Yearly Archives: 2017


Devon councils to keep 100 per cent of growth in Business Rates

Devon has been selected as one of 10 areas to take part in a national pilot allowing councils to retain 100 per cent of growth in business rates. Plymouth City Council will be the lead authority in the Devon Business Rate Pilot, which will encourage councils to work together to deliver growth in the region. […]


How the new Central Park Café could look

Plans for Central Park Café submitted

The proposed new Central Park café has taken a major step towards reality after designs were submitted for planning permission. The café is one of the flagship projects of the Central Park Masterplan, which sees a £9 million investment in one of Plymouth’s most popular green spaces. Located adjacent to the clock tower, one of […]


Skatepark ready to roll

The designs for Central Park’s new skatepark have been finalised and work will begin on the site in the new year. As part of the wider improvements to the park, Plymouth City Council has teamed up with Freestyle Skateparks to revamp the skatepark and turn it into a destination facility, offering something for beginners, right […]

Central Park Skatepark - How the new skatepark will look

New exhibition will mark 200 years of civil engineering excellence

A new exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is set to open in the Sherwell Centre on the University of Plymouth campus on Monday 8 January. The ‘Lighthouses, Bridges and Breakwaters’ exhibition is part of the ‘Museum On Tour’ programme, which is taking a range of […]


Plymouth’s progress report for Mayflower 400 commemorations

Plymouth is marking 1,000 days to go until the Mayflower 400 anniversary with a campaign to highlight the opportunities to #GetOnBoard2020. As the year 2020 looms on the horizon and more details about the preparations are being shared, organisations across the city are being encouraged to ‘Get on Board’ to create their own celebratory events. […]


Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning joins planning officer Rebecca Miller at Bond Street

Double investment at Bond Street

A Plymouth playing field is set for a double dose of investment. The park at Bond Street, Southway, will be home to a brand new play park as well as a number of new sports pitches as two ongoing improvement projects combine. The children’s play park, delivered by the Hands Up for Plymouth Play project, […]


Beefing up team that tackles untidy land and buildings

Plymouth City Council is expanding its planning compliance team in response to calls from residents and councillors to look at planning issues that affect where people live. A new compliance officer, Josephine Maddick has joined the team as part of the Council’s commitment to protect Plymouth’s unique environment and take swift action against unauthorised planning […]


New-look live music event for Plymouth in 2018

We’re bringing a new-look live music event to Plymouth Hoe next summer. ‘Ocean City Sounds’ will build on the huge success of MTV Crashes Plymouth, which has seen the likes of Little Mix, Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Kaiser Chiefs and most recently world number one DJ Martin Garrix wow thousands on Plymouth Hoe over the last four […]


Noisy neighbour pays high price for nuisance

A noisy neighbour with an eclectic taste in music has been ordered to pay a total of £4,133.50, following a successful prosecution by Plymouth City Council. A 43 year-old woman from the North Prospect area of Plymouth was found guilty in her absence of eight breaches of a Noise Abatement Notice, given to her in February, […]


Work starts on Barbican to Laira Rail Bridge scheme

Work to improve walking and cycling links between the Barbican and Laira Rail Bridge will get under way on Monday 8 January. The route, which forms part of the South West Coast Path and National Cycle Network route 27, will benefit from improved road crossings, new and improved footways and off-road cycle paths, on-road cycle […]


Map showing removal of traffic restrictions for Derriford Transport Scheme

Derriford traffic restrictions to be lifted early

A number of the traffic restrictions in place for the Derriford Transport Scheme are expected to be lifted before the end of the programme, bringing welcome relief to motorists. We have been working with our contractor Amey to free up as much road space as possible, as early as possible, ahead of the scheme’s completion. Councillor […]


Weston Mill Recycling Centre set to re-open

Weston Mill Recycling Centre is re-opening after a £200,000 upgrade. Residents who visit the site from 9.30am on Monday 18 December will see a brand new drainage system has been installed and that the site has been completely resurfaced. New road markings designed to improve traffic flow and help separate plant vehicles and residents using […]

Martin Leaves, Cabinet member for Streetscene and Environment and Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council at the gates of Weston Mill Recycling Centre

New life for Old Dairy

A dilapidated and forgotten old farm building has been transformed into a new animal care centre. The Old Dairy at Poole Farm has undergone an extensive renovation and is now home to a number of Animal Care and Land Management courses run by Duchy College. The farm can now accommodate guinea pigs, rabbits, mice and […]


Council gets tough on eyesore empty properties in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council is getting tough on eyesore empty homes in the city with a compulsory purchase order and an untidy land notice in the same week. As part of the ongoing #EmptyHomesPlym campaign a house that has been empty for more than 20 years is being sold and another that is overgrown is also […]


