Yearly Archives: 2018


‘Scrooge’ health minister called out by Council leader

Council leader Tudor Evans has accused the health minister of being the ultimate Christmas ‘Scrooge’ by ‘sneaking’ in £85 million cuts to public health funding on the last day of the parliament. The Public Health team in Plymouth is now being forced to make £405,000 cuts for essential services that help our local population to […]


(l-r) For Westward, Development Manager Chris Duggan and Assistant Director of Development Neil Edwards join Councillor Chris Penberthy at the site on Ham Green Lane

Council backs bungalow scheme

A new Council initiative will see the first bungalows built in Plymouth for a number of years. Five new bungalows will be built on the site of the former Sure Start Centre on Ham Green Lane, as part of the council’s commitment to improve housing across the city. In partnership with Westward, this 100 per […]


Smarter steps to tackle road flooding

Smart water sensors are being trialled in gullies to help prevent flooding on Plymouth’s roads. The sensors, which have been installed in 20 locations that are prone to flooding, measure water and silt levels and use real-time weather data to send email and text alerts when there is potential for problems to arise. They can […]

Councillor Dann views gullies being cleared in Ham Drive

Campaign for city’s children is working

A campaign for more funding for children with special education needs has been partially successful, with an extra £350 million promised over the next two years. Councillor Jon Taylor, Cabinet member for Education, Skills and Transformation today gave a cautious welcome to this week’s announcement from Nadhim Zahawi MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children […]


New winter shelter for rough sleepers

Rough sleepers will have somewhere to go this Christmas and throughout the winter thanks to some new accommodation. Plymouth City Council has joined forces with partners BCHA, PATH, Shekinah and Plymouth Soup Run to open the currently disused Stonehouse Creek Community Centre overnight from Friday 21 December. With some of the colder nights of the […]


New blue plaque honours Plymouth’s first female doctor

A new blue plaque honouring a pioneering female medic has been unveiled on the University of Plymouth’s campus. Dr Rosa Bale was born in Barnstaple in 1864. She became Plymouth’s first female doctor, and possibly the first one west of Bristol, in either 1895 or 1896, having qualified at the London School of Medicine for […]


City wide walking competition sends Plymouth pupils over the moon!

The winners of Plymouth’s first ever Classroom To Moon Challenge have been announced. Prizes included a visit from mobile planetarium Space Odyssey for winning schools or new scooter storage from Scooterpods, providing a real incentive for clocking up those space-minutes. Small prizes of water-bottles, pens or reflective keyrings along the way rewarded ‘Walker of the […]


Council work with Unite to protect construction workers

A £40 million construction project in Plymouth was the venue for signing a new charter that will ensure that working conditions and building standards on construction projects under the control of Plymouth City Council meet the highest standards. The charter commits the city to working with the Unite union to ensure direct employment status and […]

Councillor Tudor Evans, leader of Plymouth City Council and Steve Preddy, Unite’s South West Regional Secretary, with the new Construction Charter

Crematorium planning application submitted

The vision to provide Plymouth with a new state of the art crematorium has taken a further step towards reality after hitting a major milestone. Following months of consultation and design work, a planning application was submitted on Friday. Plans show that the new, £12 million facility on a 17-acre site on the eastern edge […]


Cameras help tackle anti social behaviour

Levels of anti-social behaviour have fallen in a city neighbourhood after CCTV cameras were installed. Footage from the cameras around Whitleigh Green has been used by housing association Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) and the police to crack down on crime locally. PCH and Plymouth City Council have jointly paid for the cameras, which were installed […]


Plymouth increases efforts to recruit foster carers and adoptive parents in run up to Christmas

Plymouth City Council is stepping up its efforts to attract more people in the city to become foster carers or to adopt. The Council is giving a boost to its foster carer recruitment campaign, which will include a group of looked after children who are recording a Christmas radio message thanking everyone who made an […]


Contract awards set final phase of works at Elizabethan House in motion

The final phase of design works to the historic Elizabethan House has been given the green light with the appointment of two internationally experienced companies to lead on the interpretation design and installation. The overall design and installation contract has been awarded to The Hub Limited. The specialist contractor has already been appointed to lead […]


