Monthly Archives: June 2016


Council leader meets transport secretary at launch of faster trains

Plymouth City Council leader has seen for himself how travel times between the South West and London will be improved. Councillor Bowyer was in the capital for the launch of the brand new interCity Express train, where he met the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughin. The new train is the first of a fleet of […]


Reporting racist incidents

Statement from Plymouth City Council: Councillor Dave Downie, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities for Plymouth City Council, said: “We are not aware of a significant increase in racist incidents in Plymouth since the referendum but a very small number have been reported. Any incident of hate is completely unacceptable and we will act quickly with […]


Plymouth to commemorate Battle of the Somme centenary

Civic and military dignitaries, service personnel, veterans, school pupils and members of the public will gather on Plymouth Hoe early on Friday 1 July to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. A two-minute silence will take place at 7.30am – the time when, 100 years ago, 22 divisions of the British Army on […]


Market makeover starts next month

A multi-million makeover for Plymouth’s City Market is due to start towards the end of next month (July). The Council has this week awarded the contract to Ryearch Ltd to carry out an extensive refurbishment of the listed building. The market was built in the late 1950s and is one of the busiest and most […]


Dedicated Website Provides Quick and Easy Access to Services and Support for the Armed Forces Community

A dedicated website has launched that makes it quick and easy for members of the Armed Forces community in Devon to access key services including health, financial and welfare. The Devon Forces Family (DFF) website, www.devonforcesfamily.org.uk, is an online directory of services and support for military service leavers, veterans, reservists and their families living in […]


Plymouth to hold jobs fair for veterans next month

A jobs fair is being held next month to help Veterans back into work following their return to ‘Civvy Street.’ The Plymouth Corporate Covenant Group, coordinated by Plymouth City Council, has organised the jobs fair for armed forces veterans, which takes place at the Plymouth Guildhall on Tuesday 19 July 2016 from 12pm to 8pm. […]


Ping! returns to Plymouth

It’s ‘game on’ again in Plymouth this summer, with Datto Ping! serving up another fantastic festival of free ping pong until 21 August. This year’s event will boast a record number of tables, bats and balls bouncing into 27 sites around Plymouth, from parks and shopping centres to the Armada Way piazza and Royal William […]


Vera and Shetland author Ann Cleeves to visit Plymouth

Crime fans are in for a treat next month as award winning crime writer Ann Cleeves visits the Central Library. Ann is the author behind television’s Vera and Shetland. She has written more than 25 novels and is the creator of detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez – characters loved both on screen and in print. […]


Plymouth’s Youth Parliament to take part in UK’s largest youth consultation

Plymouth’s Youth Parliament and Youth Cabinet are taking part in the annual Make Your Mark ballot, the largest consultation of young people in the country. In a ballot beginning 12 August and running till 7 October, young people across the country will be asked what issues matter most to them, in order to determine what […]


Join the Library Conversation and you could win an iPad Mini

We want to hear your thoughts on our library services. On Monday 27 June we’re launching the ‘Library Conversation’ – an open and honest chat about how libraries are used (or not used) and how they can be developed and improved for the future. Whether you’re a regular visitor, haven’t been for a while or never […]


1,200 new homes built in Plymouth last year

There were over 1,200 homes completed in Plymouth last year, the second highest number since 1988/1989.  In the year ending March 2016, a total of 1,244 homes were completed in the city smashing the City Council’s own Plan for Homes target of 1,000 homes a year. Commenting on the figures, Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader […]


Another walking and cycling link for Eastern Corridor

Plans for a walking and cycling route connecting Laira Rail Bridge and the new Saltram Meadow housing estate have been submitted by the Council. The link will provide pedestrians and cyclists with a traffic-free alternative to this stretch of Laira Bridge Road and Billacombe Road and therefore help to reduce congestion along the A379. Around […]


Telephone scam warning

A scam phone call is doing the rounds in Plymouth. Several calls have been made by people claiming to be from Plymouth City Council and offering compensation for accidents. The Council’s Trading Standards team have received several reports of the bogus calls and are concerned that the scammers may be trying to get personal details […]


Award-winning choreographer brings children’s dance theatre to Museum

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery will host a day of promenade performances by an award-winning choreographer on Saturday 2 July.  ‘The Imagination Museum’ has been created by Lincolnshire-born choreographer Katie Green in collaboration with writer Anna Selby and composer Max Perryment. Visitors will meet eccentric tour guides Mildred, Henry and Harriet and join them […]


Raising of Armed Forces Flag

The Armed Forces Flag was raised outside Plymouth Guildhall this morning to mark the start of this year’s Plymouth Armed Forces Week. The flag raising ceremony was attended by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Pauline Murphy and the Lord Lieutenant of Devon’s representative, Deputy Lieutenant Vice Admiral Sir Richard Ibbotson. Other civic and military guests included […]


Sign up for a summer of free fun!

