Monthly Archives: November 2016


Man who illegally used his late father’s Blue Badge sentenced by Plymouth Magistrates

A man who illegally used his deceased father’s Blue Badge to get free parking has been prosecuted by Plymouth City Council’s Corporate Fraud Team. Richard Rhodes from Crowthers Hill, Dartmouth pleaded guilty to using his late father’s Blue Badge to park in Lockyer Street on 28 September 2015 (his father died in March 2015). He […]


Businesses invited to hear about apprenticeship shake-up

Plymouth businesses are being invited to a free event next week to hear how the new Apprenticeship Levy and apprenticeship reforms will affect them. Plymouth City Council, in partnership with the Devon and Cornwall Training Provider Network and the Skills Funding Agency, will be holding an event at Plymouth Guildhall on Tuesday 6 December to […]


Council on target to deliver a balanced budget despite pressures

Plymouth City Council is on track to deliver a balanced budget for 2016/17 despite having to deliver £21.2 million savings, its Cabinet member for Finance says. Councillor Ian Darcy says the Council is committed to balancing the books and so far has identified £19.2 million of savings, leaving £1.9 million to find before a 2017/18 […]


Lord Mayor Councillor Pauline Murphy with consort Councillor Brian Vincent and athletes David Wetherill, Tom Daley, Brian Usher, Tonia Couch, Ben Proud and Sarah Barrow

Civic reception for local Olympic, Paralympic and Invictus Games athletes

The Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Pauline Murphy, hosted a civic reception this evening for local sportsmen and women who competed in this year’s Olympic, Paralympic and Invictus Games. Athletes and coaches were invited to the event at the Council House, organised in recognition of their achievements and their roles in representing Plymouth on the […]


Plymouth awarded £80,000 to improve veterans’ health and wellbeing

Plymouth has been awarded £80,000 to improve the health and wellbeing of service veterans in the city over the next two years. The funding comes from proceeds from the LIBOR fines which were announced by the Government in the Autumn Statement on Wednesday 23 November 2016. The new Veterans Care Navigation Service is the result […]


Plans to modernise parking in Plymouth

Simpler tariffs, more online services, cheaper long-stay parking and tickets that can be used in multiple locations are among a number of improvements being proposed in a major modernisation of Plymouth’s parking arrangements. We are modernising our parking fees and services to make charges more consistent, fairer and easier to understand, provide more flexible options for […]


Plymouth City Council to fly the flag for World Aids Day for first time

For the first time ever, Plymouth City Council will be flying a flag to mark World Aids Day on Thursday 1 December, along with a number of other councils in the South West. Working in partnership with the Eddystone Trust, the Council aims to raise awareness of Aids and show solidarity for people living with […]


Upgrade for digital bus shelter displays

Digital displays in Plymouth’s bus shelters are to get an upgrade, meaning more reliable and accurate information for passengers. We’re currently tendering for a new system that will deliver improvements to our 85 ‘real time’ screens, which show information about the next services due at bus stops. We plan to move from 2G mobile phone technology to […]


Empty Homes Week 28 November – 2 December 2016

Plymouth is making great progress in bringing empty homes across the city back into use, as we mark Empty Homes Week (28 November – 2 December 2016). Earlier this year Plymouth City Council launched its refreshed Plan for Empty Homes with £1 million to help bring 375 empty homes back into use by 2021. Plymouth […]


Get Switched on this Christmas

This year’s National Consumer Week (Monday 28 November to Friday 2 December) is all about getting consumers ‘switched on’ to their rights when buying electrical goods. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching, Plymouth Trading Standards Officers are warning shoppers to be careful what they buy and where they buy it. There is a […]


Two prosecuted for Disabled Blue Badge Fraud

Two people have been prosecuted by Plymouth City Council’s Corporate Fraud Team for Disabled Blue Badge fraud. Jocelyn Ruffle, of Chudleigh Road, Plymouth pleaded guilty at Plymouth Magistrates on Tuesday 22 November to using the Blue Badge that belonged to her deceased husband Peter Ruffle to park in Tavistock Place in October 2015. She was […]


Sign up to Credit Union and you could get £25

The first 50 people to join City of Plymouth Credit Union before 30 November 2016 and make at least three monthly payments into their account will qualify for a savings boost of £25. To fund this project the England Illegal Money Lending Team is using proceeds of crime money, confiscated from convicted loan sharks to […]


Dates revealed for next year’s Plymouth History Festival

The dates for the next Plymouth History Festival have been confirmed as Saturday 6 May to Sunday 4 June 2017. This will be the fifth time the annual celebration of the city’s heritage has taken place. So far more than 600 events have been enjoyed by thousands of people, all of whom have had the […]


