Monthly Archives: October 2015


More funds available for social enterprises

Social enterprises will be able to bid for a share of £180,000 of funding in the next round of our innovative Social Enterprise Investment Fund. Hot on the heels of the recent announcement of the latest recipients being awarded a share of £420,000, the Council is calling for bids for another round. The funding could […]


New toilets for waterfront and local shopping centres planned

  A building programme of new toilets is being rolled out across the city. Two new sets of loos with sea views at Richmond Walk and Devil’s Point are among a round of planning applications that have just been submitted to planners. Existing facilities near the local shopping centres at Southway, Whitleigh and Crownhill will […]


Conference for parents of children with SEND

Parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are being invited to a special advice event next month. On Tuesday 10 November, the Plymouth Information Advice and Support for SEND are hosting a conference and an exhibition of support services in the Guildhall where families can see what support is available […]


Remembrance Day Service on Plymouth Hoe

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Dr John Mahony will be joined by HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO and the Lord Lieutenant of Devon for this year’s Remembrance Service on Plymouth Hoe on Sunday 8 November. The Deputy Lord Mayor and Deputy Lady Mayoress, a representative of the Council Leader, the Shadow Leader and Council Chief […]


Joint Council and NHS statement on Sunshine Care

Sunshine Care – joint statement from Plymouth City Council and NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS NEW Devon CCG): Council and NHS commissioners in Plymouth are pleased to announce they have appointed three local care providers to provide continuity of care for service users affected by the announcement of a reduction […]


Could you lead a running group for busy mums?

Our sports development unit is on the lookout for enthusiastic runners interested in leading new women’s running groups at local primary schools and nurseries. It wants to expand its successful beginners’ running network with new ‘This Girl Can’ sessions designed for busy mums. Sports Development Manager Louise Kelley said: “We have a great track record in […]


Have Your Say on History Centre Project

Representatives from Plymouth City Council and its partners in the History Centre, are at the Plymouth City Market this Half October Half Term. They are consulting the public, on the design of the exciting new Plymouth History Centre, which will be the Jewel in the Crown of the Plymouth Cultural Quarter. The site of the […]


Consultation starts on proposed update of taxi licensing policy

A new ‘code of good conduct’ for Plymouth’s licensed drivers, vehicle owners and operators could be brought in as part of a review of the city’s taxi licensing policy. The code would set out standards of dress and behaviour for the trade so that passengers can expect a professional service when they book a ride. […]


If you go down to the woods today – take an explorer’s pack

Families will be able to download fabulous facts for foraging and exploring woodlands where they live as part of a fantastic initiative. The ‘Woodland explorer’ pack has just been launched and features facts on how to explore woodlands using fun wildlife investigations and craft activities. It includes guides to identifying flora and fauna in our woods as […]


Our Plymouth – review of our first year

In celebration of the first year of the Our Plymouth (Cities of Service) volunteer scheme, here are some highlights. We marked the milestone on Wednesday 21 October. Plymouth was one of seven cities selected by the Cabinet Office and Nesta to take part in Cities of Service, based on a successful American project. Since the […]


Be Safe, Be Seen on Plymouth’s roads this winter

We’re teaming up with Radio Plymouth again for this year’s Be Safe, Be Seen road safety campaign. The annual campaign reminds pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – especially children and young people on their school journeys – to make sure they can be seen during the winter months With the clocks going back on Sunday 25 October, […]


Detection dogs pound the streets of Plymouth to sniff out illegal tobacco

Local enforcement teams and their sniffer dogs took to the streets of Plymouth this week to ask for the public’s help in tackling the sellers of illegal tobacco. Illegal tobacco is known to make it easier for children to start smoking, as it is sold at cheap prices, and is also known to make communities […]


Councillor helps couple remember their son

Councillor Mark Lowry has presented a cheque for £100 to a young Plymouth couple raising money for a specialist hospital suite. The money, part of Plymouth City Council’s Community Grant Scheme (CGS) is going to be put towards an appeal to improve the Jasmine and Central delivery suite at Derriford hospital. The specialist suite is […]


Plymouth roads win national award in public satisfaction survey

We’ve won a national award for improving public satisfaction with the condition of our roads. The city has received the Outstanding Performance Award for its improvement in this year’s National Highways and Transport (NHT) Survey, which measures public satisfaction with a range of highways and transport services across the UK. It is widely regarded as the most […]


