Monthly Archives: January 2018


Pitch perfect plans for Efford and Central Park

Planning consent has been granted for improvements to playing pitches in Central Park and Higher Efford. In Efford, two current junior surfaces will be fitted with better drainage, delivering the works identified in the Plymouth Plan for Playing Pitches. In addition, the disused field at the former Plym Valley View Primary School will be transformed […]


Plymouth’s under-18s urged to vote in youth election 2018

Young people in Plymouth are being urged to vote in this year’s UK Youth Parliament election. A total of eight candidates are set to battle it out to become one of four young people to represent the city’s youth at a local, regional and national level. The successful candidates will act as the voice of […]


Dates and ticket details announced for Ocean City Sounds

Get these dates in your diary! Plymouth’s new music event – Ocean City Sounds – will take place on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 July and tickets will go on sale this Friday (2 February) at 9am. Tens of thousands of music fans are expected to head to Plymouth Hoe this summer to see some […]

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How Street development gets go ahead

Planning permission for 12 brand new apartments specifically designed for adults with learning disabilities has been approved. The self-contained, one bedroom Extra Care flats with staff available on site, will be built on a currently empty plot in How Street. Designs show communal areas as well as sleep-in facilities for carers with rents capped at […]


Green light given at Full Council for contractual arrangement with Torbay

It was confirmed at last night’s Full Council that Plymouth City Council will take on the full managerial responsibility for Children’s Services in Torbay. Full Council has endorsed the Cabinet’s decision to enter into a formal contractual arrangement for Plymouth to manage Torbay Council’s Children’s Services, it is due to come into effect from 1 […]


Council outlines A38 strategy

Plymouth City Council is asking for the A38 to be included as a priority for investment in the government’s forthcoming second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2). The council is responding to a recent government announcement inviting replies to its consultation on shaping the future of England’s strategic roads and seeking to bring about the modernisation of […]


Three sites set for demolition

Several vacant and dilapidated Plymouth buildings are set to make way for over 60 new homes. Stirling House and Honicknowle Clinic, the former Sure Start Nursery on Ham Green and the former North Prospect Library will all be demolished in preparation of building works beginning in 2019. A number of self-build housing opportunities for former […]


Overnight resurfacing around Derriford Roundabout

Overnight resurfacing will get under way on Derriford Roundabout next week following recent road reconstruction works. The work, being carried out as part of the Derriford Transport Scheme, will start on Monday 29 January and take six nights. All closures and diversions have been programmed after 7.30pm and before 6am to minimise disruption to traffic. […]


Noisy neighbour handed Criminal Behaviour Order

Residents of a Crownhill street may finally rest easy after a noisy neighbour was given a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) in her absence at Plymouth Magistrates today. The 39 year-old woman, of Tailyour Road, was successfully prosecuted by the Council’s Environmental Protection Team earlier this year and is now forbidden from playing music, day or […]


2017 GCSE and post 16 results statement

The finalised GCSE and A-Level results for Plymouth show a mixed picture. The city’s A-level results are broadly in-line with national figures, with students receiving average grades of C+ for their best three courses. GCSE results are showing performance of Plymouth schools is below other parts of the country. In English and mathematics a total […]


A fin-tastic day for young Plymouth carers

To celebrate this year’s Young Carers Day on Thursday 25 January, the National Marine Aquarium was pleased to host a special visit for a group of young carers from Plymouth. An annual event, Young Carers Day recognises the incredible contribution of 700,000 young people across the UK who provide valuable care and support and is […]


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 at a special celebration ceremony. The Celebration in Excellence event, which was held at Devonport Guildhall, celebrated the outstanding continued commitment and dedication of carers. The Council paid tribute to the contribution all carers make towards the lives […]


Work begins at Teat’s Hill

Work has started on turning a tired Plymouth park into a community destination. Diggers are on site at Teat’s Hill in Cattedown, where a new outdoor amphitheatre is being installed alongside improved play equipment. The project sees the coming together of several different council initiatives including Hands Up for Plymouth Play and the Active Neighbourhoods […]


Green light for Central Park Café

Planning permission for the new Central Park cafe has been granted. The cafe, one of the flagship components of the Central Park improvements project, will be built adjacent to the clock tower, at the busiest and most visible points of the park. Plymouth City Council is now seeking an operator to run the café when […]


Plymouth warms up for top diving action this weekend

Plymouth will be the centre of the British diving world this weekend as it plays host to the sport’s biggest domestic competition of the year. Divers from all over the country will be heading to the Plymouth Life Centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to compete in the 2018 British Diving Championships. Plymouth Diving is […]


