Yearly Archives: 2015


Council leader Tudor Evans awarded an OBE in New Year’s Honours

Councillor Tudor Evans, leader of Plymouth City Council, has been awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours for political service and service to local government. Councillor Evans said: “This is a big surprise but obviously I’m delighted. It is a great honour for me personally but I always say that I lead a team. […]


Stay well this Christmas and New Year

Information on pharmacy opening times in Plymouth over the Christmas and New Year bank holidays and other useful local health contact details are now available on our website. The Stay Well This Winter page also includes information on flu jabs, links to local NHS services and links and contact details to help you keep your […]


Get Christmas recycling and bins wrapped up

Three more sleeps to go, three more sleeps ‘til Santa, but the Council is already gearing up for the post Christmas bin bonanza. Plymouth folk are being reminded to recycle as much as possible and to get rid of rubbish responsibly. The Council is putting on a special collection to pick up all the real […]


Family of severely disabled teenager look forward to first Christmas in new purpose built home

The family of a severely disabled teenager are looking forward to their first Christmas in their new purpose built, specially adapted home. Miya Thirlby, aged 14, has cerebral palsy and in July her and her family moved into a specially adapted home thanks to a partnership between Plymouth City Council, Taylor Wimpey and Westward Housing […]


Ocean Studios moves to delivery

Plymouth’s innovative Ocean Studios is to receive a Social Enterprise Investment Fund support package to enable it to complete its construction phase and cement its future as a home for artists. A delegated decision is being signed today giving the go-ahead to a £300,000 grant to cover unforeseen construction costs. The Ocean Studios opened its […]


People in Plymouth are being encouraged to give up booze for January

Plymouth City Council’s Public Health department and Plymouth Community Healthcare’s Livewell team are working in partnership to encourage local people to sign up for Dry January 2016. Dry January is a national behaviour change public health campaign developed by the charity Alcohol Concern and supported by Public Health England. It seeks to challenge people to […]


Avoiding debt before and after Christmas

Plymouth residents are being advised on how to avoid getting into debt before and after Christmas. Many people struggle financially at Christmas in particular, and Advice Plymouth and Plymouth City Council are offering tips and advice to help people avoid debt and manage their finances. Figures released this month by the national StepChange Debt Charity […]


Plymouth triples spend with local suppliers thanks to pledge

Spend with local suppliers by Plymouth City Council has almost tripled over the past three years. This is thanks to the Council’s pledge to keep more of Plymouth’s wealth in our city, which means that more than half of our spend is with local suppliers. This was one of the Council’s 50 pledges to local […]


Christmas comes early as MTV Crashes Plymouth tickets go on sale

Music lovers can get their hands on tickets for Plymouth’s biggest music event from Monday 21 December as dates for MTV Crashes Plymouth are confirmed. The spectacular live music event, organised by MTV in collaboration with the Council, will be returning for its third year on Plymouth Hoe on the evenings of Thursday 28 and Friday […]

MTV Crashes 2015

Children from the Code Club

Libraries get children coding

Our libraries service has been helping to create the next generation of computer programmers. The Code Club meets weekly in the Central Library and members, aged nine to 11, have been learning how to program by making computer games and animations using Scratch, a basic visual programming language. The children were presented with certificates at […]


Council wants your views on school admission arrangements

Plymouth City Council is asking people what they think of its proposed admission arrangements for entry to schools in September 2017. Anyone with an interest in school admissions is invited to make a response to the consultation. Comments are needed on: admission numbers for all schools key dates in the admissions process admission arrangements for […]


Two Syrian Refugee families to start new lives in Plymouth

Two Syrian Refugee families will start their new lives in Plymouth today (Tuesday 15 December) as part of a national scheme led by the Home Office, to provide sanctuary to those fleeing conflict. The families are being accommodated in private sector housing.  We are not providing any further details on the families and their location, […]


Evening Ambassadors pilot starts in Plymouth

A new pilot scheme to help keep people safe on nights out in Plymouth’s Waterfront Business Improvement District (BID) has been launched. The Evening Ambassadors is a joint scheme funded by Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, Plymouth City Council, the Safer Plymouth Partnership, and the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner. The Ambassadors will patrol the […]


Plymouth gets national funding to improve access to domestic abuse services for BME communities

Plymouth City Council is receiving almost £50,000 from a government grant to enable victims of domestic abuse to get access to the support they need. The funding will be used in Plymouth to help victims in local Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities – who make up 7% of the local population – to access […]


