Monthly Archives: July 2016


Statement: Wheelchair users at MTV Crashes

In response to queries about a wheelchair user being removed from the front of the crowd at MTV Crashes on Thursday 28 July, we have issued this joint statement with MTV. The safety of all our event goers – including those with mobility problems – is our absolute priority at all times. There are several […]


Four Greens Community Trust gets ready for business

We’re getting ready for business! That’s the message residents in north Plymouth are being told at a preview of the new-look centre for business and the community. Thanks to a £1.275 million grant from Plymouth City Council, the Four Greens Community Trust has turned an empty care home in Whitleigh into a welcoming building which […]


All change for waterfront changing rooms

Work starts this week to transform derelict changing rooms on Plymouth’s waterfront as part of a push to get more people to enjoy one of Britain’s Ocean City best assets. Edwardian bathing facilities to the east of Tinside Lido are being turned into a store for kayaks and paddleboards, ahead of an enterprise running the […]


Playday returns to Plymouth hoe

Hundreds of Plymouth’s children and young people are expected to head to the Hoe next week for this year’s Playday. This year’s Plymouth Playday takes place on Wednesday 3 August between 11am and 4pm. The day will include a games area incorporating under-five’s soft play, bouncy castles, story corners and crafts. There will be balloon […]


Council takes enforcement action to get Billacombe Road crossing installed

We have issued a breach of condition planning enforcement notice requiring developer Persimmon to install a toucan crossing on Billacombe Road by the start of the new school term. Providing a crossing at the entrance to Broxton Drive was one of the planning conditions for the new Saltram Meadow housing estate but work is yet to […]


More jobs on cards as Langage expands

Up to 100 jobs could be created in Plymouth, thanks to a proposed expansion of the Council-owned Langage Business Park. The Council is taking a pro-active approach and is to invest £3.2 million in the second phase of the park, creating commercial space ready for businesses to move into. Phase 1 was completed earlier this […]


Have you joined the Library Conversation?

Have you had your say on Plymouth’s libraries yet? More than 1,400 people have already joined our Library Conversation but we want to hear from as many people as possible. It’s an open and honest chat about the city’s libraries, how they are used and how they can be developed for the future. You could […]


34A bus inside the Royal William Yard

Take the bus into the Royal William Yard

Visitors to the Royal William Yard will be able to take a bus right into the heart of the historic waterfront site from Sunday 24 July. Citybus service 34A will be going through the main gate all day, every day so whether you are heading out for a meal, enjoying evening drinks with friends, going […]


Summer swimming safety schemes get underway

It’s hoped more Plymouth children than ever before will be water confident this summer. The Council’s Second Chance to Swim scheme is back along with the ASA and RNLI’s Swim Safe water safety scheme. Second Chance to Swim ensures that any child who didn’t learn to swim during their primary school intensive swimming programme gets […]


More than 200 people attend Veterans Jobs Fair

A jobs fair for Armed Forces Veterans in Plymouth was a great success, with more than 230 people attending the event. The jobs fair, which was organised by the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, which is coordinated by Plymouth City Council, had around 50 stands from local employers across the city. The jobs fair provided opportunities […]


Work on new visitor coach stops to start

Work is starting on two new visitor coach stops at Derry’s Cross roundabout. The area around the pavements at Derry’s Cross is being re-engineered to provide two dedicated locations for coaches to pick up and drop off passengers. There will also be waiting shelters to ensure passengers have somewhere dry to wait. The Council has […]


Inaccurate information about Drake’s Leat

The story published in today’s Herald (Wednesday 20 July) is wrong. The leat mentioned as being threatened on the land at Christian Mill Business Park is actually the Devonport Leat, not Drake’s Leat (also known as the Plymouth Leat) as the Herald story suggests. The two leats (Devonport and Drake) do run quite closely together […]


Location, location, location: Oceansgate impresses business

T The impressive location as well as business potential of Oceansgate helped create a real buzz at the first business briefing to be held at the key site. Representatives from 40 businesses, including national and international companies, were given a tour of Oceansgate at the site of the former South Yard. Oceansgate is five times […]


Increase in complaints of cold callers to people’s homes

Plymouth residents are being warned against the high pressure selling of services on the doorstep after a spate of complaints. The City Council’s Trading Standards Team has seen a series of incidents where tradesmen have targeted elderly and vulnerable people to carry out work such as power-washing, roof repairs and guttering. In all the cases […]


Scrutiny asked for ideas for addressing Council’s funding challenge

The severe financial challenges facing Plymouth City Council as its funding reduces have been set out in a draft medium term financial strategy to be considered by the Council’s scrutiny on Wednesday. The strategy sets out the funding needed to provide Council services and deliver priorities for the city over the next three years. The […]


History Centre team with History Centre building contractor

Building contractor announced for History Centre

History Centre partners have today announced the appointment of construction and regeneration specialist Willmott Dixon as the contractor for the project. Willmott Dixon is one of the largest contracting companies in the UK with offices throughout England and Wales, yet it has remained a family-run business since its establishment in 1852. The company, which recently […]


Diverse communities in Plymouth invited to apply for small grants

Organisations in Plymouth can apply for small grants for events promoting inclusion and diversity in the city. Plymouth City Council is working with Plymouth Drake Foundation to provide small grants of up to £2,000 to organisations in the city who promote inclusion and integration across any of the following protected characteristics: Age Disability Faith, belief […]


First brick marks official start of home build at Sherford

Sherford, the new community being created in the heart of the South Hams, has reached a monumental milestone in its construction, with building work now officially starting on the first homes. The Sherford Consortium – the partnership of award-winning homebuilders Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Taylor Wimpey – were joined onsite by key local authority […]


Plymouth’s charming bridge opened

Plymouth’s newest and most charming bridge was opened at an event on Tuesday ( 19 July ) designed to encourage local people to go wild. The opening event included activities for families with the Marine Biological Association’s Beach Rangers, foraging for wild food walks and wild refreshments. Young people in Barne Barton led the bridge […]


History Centre team celebrates funding from Wolfson Foundation

The team behind the Plymouth History Centre project is celebrating again after receiving confirmation of a £128,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation. The London-based charity supports excellence in the fields of science, education, health and the arts and humanities, including museums and galleries, historic buildings and landscapes. It has already awarded more than £1 million […]


Our Plymouth volunteer scheme shortlisted for APSE Service Awards

A volunteer scheme in Plymouth which has improved access to healthy fruit and vegetables and saved local people thousands on their energy bills has been shortlisted for a national award. The Our Plymouth pilot scheme is a finalist in the Best Community and Neighbourhood Initiative category for the APSE Service Awards 2016, which takes place […]


Plymouth praised in national research on Empty Homes

Plymouth has been held up as an example of good practice for its work on Empty Homes in newly published national research. The research – Affordable Homes From Empty Commercial Spaces – published by Empty Homes (a national campaigning charity) and funded by the Nationwide Foundation, features a number of case studies, including Hoegate House, […]


City showcases Oceansgate to businesses

Representatives from 40 businesses will be at an event to mark the formal launch of Oceansgate, the first exclusively marine Enterprise Zone in the country. Oceansgate is the new name for South Yard, part of the Devonport Naval Dockyard which covers 35 ha, five times the size of the Royal William Yard. A marketing campaign […]


Plymouth stands united in fighting racism, xenophobia and hate crime

Councillors from across different political parties have come together to condemn racism, xenophobia and hate crime. A motion agreed unanimously at the full council meeting held on 11 July, agreed that: Plymouth City Council and its partners want Plymouth to be a welcoming city where all residents are proud to live in a diverse and […]