Monthly Archives: May 2015

New lights to shine on Charles Church

Plymouth’s memorial to the Blitz will be seen in a different light from next week. From Tuesday night (June 2) Charles Church will be illuminated by a new set of lights which have been installed on the monument at the top of Exeter Street. The church, which dates back to the 1600s, was entirely burnt […]

Top tips on managing damp and mould in your home

Damp and mould are the scourge of many a household but did you know there are simple steps you can take to cut them down? Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) have commissioned a new video, funded by a grant from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, to help local people manage […]

Volunteers Week 1 – 7 June 2015

This year’s Volunteers Week (Monday 1 June to Sunday 7 June 2015) in Plymouth looks set to be the biggest and best yet, with a range of events and activities to suit all. Volunteers Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. Plymouth’s army of volunteers has […]

Plymouth school children get ready for Lord Mayor’s Day parade

Primary school children are busy putting the finishing touches on giant carnival figures they have created for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Day parade on Saturday 6 June. Around  250 pupils have been working with Stiltskin Arts and Theatre Company to create the puppets, which they will proudly display as part of the procession. The theme […]

Council supports Foster Care fortnight 2015

Plymouth City Council’s Fostering team is on a mission to find people with time, energy, motivation and a spare bedroom who are able to care for some of Plymouth’s most vulnerable young people as part of this year’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign (1-14 June). Foster Care Fortnight is a national campaign which raises the profile […]

Council’s youth services and naval chefs deliver life skills project

Plymouth City Council’s youth services team and the Royal Navy have teamed up to deliver an eight week cookery and life skills project to young people. The project, the first of its kind in the city started as a pilot back in April, with the aim of giving young people some essential life skills. A […]

Urgent action to tackle vandalism at disused hotel in Plymouth

Urgent action is being taken to tackle ongoing problems with vandalism and anti-social behaviour at a derelict hotel in Plymouth. Plymouth City Council has asked the owners of the disused Quality Hotel to – which was subject to the latest in a series of arson attacks earlier this week – to urgently put in place […]

Museum secures funding for important piece of 17th century silver

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has secured £41,000 towards the acquisition of a remarkable piece of 17th century silver. The Sparke Cup is a silver-gilt, two handled cup, cover and salver of very high quality. It was made by Thomas Jenkins, a silversmith of London, in 1672-3 and then purchased by Plymouth in 1680 […]

Council committed to helping children improve their reading and writing

Plymouth City Council will now be working more closely with schools to help more 11 year olds to reach the standard of literacy they’ll need to be successful learners. In May 2014 the Council’s Cabinet set out 50 new pledges all aimed at making Plymouth a better place to live. One of those pledges was […]

Over 31,000 experience the return of iOrchestra in Plymouth

More than 31,000 people experienced the recent iOrchestra events in Plymouth city centre, North Prospect, Whitleigh, Efford, Stonehouse and Devonport. Inspired by the latest digital technology, iOrchestra gave local people and communities the amazing opportunity to step inside the beating heart of an orchestra. A whopping 26,873 visited Universe of Sound, the Philharmonia’s giant digital […]

Countdown to Sky Ride Plymouth

There are just four days to go until this year’s Sky Ride Plymouth and cyclists of all ages and abilities are gearing up for another fantastic fun-packed event. Local BMX pro Charlotte Green and new Lord Mayor, Councillor Dr John Mahony will kick off the action at 9.30am on Sunday before thousands of people from […]

Making better use of the Guildhall

A new project has been launched to make better use of Plymouth’s Guildhall as part of an ongoing drive to make the most of council-owned buildings. Plymouth City Council has started a soft market test to gauge interest in use of the Guildhall, and is holding a two day event for interested parties. Those who […]

Extensive resurfacing programme to get under way in June

A major resurfacing programme that will repair some of Plymouth’s key arterial routes will be carried out this summer. The 18-week programme, which gets under way on Wednesday 3 June, will focus on areas of the strategic road network that are in most need of repair and see 20 of the city’s main roads and […]

