Monthly Archives: February 2015


Major road repairs get under way again in Plymouth

Twelve more roads in Plymouth are to get a new lease of life over the next five weeks as the first phase of resurfacing for 2015 gets under way. Plymouth City Council is spending more than £6 million improving the city’s roads and pavements this year, supported by its commitment to invest an extra £20 […]


New factories take shape at Langage

  New high spec factories and workspace are taking shape at the hugely successful Langage Science Park.   The giant steel frames of two  large building blocks have now been erected as the expansion plans for the science park steam ahead.   The Council is investing around £2.7m to develop and build high quality employment […]


Operation Restore orders historic building owners to sort it!

The owners of run down historic buildings in Plymouth are being targeted as part of an initiative to make them carry out immediate urgent repairs. Operation Restore is being launched this week with the aim tackling the worst maintained historic buildings in Plymouth. The five historic buildings being targeted are; • Palace Theatre and former […]


Plymouth businesses asked ‘how can regulators help more?’

Businesses are being asked how better relationships can be forged between companies and the councils and organisations that regulate them. Plymouth City Council is asking businesses to fill in a survey to find out what sort of support they would like to see to help them comply with regulations that affect their business. Plymouth City […]


Two new bus bays for Royal Parade

Work to create two new bus bays on Royal Parade will get under way on Monday 2 March. The new bays, which are being installed on the westbound side of Royal Parade (the side nearest the Civic Centre), will help tackle congestion along this busy route and improve service reliability. They will help prevent problems […]


Plymouth wins funding for revamp at Mayflower Museum

Plymouth City Council and the partnership leading plans for Mayflower 400 are celebrating news that the city has won £35,000 from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to upgrade the Mayflower Museum on the Barbican. The funding, announced today by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid, will allow a […]


Symbol of Britain’s Ocean City to be in spotlight?

Plans to light up the Smeaton’s Tower have now been submitted. A planning application for listed building consent to install LED lighting in and around the historic lighthouse together with spotlights from the ground as well as around the balcony has now been submitted. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets said: “I […]


Commonwealth Flag Raising Day 9 March

Plymouth will be flying the flag for the Commonwealth at a special ceremony to mark Commonwealth Day, Monday 9 March. There will be a flag raising ceremony at the Guildhall Flag Poles where the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Michael Fox will read out an affirmation following the a message from Her Majesty the Queen. […]


Say no to loan sharks and fishy finance in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council and the National Marine Aquarium are joining forces to tackle the issue of loan sharks in the city, with prizes to be won. The ‘Say No to Fishy Finance’ campaign aims to warn local people of the dangers of using loan sharks and being made aware of the alternatives. The local initiative […]


Boost for bus service to Royal William Yard

People visiting, working and living in Plymouth’s Royal William Yard will benefit from more frequent buses from mid-April, thanks to funding from Plymouth City Council. A new contract with Plymouth Citybus will see the introduction of a service 34A which, when combined with the existing service 34, will double the frequency of buses serving the […]


Pledge to make sure every child in Plymouth can swim officially launched!

Plymouth’s top swimming and diving stars are showing their support for a new scheme that will ensure every child in the city has the opportunity to learn to swim. The Second Chance to Swim scheme is Plymouth City Council’s pledge to ensure that any child who didn’t learn to swim during their primary school intensive […]


New Apprenticeship campaign aims to fill hundreds of vacancies

A new campaign is being launched in Plymouth to encourage more young people to take up the hundreds of local apprenticeships that are still available. The city has a reputation for delivering exceptional apprenticeships but despite there being more than 6,000 apprentices in Plymouth, there are still around 300 vacancies. The 1000 Club has launched […]


Focus on Nature for Museum and Art Gallery photography competition

Could you capture a winning wildlife photo? If so, your work could be displayed alongside some of the best in the country at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. The ‘Focus on Nature’ competition is inspired by the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which is coming to Plymouth at the end of March […]


Facelifts for city centre shops and buildings on cards

City centre shops and businesses will be able to apply for facelifts under an innovative scheme to help businesses keep customers coming through the doors. The Council is announcing a £400,000 fund to help business owners carry out shop front improvements, such as new windows, doors and signs or cleaning building facades and cosmetic improvements. […]


Plymouth’s City Market to get £3 million makeover

Plymouth’s City Market is to get a £3 million makeover as part of a major investment to help the city’s West End business. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets today announced the massive investment at Full Council. The Council would be investing in the listed building, which is one of the busiest […]


