Monthly Archives: February 2016


Sites to be transferred to Four Greens Community Trust

A number of Ernesettle sites are being transferred to a community owned trust with the aim of providing jobs, green energy, learning and training opportunities, opportunities for community activity and improved community services and facilities. Plymouth City Council is transferring the land off Ernesettle Lane to Four Greens Community Trust (FGCT) to give local people […]


Plymouth’s newly qualified social workers celebrated

The latest group of newly qualified social workers from Plymouth City Council Children’s Services, have been presented with certificates of completion by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Dr John Mahony, at a special ceremony. The certificates mark the successful completion of the social workers’ assessed and supported first year in practice. Newly Qualified Social Workers have […]


Evening Ambassadors pilot in Plymouth is hailed a success

A pilot scheme to keep people safe on nights out in Plymouth’s Waterfront Business Improvement District (BID) has been hailed a success. The Evening Ambassadors scheme was a six-week pilot launched in December in which two teams of Ambassadors patrolled the area and used a radio network to report any issues directly to the Council’s […]


Over half of Plymouth shops tested sell e-cigs to children

  Nine out of 15 shops that sell electronic cigarettes in Plymouth failed a recent test purchase operation. New laws on selling E Cigarettes to children were introduced last year, and Trading Standards were checking whether they were being applied by retailers. E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that are marketed as an alternative to cigarettes containing […]


Sam Dyer

Help get Sam to Rio!

A young volunteer who helps to run sports activities for young people and adults in Devonport has been selected to travel to Brazil during the Olympic Games to work with deprived youngsters living in Rio’s favela slums. Project Rio is being organised by StreetGames, a national sports charity helping disadvantaged communities, with the aim of […]


RNLI’s historic links with Plymouth celebrated in second Book of Wonder

Did you know Plymouth was one of the first places in the country to have a lifeboat, with the first stationed here in 1803? The RNLI was set up in 1824 and formally took over running the Plymouth lifeboat station the following year. It is the busiest station in the region, with crew members helping […]

Council Leader Tudor Evans and Plymouth RNLI Coxswain David Milford launch the second edition of the Book of Wonder

Legal determination on Asset of Community Value application for Home Park

The Council’s Chief Legal Officer, David Shepperd, has issued a determination on an application to list land and buildings at Home Park as an Asset of Community Value. The application by Argyle Fans Trust was submitted in November to designate the site – including the stadium – as an Asset of Community Value under the […]


Statement from Cllr Mark Lowry on the budget report to full Council

Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet member for Finance, Councillor Mark Lowry, has expressed his anger at Plymouth’s latest funding deal as a report setting out the tough choices it faces in trying to set a balanced budget is published. The report is to be considered by the Full Council on Monday (February 29) when the Council […]


New fee structure for boat moorings in Plymouth

We are revising our boat mooring fees to make them more consistent and bring them in line with current market rates. We manage 493 boat moorings around Plymouth, 439 of which are owned by the Duchy of Cornwall or the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Apart from annual inflation, fees for using these moorings have not been increased […]


Final flag raised in Hoe Garden public art project

The third in a series of flags celebrating Edward Stanley Gibbons, the Plymouth-born founder of the renowned Stanley Gibbons stamp business, will be raised in the Hoe Garden this afternoon. The flags are the brainchild of artist Joanna Brinton, who won a public art commission from the Council (supported by Plymouth Culture) to showcase local artists […]


Plymouth apprentices party with Ping!

Apprentices are being invited to a very special party at Oceana Plymouth on Friday 18 March. Ping! Party Plymouth will have all the usual attractions of a top night out – great music, light show, house DJ and licensed bar (for the 18-and-overs) – but with a difference. It will also include loads of table […]

Councillor Smith, Sports Development Manager Louise Kelley, Senior Apprentice Co-ordinator Ken Holder and apprentices Ashley Piggott and Jeorgia Best promoting Ping! Party Plymouth at Oceana

Tough Love

Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Example and Tough Love announced for MTV Crashes Plymouth

MTV have announced today that consecutive chart toppers Rudimental and pop music heavyweight Jess Glynne will be heading up the stage at Day One of MTV Crashes Plymouth on Thursday 28 July. The following night Example will be returning to the city, joining Tough Love and more top DJs (still to be announced) for a […]


Places left on 7 March Plymouth Health and Social Care conference – Book now!

