Monthly Archives: January 2017


Plymouth outlines Mayflower 400 investment

Exciting plans to get Plymouth shipshape and ready for the global stage as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations are being unveiled. Historic trails will be developed so that visitors can follow in the footsteps of the Pilgrim Fathers. Some projects in the pipeline include the renovation of two Elizabethan houses in the Barbican and […]


Heart of the South West Productivity Plan launched to link with national Industrial Strategy

Last week Government launched its consultation ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’ which aims to improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country. This aligns with the Heart of the South West’s joint LEP and local authority-led Devolution Partnership’s Productivity Plan which launched this week, aiming to ensure that […]


£266 million investment in city’s future announced

A multi-million pound investment to transform the look and feel of the city centre is being planned as part of an ambitious £266 million investment programme. The Cabinet is being asked to approve up to £27 million for the scheme in the capital budget – the Council’s fund used to invest in the city, in […]


Combination of growth and change helps balance books

A combination of encouraging growth across Plymouth and changing how services are run is helping to balance the books and set the city in the right direction. Cabinet will meet on 7 February to consider the latest budget report ahead of it being considered at Council on Monday 27 February. The report highlights a sharply […]


£1.497 million funding boost for Plymotion

We have secured almost £1.5 million from the Department for Transport to continue our successful Plymotion green travel programme for another three years. We are one of 25 councils across the country to be awarded a share of £60 million from the Sustainable Travel Access Fund, for local projects that support access to employment, education and […]


Looking for work in care? Recruitment fair on Saturday 4 February

Do you work in care and are looking for a new challenge, or are you interested in getting into care work? Plymouth City Council, in partnership with domiciliary care, supported living and care home providers within the City, are holding a recruitment fair at Plymouth Guildhall on Saturday 4th February 2017 from 10am to 4pm, […]


Plymouth marks Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January 2017

Millions of victims of the Holocaust as well as subsequent genocides will be remembered at the Holocaust Memorial Tree, as Plymouth City Council considers a cross-party motion to remember the Holocaust, educate young people, and take a stand against hate crime. On Holocaust Memorial Day, Friday 27 January, Lord Mayor of Plymouth Councillor Pauline Murphy […]


Plan for Libraries – have your say

Consultation has now begun on proposals to transform the way library services are delivered in Plymouth. Our draft Plan for Libraries aims to modernise the city’s library services over the next three years so they better meet the needs of local communities and make better use of resources. We have a network of 17 libraries […]


Woman in Plymouth first in the city to be prosecuted under new microchipping laws

A Plymouth woman who failed to comply with the new law to have her dog microchipped has been ordered to pay £450 at Plymouth Magistrates court today. Rosalyn Harding, of Kings Tamerton Road was served a notice on 30 September last year under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, requiring her dog to have […]


Plymouth foster carers celebrated at special award ceremony

Foster carers from across Plymouth have been praised for their invaluable service to children and young people during a celebration for Foster Carers awards ceremony. Hosted at Devonport Guildhall, the event, celebrated the outstanding continued commitment and dedication of carers and the profound difference they make to young people’s lives. Most of the carers commended […]


Plymouth’s newly qualified social workers celebrated

The latest group of newly qualified children’s social workers have been presented with certificates of completion by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Pauline Murphy at a special ceremony. The certificates mark the successful completion of the social workers’ assessed and supported first year in practice. Newly Qualified Social Workers have made a significant contribution to safeguarding […]


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 4 February at both 2pm and 6.30pm. The Musicality concert is the highlight of the young musicians’ year and […]


Lane closures on Outland Road

Drivers heading south along Outland Road (towards the city centre) are warned there will be further lane closures next week and at the beginning of the following week. Works are being carried out between Torr Lane and Weston Park Road as part of the Outland Road Junction Improvement Scheme. Every effort will be made to […]


Million pound investment in Foreshore

Works have started to protect and extend the life of buildings and structures on the foreshore east of Tinside Pool. Council leader Ian Bowyer has authorised £1,000,000 capital investment for a programme of repairs to the foreshore which has a network of winding paths, buildings and features. Surveys were carried out before Christmas to pinpoint […]


Comment on parking modernisation plans

People can now comment on proposals for simpler tariffs, more online services, cheaper long-stay parking and tickets that can be used in multiple locations, which are among a number of improvements being proposed in a major modernisation of Plymouth’s parking arrangements. Proposals include smarter meters that will allow people to park for longer if they […]


