Monthly Archives: March 2015


Plymouth Plan shortlisted for national award

Plymouth’s plan for the future is in the national spotlight after being shortlisted for a prestigious accolade from the Royal Town Planning Institute. The Council has this week learnt its innovative Plymouth Plan is a finalist for the Excellence in Plan Making Practice Award for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2015. The plan was […]


Extra £100,000 means 30 more disabled home adaptations in Plymouth

An extra £100,000 is now being spent on improving facilities in disabled people’s homes in Plymouth. Plymouth City Council’s Investment Board agreed the extra funding over and above the £800,000 that the authority was already committing to spend in 2014/15. The move means an additional 30 homes in the city are having a number of […]


Plymouth launches new plan and charter to improve private rented housing

Plymouth has launched its new plan to improve private rented housing in the city, developed in partnership with local landlords. The new Charter for Private Rented Housing, which has been agreed in response to a recommendation by the Plymouth Fairness Commission, aims to raise the standard of private rented housing and take action against rogue […]


Sky Ride Plymouth will include new Laira Rail Bridge link

The route for this year’s Sky Ride Plymouth event has been announced – and it will include the brand new Laira Rail Bridge cycle path. Work to restore the disused bridge is well under way and the new walking and cycling link over the River Plym will be open in plenty of time for the […]


Funding approved for new Four Greens Community Trust HQ

Around 60 new jobs, 22 business units, five new business hubs and three community spaces are in the pipeline for Whitleigh, thanks to funding worth £1.275 million from Plymouth City Council. The Labour Council has approved funding to transform the former Whitleigh Care Home into a headquarters and a business centre for the Four Greens […]


Plymouth school announced as regional winner of pupil premium awards

Staff and pupils at High View School in Efford are celebrating after being announced as one of the regional winners of the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards. Head Teacher Kim Dorian-Kemp received a £25,000 prize from Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg at a glitzy awards ceremony in London earlier this week for the most effective spending […]


Plymouth’s early years service get government recognition

Plymouth City Council’s Early Years Service is in the top 20 local authorities nationally for its take up of the free early education offer for eligible two-year-olds. The Council have received a letter from Sam Gyimah, Secretary of State for Education and Childcare praising them for their hard work. Currently in Plymouth there are 1,150 […]


Road on new affordable homes development to be named after the late Councillor Dennis Camp

A road on new development of 19 affordable homes on a former factory site is being named after the late Councillor Dennis Camp, who served Plymouth’s Southway ward on Plymouth City Council from 1990 to his death in 2006 and was also Lord Mayor of Plymouth in 2000/01. Alison Seabeck MP and Councillor Chris Penberthy, […]


Council to make new commitment to making life better in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council is to announce a new commitment to making life better in Plymouth by ensuring all future contracts have a ‘social value’ clause. The Council hopes to lead by example by ensuring all its future work brings value and benefits to society, the local economy, and at the same time reduce damage to […]


Preventative micro-asphalting for more Plymouth roads

Another programme of protective micro-asphalting will get under way on Plymouth’s roads on Monday 30 March. Micro-asphalting is used as a preventative measure on roads showing the first signs of wear and tear, tackling damage in its early stages to reduce costs in the future. As well as extending the life of the road it […]


Fuel Debt Advice service helps 300 people during first year

A service which was established to help people struggling with fuel debt and provide advice on more affordable energy has helped 300 people to date. The Fuel Debt Advice Service is part of Plymouth Energy Community (PEC), a Community Benefit Society owned and run by its’ members. PEC supports the Council’s ambitions for a greener […]


Plymouth chosen as host venue for The Transat in 2016

Plymouth has won its bid to host the start of the next edition of the prestigious Transat sailing event in 2016. Born as the OSTAR and the original solo race across the North Atlantic in 1960, The Transat has firmly established itself as one of the major events in the professional yachting calendar. The first […]


Care staff help kids have an egg-cellent Easter

Care staff across Plymouth are helping kids on Derriford Hospital’s Children’s Ward have an egg-cellent Easter by donating chocolate Easter eggs. Care home managers and residents attended the 25th Dignity in Care Forum on 18 March which was held at Plymouth Science Park. At the event, over 74 Easter eggs were collected, which will be […]


New contracts awarded to improve home care in Plymouth

New contracts have been awarded to improve care for people in Plymouth 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. Under the new contracts, which incorporate home care, rapid response, dementia support and integration […]


