Monthly Archives: February 2018


Bin rounds affected by weather conditions – the latest

Our crews have continued to collect bins across much of the city despite the weather although there have been problems with some of the more minor roads. Areas and streets that have not been done today include: • Eggbuckland • Honicknowle • Crownhill • Derriford • Whitleigh • Peverell • Mutley • Manadon Honickowle has […]


Plymouth prepares for cold snap

Plymouth City Council is monitoring the weather situation closely over the next few days and teams are on standby to deal with any potential problems caused by the snow and ice predicted to affect the region. Here is how all of our different departments are preparing. ROADS The Council’s fleet of gritters are pre-treating the […]


Bridge on a bridge answer for Cot Hill?

A temporary bridge spanning over the current Cot Hill Road bridge is one of the options being looked at by infrastructure officers at Plymouth City Council. A structure could be installed as part of a temporary solution while work continues on a permanent replacement. In January the Council imposed an emergency ban on vehicles over […]


Council sets one of the lowest tax increases despite huge pressures

Plymouth households will pay an average of 121 pence a week extra next year for hundreds of day-to-day services provided by the Council, including care for the elderly and vulnerable adults. The City Council agreed a 1.47 per cent increase in Council Tax as it set its budget for 2018/19 – lower than the increases […]


Council leader unveils £146 million Homes for Plymouth plan

Plymouth City Council leader Ian Bowyer has unveiled a radical 10-year plan to boost the creation of new homes in the city. Councillor Bowyer announced the Homes for Plymouth plan during his annual budget speech, saying it would help address the challenges many Plymouth residents have in finding an affordable home by delivering around 1,000 […]


Council conducts final check on Electoral Service

A progress check on the overhaul of the way Plymouth City Council manages elections has taken place with the return visit of the Independent Investigator Dr Dave Smith. He has concluded that the Council is in a strong position to deliver local elections in May provided it continues to have a firm focus on operational […]


Second phase of play improvements given go ahead

The next phase of play improvements across Plymouth has been given the green light, with 38 play parks set to receive a makeover by Spring 2020. In addition, up to six brand new parks will be created close to new housing thanks to contributions from developers. The plans follow hot-on-the-heels on the first phase of […]


100th home helped with new initiative

A new initiative designed to help people cut their heating bills and save the planet has just helped its 100th Plymouth household. The Climate Active Neighbourhoods project has been targeting homeowners and private tenants in Ham, St Budeaux and Devonport. Advisors visit people in their homes to give free advice and practical support, installing energy-saving devices […]


Clarification on rehousing tenants in North Prospect

Some national newspapers have run stories suggesting that Plymouth City Council is responsible for finding new homes for residents living in parts of North Prospect about to undergo regeneration. This is not the case as Plymouth Community Homes is responsible for relocating affected tenants and homeowners. Plymouth City Council is working in partnership with Plymouth […]


Council team work through the night to clear rubbish dumped on the A38

More than 1.3 tonnes were collected from a four mile stretch of the Plymouth parkway on Friday night. A crew of four people from the Council’s Street Cleansing department have been clearing a section of the A38 between Plympton Hill and Manadon roundabout. Crews removed 116 bags of collected waste, 11 bags of fly tipped […]


Council appoint Kingdom as enforcement contractors

Extra enforcement officers will soon be treading Plymouth’s pavements. Tasked with preventing littering, dog fouling, fly-posting and fly-tipping, the officers will be able to issue fixed penalty notices to offenders. Following a competitive procurement process, the Council has teamed up with specialist company Kingdom Services to help deliver the Corporate Plan, which sets out a […]


Kids get active during half term week thanks to Fit and Fed

A project aimed at tackling holiday hunger, isolation and inactivity among children took place in Plymouth during the recent half term week. Mayflower Academy hosted the series of events that were organised throughout half term week by Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Community Homes and CATERed, where children were able to make new friends, get active […]


Find your future career with Skills South West 2018

Event: Skills South West 2018 Venue: Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth Date: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Time: 9:30pm – 3pm and 4pm – 6.30pm Date: Thursday 15 March 2018 Time: 9.30am – 1pm. Are you aged 14 – 19 and thinking about your career, or a parent, carer or teacher of someone in that age group? Why […]