Help to keep your home warm this winter

Older home owners in Plymouth are being offered help to keep their homes warm this winter – but hurry, as it’s for a limited time only. Every winter across the UK, one older person dies every seven minutes from the cold weather and in many cases this is avoidable. Plymouth City Council is offering assistance […]


Asa House – New affordable flats opened on former Job Centre site

A new set of 30 affordable flats on the former Job Centre site in Plymouth is now complete. Asa House is the name of the site in Hoegate Street, which is the result of a partnership between the Chapter 1 Charity Ltd, the Homes and Communities Agency, and Plymouth City Council. The site will be […]


Plymouth’s shore success in double funding award

Plans to breathe new life into parts of the city’s stunning waterfront have been given a boost from the Coastal Communities Revival Fund. A project to tidy up unused Edwardian bathing facilities to the east of Tinside and transform shore side buildings into a unique location for pop up shops in the summer can now […]


Plymouth Councillor helps launch national self-build toolkit

Plymouth residents are being encouraged to consider building their own home by a local Councillor who has helped launch the new national self-build toolkit. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance for Plymouth City Council, attended the national Custom and Self-Build Summit held at 10 Downing Street yesterday. The event was held to launch the […]


Temporary closure of turning into Lanhydrock Road

The right-hand turning from Embankment Road into Lanhydrock Road is being temporarily closed while emergency gas works are carried out by Wales and West. This is to alleviate congestion caused by traffic queuing attempting to turn right, which is also creating tailbacks on the inbound side of the road. Motorists needing to get to St Judes […]


Plymouth to receive £400,000 for new starter homes

Plymouth will be receiving more than £400,000 to help pave the way for new starter homes The Government has announced a grant of £407,825 to help Plymouth City Council prepare the groundwork for 27 starter homes. The national Starter Homes Initiative aims to help young first-time buyers (below 40 years) to purchase a home with […]


Council has to save £23m to set budget for next year

The biggest Government funding cuts to local services in a generation mean Plymouth City Council has to save over £23 million to set a budget for next year. The Council’s Cabinet has considered a draft budget which requires a £23 million gap between projected costs and resources to be closed in order to set a […]


Building a prosperous future for the Four Greens residents

Work has started to turn an empty care home in Whitleigh into a thriving business and community hub designed to create jobs and opportunities for this part of the city. Property services company Ian Williams, which has offices in nearby Tamerton Foliot, was awarded the £1 million project following a competitive tendering process. The company […]


Tree-mendous Christmas collection returns

Plymouth City Council is putting on a special collection to pick up all the real Christmas trees once the festive period is over. The Council will be running its tree collection scheme from the weeks beginning Monday 11 January and 18 January will run until Thursday 21 January. All people have to do is to […]


Junction improvements planned for Outland Road

Work to upgrade junctions and reduce congestion along Plymouth’s Outland Road will get under way early next year. The Northern Corridor Junction Improvement Scheme will see more modern and efficient signals installed on the Peverell Park Road, Weston Park Road and Tor Lane junctions, along with new and improved crossing facilities and better priority for […]


Plymouth’s work with veterans featured in new Alex Polizzi series

Plymouth will be in the national TV spotlight again as a new series for BBC Two, presented by Alex Polizzi, highlights the pioneering work in the city to help veterans back into work. The presenter has been filming in Plymouth over the past few months for the new BBC Two series ‘Alex Polizzi: Hire Our […]


Count down to work starting on new bus station

The countdown to work starting on Plymouth’s new bus station is well and truly underway with final designs tweaks being submitted. The project team is submitting a planning condition amendment as a result of improvements to the design and look of the site. The amendments include a new pedestrian ramp to make it easier for […]


Plymouth supports #StandUpToLoanSharks week: Say no to #FishyFinance

Plymouth is supporting a national awareness campaign this week, encouraging people to stand up to loan sharks. The National Illegal Money Lending Team’s social media campaign – #StandUpToLoanSharks – runs all this week (30 November – 6 December), Throughout the week, Plymouth City Council is also promoting its ongoing campaign against loan sharks – #FishyFinance […]


Skills Aid Plymouth event at Babcock

Students go behind the scenes at Babcock

One of Plymouth’s biggest employers has opened its doors to a group of 20 young people as part of the Skills Aid Plymouth (SAP) scheme. The students were given the chance to learn about marine engineering through a series of team challenges. It’s hoped the students will have gained a better understanding of science, technology, […]