Monthly Archives: December 2014

Response to DfT pothole funding announcement

Despite the fact that our road network has been ravaged by some of the most severe and wettest winters in history, our annual highway maintenance budget from central government has fallen steadily from £2.35 million in 2011/12 to only £1.961 million in 2014/15. Next year’s settlement, trumpeted today by the Department for Transport, is less […]

Getting into the Christmas spirit? Make sure it’s real!

  Plymouth City Council’s Public Protection Service is warning businesses and revellers this Christmas to be on the lookout for counterfeit Smirnoff vodka which could pose health risks. They have been made aware that fake spirits have been sold in the Weston–Super-Mare area and there are concerns that the counterfeit bottles could be offered for […]

Jump into January Launch

Local people are invited to attend an event which kicks off a month of health and wellbeing activities. Jump Into January will launch at Plymouth’s Central Library on Saturday 10 January from 10am to 2pm. This is Plymouth City Council’s Libraries Service’s first month-long programme of health and wellbeing events to kick start the New […]

Lighting the way in energy savings

While many councils across the country are turning off their street lights to cut costs, Plymouth is investing in a citywide lighting upgrade that will see its energy bill reduced by over £1 million a year. Around 11,000 energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) lamps have been installed so far as part of an £8 […]

Sale of development site secures jobs

Plymouth City Council has sold a five acre plot of land at Plymouth International Medical and Technology Park to HellermannTyton, securing existing jobs and the company’s future in Plymouth.   HellermannTyton is one of the leading suppliers of products for fastening, fixing and protecting cables, and has been operating a manufacturing site from their current […]

Vulnerable in Plymouth could be hit by cut to welfare scheme

Vulnerable people in Plymouth will be hit hard by the Government’s decision to scrap a fund for families in crisis, the City Council is warning. The Government has announced it is scrapping of the Local Welfare Assistance Scheme, which has nationally provided £172m to help 1.2m families with nowhere else to turn. In Plymouth the […]

Help for single homeless fund application

Funding of nearly £220,000 has been awarded to Plymouth City Council, West Devon Borough Council and South Hams District Council to boost work supporting single people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. £219,185 has been secured from the Government’s Single Homeless Fund. The money will be made available over two years and […]

Plymotion green travel campaign heading to Derriford

Our Plymotion campaign is getting ready to hit the road for a fourth year after securing £710,110 from the Department for Transport to support smarter travel in the Derriford area. The £990,610 programme will build on the success of the current Plymotion campaign, which has focussed on the corridor between Devonport and Stonehouse in the […]

Our Plymouth at Christmas

This Christmas in Plymouth many people will be struggling to make ends meet as they try and pay for presents on top of the usual food and energy bills.   The Plymouth Fairness Commission estimated there are around 14,000 households in Plymouth living in fuel poverty, while Plymouth Foodbank saw over 8,000 users in 2013/14 […]

Plymouth leader and City Centre Manager step into another world

 Shh, don’t tell anyone but the Council leader and City Centre Manager have been seeing strange creatures… Councillor Tudor Evans and Stefan Krause stepped into another world created by Effervescent, the arts organisation, to see for themselves the magical woodland created inside the Radiant Art Gallery at Derry’s Cross. The unique theatrical experience for the […]

Avoiding debt this Christmas and New Year

Plymouth residents are being advised on how to avoid getting into debt this Christmas. Christmas is traditionally a time of year when many people struggle financially and Advice Plymouth and Plymouth City Council are offering tips and advice to help people avoid debt and manage their finances. Around a third of adults in Plymouth are […]

Direct early morning train into Plymouth

The Leader of Plymouth City Council and key city business figures were at Plymouth train station today to welcome a new direct, early morning train service into Plymouth, following the first major redesign of First Great Western’s timetable in Devon and Cornwall for seven years. Arriving at 1033, a full 40 minutes before the previous first direct […]

New lease of life for liner lookout

A watch tower overlooking Plymouth Sound is getting a new lease of life, thanks to an exciting, award-winning scheme to entice entrepreneurs with cracking ideas. The ‘Liner Lookout’ stands on Plymouth’s world-famous Hoe and is one of a number of sites in the city centre and on Plymouth’s stunning waterfront being marketed for use under […]