Pledge for Plymouth’s care leavers launched

To celebrate National Care Leavers week, Plymouth City Council is launching a pledge to highlight its commitment to care leavers. The Plymouth Care Leavers pledge is a set of promises that the City Council have agreed to deliver for care leavers.  Youth workers have been working with young people in Plymouth to find out exactly […]


Council Leader calls for improved mobile connectivity on trains

Plymouth City Council’s Leader is calling on the Government to make mobile phone companies improve mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity on trains between Plymouth and London. Councillor Tudor Evans has written to Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, the Oliver Letwin MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and Ed Vaizey MP, […]


Funding for jobs and to make life better in Plymouth

Around 50 jobs look set to be created across a series of projects that will make life better for residents of all ages in Plymouth. The Council has awarded £420,000 through the next round of Social Enterprise Investment Fund to schemes that will make a massive difference to hundreds of people across some inspiring projects. […]


Sun shines on Plymouth Life Centre’s new roof

Plymouth Life Centre’s new community-owned solar roof – the biggest ever in the city – is now complete. The roof has been funded with community shares purchased by the public and means the popular leisure centre will benefit from greener energy and lower bills. Members of PEC Renewables, Plymouth Energy Community, Plymouth City Council, Everyone […]


Laira Rail Bridge walking and cycling scheme now complete

The second phase of the Laira Rail Bridge walking and cycling scheme is now complete. A bridge has been installed over The Ride to extend the popular new link even further towards Saltram Meadow and Plymstock and a permanent access ramp has been built. The work, which also included fabrication of the bridge and making […]


Plympton Library pays tribute to local soldiers who died in WWI

Plympton Library has been paying tribute to local soldiers who lost their lives in the Great War. Staff used the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and other online resources including Find My Past and Ancestry (which are both available for free in Plymouth libraries) to research the lives of servicemen who had a link with […]


Travel survey disruption over

Travel surveys planned for this week will be carried out by post – meaning no more disruption for Plymouth motorists. The Council has to gather up-to-date information about people’s travel movements to get Government funding for the major transport improvements the city needs and ensure schemes meet future demand. Because of the amount of good […]


Plymouth students learn about Dartmoor Zoo

A group of 20 Plymouth students have come to come face to face with lions and tigers! The group spent the day at Dartmoor Zoo as part of the Plymouth’s successful Skills Aid Plymouth scheme. The students got to learn all about zoo budgeting, promotion and management skills Skills Aid Plymouth (SAP) was piloted last […]


Our Plymouth celebrates 1st anniversary

A scheme set up to encourage more volunteers in Plymouth is celebrating its first anniversary this month. ‘Our Plymouth’ – the name given to the local Cities of Service volunteer programme – marks the milestone on Wednesday 21 October. Plymouth was one of seven cities selected by the Cabinet Office and Nesta to take part […]


Conversion contract for former care home awarded

A contract award for just over £1 million has been awarded to convert the former Whitleigh care home into the Four Greens Community Trust HQ. Up to 60 jobs could be created once the HQ is up and running as part of a project has been set up to deliver community and business opportunities for […]


Plaque unveiled to mark Napoleon’s link with Plymouth

A plaque to mark the amazing 10 days Napoleon Bonaparte spent captive in Plymouth Sound was unveiled today – exactly 200 years since his arrival in St Helena on 16 October 1815. The monument – a piece of stone from St Helena embedded in granite from Dartmoor prison – where thousands French prisoners were held […]


Rogue landlord admits renting substandard houses out without a licence

A Plymouth man has admitted renting substandard houses out to 30 people without being a registered landlord. John Mayer, of 68, Exmouth Road, Plymouth, pleaded guilty to four cases of failing to apply for a licence to operate a house in multiple occupation as required by the Housing Act 2004. He also failed to comply […]


Is your child starting secondary school next year?

Parents whose children are due to start Year 7 at secondary school or Year 10 at a Key Stage 4 institution in September 2016 have just 16 days left to tell the Council which three schools they would like their child to attend. The deadline for secondary school and key stage 4 institutions admission preferences […]


Stay Well This Winter in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council is urging local people to get their flu jabs as a major campaign to keep people well this winter is launched. Public Health England has kicked off the new ‘Stay Well This Winter’ campaign with a new national flu vaccination programme for children, which this year seeks to help over three million […]