Monthly Archives: October 2016


Council awards £150,000 grants to improve care homes in Plymouth

A number of care homes in Plymouth have been awarded a total of £150,000 by Plymouth City Council to improve their facilities. In total, 18 care homes out of 25 which applied for grants have received funding of up to £10,000 per home. While the Council funded £150,000 through grants, in total, with contributions from […]


ACE funding news for Plymouth’s History Centre

The good news about Plymouth’s History Centre keeps coming. Project partners have just learned that Arts Council England (ACE) has given the green light to a full funding request of £4,175,000. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council said: “This is yet more brilliant news – news that will really help us to achieve […]


Remembrance Day service on Plymouth Hoe

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Pauline Murphy and her consort, Councillor Brian Vincent will be joined by the Deputy Lieutenant of Devon for this year’s Remembrance Service on Sunday 13 November. The Deputy Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor’s Consort, Council Leader and Council Chief Executive will also attend the service, which will remember all those who […]


Chief Executive for Mayflower 400 announced

A senior figure from a major global company has been appointed to lead the national and international programme to commemorate the voyage of the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World. Charles Hackett, who is vice president of medicines commercialisation for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, has been selected to be at the helm of Mayflower400 in the […]


Overnight repairs to Crownhill flyover

The southbound side of Tavistock Road (heading towards the city centre) will be closed under the Crownhill flyover for four nights from Wednesday 26 October. Essential structural repairs need to be carried out on the bridge after it was hit by an abnormal load on Monday 24 October. The road will be closed between Farm […]


Representatives of the Council and SWH signing the new highways contract

Plymouth signs new highways maintenance contract

We have signed a new road maintenance contract with South West Highways (SWH). The company will take over from our current provider in April 2017 and the deal will be for an initial term of seven years, with opportunities to extend by up to three years. SWH will provide dedicated customer liaison officers as part of […]


Smeaton’s Tower goes Purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

We will be lighting up Smeaton’s Tower twice next month to show our support for the ‘Purple Lights’ Campaign, raising awareness for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. For the last few years, landmarks such as the Blackpool Tower and Edinburgh Castle have been lit up purple to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer. This year, we’re joining […]


Latest survey shows adults in care in Plymouth feel safe and secure

The latest survey on adults in care in Plymouth says the service they received makes them feel safe and secure. 93% of respondents to the annual survey, which Plymouth City Council participated in earlier this year and was published by NHS Digital last week, said the services they receive make them feel safe and secure. […]


Demolition starts on Bath Street ahead of regeneration

  A key building on Bath Street is being demolished as part of the Council’s ambition to regenerate the area around Millbay. Work to tear down the former Kier Construction office got underway this week ahead of a major redevelopment for the location. The construction company has moved out of its offices and is now […]


Central park nominated for national award

Plymouth’s very own Central Park has been nominated for the Best Park 2016 award. The park has been nominated by the Council’s Sports Development team for its wide ranging facilities which cater for all ages such as Bowls Greens, Football Pitches, Play park, Skate Ramps and FootGolf that cater for a range of ages and […]


Tracey and Nick from Plymouth City Council named among top 30 in housing nationally

Two people from Plymouth City Council have both been listed in the top 30 most influential people in the country for local government housing. Top trade publication Inside Housing named Tracey Lee, Chief Executive and Nick Carter, Housing Delivery Manager, among their most influential. The feature in Inside Housing states: “Tracey Lee is proudest of […]


Have your say on sexual health services

Your views are needed on sexual health services in Plymouth. Plymouth City Council is working to ensure that sexual and reproductive health services meet the needs of the local population. An online survey has been launched to get people’s opinions, and will be open for three weeks, so local people are urged to have their […]


Plymouth taxi drivers pass the test

100 per cent of Plymouth’s private hire drivers who were stopped in a recent test purchase operation passed. Over the past month two test purchase operations have been carried out and of the 19 private hire drivers approached no unauthorised journeys were accepted.   The taxi licensing team undertake regular test purchase operations to find […]


Grants awarded to Plymouth community groups

Tea dances, African drumming, and a music and storytelling festival are among the events that have taken place as organisations in Plymouth have been awarded small grants to promote inclusion and diversity in the city. Plymouth City Council has been working with Plymouth Drake Foundation to provide small grants of up to £2,000 to organisations in […]


Community to get update on Oceansgate

Local people and businesses around Devonport are being invited to hear about latest plans for Oceansgate. A community briefing session will take place on Tuesday 25 October at Devonport Library on Chapel Street which aims to give people who live or work near the site a progress report. The first phase of the development has […]


Resurfacing scheme pays off as pothole compensation claims are slashed

Plymouth’s extensive resurfacing programme is paying off as the amount of claims for compensation for pothole damage has dropped by more than £100,000 in a year. Plymouth City Council has spent £5 million this year on an extensive road resurfacing programme. A new report by the RAC Foundation shows that while in 2014/15 Plymouth City […]


Action plan to tackle Child Poverty in Plymouth

A new three-year action plan has been agreed by Plymouth City Council to tackle child poverty in the city. The Plan for Child Poverty 2016 – 2019 will look at four priorities and will build on the work done since 2012 to tackle child poverty in the city. The focus of the Plan for Child […]


Plymouth flu jab campaign launch

People in Plymouth who are eligible are being urged to have their flu jabs, as figures reveal that last winter four in every ten flu outbreaks in England were linked to schools. Residents aged 65 and over, pregnant women, people with long term health conditions and children aged 2, 3, and 4, and children in […]


Council hosts the city’s fourth Building Plymouth summit

Plymouth City Council is bringing together some of the region’s key construction and built environment companies for the city’s fourth Building Plymouth Summit. The twice yearly summits are an opportunity for people to find out the latest developments on the Council-led partnership to address the sector’s skills shortage and gaps. Building Plymouth was launched after […]


Don’t risk getting a criminal record for selling fake goods

Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards Team are warning people not to risk selling counterfeit goods for extra money before Christmas after a number of seizures in the city. There has been a rapid increase in people selling counterfeit goods on social media sites.  These goods include counterfeit trade-marked clothing, trainers, handbags, sunglasses, makeup and electrical […]


Committee asks NHS to look again at GP practice plans

A committee is asking the NHS to revisit its proposals which might lead to the closure of a GP practice in Plymouth. A number of GP surgery contracts in Plymouth are up for renewal in March 2017. Plymouth City Council’s Wellbeing Select Committee met on Thursday 6 October 2016 to discuss proposals by NHS England […]


Plymouth shortlisted for national Dementia award

Plymouth has been shortlisted for the national Dementia Friendly Awards. For the past few years, Plymouth City Council has been working, along with other members of the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance (PDAA), to make the city more dementia friendly. Initiatives include Dementia Friendly car parking spaces, Dementia awareness sessions for local businesses, and a Dementia […]


Parents views needed in SEND inspection

If you are the parent of a child or young person with special educational needs and disabilities then your views are needed. Next week is the start of the OfSTED and Care Quality Commission (CQC) joint inspection of how the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are assessed […]


Have you returned your electoral form?

We’re reminding residents to make sure their details are up-to-date and accurate on the electoral register. Around 118,000 household enquiry forms were posted to homes across the city in July as part of the annual voter registration canvass and reminders were sent out at the beginning of September. Around 80,000 forms have been returned so far. […]


History Centre through to next round of CCF bid

Plymouth’s landmark history centre continues to make waves by reaching the next stage of a major Coastal Communities funding bid. The project has been given the green light to put in a more detailed submission for £2.9 million from this national funding pot that was set up to encourage economic development of the UK’s coastal […]