Monthly Archives: November 2014

Legal decision on airport community asset application

Plymouth City Council’s Head of Legal Services has issued a determination on an application to list land and buildings at Plymouth Airport as an asset of community value. An application by the Friends of Plymouth Airport to designate the site as an asset of community value has to be determined against the criteria set down […]

Council taking steps to help workforce thrive

Plymouth City Council staff are being encouraged to incorporate more activity into their daily routine as part of a drive to improve their wellbeing. The Council is the first in the South West to sign up for the ‘StepJockey’ scheme which aims to ‘nudge’ them to use the stairs instead of the lifts. ‘Smart signs’ […]

New loans for affordable housing in Plymouth

You can now apply for an Affordable Housing Loan if you are a Registered Provider within the Plymouth Housing Development Partnership, Cooperative Housing Groups, or Community Land Trusts. The new initiative was approved at the Full Council meeting on Monday 24 November 2014. Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Cooperatives, Housing and Community Safety, said: […]

MTV Crashes for the next three years

  Plymouth is to host MTV Crashes for the next three years for not one, but two nights of cracking entertainment for Plymouth people and global exposure for Britain’s Ocean City.   Plymouth’s Cabinet will be asked to give the thumbs up to a three year partnership with the global music channel to host a […]

Plymouth’s early service celebrating

Plymouth City Council’s Early Years Service is celebrating being in the top 20 local authorities nationally for its take up of the free early education offer for eligible two-year-olds. Currently in Plymouth there are 1,115 two-year olds taking up the free entitlement, which is approximately 80 per cent of those eligible. The national average take up […]

Find a Winter Wonderland at your library this December

Plymouth libraries are counting down to Christmas with stories, crafts and puppet shows that are guaranteed to get families feeling festive. Children aged five to 11 can snuggle up and enjoy some polar storytelling and heart-warming stories of winter, with cosy favourites such as Big Bear, Little Bear by Jane Chapmen and Oliver Jeffers’ Lost […]

Top marks for Plymouth’s Bike It Plus schools

The 2013/14 Bike It Plus results are in and Plymouth schools have increased regular cycling and scooting and reduced the number of children regularly driven to school. Bike It Plus encourages children, parents and staff to travel actively to school through fun activities, safety advice and promotional events. The Plymouth programme is delivered by the […]

New Devonport pontoon to be installed in the Spring

Work on the North Corner pontoon in Devonport is to begin early in the new year and is due to be completed by the Spring. Plymouth City Council has given the go-ahead for a £280,000 scheme to replace the landing stage, pontoon and struts after a campaign by local people and ward councillors. For many […]

Historic Full Council meeting commemorates Plymouth’s ‘Three Towns’ centenary

Today’s Full Council meeting is being held at Devonport Guildhall to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the amalgamation of the three towns of Devonport, East Stonehouse and Plymouth. Before the historic meeting got under way, freemen and aldermen of the city gathered on the steps of the building in Ker Street to recreate a photo […]

Iconic buildings set to shine in ‘Light Fantastic’ events

Five of Plymouth’s most iconic buildings will become beacons of light on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 November as part of the city’s Three Towns centenary celebrations. Light Fantastic will see landmarks in Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse brought to life with photos, images, sounds and memories from the last century as well as today. On […]

Plymouth shortlisted for two regional Green Energy awards

Plymouth has been shortlisted for two regional Green Energy awards. The South West Green Energy Awards have shortlisted Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Energy Community for two categories at the award ceremony, organised by Regen SW. The shortlist was compiled from a flood of over 100 nominations for inspiring companies, projects and people pioneering the […]

Christmas Fair marks ten years of Fairtrade

Ten years after Plymouth was awarded Fairtrade status, a Christmas Fair is being held to celebrate. Plymouth was one of the first in the South West to earn the Fairtrade accolade in 2004 in recognition of its commitment to making fairly traded products available in local shops, cafes and other businesses. The Just Christmas market […]

Work to begin on new link road between Marjon and Derriford Hospital

Work to build a new link road between the University of St Mark and St John (Marjon) and Derriford Hospital will get under way on Monday 8 December. The Marjon Link Road scheme will widen the existing road between Plymbridge Lane and Derriford Road to provide a new two-way link for buses. This will reduce […]