Public examination for Joint Local Plan to start next week

    Some of the key issues to affect life in Plymouth and the surrounding areas will come under the scrutiny of planning inspectors over the coming weeks. A public examination is due to start on Tuesday 30 January to look at the detail of the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan, which […]


Plymouth kids kept Fit and Fed during school holidays

A project which aims to address the growing issue of holiday hunger is coming to Plymouth in February 2018. Led by the charity StreetGames, the Fit and Fed project delivers an affordable holiday programme that aims to combat inactivity, isolation and hunger for young people by providing sport, play and food during the school holidays.  […]


Libraries and CATERed launch recipe book

Our library service has teamed up with school meals provider CATERed to publish a recipe book following their successful Lunch at the Library events over the summer. Featuring popular recipes from CATERed’s lunch menu the book will be available to borrow from all Plymouth libraries from Wednesday 24 January. Schools have been invited to a […]


Partners buoyed by constructive devolution meeting

Devolution proposals to push the South West’s growth ambitions have stepped up a gear with a positive meeting between partners and key civil servants. Leaders and Chief Executives representing local authorities from Somerset, Devon, Plymouth, Torbay, Exeter and East Devon alongside the Local Enterprise Partnership met with senior officials from the Department for Business, Energy […]


Temporary Stop Notice lifted

We have lifted the Temporary Stop Notice placed on Burrington Estate’s development off Aberdeen Avenue. Following a number of productive meetings between the council and the developer, a number of measures have been put in place which will allow building to continue. For the next six weeks, Burrington Estates will be able to access their […]


Changes to Council senior management reflect greater partnership working

A small number of changes are being proposed to the senior posts at Plymouth City Council to ensure the Council can drive forward change in the city and the wider area. There will be no additional cost to Plymouth taxpayers as a result of the changes. A report on the changes will be considered at […]


Signal failure at Derriford Roundabout

People travelling to and from Derriford along the A386 Tavistock Road are warned to expect delays heading into the evening rush hour. Signals on the Looseleigh Lane, Brest Road and Tavistock Road (northbound) approaches to Derriford Roundabout are out due to a damaged cable. This is likely to cause congestion during peak travel times and […]


Paths cleared as part of Winter Works programme

Radford Park is getting some seasonal TLC, courtesy of the Council’s Winter Works programme. A team is in the park this week, cutting back overhanging paths, clearing dangerous branches that have come lose and making good paths edges which have become muddy. ​The Winter Works programme was launched last Autumn to give residents more of […]


Do you need to refresh your postal vote signature?

Some postal voters in Plymouth will be receiving letters this week asking them to provide a fresh signature. Signatures often change over time and, by law, councils must ask postal voters to ‘refresh’ their signature every five years. If you are a postal voter and the signature held on record for you is more than […]


Music after hours leads to fine  

The landlord of  a Plymouth pub has been ordered to pay £975 by Plymouth Magistrates for allowing a DJ to play music beyond the time permitted by its premises licence and for playing recorded music at such a level it could be heard outside The designated premises supervisor Darren Luxton of the Windmill Public House, […]


Change4Life Roadshow comes to Plymouth

Families in Plymouth got to find out about a new mobile phone app to help them buy healthier snacks at a Change4Life roadshow. Change4Life is an ongoing campaign led by Public Health England (PHE) and the latest phase aims to encourage parents to buy healthier snacks for their children. A roadshow was held at Tesco […]


Tim Peake’s spacecraft to touchdown in Plymouth?

Plymouth could be getting a slice of space history – Tim Peake’s Soyuz descent module. The city bid to be part of the UK tour of Tim Peake’s Soyuz descent module and has today learned Plymouth has been shortlisted to host the spacecraft and parachute. On 18 June 2016, Tim Peake returned to Earth after […]


Surveys start along Plymouth Road ahead of improvement programme

Ground condition and land surveys are starting this week along Plymouth Road ahead of the Eastern Corridor Junction Improvements Programme. The programme involves junctions along Plymouth Road being upgraded and ageing traffic signals replaced with more modern, efficient and reliable equipment enabling better coordination between the junctions. The programme aims to reduce journey times for […]


Owner breathes new life into derelict former post office with help from Council

A Plymouth resident is breathing new life into the old post office he used to buy sweets from as a child and turning it into two new homes with help from the Council. The old post office at The Quay in Oreston has been empty for over 20 years but Steve Cooke is rebuilding the […]