Monthly Archives: October 2017


New vehicle fleet to keep Plymouth’s roads moving this winter

Five new multi-function vehicles will help to keep Plymouth’s roads moving this winter. The new trucks have a quick-change body, which means the chassis can be easily fitted with a gritter, tipper or ‘hotbox’ attachment for repairing defects. As well as planned construction and maintenance they can be used for more reactive works and will […]


William Prance Road to re-open westbound

William Prance Road will re-open westbound from the Brest Road roundabout to Tavistock Road on Wednesday 1 November, bringing welcome relief for local residents and businesses. The first phase of works on this road is nearly complete and from Wednesday vehicles will be able to turn left onto Tavistock Road towards Crownhill or right towards […]


Improved play at Miller Way!

Over 70 local children and adults joined council staff on Wednesday to celebrate the official opening of a new play park in Estover. The park at Miller Way has been fitted with new and refurbished equipment with a dedicated, fenced area for toddlers. Meanwhile, a brand new BMX dirt track has been installed. Hands Up […]


Weston Mill work set to begin

Upgrades to Weston Mill Recycling Centre will begin next month. Changes will include a brand new drainage system as well as a complete resurfacing of the site. There will also be new road markings, designed to improve traffic flow and help separate plant vehicles and residents using the site. The centre will shut on Wednesday […]


Sendalls Way works postponed

The Sendalls Way junction with Tavistock Road has fully re-opened. The junction was closed on Monday in order to carry out improvements to the signals and crossings and was initially set to reopen in early 2018. But following feedback from residents and businesses, the work has been postponed. Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet […]


Social enterprises in Plymouth invited to apply for funds

Social enterprises across Plymouth are being invited to apply for a share of a £300,000 pot of loans and grants to help their business flourish. Plymouth City Council is launching another round of its innovative Social Enterprise Investment Fund and the successful bidders will be able to join a growing rank of organisations who have […]


On track to deliver pledges that make a difference

Plymouth City Council is on track to deliver the priorities it has set to improve life for its residents, both now and for the future. A progress report on the 19 pledges the administration has committed to deliver is being submitted to Cabinet to highlight some of the key achievements made over the last three […]


Vote for POLEN!

A Plymouth project needs your support in order to help more children access improved learning outside the of the classroom. Plymouth Outdoor Learning and Education Network (POLEN) supports Plymouth schools to enable more teachers and children to confidently access learning outside the classroom in the natural environment. The scheme, led by Plymouth City Council with […]


Over 150 jobs to be created for city with Next new store

Work has started on a new 7,000 square metre Next store at the city’s Marsh Mills Gateway retail park. Over 150 jobs will be created as the multi-million pound project, which once complete, will strengthen the city’s position as a regional shopping destination. The brownfield site, which was recently acquired by Plymouth City Council, has […]


Stonehouse PSPO goes ahead

A new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is helping to tackle anti-social behaviour in Stonehouse. Drinking, drug use and begging in public areas will be among the issues targeted when the PSPO comes into effect on Tuesday, 31 October. Its introduction follows months of consultation, during which the initiative received unanimous support from residents. Councillor […]


New report focuses on helping children and young people in Plymouth to Thrive

The new Director of Public Health Annual Report – the draft version of which is now available online – focuses on how the health and wellbeing of children and young people is being supported in schools in Plymouth. Entitled Feel Better Do Better: Thrive Plymouth in Schools, it is the first annual report of Dr […]


Remembrance Sunday service on Plymouth Hoe

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Wendy Foster, and her consort Councillor Ken Foster, will be joined by the Deputy Lieutenant of Devon for this year’s Remembrance Service on Plymouth Hoe on Sunday, 12 November. The Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Nick Kelly, Deputy Lady Mayoress Helen Kelly, the Council Leader Ian Bowyer, the Leader of the Opposition, […]


Derriford Transport Scheme Update

Work will begin on the Sendalls Way junction with Tavistock Road from Monday, 23 October as the Derriford Transport Scheme moves into its latter stages. Improvements include upgrading the junction with new traffic islands, signal poles, traffic light heads and cable ducting. This will require the right turn out of Sendalls Way onto Tavistock Road […]


William, age six, says clear up your own litter and dog poo!