Council commits to more flexible opening times for customer services

Plymouth City Council has confirmed its commitment to delivering better and more flexible services to residents by providing customer services at more convenient times for them. The changes, which are part of the Council’s large scale programme to transform the way it provides services so they are more efficient and focused on customers’ needs, include […]

Plymouth City Council wishes you a happy and healthy Christmas

Here at Plymouth City Council we want to wish everyone in Plymouth a very happy and healthy Christmas. Here are some useful hints and tips to help you and your family enjoy the festive season and keep warm and well as the weather gets colder. Merry Christmas! Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young […]

Festive family fun at City Museum

Children can get crafty in the build-up to Christmas with festive family activities at the City Museum and Art Gallery. On Saturday 20 December there’s a chance to make robin-themed masks, bunting and other items at two ‘Rocking Robins’ craft sessions. These will be followed by ‘White Christmas’ activities on Wednesday 24 December, where children can create collages, make badges and […]

Korean Veterans present cheque for memorial upkeep

Local veterans of the Korean War presented a cheque towards the upkeep of the memorial on Plymouth Hoe. The Plymouth branch of the British Korean Veterans Association in Devon and Cornwall has now officially disbanded due to the age of the members, and following the disbanding of the national branch. The members will however remain as […]

New bin day cards being delivered

Thousands of Christmas cards are being delivered to let people know what days their bins will be collected as part of a major reorganisation of the city’s rubbish and recycling rounds. Seasons greetings combined with dates of new recycling and rubbish collection days are being sent out from this week to thousands of homes across […]

Council to test the Cattedown Emergency Notification System

Plymouth City Council will be testing its Emergency Notification System on Wednesday 17th December. The system, which was introduced in Plymouth in 2006, is a free messaging service for residents living within the Public Information Zone in the Cattedown area. In the unlikely event of an emergency at the Valero or Greenergy site, people who […]

Free Wi-fi now live in the Plymouth City Centre

The first phase of a partnership between BT and Plymouth City Council to make free wi-fi widely available across the city has just been successfully completed. The first BT Wi-fi hotspots have just gone ‘live’ in the city centre at the Sundial, at Frankfort Gate near the South entrance to City Market and on the […]

New home for Coroner’s office to improve service

The city’s coroner’s office is to move to a new home near Derriford Hospital as part of a programme to improve the service and make it easier for grieving families. The Coroner’s Service will be leaving the Crescent and moving to Building One at Derriford to new premises which will enable different parts of the […]

Historic Devon hedge gets a facelift

An historic Devon hedge from the old Ham estate is being restored to its former glory by Plymouth City Council. Local ward councillors asked for improvements to the stone bank in Buckfast Close after residents complained it had become overgrown and was making the road dark and unsafe. Teams have removed self-seeded trees from the […]

Social Enterprise Fund to help open up ebike shop

A social enterprise will be opening up a new shop in Devonport, thanks to support from the Council’s Social Enterprise Investment Fund.   Bikespace has opened its first shop and will sell electric bikes – or ebikes – as well as refurbished bicycles from its cycle recycling project already based in Devonport.   An empty shop in […]

Gritters out on Plymouth’s roads tonight

With temperatures forecast to fall below zero degrees tonight, all primary and secondary gritting routes in and around Plymouth will be treated to stop icy patches from forming. Our highways contractor Amey has its winter service team on standby 24 hours a day from the beginning of October to the end of March each year. During […]

New Museum exhibition puts portraits ‘In the Frame’

A new exhibition opening at the City Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 13 December will showcase some of Plymouth’s most important and interesting portraits. In the Frame: Plymouth’s Portraits Revealed delves into the city’s collection, and presents new research about some of the characters who are new or rarely seen. Visitors will be able […]

Hip-hop performance brings young people together

Young people from both military and civilian families are taking part in a hip hop performance as part of the Community Covenant for Plymouth. Local group Street Factory will be performing at the event at Plymouth Life Centre on Saturday 6 December. Street Factory were given funding under the Community Covenant to run a year […]

Lowered kerbs to make getting around easier

Getting around Ham has got a little bit easier for people in wheelchairs, mobility scooters and parents with prams.   A series of drop kerbs have been installed at various points along the busy Wolseley Road, thanks to funding from the Council’s Living Streets and Safer School Journeys scheme.   Council leader Tudor Evans, who […]