Loss of Devonport-based ships would hit region’s economy hard

Threatened cuts to two Devonport-based assault ships would inflict a body blow to Plymouth’s economy, a new study has revealed. The loss of HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark could hit the 968 jobs they provide directly through military and Babcock engineering personnel, which is equivalent to eight per cent of the total Navy Base workforce […]


Register Office to remain in Lockyer Street for time-being

Plymouth’s Register Office will remain in Lockyer Street for the time-being and get a makeover while the search continues for a suitable new site. The Council plans to invest £190,000 in structural repairs to the building over the period of three years. A delegated decision has been signed this week authorising officers to look at […]


Research into Bretonside coffin uncovers Cookworthy connection

The lead coffin recovered during the demolition of the Bretonside bus station last week has been revealed to be Elizabeth, daughter of well-known Plymouth porcelain manufacturer William Cookworthy. Investigations carried out by South West Archaeology, with support from the Council’s historic environment officer, have found that a name plate on the coffin identifies the remains […]


Elizabethan House set for work

Specialists architects DHV Architects (Dittrich Hudson Vasetti) will be carrying out investigative works on Plymouth’s Elizabethan House project. The Bristol based firm will be carrying out an explorative programme of work to get the full picture of the extent of the repairs required. This initial phase could take up to six months and will mean […]


‘Museum On Tour’ moves to House of Fraser

Shoppers and visitors to one of Plymouth’s flagship stores will get the chance to experienc the ‘Museum On Tour’ programme from 9 December. Objects, images, film footage and what’s on information will be displayed in selected areas on floors 4 and 5 of House of Fraser, Royal Parade and will remain on show throughout 2018. […]


Play improvement programme continues

Play parks at Hooe Green and Dean Cross are the latest to have been made over as part of an ongoing play improvements scheme. Meanwhile, work has also started on parks at Peacock Meadow, Boringdon Close, Plympton St Maurice, and at Mutley Park as the Hands Up For Plymouth Play programme ramps up. Improvements across […]


Empty home trashed by former tenants given a new lease of life thanks to Council help

A long term empty property in Plymouth that was trashed by former tenants has been brought back into use with help from Plymouth City Council. Brian and Vivien Packer were contacted by the Council as part of its ongoing work to bring more than 700 empty homes in the city back into use. Mr and […]


Agreement brokered by Council leader and local MP for repairs to Sutton Harbour Footbridge

An agreement has been brokered between Plymouth City Council, the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Holdings plc for repairs to enable the Sutton Harbour pedestrian footbridge to re-open. Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Bowyer and MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport Luke Pollard brokered the agreement between Sutton Harbour Holdings plc and the Environment […]


Support the campaign to save Devonport-based assault ships

  Plymouth residents and businesses are being urged to show their support for a campaign to prevent cuts to Devonport based ship and Royal Marines. (Watch the video) The cross-party campaign calls for a re-think on leaked Government proposals to decommission the amphibious assault ships HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark as part of a package […]


Christmas tree put up in Baby Garden

A Christmas tree has been placed in the Baby Garden at Weston Mill Cemetery. The tree has been provided in partnership with baby bereavement charity Little Things & Co to offer parents an opportunity for remembrance of their baby at a very difficult time of year. Parents who have lost a baby can have a […]


Council on track to restore confidence in Election Service

The Electoral Commission has just published its report on the General Election 2017 which notes the four key issues with Plymouth City Council’s handling of the election were around poll cards, postal votes, removal of voters from the register and the incorrect declaration at the count. These issues were identified in Dr Smith’s Independent Review, […]


Your views needed on school admission arrangements in Plymouth

It’s time for parents to have their say about the school admissions process in Plymouth. Starting school, whether primary or secondary, is an important step, and the Council wants to make applying for places as fair and straightforward as possible. Parents are therefore being asked for their views on the proposed school admission arrangements for […]


Aspiring young Plymouth musicians come together to celebrate their ‘Musicality’

Young musicians from across Plymouth are uniting to share their talent for playing at the city’s annual youth music concert. Musicians from Plymouth Music Education Hub’s (PMEH) city-wide ensembles will take over Plymouth Pavilions on Saturday 3 February at both 2pm and 6.30pm. The Musicality concert is the highlight of the young musicians’ year and […]


Make sure you check your Christmas and New Year bin collections!

Christmas and New Year holidays are just around the corner and Plymouth City Council wants to make sure you know what day your bin collections are, and what you can do with all that Christmas packaging! As part of Plymouth’s ongoing recycling campaign, the Council wants to make sure that local people know what they […]