Monthly Archives: November 2017


Last few days for elections household enquiry

Residents of Plymouth are being reminded that there are just a few days left to respond to the Household Enquiry form so that Plymouth City Council can get the Electoral Register up to date. There are benefits to responding and getting on the electoral register beyond being able to vote –  it has a positive […]


Forder Valley Link Road ground investigations

We would like to make it clear that work is not starting on the new Forder Valley Link Road scheme today, as has been reported by some media. The scheme design is yet to be finalised and the final business case is still to be submitted. Specialist contractors are digging trial pits and boreholes from this […]


Be scam aware and know what you’ve signed up for

Scams by con artists have cost Plymouth residents around £600,000 in recent years and Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards is working with Citizens Advice to raise awareness of consumer rights. The figure is revealed as we mark National Consumer Week (27 November to 1 December 2017) – follow our local hashtag #ConsumerWeekPlym or the national […]


Plymouth City Council welcomes tougher action on empty homes

Tougher action on long term empty home owners is among the measures announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequor, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond this week. The announcement of an increase in council tax for landlords who allow properties to remain empty has been welcomed by Plymouth City Council, which is working hard to tackle […]


Stirling picks up where Nelson left off

A former residential home in Honicknowle has been earmarked for Plymouth’s newest veteran self-build project. Stirling House on Honicknowle Green will be demolished and planned in its place are a number of self-build housing opportunities for former service families as well as single veterans in housing need, alongside other homes for sale and rent. Following […]

(l-r) Mike Houican, Strategic Development Manager for DCH, Graham Lobb, Director of Form Design, Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council and Norman Biddle, Chairman of the Community Self Build Association at the Stirling House site on Honicknowle Green

Mannamead Road consultation begins

Plymouth City Council is seeking residents’ views on £1.5 million plans to improve the traffic flow along Mannamead Road. A number of changes are proposed for this busy route, which links Manadon Roundabout with Mutley Plain. Amongst the suggested changes are upgrades to the traffic signals at the junctions with Torr Lane, Higher Compton Road, […]


Woman fined for throwing cigarette end out of car

A Ford woman faces fines and court costs of £1,232 for throwing a cigarette butt out of her car window. The 41-year-old woman was seen throwing a cigarette end out of her car window while driving at Marsh Mills on 9 May. She was served with a £80 Fixed Penalty Notice for littering, but because the fine […]


Ground investigations for Forder Valley Link Road

Specialist contractors will be carrying out ground investigations for the new Forder Valley Link Road from Monday. Trial pits and boreholes are being dug along the proposed route of the new link road and at the Forder Valley Road/Novorossiysk Road junction to confirm the ground conditions and help further guide the next stage of detailed […]


Plymouth supports HIV Testing Week

National HIV Testing Week kicks off Saturday 18 November to raise awareness of HIV testing. In 2017 there were an estimated 101,200 people in the UK living with HIV of these it is estimated that 13% don’t know they have the condition, which increases the risk of onward transmission greatly. In 2016, 4,690 people in England […]


Council targets litter louts

Plymouth City Council is stepping up the fight to keep the city clean. From January 2018, additional enforcement officers will be patrolling the streets of Plymouth, with the aim of preventing littering, dog fouling, fly-posting and fly-tipping offences. This work will be delivered by either an external partner or the Council’s in-house team, and a […]


Council takes fresh look at unauthorised encampments

Plymouth City Council is set to get tough on unauthorised encampments with a new series of initiatives. Providing several temporary stopping places (TSPs) around the city and placing Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) on sites historically occupied by encampments are among the methods being considered to alleviate the inconvenience that UEs cause to the settled […]


Derriford roadworks restrictions temporarily lifted for Christmas

We’re temporarily lifting some of the roadworks restrictions in Derriford to help keep traffic moving during the busy Christmas period. The contraflow between Derriford Roundabout and Honeyford Close will be removed overnight tonight as the newly rebuilt northbound lane re-opens to traffic. The two southbound lanes will also be re-opened from Plymbridge Lane to the roundabout, […]


Life-jackets presented to fishermen

Crew from the fishing boat Maggie have become the first beneficiaries of a Plymouth City Council scheme aimed at saving lives at sea. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, joined Councillor Tudor Evans to present the first of 250 life-jackets to fishermen Joel Dunn and Daniel Ackland. The Council has been awarded £77,000 […]

Council Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, joins Councillor Tudor Evans and fishermen Joel Dunn and Daniel Ackland at Plymouth Fishmarket.

