Yearly Archives: 2016


Christmas hand delivered to families in Plymouth

A total of 471 Christmas hampers have been delivered to Plymouth families who have worked closely with the Council’s Inclusion, Attendance and Welfare Service The Families that are selected are usually on low incomes and have been working with their child’s school and other agencies to improve their child’s school attendance. The hampers themselves are […]


#TimeToSign – Give the gift of life this Christmas

It only takes two minutes and costs nothing but by signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register you could be giving the greatest gift this Christmas – the gift of life. Plymouth City Council is working with NHS Blood and Transplant and local NHS partners to promote organ donation throughout December, as part of […]


New pedestrian and cycling bridge for Billacombe Road

Plans for a pedestrian and cycling bridge over Billacombe Road are being brought forward, thanks to advance funding from the Council. The developer of the Saltram Meadow estate is required to fund the bridge as part of its Section 106 agreement but the money is not due until phase two is complete – which could […]


New event partner for half marathon in Plymouth

We’ve appointed a new event partner for the city’s popular half marathon.  Event West, which is based in Plymouth and already runs the Britain’s Ocean City 10k, is teaming up with us to host the race from 2017 following a recent tender process. The new event will be called the Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon […]


Volunteers with long term health conditions help each other in new ‘time bank pilot’

A group of people in Plymouth with long term health conditions are volunteering to help each other and provide mutual support, thanks to a new initiative in the city. Plymouth City Council and Northern, Eastern, and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) have commissioned Timebank South West to develop a new ‘time bank’ […]


Another illegal tattooist stopped from trading

Tattoo equipment has been seized after information from the public about another ‘scratcher’ in the city. Trading Standards Officers along with Devon and Cornwall Police officers, seized a large amount of tattoo equipment including; 19 boxes of out of date needles and unsterile equipment from a Plymouth residential address this week. The raid happened after […]


Council wants your views on school admission arrangements

It’s time for parents to have their say about the school admissions process in Plymouth. Starting school, whether primary or secondary is an important step, and the Council wants to make applying for places as fair and straightforward as possible. Parents are therefore being asked for their views on the proposed school admission arrangements for […]


Watch your waste line this Christmas

Plymouth residents are being asked to watch their ‘waste line’ this Christmas and to do their bit to keep the city greener and cleaner. With the count down for Christmas underway, the Council is asking people to think about what they buy ahead of the big day. Councillor Michael Leaves, Cabinet member for Street Scene […]


More drug dens closed in Plymouth

Two more properties have been closed because of drugs and anti-social behaviour following successful applications by Plymouth City Council. Plymouth Magistrates granted a closure order on 14a Duke Street because the court was satisfied, following evidence from police and local residents, that Mark Lewis had engaged in criminal behaviour and that the use of the […]


2016 Key Stage 2 results

The 2016 Key Stage two tables published today (15 December) show that standards in most areas across Plymouth’s schools are broadly in line with the national picture. The results show that in reading, writing and maths combined, Plymouth’s pupils attained on average, at a level that is just above that for the country as a […]


Deer targeted in heartless attack

Members of the public are being asked to report any suspicious behaviour in the Crownhill and Estover areas after the deaths of several deer. Four dead deer have been found by the Council’s farm apprentices in Bircham Valley woods in the last four weeks. The grim discoveries have been reported to local Wildlife Crime Officer […]


Free bag of chips if you recycle your tree…

Plymouth residents will be able to recycle their Christmas trees differently this year and get a free bag of chippings in return. Wood-chipping machines will be on a mini tour of Plymouth as part of a trial scheme to dispose of Christmas trees responsibly. Teams from the Council will take the machines to locations across […]


Devon urban authorities confirm their commitment to regional working

Council leaders in Exeter and Plymouth have written to colleagues across the region to assure them of their ongoing commitment to joint working to improve skills, productivity and infrastructure in the Heart of the South West. A meeting of the Heart of the South West Leaders’ and Chief Executives’ group on Friday heard that Plymouth […]


Main work set to start on Derriford Transport Scheme

Major improvement works on the A386 Tavistock Road and William Prance Road will get under way on Tuesday 3 January. The Derriford Transport Scheme will reduce congestion along Tavistock Road and provide better public transport, walking and cycling links – improving journey times for all users. Extra lanes will be created and bus priority measures will […]


Plymouth calls for Government to consider ‘soft opt out’ on organ donation

  Plymouth City Council is calling on the Government to consider a ‘soft opt out’ system on organ donation, following last week’s launch of the #TimeToSign organ donation campaign. The Council has put forward a motion backing a move away from people having to ‘opt-in’ to organ donation, to the system backed by both the […]


