Monthly Archives: August 2016


Make sure you’re registered to vote

We’re reminding residents to make sure their details are up-to-date and accurate on the electoral register. More than 118,000 forms were posted to households across the city in July as part of the annual voter registration canvass and around 60,000 have so far been returned. We’re now sending reminders out asking people who haven’t responded to […]


New Interim Director of Public Health for Plymouth

A new Interim Director of Public Health has been announced for Plymouth City Council. Dr Ruth Harrell will take over the reins in the autumn when Professor Kelechi Nnoaham leaves the Council after two and a half years, to take on a new role in South Wales. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, […]


Demolition of former Whitleigh Community Centre for planned starter homes

Work has started on the demolition of a derelict former community centre with plans for 27 new starter homes on the site. The former Whitleigh Community Centre, which has been disused for the past eight years and is subject to vandalism, is being demolished to help pave the way for new housing. Earlier in the […]


Main work set to start on Outland Road junction improvements

Work to upgrade junctions along Outland Road will get under way on Monday 12 September. The Outland Road Junction Improvement Scheme aims to reduce congestion between Peverell Park Road and Torr Lane, improving journey times for motorists and service reliability for buses on this busy route. It will also improve road safety by upgrading pedestrian […]


Young people take their first steps to employment

A group of seven young people have celebrated being the first in the city to complete the Plymouth City Council Youth Traineeship. The nine week traineeship is delivered in partnership with the City Council, Plymouth Training and Consultancy and Focus Training. The programme includes five weeks at college, followed by a four week practical placement in […]


Historic plaques get some TLC

Some of Plymouth’s historic plaques are being given a facelift thanks to a city-wide refurbishment programme. Existing plaques commemorating stamp dealer Stanley Gibbons (1840-1913), T E Shaw – otherwise known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ (1888-1935)­ – and the possible Mayflower Pilgrim associations with Island House have been removed, repainted in a more familiar blue and […]


Give your views on decisions needed to close Council’s £19m budget gap

Plymouth residents are being asked to give their views about the City Council’s plans to address a £19 million shortfall in its budget for next year. The Council is running a three-week engagement exercise that includes an online survey asking people for their views on a range of proposals. They include raising income through growing […]


Love Your Parks Day 3 September

A day of activities is taking place to mark Love Your Parks day – a celebration of all the activities you can do for free outdoors. The event takes place at the Central Park Events Field (in front of the Life Centre), on Saturday 3 September from 11am to 4pm. A range of activities are […]


CATERed celebrates living wage commitment

CATERed Plymouth’s school meals provider has just been accredited as a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at CATERed, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors, receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25. This is significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70 and the new minimum […]


A-Level results 2016

As hundreds of students across Plymouth collect their A Level and other Post-16 results today it’s unclear what the results mean for Plymouth. With the ongoing complex changes to qualifications, and the way in which they are classified by the Department for Education, It is ever harder to compare results with previous years given. Early […]


Hop aboard the Chatterbus

Have your say on Plymouth’s buses and find out more about upcoming service changes at a special event being held in the city centre on Tuesday 23 August. Whether you think buses are brilliant or delays are driving you mad, head to the piazza between the Guildhall and Civic Centre and hop aboard the Chatterbus, […]


Council awards two Art Weekender grants to local artists

Two local artists have received funding support from our Arts and Heritage Service to enable them to take part in this year‘s Plymouth Art Weekender. Katy Richardson with The Imperfect Orchestra and LOW PROFILE have each been awarded £500. They will now feature on the programme for the Art Weekender which will run from Friday 23 […]


Plymouth tanning salons still allow underage use

A high number of Plymouth tanning salons are still allowing underage use of sun beds. In a recent test purchasing operation Public Protection officers visited a random selection of seven salons in the city, and staff in five of them did not challenge a 16-year-old volunteer about their age, despite the age limit being 18. […]