Reminder about work on Plymouth Road

Vegetation on Plymouth Road at the Marsh Mills and Larkham Lane junctions will be cleared over the next two weeks as part of advance works for the Eastern Corridor Junction Improvements Programme. The work will start on Monday 19 February but will take place between 9.30am and 3.30pm to avoid the busiest traffic times. Investigative […]


New Lord Mayor Designate announced

The new Lord Mayor Designate for 2018/19 has been announced for Plymouth. Councillor Sam Davey has been Stoke ward councillor since 2012 and was Deputy Lord Mayor 2016/17. Originally from Sunderland, where he served as a Police Constable in the Northumberland Police Force and a deck officer in the Merchant Navy, Councillor Davey moved to […]


Cash boost for homes on Council land

Plymouth’s plans to build more vitally-needed homes on Council-owned land has been given a £3.9 million cash boost. Projects to build on parcels of land, which could see up to 650 homes built, have been awarded funding from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government. to help unlock the land for development The Land […]


Active Together project wins backing from Sport England

A pioneering project by our Sports Development Unit to help local people on a low income become more active has won backing from Sport England. The Active Together family groups have been awarded £8,488 funding as part of Sport England’s strategy to improve people’s health and mental wellbeing through sport and activity. Sport England is […]


Council wins award in Hearts for the Arts award

A unique campaign to encourage more people to consider fostering has been named the Best Local Authority Initiative in the National Campaign for the Arts’ Hearts For The Arts Awards 2018. I.AM.NOT.A.ROBOT, by Plymouth City Council has been named Best Local Authority Arts Initiative in the awards which celebrate the work of councils, councillors and council […]


‘Serve-ay’ for tennis players in Plymouth

Tennis players of all ages and abilities are being asked for their thoughts on tennis courts in parks across the city. Plymouth City Council is working with the Lawn Tennis Association on plans to encourage people to pick up a racket and play more often. The two organisations have paired up to work together to […]


Council leader joins calls for fairer funding

Plymouth City Council leader Ian Bowyer has joined calls from councils across the South West for a fairer funding deal from the Government as the city faces huge challenges in balancing its books. Leaders of Devon, Isles of Scilly, Plymouth, Somerset, Torbay, Dorset and Cornwall Council are calling for central government to stop disadvantaging councils and […]


William Prance Road to re-open

William Prance Road will have one lane open in both directions from Wednesday 14 February, improving access for local residents and businesses. While works will continue in this area until the end of March, drivers will be able to turn right into William Prance Road from Tavistock Road and continue eastbound all the way to […]


Getting a feel for what people think about Plymouth

Plymouth residents are being asked: What do you think about where you live? Over 8,000 questionnaires are currently dropping on doormats across the city as part of a randomly-selected sample of Plymouth residents. The short questionnaire is designed to find out about what people think of Plymouth, how they feel about their local area and […]


Plymouth is 100th council to have a Member Champion for Mental Health

Plymouth City Council has become the 100th local authority in England to appoint a member champion for mental health as part of a national scheme to boost leadership for mental health in local councils. The Mental Health Challenge for Local Authorities is run by a group of national charities. It asks councils in England to […]


Council make commitment to Phase 2 of Oceansgate funding

Plymouth City Council has made a £14.3m commitment to support Phase 2 of Oceansgate, a pioneering new marine business-hub development in South Yard, Devonport. As Phase 1 of the development nears completion, with the buildings expected to be opened in March, attention has turned to Phase 2. This will see the construction of a further […]


Council makes £10 million savings to deliver a balanced budget

Plymouth City Council is having to manage big reductions in its funding and further rises in the cost of providing social care services as it tries to balance its budget for 2018/19. A report to the Cabinet on 13 February says the Council has seen a huge reduction in its revenue support grant in recent […]


New-look Crownhill Library now open

Crownhill Library has re-opened today following a three-week refurbishment. It’s the third to undergo an upgrade as part of our Plan for Libraries, with Devonport and Southway having been refurbished in the autumn. It now boasts a brand new meeting room, complete with audio visual equipment, twice as many computers and a refreshed book stock. External […]

Inside the newly refurbished Crownhill Library

Argyle Community Trust appointed as sport coordinator for Mayflower 400

Argyle Community Trust have been appointed as Plymouth’s co-ordinator for sport and physical activity for the city’s Mayflower 400 commemorations in the lead-up to 2020. Mayflower 400 marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims sailing from Plymouth to America in 1620 and an incredible range of activity will be hosted across the city to commemorate […]