Devonport Task Group reconvenes to fight threat to assault ships

A high level Plymouth task group has met to spearhead a campaign to stop threatened cuts to two Devonport-based amphibious assault ships. The Devonport Task Group has reconvened to protect HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark from the threat of being decommissioned by the Government. There are rumours that the ships could go under a Government review of […]


Overnight works around Derriford Roundabout

Overnight works to reconstruct the road around Derriford Roundabout are programmed to begin from Monday 27 November as part of the Derriford Transport Scheme. All work will be carried out at night and no closures or diversions will be in place before 7pm or after 6am, to avoid peak traffic times and minimise disruption. This […]


Park for a pound at Western Approach this Christmas

Late night shoppers can park for just £1 from 3pm at Plymouth’s Western Approach car park in the run-up to Christmas. We’re providing discounted parking every Thursday night to get folk into the festive spirit and encourage them to see what the city centre’s West End shops have on offer. The deal begins this Thursday to coincide […]


Skatepark designs ready!

The Central Park Skatepark is set for an exciting makeover. As part of the wider improvements to the park, the skatepark will be revamped into a destination facility, offering something for beginners, right through to professionals which could also host events and competitions in the future. Plymouth City Council has teamed up with Freestyle Skateparks […]


Taking stock of improvements on main route into city

Residents who live near or travel through Plymstock using the A379, including Billacombe Road and Elburton Road, are being asked to help us take stock of recent road improvements. A three-week engagement starting on 20 November will ask local people to give feedback about how the road improvements have affected them and if there are any […]


Plymouth to remain home of the British Firework Championships until 2029

Plymouth City Council and The Event Services Association (TESA) are set to sign a contract that will see the British Firework Championships remain in Plymouth for a further 12 years. The spectacular two-day event, which celebrated its 21st anniversary in August, has been held on Plymouth Hoe ever since it began in 1997 and attracts […]


Central Park improvements move into second phase

The second phase of improvements to Central Park have been approved with a further £2.6 million worth of funding. Since the scheme was announced in April, Plymouth City Council has been consulting residents on the plans for the park and have started a programme of general improvements throughout the park. Work can now begin on […]


Improved walking and cycling links between Barbican and Laira Rail Bridge

We’re inviting feedback on planned walking and cycling improvements between the Barbican and the Laira Rail Bridge. 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 lanes, cycle parking, better […]


Preferred proposals for improving traffic flow along Plymouth Road

People are being asked to share their views on preferred proposals for improving traffic flow along the B3416 Plymouth Road, from Marsh Mills to Glen Road. The Eastern Corridor Junction Improvements Programme aims to reduce journey times for motorists and buses and improve pedestrian safety and facilities for cyclists. By reducing delays along this busy […]


New Home, New You!

Tenants moving in to social housing are being offered an opportunity – along with the keys to their new home – to join an innovative project to help people achieve the feeling of wellbeing that they would like. Social housing provider Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) is offering new residents the chance to decide whether there […]


Building work on city centre leisure scheme gets underway

Construction work is due to get underway on the huge Drake Circus Leisure development at Bretonside. The £53 million scheme looks set to transform this key gateway entrance to Plymouth City Centre, creating hundreds of jobs as well as a new destination for both locals and visitors alike. The scheme, which is across the road […]


Junction improvements on Notte Street

Traffic signals have been removed, restrictions lifted and new pedestrian crossing points provided at the junction of Notte Street and Athenaeum Street, near Plymouth’s waterfront. The changes have been made to improve traffic flow and make it easier and safer for people to walk along this busy route. The three-way junction was previously signal controlled, […]


Hidden historic gem gets listed

One of Plymouth’s hidden historic gems has been listed by Historic England. The Jewish Burial Ground off Lambhay Hill has been granted Grade II listed status as a result of an application made by Plymouth City Council. The burial ground is accessible only through a black door in an anonymous Barbican wall, but it is […]


And the winners are … Abercrombie Awards

  A unique children’s theatre and a housing scheme to help veterans learn construction skills as well as have somewhere to live, were two of the projects to win in this year’s Abercrombie Awards. Plymouth’s best loved buildings – and the people who helped create them – where in the spotlight for the city’s Abercrombie […]


Be Safe, Be Seen on Plymouth’s roads this winter

We’re teaming up with Radio Plymouth and SWH Group to remind all road users to ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ during the autumn and winter months. The clocks have gone back, the days are getting shorter and darker, wetter and colder conditions are starting to set in – which means pedestrians and cyclists are less visible to […]


Plymouth Safeguarding Adults Board publishes review

Plymouth’s Safeguarding Adults Board has published a review into the circumstances surrounding the death of Ruth Mitchell. Carole Burgoyne, vice chair of the Plymouth Safeguarding Adult Board said: “We would like to formally offer our condolences to the family of Ruth Mitchell. “While we acknowledge that nothing will make up for their devastating loss, we […]