop an integrated service across health and social care to enable us to deliver the right […]


Come to the Plymouth Landlord Expo this week

Find out about the latest legislation, network with essential contacts, and hear about the new Charter for Private Rented Housing at an event for landlords this week.   The Annual Landlords Expo takes place at Plymouth Guildhall on Thursday 23 October 2014 from 12pm to 6pm. The event, which has been organised by Westcountry Landlords […]


Plymouth to trip the ‘Light Fantastic’ in celebration of Three Towns centenary

The 100th anniversary of the amalgamation of the three towns of Plymouth, East Stonehouse and Devonport will be celebrated in lights next month, thanks to a £36,203 grant from Arts Council England (ACE). Plymouth City Council’s arts and heritage service has successfully secured the funding for a special lighting project, which will see iconic buildings […]


Remembrance Day Service 9th November 2014

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Michael Fox, and Lady Mayoress will be joined by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Deputy Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor’s Consort, Leader and Chief Executive of Plymouth City Council at this year’s Remembrance Day Service on Plymouth Hoe. The service will remember all those who lost their lives in both […]


Don’t get left behind – New running groups starting this October.

You may think joining a running group in the winter would be the last thing on people’s minds, but Plymouth City Council’s Sports Development Unit say different. Over the years they have successfully set up and supported many running clubs in the city and say this is a very popular time of year to get people running! Deputy […]


City urged to back the BID

Ten years of success, 15 national awards and a real voice for retail both in Plymouth and the region – Plymouth City Council should continue to back the BID, the city’s Working Plymouth Overview and Scrutiny Panel has heard. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet member for Finance and city centre champion told the panel the Council should […]


Showreel showcases Britain’s Ocean City at MIPIM

Investors at the country’s number one property trade show will be getting a snapshot of how great Britain’s Ocean City is for business and lifestyle. A team from the Council will be at the event in Olympia this week for MIPIM, which attracts investors, developers, hotel groups, agents and business service providers. And to help them […]


Social enterprises benefit from innovative investment fund

Plymouth is cementing its status as a social enterprise city through a £500,000 innovative investment fund that will create jobs. Plymouth City Council is believed to be the first in the country to have a Social Enterprise investment fund and it has this week awarded £300,000 to six social enterprises. The funds have the potential to […]


Plymouth homes to become most energy efficient with £4.9m makeover

British Gas, Plymouth City Council (PPC) and Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) join forces to provide solid wall insulation to homes across Plymouth British Gas, Plymouth City Council (PCC) and Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) have announced a new energy makeover to offer private home owners in Plymouth solid wall insulation, via a £4.2million investment. The new […]


Plymouth company take ‘charge’ of council contract

A Plymouth company has been awarded the contract for all the Council’s electrical maintenance work for the next two years. The £135,000 a year contract has been awarded to SSI Electrical Services for the second time after beating off stiff competition from 21 other local and national contractors. Plymouth City Council’s procurement process assessed each […]