Monthly Archives: March 2018


Children’s Services contractual arrangement set to start

On 1 April 2018 Torbay and Plymouth’s Children’s Services will begin the formal contractual arrangement for the delivery of Children’s Services in Torbay. The opportunity to create this new arrangement arose following the Department for Education’s (DfE) appointed Commissioner John Coughlan’s recommendation that Plymouth be the preferred partner to help lead improvement in Torbay’s Children’s […]


Easter bin collections arrangements

Plymouth residents are being reminded bin collections will be collected a day later next week because of Bank Holiday Monday. Rounds this week will not be affected because there are no scheduled rounds on Good Friday, however the following week bins and bags will be picked up a day later. The reminder comes with some […]


Where the extraordinary happens – Plymouth Children in Poverty event

More than 50 businesses, public sector agencies and charities came together for a ‘Plymouth Children in Poverty’ awareness event on 23 March, held at The Beacon Hub and facilitated by Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC). Child poverty is a significant issue in Plymouth with the 2014 Fairness Commission Report highlighting how the life outcomes of children were […]


R3WIRE & VARSKI

Full line-up revealed for day one of MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds

Ella Eyre, Professor Green and R3WIRE & VARSKI will complete the line-up for day one of MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds, part of the MTV Presents series, on Thursday 26 July. The event will be headlined by indie pop titans, Bastille, who will perform a full 90-minute set to the crowd on Plymouth Hoe. Singer […]


Plymouth’s next Lord Mayor announces deputy

Councillor Sam Davey, Lord Mayor Designate who will be taking over from the current Lord Mayor Councillor Wendy Foster in May, has announced his deputy. Councillor Chris Mavin, who first became a councillor more than 30 years ago, will be Deputy Lord Mayor for 2018/19. Born in Plymouth 1951, Councillor Mavin attended Highfield Junior School […]


National award for Plymouth’s Sports Development team

Plymouth City Councils Sports Development Unit has been named the Fundraising for the Future Award winner at this year’s StreetGames National Awards. The team were recognised by the awarding panel for their outstanding achievements in the field of youth and community sports, winning over a number of fantastic competitors in the process. The event, which […]


Age restricted sales awareness – Would your business pass ‘The Challenge?’

In the past two years Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards team has conducted over 60 test purchase visits where underage volunteers accompanied by our officers have attempted to buy age restricted products in the City. Where businesses fail this type of test purchase and sell age restricted products, they could be prosecuted and handed a […]


Enforcement action on unauthorised coloured panels on new block

Developers of a new student accommodation block have been served a planning enforcement notice ordering them to remove unauthorised brightly-coloured vinyl stickers. The Council has issued a planning enforcement notice on the developer, J R Pickstock Ltd, of the recently-built block in the Crescent in the city centre. The notice follows a number of complaints […]


Busy first week for enforcement officers

Over 150 litter louts have already been caught by Plymouth’s new environmental enforcement officers. The officers, who began work on Monday, were on the streets of the city from Tuesday afternoon, on the lookout for people dropping litter. Each offender was issued with a fixed penalty notice for £80. The team issued 164 FPNs to […]


Hoe Foreshore works completed for the Easter Holidays

The project to refurbish the buildings on Plymouth’s historic Hoe Foreshore will be finished for the Easter weekend. The Council has invested close to £1 million for the extensive programme of repairs at Tinside Cove since January 2017 after surveys identified damage to the Bathing Houses and Sun Terraces as well as several areas in […]


Derriford Transport Scheme nears completion

Major improvement works on the A386 Tavistock Road and William Prance Road are nearing completion, with remaining traffic restrictions due to be lifted by Friday 30 March as planned. The Derriford Transport Scheme will help reduce congestion along this key route and provide better public transport, walking and cycling links – improving journey times for […]

Representatives of the Council, Aecom and contractor Amey at Derriford

(l-r): Rebecca Millman, Aster Group Project Manager; Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet member for Housing and Transport, and Kevin Baulf, Aster Group Sales Manager at the nearly completed site in Plymstock

Rowans site nears completion

A new affordable housing development on the site of the former Downham Special School is nearing completion. Named the Rowans and located off Horn Lane in Plymstock, the development features 28 new homes of which 14 are affordable. Following Downham’s move to Estover in 2012, the school was subsequently demolished and the 0.54 ha site […]


Oreston Community Academy expansion completed

A school expansion project totalling £220,000 has just been completed at Oreston Community Academy. The City Council identified Oreston as part of its basic need programme and agreed capital funding to support the additional places to cope with an increase in local demand. As a result Oreston will be able to take 60 children in […]

Councillor Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, with children from Oreston Primary School

Wellbeing Hubs launch in Plymouth

People in Plymouth will be able to get advice on how to be happier and healthier as part of a new approach to health across the city. A dozen wellbeing hubs will open across neighbourhoods over the next two years as part of an initiative designed to focus on prevention and make services easier to […]