Young people in Plymouth can now sign up to fun, free and exciting activities this summer as part of the popular Summer Mix programme. From 1 to 26 August, Plymouth City Council’s Youth Services Team is offering young people in the city hundreds of fantastic, free activities to liven up their summer. Summer Mix is […]


Plymouth divers to fly flag for Britain at Rio 2016

Plymouth divers Tonia Couch, Sarah Barrow and Dan Goodfellow will be heading to Rio this summer, the British Olympic Association confirmed today. They’ve all been selected to represent Great Britain at the Games, alongside former Plymouth Diving team-mate and Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley. Tom and Dan will be teaming up again for the men’s […]


First phase of Oceansgate now submitted to planners

The first set of buildings to be designed for the city’s Oceansgate have been submitted to planners this week. A front building of offices and two rows of industrial units are planned for the entrance to the site,  which is destined to become a world class hub for marine industries. The two and three-storey buildings […]


Plymouth is one of the UK’s top councils

Plymouth City Council is officially amongst the best achieving councils in the country after reaching the finals of the MJ Awards 2016. The Council was one of six authorities to reach the finals for the coveted top title of Local Authority of the Year announced at a ceremony in London last night. It was pipped […]


Devonport SOUP event to support Plymouth Art Weekender

Our Arts and Heritage Service, Devonport Live and the Real Ideas Organisation have joined forces to support two local artists’ involvement in this year’s Plymouth Art Weekender. The three organisations are holding a ‘SOUP’ event at Devonport Guildhall on the evening of Thursday 14 July. During the event four artists or artists groups will be invited […]


Building industry support for Building Plymouth

Plymouth City Council is delighted to welcome UK construction group Morgan Sindall and the national architect and architectural consultancy Stride Treglown to Building Plymouth. Morgan Sindall and Stride Treglown are the latest organisations to invest in the Council led Building Plymouth partnership, joining fifteen existing project sponsors: AECOM, City College Plymouth, Constructing Excellence, Kier, Midas, […]


Hunt on for world class captain for Mayflower400 programme

Plans to commemorate one of the world’s most significant voyages are stepping up a gear with the search starting for a chief executive for Mayflower400. A new post is being created to lead the national and international programme which will commemorate the voyage of the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World in 1620. A programme […]


CUT! – Plymouth City Council commits to cutting grass across the city by next week

Plymouth City Council is pulling out all the stops to make sure the overgrown grass around the city is cut over the next few days.  Bringing in additional temporary staff and upskilling other street cleansing and grounds staff is the solution to addressing the issue. Councillor Michael Leaves, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and the […]


Fly tippers face hefty fines in Plymouth

  Fly-tippers in Plymouth will now face £400 fixed penalty notices. The decision has now been approved to impose the maximum level allowed under new powers granted to local authorities by the government last month. Fixed penalty notices of £400, reduced to £300 if paid within 10 days, will now be issued for small-scale offences […]


Alderman Connie Pascoe dies

Former Deputy Lord Mayor of Plymouth and long-serving Conservative councillor Connie Pascoe passed away last week. Elected to Plymouth City Council in 1975, Alderman Pascoe represented the Ernesettle ward for four years before transferring to Stoke in 1979. She served until 1991 and was then re-elected to the Stoke ward from 2000 to 2003. She […]


Joined up approach by councils to plan for development

Three councils have teamed up to work on a Joint Local Plan to ensure future developments meet the needs of all residents. Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council are working together to prepare the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan. It brings together work that has previously […]


Ernesettle project is good to grow!

Neighbours living around open space on Rochford Crescent will be growing their own, on land they now own, thanks to the Four Greens Community Trust and Plymouth City Council. Residents approached the trust to see if they could help with a community food growing and allotment project. Not only did the trust help them set […]


Plymouth adopters and social worker recognised in queen’s birthday honours

A Plymouth based social worker and a couple of have adopted four children all with differing needs, have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours. Alison and Tom Gilligan have been awarded an MBE for Services to Children. The couple who adopted children with Plymouth City Council said it’s the best thing they have done […]


Closure order granted on house in Plymouth following anti-social behaviour

A closure order has been granted on a house in Plymouth after repeated complaints of anti-social behaviour, violence and drug dealing. Plymouth Magistrates granted the order on 86 Keat Street after ongoing issues which made life difficult for neighbours. The order was applied for by Plymouth City Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team following an approach by […]