There are still some places left on the upcoming Integration: Making it Real Conference, which is being held at the Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University, PL4 8AA, on Monday 7 March 2016. Health and social care professionals or anyone with an interest in this area are encouraged to book on this one day conference, featuring renowned […]


New project launched in Plymouth to support young adult carers

A new project has been launched in Plymouth to provide support for young adult carers between the ages of 16 to 21. The City Council currently commission the Plymouth Guild’s Carers Hub to provide free support and guidance to carers over 18 years of age across the city and the new project, will be provided […]


Sea of poppies to surround Charles Church

A sea of poppies will surround the ruins of Charles Church this year as part of an exciting programme of work to celebrate this important Plymouth monument. Seeds will be planted next month around the church at the top of Exeter Street which is the city’s memorial to those who lost their lives in the […]


Dementia Friendly Plymouth event Wednesday 24 February

Plymouth residents and organisations will be able to find out more about dementia as part of a Dementia Awareness Day next week. There will be free one hour dementia awareness sessions throughout the day on Wednesday 24 February between 10am and 4pm. The event has been organised jointly by Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Dementia Action […]


Wild About Plymouth featured in book celebrating innovation

Wild About Plymouth, the family natural history programme run by the City Museum and Art Gallery, is featured in a new book highlighting innovative approaches to community engagement. The programme, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this spring, was established by staff from the Museum’s natural history and learning teams. It offers a natural history or science based event […]


Kindles are just the ticket for National Libraries Day competition winners

Two lucky Plymouth residents have won Kindle Fires following this year’s National Libraries Day celebrations. Sara Edwards from Devonport was presented with her prize after finding a golden ticket hidden in one of the many free books distributed across the city by library staff. Another Kindle Fire was won by Christine Browning from Plympton, who […]


Young people get on their bikes in the North of the city

Young people in the North of the city are being given a helping hand to get on their bikes, thanks to Plymouth City Councils Youth Services and local Neighbourhood Police Team. A pilot bike maintenance and recycle project was launched in Southway last July to try and support young people in achieving healthy lifestyles and […]


Thousands more homes and jobs for Plymouth approved

A major £80million plan for 5,000 new homes over the next five years which will also create 2,000 construction jobs and training opportunities has been approved by Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet. The second phase of Plan for Homes, covering 2016 – 2020, was agreed by the Cabinet with 20 new initiatives which will: Help Plymouth […]


Beware of Blue Badge websites

We are warning Blue Badge applicants and holders to beware of websites charging for help with their application or renewal. One resident paid £49 for help filling out a Blue Badge form – something that is available free through the Council. Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for Streetscene, said: “If you are renewing or applying for a Blue […]


£1,500 lost from every man, woman and child in Plymouth

Plymouth has lost the equivalent of £1,500 for every man, woman and child in the city as a result of wave after wave of cuts to Plymouth’s revenue support grant since 2010, the city’s finance chief has revealed. Cabinet Member for Finance Councillor Mark Lowry said a total of £109 million has been wiped off […]


National Express to manage new Plymouth coach station

The redevelopment of Plymouth Coach Station has reached a major new milestone after coach company National Express signed an agreement to manage the new site. Heads of terms have now been signed between the UK’s largest coach company and Plymouth City Council, setting out the arrangements for running the new site in the West End […]


Six Plymouth schools receive letter from the government

The Education and Childcare Minister has written to six Plymouth schools who have raised aspirations and ensured disadvantaged pupils can fulfil their potential. To launch the Pupil Premium Awards, Sam Gyimah MP has written to all the schools to congratulate them on their efforts to boost achievement and raise aspirations among their disadvantaged pupils. The […]


Exploring ideas for Mount Batten Tower

Plymouth’s historic Mount Batten Tower could be open to the public more often as part of the Council’s ongoing campaign to make the most of the city’s amazing waterfront. A feasibility study is underway to see if the tower, which was built in 1652 to protect the entrance to the Sound, can be opened up […]


The new Lord Mayor designate of Plymouth has been announced

Councillor Pauline Murphy, a Labour Councillor for the Efford and Lipson ward, will take over the reins from the current Lord Mayor, Councillor Dr John Mahony. The ceremony took place today in the Lord’s Mayor Dining Room at the Council House. Councillor Murphy said: “I am extremely honoured to have been selected for the position […]