Funding approved for Plymouth Road works

Junction improvements in the east of Plymouth have been given the go-ahead. The scheme will see ageing traffic signal equipment on Plymouth Road in Plympton replaced with the latest technology and will also provide more road capacity whilst making pedestrian and cycling improvements. A major part of the scheme is an extension to the eastbound, […]

Plymouth Road

Litter

Council take reins in fight against litter louts

Plymouth City Council is taking back control of environmental enforcement. Since March, Kingdom Services Group have worked in partnership with the Council to deliver enforcement aimed at deterring littering, fly-tipping, fly-post and dog fouling and control. In a move designed to allow a more flexible approach to keep our city clean, this service will now […]


Digital Declaration promises better Council Services

Plymouth City Council has joined a number of other local authorities and public sector organisations who have pledged to work together to improve digital services for their residents. The Council has officially signed the Digital Declaration, which was initiated by the UK Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) and publicly commits to embracing […]


Your views on school admission arrangements

Parents are being asked to have their say about the school admissions process in Plymouth. The Council is working with schools to encourage parents for their views on the proposed school admission arrangements for the start of the 2020 academic year. While 2020 seems a long way off, schools are already making sure that applying […]


Christmas trees to remember loved ones

Three memorial Christmas trees have been unveiled across Plymouth’s two cemeteries. Christmas trees have been placed in the waiting rooms of both Weston Mill and Efford Cemeteries, for members of the public to decorate with messages on special tags to remember friends and family. The trees proved very popular last year with over 100 messages […]


Active Neighbourhood portraits

Photography exhibition highlights role of volunteers

The fantastic work of the Active Neighbourhoods Project is being celebrated with a unique photography exhibition. On Wednesday, volunteers gathered at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard for the first glimpse of specially commissioned portrait photographs of volunteers in their favourite spaces for nature in Plymouth. Some of the key successes of the project, which is […]


New strategy for children’s home procurement

Steps are being taken to stop private companies cashing in on vulnerable children. A report which sets out a clear set of guidelines for providing residential placements for young people in care, will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet next week. Plymouth, like most local authorities, is subject to the national trend of decreasing budgets […]


Forder Valley Link Road takes next major step

Plymouth’s Forder Valley Link Road has reached another major milestone, with the final business case being given the green light for submission to Department for Transport (DfT).  After months of detailed planning and design work the business case will be submitted in January and hopefully release a £22.56 million investment earmarked for the scheme. The […]


Council opposes Public Health funding cuts

Plymouth City Council is standing up to projected funding cuts for Public Health. In 2018-19 and 2019-20 every local authority will have less to spend on public health than the year before and by 2020-21, the Government plans to phase out the Public Health Grant altogether. Following on from a Motion on Notice at last […]

Councillor Ian Tuffin and Councillor Tudor Evans sign the letter to Steve Brine MP

New service launched to help people recover at home

More people will be helped to stay at home safely and recover from illnesses and injury thanks to a new service that has started this week.  An average of 150 people a week will benefit from Plymouth’s new Independence@Home service, run by Plymouth City Council with support from Livewell South West. The service is designed to […]


Council leaders joint letter to James Brokenshire calling for increase..

Council leader Tudor Evans OBE has joined forces with the leaders of 76 other councils to demand an end to the cuts that have devastated local councils. Ahead of this week’s local government settlement on Thursday, he has signed a letter to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire MP, […]


Innovative technology centre opening at Oceansgate development

A new centre for marine innovation, based at Plymouth’s Oceansgate development, is now up-and-running thanks to European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding. The ERDF has granted £2.6 million to fund the Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC) in Plymouth, which has been developed as a partnership by some of the world’s leading key marine research establishments. […]


Crews prepared for heavy rain

Council crews have been sweeping roads, clearing gullies and checking known flooding hotspots in preparation for the heavy rain expected to hit Plymouth tonight and tomorrow night. Rain is currently forecast from around 11pm tonight until 10am, with another band of rain from around 6pm tomorrow. Teams are working throughout the day and night and […]


Severe weather warning for tonight and tomorrow

Council crews have been out today and are on standby to deal with any issues related to the strong winds and heavy rain hitting Plymouth tonight and tomorrow. The Met Office has issued two yellow wind warnings – one that is in place until midnight and another from 3am to 2pm tomorrow. People are advised […]