Working arrangement for Plymouth City Council

The following statement about the working arrangement for Plymouth City Council while there is no overall control has been issued by Chief Executive Tracey Lee. Working arrangement for Plymouth city council Following the local elections held on 7 May 2015, no party or group achieved an overall majority on Plymouth City Council.  The largest party […]

Continued investment in primary schools

As the City Council continues to drive forward growth in the city, the need for additional primary school places has never been more important. Since 2012 Plymouth City Council has created an additional 348 school places across the city, and with a programme of planned improvements works at St Mathews Primary, Woodford Primary, Holy Cross […]

PCC apprentices are regional winners

Yesterday a team of apprentices from Plymouth City Council took a huge leap towards becoming the Brathay national apprentice team of the year. At the House of Commons, the Council’s team of dynamic young apprentices were announced as one of eight teams (out of an original 47) to make it through to the final. This […]

Plymouth’s iconic Laira Rail Bridge re-opens as new walking and cycling link

Plymouth’s iconic Laira Rail Bridge has been opened to the public today, after lying derelict for 28 years. A £3.5 million scheme, funded through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, has breathed new life into the former rail bridge by converting it into a new walking and cycling route over the River Plym. […]

Last chance to see Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

There is less than a fortnight left to catch an international showcase of the very best in nature photography at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. Following its showing in London in late 2014 it’s now on an international tour […]

Unsung Plymouth scientist honoured at Langage

Plymouth’s newest employment space is to be named in honour of one of the city’s unsung scientists. Major progress has been made on the construction site which is transforming into over 30,000 feet of high spec factory and workspace at Langage Science Park. The site is to be called Hearder Court in recognition of Jonathan […]

New home for City Coroner

The City’s Coroner has a new home near Derriford Hospital, bringing together a number of services to make it easier for grieving families. Building One at Derriford Business Park opens on Monday 18 May following the refurbishment of the building that will now house a Coroner’s Court, a retiring room for jurors, meeting and interview rooms, […]

Exhibition marks bicentenary of Napoleon in Plymouth Sound

A new exhibition opening at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery next week will explore the 10 dramatic days during the summer of 1815 when Napoleon Bonaparte was held as a prisoner in Plymouth Sound aboard HMS Bellerophon. ‘Fallen Emperor: Napoleon in Plymouth Sound in 1815’ will be centred around a popular painting from the […]

Dementia Awareness Week 17 – 23 May 2015

A range of activities are taking place in Plymouth to mark Dementia Awareness Week (17 – 23 May 2015). Organisations including Plymouth City Council, Plymouth University, Barclays, Plymouth Citybus and Plymouth Community Healthcare are taking part in events throughout the week to raise awareness of dementia and encourage individuals and organisations to become more dementia […]

Water good idea – bathing water quality on Twitter

Swimmers, kayakers and paddleboarders will be able to check the quality of Plymouth’s bathing water every day. Plymouth has two EU designated bathing waters at East and West Hoe, which are monitored by the Environment Agency. From Friday 15 May, the start of the bathing season, the agency will tweet the water quality prediction via […]

Bringing Guildhall boilers up to date and up to the job

Plymouth’s Guildhall is to get new boilers as part of an ongoing programme to make the Council’s buildings more efficient. Old, inefficient oil-fired boilers are to be replaced with gas boilers and the heat they generate will also heat the Council House, once it has been disconnected from the main part of the Civic Centre. […]

Upgrade for safety fencing on North Cross roundabout

Work to upgrade the safety fencing on North Cross roundabout will get under way on Monday 1 June. The corrugated beams and posts on the outside of the roundabout need to be replaced and a new section of safety fencing will be installed between the North Road East and Cobourg Street junctions. Traffic signal poles […]

MTV Crashes Plymouth announce Tinie Tempah and Jess Glynne

BRIT, MOBO and Ivor Novello award winner Tinie Tempah and pop heavyweight Jess Glynne have been confirmed to appear on the first night of MTV Crashes Plymouth. Tinie Tempah, who had a number one with his debut album Disc-Overy and has won BRIT Awards for Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Single, will be […]