Fairtrade Fortnight 2015

  Plymouth’s Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 looks set to be our biggest and best yet. A range of events are taking place throughout the fortnight, from a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, to a special Fairtrade church service and a Fairtrade dinner with themed food from different countries around the world. Local businesses will also be taking part with […]


Introduction of Living Wage for all support staff at Plymouth schools

Plymouth City Council is asking academies and non-maintained schools to follow its example by ensuring all employees are paid a living wage. The Council has committed that all staff in Council maintained schools will be paid a minimum hourly rate that ensures they have enough to meet the basic cost of living. The commitment to […]


Top divers return to Plymouth for British Championships

Britain’s top divers will be heading to the Plymouth Life Centre this weekend for the British Gas Diving Championships (20 to 22 February). The biggest domestic competition of the year gets under way tomorrow (Friday 20 February) and will see Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley return home as he takes his first steps to qualifying for the World […]


Plymouth’s sporting future in the spotlight

The future shape of sport in Plymouth is being discussed today at a strategic summit hosted by the University of St Mark & St John. Organised in partnership with the Council and supported by the Plymouth Sports Board, the Plymouth City Sport Summit is bringing together the UK’s leading experts to look at ways that partners can work together to increase […]


New apprentices to get recycling sorted

A group of young people are getting sorted at Weston Mill and Chelson Meadow Recycling Centres as apprentices. Nine apprentices are now learning the ropes at both sites as part of an apprenticeship run by the charity, Groundwork, in conjunction with City College Plymouth. And a further eight will be starting at Chelson Meadow Recycling […]


Wildflower haven for city centre roundabout

A slice of the countryside will soon be springing up at North Cross roundabout in Plymouth city centre as work starts on creating a wildflower haven. Grassy banks and verges within the roundabout area are to be tilled to plant an mix of seed including cornflower, corn marigold, poppies, ox-eye daisy, red campion and white […]


Final stage in the transformation of Careswell Avenue

The final stage in the transformation of a neglected patch of green land has taken place. For years local residents had been asking for something to be done to tidy up a very large grassy central reservation in Careswell Avenue.  Work started last year with the planting of a 112 metre strip of spring flowering […]


Plymouth’s Social Entrepreneurs celebrated at Dartington

Plymouth’s commitment to social enterprise was celebrated at a two day event. The residential at Dartington brings the students of both the Plymouth and Bristol Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up programmes together for a two day learning event focused on marketing, communicating and collaborating. The two day event is part of the 14 day […]


Council leader heads to Laira depot to see progress on Wi-Fi installation

Leader of Plymouth City Council, Tudor Evans has been to see for himself how work is progressing on the mammoth task of installing free Wi-Fi on every First Great Western Train in the region. The works to make this happen has involved engineers installing a separate aerial on every single carriage across 53 sets of […]


Plan for new HQ for trust submitted

A planning application to transform an empty care home into a thriving business centre that will open up opportunities for people in north Plymouth has been submitted. The Four Greens Community Trust has submitted an application to turn the former Whitleigh Care Home into its headquarters and a business centre for up to 22 business units, […]


Hundreds of employees offered help to get online

Employees across Plymouth are being offered ICT training to help hundreds of people get better skills for work.   Council leader Tudor Evans has written to organisations and companies in the city offering ICT training for employees who would like to get more confident around computers and online. The initiative follows the Council’s own successful […]


Recruitment of Young Ambassadors for Summer Mix 2015

Plymouth City Council’s Youth Service has just started recruiting Young Ambassadors for Summer Mix 2015. Anyone from 16-25 years old can become an Ambassador and in return for all the hard work volunteers receive OCN qualifications, a programme of free training and get to attend a residential,  as well as other exciting trips! This is […]


Plymouth secures £12 million for transport improvements in north of city

Plymouth City Council has secured more than £12 million in funding for transport improvements in the north of the city. The Heart-of-the-South-West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) – the body responsible for allocating funding for large-scale transport schemes across Plymouth, Devon, Torbay and Somerset – has awarded the city £12.26 million for three schemes. This […]


Plans for the £40m Bretonside development submitted

Plymouth City Council planners are set to consider plans for the £40 million Drake Circus Leisure development in Plymouth city centre. British Land has submitted a detailed application for the 100,000 sq ft leisure scheme that includes a 12 screen cinema, 13 restaurant units and 420 car park spaces The scheme, which is due to […]