Monthly Archives: July 2015


Mayflower Museum re-opens following refurbishment

Plymouth’s Mayflower Museum will re-open on Saturday 1 August following a £35,000 refurbishment. Three floors have been improved, thanks to a grant from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to create a more exciting and engaging experience for school children, families, local residents and tourists. Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith said: “We’ve revamped the […]


How do you empty a museum full of treasures?

The answer: very very carefully!  When work begins on Plymouth’s new History Centre, the double fronted Edwardian buildings on North Hill will have to be empty.  Even though the museum will remain open with exhibitions and events until this time next year, work will be going on in the stores and offices to carefully pack […]


Join the Great British Tennis Weekend celebrations

Devonport Park is joining venues across the country in celebrating the Great British Tennis Weekend tomorrow and on Sunday. Organised by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and our sports development unit, the event will run from 10am until 4pm on both days and there will be loads of activities on offer for people of all […]


Unveiling of the Michael Foot Memorial

A memorial is being unveiled to one of Plymouth’s most famous sons – Michael Foot. The unveiling to the memorial for the former Plymouth MP, journalist and one time leader of the Labour Party, is taking place at Freedom Fields in Plymouth today at 3.30pm, followed by hot drinks at the nearby Freedom Fields Café. […]


Historic breakwater inspires unique piece of public art

What do an historic painting, a military band, an event on water and a giant wave breaker have in common? They’re all part of an exciting public art commission by a Plymouth-based artist who is aiming to shed new light on the city’s breakwater. Heavy Rock by Keith Harrison is a New Expressions commission for […]


Relatives of Enid Blyton visit exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery, celebrating the late author's life and work

Enid Blyton exhibition gets some extra special visitors

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery welcomed some very special visitors to its Mystery, Magic and Midnight Feasts: The Many Adventures of Enid Blyton exhibition recently, when the late author’s granddaughter and great-grandchildren popped in to look around the show. Sara Lane, who lives in Cornwall, her elder children Dominic and Georgina and her youngest […]


Government Minister heads to Plymouth

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Marcus Jones MP, the local government minister with responsibility for Town Centres, High Streets and Markets, has been in Plymouth to officially launch new guidance for market operators on how to assess the impact of local markets on their economies. The pannier market is one of only six in the country […]


Anyone for tennis apprenticeship?

An ace opportunity for a sports mad young person is being served by Plymouth City Council and the Lawn Tennis Association. The call is going out for a tennis development apprentice to help the Council and the association develop growing interest and enthusiasm for the sport in the city. The city has a Plymouth Tennis […]


Owners of ‘eyesore’ Quality Hotel choose not to appeal

The owners of the derelict Quality Hotel which has been subject to vandalism and anti-social behaviour over several years, have chosen not to appeal against an Untidy Land Notice. Plymouth City Council served an Untidy Land Notice on the owners of the Quality Hotel on 10 June 2015. The owners have chosen not to appeal […]


Completion of new Hearder Court development at Langage Science Park

Work on a large new development of state of the art, eco-friendly work spaces is now complete. After months in planning and nine months of construction, Plymouth City Council has taken possession of Plymouth’s most recent addition to the supply of high quality business units on Langage Science Park. The keys to the 30,000sq ft […]


Council committed to improving private rented housing as national list of rogue landlords published

Plymouth City Council is committed to improving private rented housing as a national list of rogue landlords is published. Environmental Health News (EHN online) and The Guardian have published a database of landlords convicted under the Housing Act 2004 between 2006 and 2014. In Plymouth there have been two such convictions within the past five […]


Council serves new notice on ‘Millionaire Slum’ 18 Grand Parade

 Plymouth City Council has served a new court summons on the owners of an eyesore property that has become known locally as the ‘Millionaire Slum’. Representatives from the Council’s legal and planning teams served the new notice at 18 Grand Parade on Friday 24 July. The summons is in relation to an Untidy Land notice […]


Update on MTV Live and Local event

We have reluctantly had to delay the start of today’s Live and Local event on the MTV stage to 4.15pm due to the weather. The main issues for us are wind direction (which can increase the amount of rain hitting the stage and electrical equipment) and wind strength (which affects infrastructure safety). The picture has […]


Funding agreed for new excellence STEM centre in Plymouth

Funding for the creation of a regional centre of excellence for STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) has been formally agreed by the City Council’s investment board. The funding is made up of a package totalling £12.8 m including an award from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) of £5.4m, one […]