New bus route just the ticket for growing community

A new bus route will begin to serve the residents of Plymouth’s newest community this Easter weekend. Starting 1 April, the route serves the new residential development of Seaton Neighbourhood and will encourage commuters and residents to take public transport. It will also be timed with the shift patterns of employees of manufacturer HellermannTyton and […]


Sections of bus lanes to go on Plymouth Road

Two sections of bus lane are to be removed from Plymouth Road as part of the Council’s Eastern Corridor Junction Improvement scheme.. The bus lane outside the Lidl store could be taken out and the lane at Coypool Road shortened under the scheme which aims  to reduce journey times for drivers and improve pedestrian safety […]


Council Leader backs a Range of job opportunities

Work will soon be starting on The Range’s new Head Office and superstore at Seaton Hill. The new HQ will accommodate up to 700 staff, creating 450 new jobs, while the superstore will create a further 120 new jobs for Plymouth. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, visited the site with The Range […]

Nigel Oddy, CEO of The Range, with Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, at the site at Seaton Hill.

Plymotion Sustainable Travel Grants 2018

Organisations in Plymouth can now apply for up to £5,000 for schemes to make it easier for their staff to travel to work either by bike, on foot, or by bus. Match funding of up to £5,000 is being made available through Plymouth City Council’s Plymotion at Your Workplace programme, to provide facilities or initiatives […]


First Oceansgate tenants announced as Phase 1 reaches completion

The first tenants to move into Oceansgate have been announced at the official opening ceremony for Phase 1. Surejust, Trend Marine and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) will be the first to move into the new development in Devonport, Plymouth. Oceansgate is transforming disused Ministry of Defence land in South Yard into the UK’s […]


Proposals to free-up road space for parking

More than 250 extra parking spaces are being proposed on roads across Plymouth following an 18-month review of the city’s traffic restrictions.  The review has been carried out to identify locations where restrictions can be safely removed to free-up road space and create more parking for residents, businesses and visitors. Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member […]


Younger divers’ chance to shine

Some of the best young divers in the world will be showcasing their skills at the Plymouth Life Centre from Monday 2 to Thursday 5 April. The British Elite Junior Diving Championships – the top domestic competition for young divers – are returning to the city for a third year. Competitors will be aged between […]


Freya’s Play Day

A Plympton schoolgirl has cut the ribbon at the new and improved Boringdon Close play park. Freya Martin, 9, was the guest of honour at the park where antiquated and tired equipment has been replaced by a dynamic ‘supernova’ roundabout, bird’s nest swing, and much more. Freya, who lives nearby, wrote to her MP to […]


Lord Mayor Councillor Wendy Foster and Councillor Glenn Jordan and the launch of Plymouth Armed Forces Day 2018

Plans revealed for this year’s Armed Forces Day

Exciting plans for this year’s Plymouth Armed Forces Day have been revealed at the official launch on the Hoe. The annual celebration of Plymouth’s proud military history will be held on the Hoe on Saturday 30 June and as 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, the event will include special commemorations […]


Make sure you’re registered to vote in local elections

If you want to vote in the local elections on Thursday 3 May and aren’t already on the electoral register you have just four weeks left to sign up. The deadline for registering is midnight on Tuesday 17 April. Council Chief Executive Tracey Lee said: “It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote […]


Progress report on Elizabethan House

Scaffolding will be going up shortly around the city’s Elizabethan House as part of an ambitious programme to bring the 400 year old building back to life. Four centuries of building material will be carefully stripped back as part of a sensitive and difficult assessment into the condition of the house which has survived the […]


New libraries, new homes, new chapter for St Budeaux

A library fit for the 21st century, new homes and somewhere to get advice on how to keep healthy – that’s all part of the plan for an exciting new development in the heart of St Budeaux. We are working in partnership with a developer to transform the half-acre site of the old library on […]


Better Places £13 million boost

Plymouth’s plans to transform the heart of the city centre will get a £13 million boost to crack on with the exciting project to create Better Places.  Last week exciting concepts were unveiled to give residents, shoppers and businesses the chance to see some of the changes being put forward to revitalise the city’s heart. […]


Contractor appointed for playing pitch plans

Work on improving Plymouth’s playing pitches will begin next month. Facilities at Higher Efford, Bond Street and Central Park will all get a makeover as part of the ongoing Plymouth Plan for Playing Pitches. Following a competitive procurement process, the council have appointed contractor Agripower to undertake the works. Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and […]

Councillor Patrick Nicholson joins boys from Efford Community FC at their home ground in Higher Efford.

How the new environmental enforcement officers will be dressed

Environmental enforcement officers hit the streets

Plymouth City Council’s new environmental enforcement officers have hit the streets of the city. Having teamed up with Kingdom Services Group last month, officers will today be on patrol for the very first time. Tasked with preventing littering, dog fouling, fly-posting and fly-tipping, the officers will be able to issue fixed penalty notices to offenders. […]