Rally behind rail investment plan for South West

Plymouth’s leader and deputy leader have welcomed today’s strategic rail blueprint for the South West Peninsula and said it should be used a rallying call for rail investment to drive economic growth in the South West. Council leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Ian Bowyer said: “An incredible amount of work has been carried out […]


Call for renewed campaign for rail improvements

Plymouth’s deputy leader Councillor Patrick Nicholson has called for a renewed and sustained campaign across the region to push for improvements to rail. At Full Council today Councillor Nicholson told councillors that the 20-year plan to ‘Close the Gap’ would be launched and presented to Minister for Transport in Westminister tomorrow. He said: “This is […]


Student accommodation in Plymouth to be restricted

Plymouth City Council is going to take a more stringent approach to planning applications for student accommodation in the future. At the Full Council meeting on Monday 21 November Leader Councillor Ian Bowyer announced that as the number of student flats either currently being built or that have already been granted planning permission – combined […]


Cockahoop at new Social Enterprise City brochure!

A successful social enterprise that inspires children and young people to learn has hosted the launch of Plymouth’s new Social Enterprise City brochure. Bees – the Bespoke Engaging Education Services – has been showcasing its work as well as highlighting some of the achievements that have been going on in Plymouth over the last 18 […]


Additional £10 million confirmed for rail resilience in South West

Deputy leader of Plymouth City Council has today welcomed the Government announcment of £10 million for rail resilience in the South West. Councillor Patrick Nicholson said: “Whilst it is reassuring that Network Rail will be able to continue to develop plans into strengthening resilience of the rail line at Dawlish, these are still only plans. […]


Traffic signals to be removed on Notte Street junction

Traffic lights on a busy junction near the Barbican are to be replaced with a mini-roundabout as part of Council plans to keep Plymouth moving.  The junction of Notte Street and Hoe Approach currently has three signalised crossings and often gets congested with waiting traffic, particularly at peak times. We plan to install a mini-roundabout to […]


Missing out? Know your rights – Carers Rights Day 25 November 2016

Are you a carer, and do you know your rights? If you are a carer but you don’t know what support you’re entitled to, then Carers Rights Day on Friday 25 November is your opportunity to find out. The theme this year is ‘Missing out? Know your rights as a carer’. Carers Rights Day is […]


Once-in-a-life-time waterfront opportunity unveiled

One of the most exciting waterfront development opportunities in the country has now been unveiled. The Council is inviting preliminary expressions of interest in Phase 3 of the Oceansgate Enterprise Zone in Devonport. Docks and jetties which once saw the departure of Royal Naval ships could welcome state of the art marine manufacturing, heralding a […]


Thrive Plymouth Year 3 launch – Localising ‘One You’

Plymouth City Council will be launching Year 3 of Thrive Plymouth, the city’s ten year framework for improving health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities on Wednesday 16 November. Launched in 2014, the first year of Thrive Plymouth focused on workplace wellbeing, engaging with 22,000 employees represented by 35 of the city’s largest employers, while […]


Prevent Conference 2016 – tackling extremism

Around 90 people have attended a conference in Plymouth on the prevention of extremism with national and regional speakers. The event, organised by Plymouth City Council on behalf of the Plymouth Prevent Partnership which is made up of the Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, Probation, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, […]


Know your risks: Alcohol Awareness Week 14-20 November 2016

Plymouth City Council wants you to ‘know your risks’ as we mark Alcohol Awareness Week (14 – 20 November 2016). For example, did you know that alcohol is linked to over 60 health conditions including cancer, gastrointestinal conditions, and liver disease? Or that a large glass of wine contains as many calories as a doughnut? Or […]


Stay up-to-speed on roadworks

People travelling in and around Plymouth can now get updates on roadworks by email. We’ve launched a weekly roundup, with details of planned (non-emergency) works that are starting over the coming week, as well as ongoing works for major transport schemes. Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: […]


Plymouth’s UKYP members debate in parliament

Three Plymouth UK Youth Parliament members joined 300 other young people between the ages of 11 to 18 in a debate in the House of Commons chamber on Friday 11 November. The annual event, which is chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, The Right Honourable John Bercow MP, gives young people a […]


Closure order on second flat at Teats Hill following weapons, drugs and nuisance

A closure order has been granted on a flat in Plymouth – next to another one that was closed earlier this week – following repeated complaints of anti-social behaviour, weapons, drunken behaviour and drug dealing. Plymouth Magistrates granted a three month closure order on 3E Teats Hill after the court was satisfied that the tenant […]


Council invests in city to bring in steady income

Plymouth City Council has purchased a prime retail warehouse park in the city as part of a long-term investment strategy to promote the local economy and generate income. The Council has used historically low borrowing rates to acquire the freehold interest of Friary Retail Park on Exeter Street. The property extends to circa 81,000 sq […]