A young boy who wrote to his local MP to ask people to clear up their litter and dog poo, was given the opportunity to have a ride in a road sweeper. William Howard, age six, wrote to Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer as he was fed up with people leaving dog poo bags […]


Funding boost for Plymouth transport schemes

Two of Plymouth’s key transport projects have received a significant funding boost. The Department of Transport has earmarked over £8 million to help fund Forder Valley Interchange highway improvements and the Morlaix Drive Public Transport Scheme. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “This really is fantastic news for Plymouth and I am […]


Life Chances Fund to change lives in Plymouth

Up to 40 women in Plymouth are set to benefit after Plymouth City Council secured an in-principle grant of £540k from the Life Chances Fund. Over the next three years, the money will go towards the development of a new service in Plymouth, specifically for families experiencing a cycle of repeated care proceedings, to try […]


Electoral canvass teams visiting homes in the city

Over two thirds of Plymouth’s households have responded so far in the Council’s annual electoral canvass, which checks that the right people are registered to vote at each address. Forms were posted in August to over 100,000 households across Plymouth. From 20 October teams of canvassers will be visiting the households that haven’t responded yet […]


Get your secondary school applications in by the end of this month

  Parents whose children are due to start Year 7 at secondary school or Year 10 at Key Stage 4 in September 2018 have until the end of this month to express their preference of which three schools they would like their child to attend. The deadline for secondary school and Key Stage 4 schools […]


Second phase at Langage gets underway

The second phase of the successful business park at Langage is underway. Diggers are now on site to begin work on 30,000sqft of flexible, commercial workspace, ready for businesses to move into. More jobs could be on the cards for local people as a result of the council investing £3.2 million into creating a modern, […]


Stay Well This Winter in Plymouth: Flu jabs launch 2017

Health leaders in Plymouth are kicking off the annual Stay Well This Winter campaign by getting their flu jabs. Dr Ruth Harrell, Director of Public Health and Councillor Lynda Bowyer, Cabinet Memnber for Health and Adult Social Care for Plymouth City Council decided to lead by example by getting their flu vaccinations up at the Mount Gould Local […]


Making improvements for visitor coaches on Plymouth Barbican

Coach companies arriving at The Barbican will have easier access, thanks to improvement work due to start this week. Plymouth City Council has contracted South West Highways to start work on improvements to the facilities offered to coach services at this popular location. Stage one to extend the bus stop near the Mayflower Steps, creating […]


Funded life-jackets on order for Plymouth’s fishing industry

Fishing boat crews who live and work in Plymouth will be safer at sea, thanks to a project designed by Plymouth City Council with support from local fishing industry. The Council has been awarded £77,000 from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Maritime Management Organisation for the scheme to help reduce loss of […]


More than half of the children awaiting adoption in the south west are in sibling groups

57 percent of the children in the South West waiting for adoptive families are brothers and sisters in groups of two or more according to new information published today to mark National Adoption Week (16-22 October). Figures from national adoption information service, First4Adoption, based on the latest government information, show that sibling groups wait longer […]


Consultation on Woolwell to The George Scheme set to begin

People are being asked to share their views on proposals to tackle one of Plymouth’s worst traffic bottlenecks. The Woolwell to The George Scheme aims to alleviate congestion at the notorious pinch point on the A386 Tavistock Road and support proposed new developments in the north of the city. This stretch of road is used […]


Own an empty home in Plymouth? You could get up to £50,000 to help bring it back into use

Owners of empty homes in Plymouth are being urged to take advantage of a new scheme that provides up to £50,000 support to breathe new life into their properties. As Empty Homes Week (16 – 22 October) gets underway, Plymouth City Council is encouraging owners of some of the estimated 750 empty homes in the […]


Council leader calls for rethink on leaked plans to cut Devonport ships

Plymouth City Council leader Ian Bowyer is calling for the Prime Minister and Defence Secretary to re-think leaked proposals to cut-Devonport based amphibious ships. Councillor Bowyer has written to Theresa May and Michael Fallon MP warning that potential plans to decommission HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark could have a serious impact on the city’s economy. […]


Service veterans move in to self-built homes

Veterans who built their own homes in Plymouth have been celebrated with a housewarming party in their honour. The Nelson Project saw ex-service personnel help with the construction of a 24-home site that includes 12 self-build homes for military veterans and 12 mixed use affordable homes, including supported housing. Local MPs Johnny Mercer and Luke […]


Vote for your favourite new building in the Abercrombie Awards

Some of Plymouth’s best new buildings will be in the spotlight at the city’s Abercrombie Awards – and the public get to pick their favourite. Members of the public are being asked to vote for their favourite building or space in the People’s Award, which can be chosen from any one of the buildings or […]


Campaign launched to make Plymouth a healthier and happier city

A major event is being held to kick off year four of a campaign to make Plymouth a healthier and happier city. The focus of year four of Thrive Plymouth – the city’s ten year plan to be healthier – will be on improving everyone’s mental wellbeing, and it is being launched on World Mental […]