MTV Crashes Plymouth 2015 Gallery

MTV Crashes came to Plymouth for the second year running with acts including Tinie Tempah, Little Mix, Foxes and Kodaline. The event has  been a great success with 35,000 people descending on the Hoe for the first night on Wednesday. This is followed by a Club MTV dance music night with Steve Aoki on Thursday night […]


More illegal tattoo equipment seized

Tattoo equipment has been seized as two more ‘scratchers’ have been raided through the Council’s Operation Itchy. Officers from the Council’s Public Protection Service, together with the police, executed Court orders at addresses in Devonport and St. Budeaux over the last two weeks in the continued crackdown on illegal tattooists known as ‘scratchers’ who have […]


Electoral registration campaign sees surge in Plymouth voters

A campaign to increase the number of voters in Plymouth has been deemed a success by a national body and shortlisted for a national award. The Electoral Commission has published a report praising Plymouth City Council’s individual electoral registration campaign in the run up to the 2015 local and general election. The Council worked in […]


Ham Woods now flying the Green Flag

Ham Woods Nature Reserve has been awarded a prestigious Green Flag. The Green Flag Awards are the national standard of excellence for parks and green spaces This is the first time that Plymouth City Council has submitted Ham Woods to be considered for a Green Flag and now the council are proud to be able […]


Love Parks Week 2015 will be our best ever

From bracken bashing to bat watching, around 25 of Plymouth’s parks and nature reserves will be buzzing with activities as the city celebrates Love Parks Week. A huge array of events designed to get folk off the sofa and outside to fall in love again with our many parks and open spaces has been set […]


Join us for free bike rides this summer

Anyone looking for free activities this summer can take advantage of the various Sky Ride Plymouth bike rides happening across the city from Sunday 26 July until Sunday 9 August. Sky Ride Plymouth local rides are great fun for individuals and the whole family, providing the perfect opportunity to explore the local area and to […]


Clowance Street Donations, all sorted

It’s taken more than 60 people two separate days to sort out the mountain of donations that have been received for the families affected by the Clowance Street fire. Councillors and staff from Plymouth City Council (PCC) along with staff from Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) and members of the public all gave up their time […]


Fishy Finance does Ping! Plymouth

The National Illegal Money Lending Team (including mascot Sid the Shark) have been in Plymouth all this week promoting the Fishy Finance campaign that is run jointly by Plymouth City Council, National Marine Aquarium and the National Illegal Money Lending Team. Fishy Finance aims to raise awareness to local people of the dangers of loan […]


Council encourages Plymouth’s young people to reach for their future

Plymouth City Council has just launched a brand new learning prospectus for young people. The Council recognise that high quality information, advice and guidance is vital and they have brought partners together to provide information in one place for parents and learners making choices. In May 2014 the Council’s Cabinet set out 50 new pledges […]


Everything you need to know about MTV Crashes Plymouth

With just days to go until MTV Crashes Plymouth, people are urged to plan ahead to ensure a fantastic time is had by all. Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to attend the two-day music event, which takes place on Plymouth Hoe on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 July. Tickets are currently being dispatched […]


Volunteers needed for the Big Sort Day Two

  Despite hundreds of bags already sorted by volunteers for the families affected by the Clowance Street fire, there’s still more to be done. More than 40 people, including staff from Plymouth City Council (PCC), Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) and members of the public piled into Stirling House to sort through the hundreds of bags […]


‘Charming’ new bridge for Barne Barton and St Budeaux

Kinterbury Creek is to get a charming new footbridge, thanks to an exciting project led by Barne Barton young people. Local residents will be making wind charms to hang on the low-level bridge which will span the creek that provides the only access to the shoreline in this part of Plymouth. A planning application has […]


Award ceremony for Plymouth’s newly qualified social workers

A group of Plymouth’s eight newly qualified social workers have been handed their certificates from the College of Social Work by the Lord Mayor, Councilor Dr John Mahony at a special ceremony. Plymouth City Council has run a successful Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) Programme for a number of years and this year […]


National loan sharks team return to Plymouth to raise awareness

Just when you thought it was safe…the national team that helps raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks is returning to Plymouth. The National Illegal Money Lending Team will be holding a series of events across Plymouth during the week commencing Monday 13 July. Plymouth City Council teamed up with the National Illegal Money […]