Council approves funding for new coach station in Plymouth

Plans to build a brand new coach station in the heart of Plymouth city centre have taken a major step forward with the approval of Council funding. The £4.17 million project will provide a new facility for long distance coaches and a surface-level car park with around 100 spaces on the site of the former […]

Pledge to go red for HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day

People across Plymouth are being urged to pledge to go red for HIV Testing Week (22-30 November 2014) and World AIDS Day (1 December 2014). The Eddystone Trust, the local HIV and sexual health charity, and Plymouth City Council which is the strategic lead for Public Health in the city have joined forces to promote […]

Our Plymouth – one month on

It’s been one month since a project to mobilise volunteers in Plymouth was launched and the scheme is going from strength to strength. Our Plymouth was launched on 21st October as Plymouth was one of seven cities to be awarded Cities of Service status in the UK. Our Plymouth aims to work with local residents […]

Way to go! New map and information boards for Plymouth city centre and waterfront

Work is under way to install a network of new and improved map and information boards around Plymouth’s city centre and waterfront. The new wayfinding signs will make it easier for visitors and residents to navigate their way around Britain’s Ocean City by boat, bike, bus and foot, as well as showcase the city’s spectacular […]

Director Appointed to Lead Plymouth’s International History Centre

The planned £21m Plymouth International History Centre in the heart of the city, has a new Director who will drive forward the development. Plymouth City Council is delighted to announce that Paul Brookes will be taking on the pivotal role of History Centre Programme Director to create an exceptional new attraction on North Hill.   […]

Council embarks on major transformation of key services

Plymouth is about to see the biggest and most radical changes to the way local public services are delivered in the city since the local government reorganisation 16 years ago. The Council’s Cabinet has given the go-ahead that will transform the way health, social care, adult learning and services for children and young people are […]

City to Sea project is runner-up for Grow Wild England flagship site

Plymouth’s City to Sea project has been named as a runner-up for the Grow Wild England flagship site, after a four-week voting campaign that saw nearly 65,000 votes cast. Led by Plymouth City Council, the City to Sea project aimed to reinvigorate the city centre with a striking kilometre-long wild flower corridor and over 12,500 […]

Improving alcohol awareness in Plymouth

As we mark Alcohol Awareness Week (17-23 November 2014) a range of initiatives are taking place across Plymouth to address problem drinking. Partners across Plymouth have signed up to a five year (2013-18) Strategic Alcohol Plan and one year into the scheme there is great progress being made. Plymouth City Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, […]

New financial schemes to educate school pupils on dangers of debt

Pupils in Plymouth are to learn about the importance of saving money and how to avoid getting into financial difficulty, as part of a new scheme aimed at stemming the spiral of debt. The project is a joint initiative between Plymouth City Council, Hope and City of Plymouth Credit Unions, Barclays, and local schools to […]

Council to test the Devonport Emergency Notification System

Plymouth City Council will be testing its Emergency Notification System week commencing 17 November. The system, which was introduced in Plymouth in 2006, is a free text messaging service for residents living near the Devonport Site – ‘The Dockyard’. In the unlikely event of a nuclear emergency at the site, people who have registered for […]

Autism drop-in sessions at the Central Library

Have you, a friend or family member recently been diagnosed with autism? Would you like to know more about the information and support available to you? Our library service is running drop-in sessions for anyone on the autistic spectrum, their family and carers. Staff will help you find books and resources and access online information, give […]

New standards for home care in Plymouth

New standards are to be put in place in Plymouth for people who require care at home. Plymouth City Council is working together with NHS Northern, Eastern, Western (NEW) Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to drive up standards in domiciliary care. Council Cabinet has agreed in principle to a new improved contract, at its meeting […]

Carers: Know your rights – event in Plymouth 28th November

Carers in Plymouth are being invited to an event to raise awareness of their rights. Every year, more than 2 million people in the UK become carers. It is estimated that up to 29,000 of these support someone in Plymouth. Many struggle to navigate the maze of services and entitlements, and miss out on financial […]

Mayflower Academy Primary go mad for Mythical Maze

Young readers from Mayflower Academy Primary School have won £50 worth of books from Plymouth City Council’s library service to schools. The school won the prize for the biggest increase in the number of pupils taking part in the annual Summer Reading Challenge. Children were set the challenge of joining their local library and reading […]