Gearing up for summer

British Cycling and Sky are celebrating another successful year of delivering cycling in partnership with the Council. We teamed up in 2012 and since then the Sky Ride recreational cycling programme has had 21,000 sign-ups, with more than 100 people going on to train as lead riders themselves. In recognition of the achievements made over the last […]

British Cycling infographic

Garden and allotments for Stonehouse Creek bank

Stonehouse could be getting its first allotment site, thanks to a transfer of Council-owned land to the community. A patch of unused land on the side of Stonehouse Creek could be turned into a community garden, with allotments, possibly a small orchard with wild flowers and a herb garden. The area of land lies just […]


HLF gives green light to History Centre funding

Plymouth’s incredible past looks set to have an amazing future with confirmation of a whopping £14.8 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, HLF has just announced an investment of £55m for heritage projects across England – with Plymouth receiving £14.8m for the delivery phase of the […]


Plymouth skills float the Life Aquatic

A company based on the historic slipway in Oceansgate Enterprise Zone is a prime example of how investing in under-used infrastructure can pay off for Plymouth, for businesses and for the people they employ. Stirling and Son Ltd has just delivered Life Aquatic to Montecarlo, following a keel up restoration of the classic motor yacht. […]


New Report traces changes in public health in Plymouth over the past 70 years

The new Director of Public Health Annual Report which is published by Plymouth City Council today (Tuesday 9 August) looks at the changes in health in Plymouth over the past 70 years. The report from Professor Kelechi Nnoaham is based roughly around the themes of the five ‘giant evils’ identified by Sir William Beveridge in […]


Pitches at Staddiscombe ready following revamp

Playing fields that have been dogged by drainage and condition problems have been officially opened today following a major revamp. Staddiscombe playing fields are ready for the new football season after the eight full-size senior football pitches had high specification drainage and new goal posts installed. Other works carried out by the contractors include soil […]


Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow win bronze at Rio

Plymouth-born diver Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow, who trains at the Plymouth Life Centre, have won bronze in the men’s 10-metre synchro event at Rio. Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “What an amazing result for Dan and Tom – and for Plymouth Diving. We’re so proud to have so many of our […]


Controlled parking zone in Crownhill – the facts

Council Leader and Eggbuckland ward councillor Ian Bowyer said: “The controlled parking zone in Cross Park Road, Cross Park Avenue and Cross Park Way is not new – it was introduced over 10 years ago, at the specific request of residents. “Permit holders are given the flexibility of being able to park anywhere within the […]


Investing in Plympton industrial estate to invest in jobs

A flourishing industrial estate in Plymouth has been snapped up by the Council as part of an ongoing programme of investment in business space. The Council has now completed the purchase of the estate at Bell Close, Plympton, which is part of the larger Newnham Industrial Estate. Built in the 1980s, the estate has 23 […]


Touch rugby – give it a try!

Young people are getting a chance to play rugby with one of Plymouth Albion’s first team players this summer. We’re teaming up with the club, England Rugby and national sports charity StreetGames to run free coaching sessions, led by lock Dan Collier. The touch rugby sessions are for young people aged 11 to 25 and are […]


Councillor Ricketts with traffic island in Central Park Avenue

Proposed changes to traffic calming on Central Park Avenue

We will shortly be advertising plans to replace the new priority give way feature (traffic island) on Central Park Avenue with three speed humps. Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery says he has received ongoing complaints about the island, which was introduced earlier in the year as part of the Station to […]


Get involved in shaping Plymouth’s future

Calls to protect football pitches at Collings Park and objections about development plans on Paradise Road in Stoke are some of the responses received as part of a massive consultation. Comments are now coming in as part of the Joint Local Plan consultation carried out by Plymouth City Council and South Hams District and West […]


Using nature to keep the grass short

Plymouth’s grass land could be covered in yellow rattle as part of an experiment to use nature to keep the grass short in urban areas. Plymouth City Council and Devon Wildlife Trust have been harvesting yellow rattle seed from Efford Marsh Local Nature Reserve and they plan to use the seed to sow in grasslands […]