South Yard transformation begins at signing ceremony

Defence Minister Philip Dunne today welcomed Plymouth City Council’s agreement with MOD that will start the process of transferring South Yard to the Council for its City Deal programme. Attending the event at South Yard, the Minister said the agreement’s signing marked the beginning of an exciting future for the site and an economic transformation […]


Have fun and make a difference to your parks, nature reserves and wildlife sites

Do you want to have fun and help make a difference to Plymouth’s parks, nature reserves and wildlife sites? A range of events are taking place across the city over the Easter holidays aimed at families. Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for the Environment for Plymouth City Council said: “These are great events for all […]


Plymouth holds Dementia Summit for local businesses Friday 27 March

A Dementia Summit is being held to encourage local businesses to become more dementia friendly. The event is being held at Council House (next to Civic Centre), Armada Way, Plymouth on Friday 27 March from 9.30am to 12pm. There will be presentations from Ian Sheriff, Chair of the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance (PDAA) and Councillor […]


Namibian manager tours Plymouth’s Rugby World Cup training venues

Wessel Kotze, Operations and Logistics Manager for the Namibian rugby team, was in Plymouth at the weekend touring the city’s Rugby World Cup 2015 Team Base venues. Plymouth will be Namibia’s Team Base while they are playing their two fixtures at Sandy Park in Exeter and Mr Kotze was on a fact-finding visit ahead of […]


New affordable housing on former Astor Centre site

A new affordable housing development on the site of the former Astor Community Centre is nearing completion. The centre was closed several years ago and the land was released as part of Plymouth City Council’s Get Plymouth Building programme. AJM Building Design Ltd has transformed the former community centre into a striking block of 12 […]


Elder Tree and Birmingham Royal Ballet hold free event for older people

A free dance and music event is being held for older people in Plymouth on Friday 27 March at Plymouth Guildhall from 12.30pm. The event has been organised by The Elder Tree, who Plymouth City Council commissions to provide befriending activities to more than 1000 older people in the city. It is being run in […]


Castles and forts get some TLC

Castles and forts within Plymouth’s boundaries have been getting some TLC, thanks to a grant from English Heritage. Plymouth City Council has secured £53,115 grant funding from the conservation organisation to help stem the tide of time on some of the city’s much-loved monuments. Work has been carried out on the landmarks – including the 1000-year-old […]


Plymouth City Council is investing a further £2m in social enterprise

Up to £2 million is to be made available to social enterprises in Plymouth as the Council announces its second round of funding. A mixture of loans and grants will be made available to organisations which could create up to 200 jobs, with many in neighbourhoods where there are fewer work opportunities. The funding is […]


Veterans self-build project for Plymouth due to start soon

Work is due to start on a project in which veterans in Plymouth can build their own homes. The project aims to house ex-service personnel and provide training and skills to help them get back into work. A new partnership between the Community Self Build Agency, DCH and Plymouth City Council, will provide 24 affordable […]


Support your local Foodbank

Plymouth City Council is encouraging local people to support their Foodbank. Oasis Foodbank in Manor Street, Stonehouse, is run by the Trussell Trust and aims to help people with much needed food and also a listening ear and useful advice. They rely on people’s donations and regular food collections are obtained from local community groups, […]


Event held to encourage adults with learning disabilities to vote

An event was held by Plymouth City Council to encourage local adults with learning disabilities to vote in the upcoming local and general elections. It was held at the Council House in Armada Way on Tuesday 24 March. Those who attended got the chance to view the Council Chamber, find out about the process of voting, and […]


Plymouth’s pitch perfect with new investment guide

Plymouth’s pitch to investors around the globe is being launched this week. Development opportunities, the best waterfront living in the country as well as the chance to be at the forefront of marine and science technology, are being highlighted in the guide that will be distributed across the UK and overseas through the UKTI. The […]


15 years of Youth Offending Support in Plymouth

It is now 15 years since Plymouth’s multi-agency Youth Offending Team (YOT) was established in the city. Over this time, innovative partnership work with Devon and Cornwall Police, probation, and health services has helped achieve a 50 per cent reduction in young people coming into contact with the service for the first time. This has […]


New lease of life for Plympton tennis courts

Tennis courts in Plympton’s Harewood Park are being given a new lease of life, thanks to funding from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Plymouth City Council and Plympton Tennis Club. The refurbishment will see two disused courts completely resurfaced, relined and brought back into use and another two, currently leased by Plympton Tennis Club, cleaned […]