Ground investigation surveys on Plymouth Road

Ground investigation surveys are being carried out on Plymouth Road in Plympton from Monday 23 January, in preparation for the first phase of works to upgrade junctions and reduce congestion along the Eastern Corridor. Specialist contractors will be digging trial pits and boreholes to confirm the ground conditions before the next stage of design gets […]


Care Home Health and Wellbeing Champions scheme launched

Care home staff and those who work in people’s homes in Plymouth are being trained up to be ‘Health and Wellbeing Champions.’ The project is being launched by Plymouth City Council and Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) as part of their Integrated Enhanced and Specialised Care Strategy. Representatives from […]


#TimeToSign: Mum of son who died waiting for organ transplant meets with council

The mum of a man who died waiting for an organ transplant has met with representatives of Plymouth City Council to discuss how more people in the city can be encouraged to sign up to the NHS Organ Donation Register. Jillian Oxley, who lost her son Jon Paul aged just 21 in 2012 to Cystic […]


Support for Waterfront BID confirmed

Plymouth City Council has confirmed its support for Waterfront businesses to help regenerate Plymouth’s Waterfront, through the renewal of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership’s (PWP) Business Improvement District (BID). Councillor Glenn Jordan introduced the report and explained that as “Plymouth prepares for Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020, PWP’s new BID would be well placed to be […]


Excavation works to resume on Tavistock Road – joint statement from Devon and Cornwall Police and Plymouth City Council 

Excavation works are to resume on Tavistock Road today, following a further multi-agency meeting yesterday (Tuesday 17 January). A detailed plan has been agreed by all agencies involved, including ordnance specialists, with contingencies in place for managing the safe search, extraction and removal of any further similar devices located on site. It is anticipated that […]


Ground breaking moment for ground breaking project

We marked a major milestone for our History Centre with a groundbreaking ceremony in Tavistock Place. Councillor Sam Davey, Deputy Lord Mayor for Plymouth put the first spade in the ground as part of the official ceremony, which  was attended by representatives from the Council, construction firm Willmott Dixon and other key partners and stakeholders. […]


Derriford Hospital bus interchange now two-way

Work to upgrade Plymouth’s second busiest bus interchange is now complete. The road outside Derriford Hospital has been widened to allow buses to travel in both directions – helping to reduce congestion outside the main entrance and making bus journeys to and from the hospital quicker and more reliable. Four additional bus stops have been […]


Have your say on plans for Plymouth’s libraries

People are being asked to share their views on plans to transform the way library services are delivered in Plymouth. We have produced a draft Plan for Libraries that aims to modernise Plymouth’s library services over the next three years so they better meet the needs of local communities and make better use of resources. Plymouth […]


Update on Tavistock Road works – joint statement from Devon and Cornwall Police and Plymouth City Council

A multi-agency meeting has been held today to discuss the best way of managing works being carried out on Tavistock Road following the discovery of 24 white phosphorus devices last week. Excavation work on the central reserve remains temporarily suspended while partners discuss the potential for more devices to be found at this location and […]


Work starts on Oceansgate, the city’s flagship marine development

Work starts today on the city’s flagship marine development, Oceansgate. Council Leader Ian Bowyer will dig the first turf to mark the start of the Phase 1 build of the country’s only Marine Enterprise Zone, which forms a key part of the Plymouth’s plans to grow its flourishing marine sector. The first phase entails the […]


Grenades on Tavistock Road – joint statement from Devon and Cornwall Police and Plymouth City Council

Plymouth City Council has suspended excavation work for the Derriford Transport Scheme following the discovery of more white phosphorus grenades on Tavistock Road today. Ten World War Two grenades were found on Tuesday afternoon and controlled detonations were carried out by the Royal Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team. A further 14 grenades were found […]


Showing post scams the door in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards Team, are working in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police to tackle the serious impact of scam mail. Crafty con artists have managed to scam a total £400,000 out of 195 people in Plymouth in the last two years.  Nationally it is estimated scams targeting people by phone or post […]


Inspiring Brighter Futures survey launched for parents in Plymouth

The Council has just launched a city-wide survey for parents and carers. The Brighter Futures survey aims to improve the Council’s understanding of the needs of parents and carers when young people are making transitions between secondary school and further education, employment or training. Young people need extra support to take their first few steps […]


Five days left to apply for a primary school place in September

If your child is due to start at primary school for the first time in September 2017, or junior school for children who have completed Year 2, you only have five days left to get your applications in. The deadline for primary and junior school admission preferences is Sunday 15 January and the Council is […]