Vital Sparks marks third anniversary with new bursary awards

Four more Plymouth-based groups have been awarded Vital Sparks bursaries to help realise or kickstart their community arts projects. North Prospect Community Choir, Red Velvet Cinema, Devonport Lifehouse and Mutley Matters will all benefit from funding for their initiatives which include combating isolation, tackling mental ill health and championing community cohesion. Vital Sparks is a […]


Great SEND support services are available in Plymouth

A report highlighting Plymouth’s achievements in delivering services to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) has been published today, Wednesday 7 December. The recent joint Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection focused on Plymouth City Council, local NHS services and other partners success, in making the changes required by […]


The search is on for Plymouth’s construction apprentice of the year

Leader of Plymouth City Council Ian Bowyer, along with key partners from the Building Plymouth network have officially launched the search to find Plymouth’s construction apprentice of the year 2017. The award acknowledges and celebrates an apprentice’s exceptional contribution to their workplace, and recognise their commitment to the apprenticeship experience. Cllr Bowyer said: “Not only […]


New bird flu protection measures

People who keep poultry or captive birds are being asked to keep them indoors or take steps to keep them separate from wild birds. The Government Chief Vet has declared a Prevention Zoneto help protect birds from a strain of avian flu circulating in mainland Europe. The zone covers England and will remain in place for […]


Five star hotel overlooking Hoe unveiled

Plans for a £50 million redevelopment scheme with a boutique hotel offering magnificent views of the Sound have been unveiled. Development specialists Henley Real Estate have been selected as the preferred bidder to develop the site of the now-demolished Quality Hotel in Cliff Road overlooking the Hoe. Representatives from the company will be at Cabinet […]


Time’s running out for primary school admissions

Time is running out to tell the Council your preferred choice of primary or junior school for September 2017. If your child is due to start at primary school for the first time in September 2017, or junior school for children who have completed Year 2, you only have six weeks left to get your […]


Phone scammers posing as Council employees

Another scam is doing the rounds where bogus telephone callers are posing as Council officials. Trading Standards officers have received a number of reports that residents are getting phone calls saying there is a problem with their council tax and asking for payment. The person on the phone couldn’t tell them how much they owed or […]


Augmented reality creates actual active fun in Plymouth

Families have been having fit and active fun in our green spaces as part of the Active Neighbourhoods project, run by Plymouth City Council and Devon Wildlife Trust. The team hosted three Pokemon safaris over half term in Efford Marsh, Budshead Wood and Central Park, and between them, the families who took part burnt 25, […]


Plymouth wins Dementia Friendly City of the year 2016 award

Plymouth has won the Dementia Friendly (City of the year award) at the Alzheimers Society’s national awards in London. Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth University and sixty organisations and businesses have been working together for the past five years, to make the city more dementia friendly. Initiatives include Dementia friendly City Bus, […]


Man who illegally used his late father’s Blue Badge sentenced by Plymouth Magistrates

A man who illegally used his deceased father’s Blue Badge to get free parking has been prosecuted by Plymouth City Council’s Corporate Fraud Team. Richard Rhodes from Crowthers Hill, Dartmouth pleaded guilty to using his late father’s Blue Badge to park in Lockyer Street on 28 September 2015 (his father died in March 2015). He […]


Businesses invited to hear about apprenticeship shake-up

Plymouth businesses are being invited to a free event next week to hear how the new Apprenticeship Levy and apprenticeship reforms will affect them. Plymouth City Council, in partnership with the Devon and Cornwall Training Provider Network and the Skills Funding Agency, will be holding an event at Plymouth Guildhall on Tuesday 6 December to […]


Council on target to deliver a balanced budget despite pressures

Plymouth City Council is on track to deliver a balanced budget for 2016/17 despite having to deliver £21.2 million savings, its Cabinet member for Finance says. Councillor Ian Darcy says the Council is committed to balancing the books and so far has identified £19.2 million of savings, leaving £1.9 million to find before a 2017/18 […]


Lord Mayor Councillor Pauline Murphy with consort Councillor Brian Vincent and athletes David Wetherill, Tom Daley, Brian Usher, Tonia Couch, Ben Proud and Sarah Barrow

Civic reception for local Olympic, Paralympic and Invictus Games athletes

The Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Pauline Murphy, hosted a civic reception this evening for local sportsmen and women who competed in this year’s Olympic, Paralympic and Invictus Games. Athletes and coaches were invited to the event at the Council House, organised in recognition of their achievements and their roles in representing Plymouth on the […]