Monthly Archives: June 2018


Major improvements completed at Pennycross Primary School

Staff and pupils at Pennycross Primary School celebrated the official opening of their newly expanded school building on Thursday. Almost three million pounds worth of improvements have been carried out at the school which included a brand new two-storey extension with eight classrooms (four to each floor), stores, toilets, group rooms and a new hard […]

Councillor Tudor Evans in the new sensory garden with (l-r) Tia Harris, Makayla Cross and Summer Owen

Brexit committee to hear about impact on construction industry

An ageing work force, regional competition for labour and increased demand for workers on house building sites all contribute to a continuing shortage of skilled construction workers – and that’s before the impact of Brexit takes effect. That’s the picture the city’s new Brexit, Infrastructure and legislative Change Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be getting […]


The Box, Plymouth secures major contemporary art award

The Box, Plymouth has been selected for this year’s Contemporary Art Society’s prestigious Collections Fund Prize. Founded in 2012, the Collections Fund is one of the highest valued contemporary art awards in the UK and is given to only one member of the Contemporary Art Society each year. It enables the successful museum or gallery […]


More industrial units, more jobs, more prosperity on cards for Plymouth

More jobs are on the horizon for Plymouth thanks to new factory space being built in Belliver. Council leader Tudor Evans announced that the Council would be investing £2.4 million into creating brand new facilities at Broadley Park Industrial Estate. He said: “We have land lying empty on an industrial site, we have businesses clamouring […]


Becky Hill to perform at MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds

A new name has been added to the line-up for Plymouth’s biggest music event, with just over four weeks to go. Singer-songwriter Becky Hill will be joining Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra during their Ibiza Classics show at MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds on Friday 27 July, as well as performing her own set. […]

Becky Hill

Armed Forces Day flag flying outside Plymouth Guildhall

Flag-raising ceremony marks start of Armed Forces Week in Plymouth

The Armed Forces Day flag was raised from the Plymouth Guildhall flagpole this morning, where it will be flown all week, to mark the start of Armed Forces Week. The ceremony was attended by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Sam Davey; the Deputy Lieutenant of Devon, Brigadier Simon Young CBE DL; the Naval Base […]


Plymouth to be first compassionate city?

Plymouth could become the first accredited Compassionate City. Councillor Ian Tuffin, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care announced the city would work together to become more compassionate towards people near the end of their life as well as those who are left behind grieving. A steering group is to be set up to look […]


Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council

Plymouth moves against anti-Semitism

Plymouth is playing its part in standing up to anti-Semitism. A Motion on Notice will be presented at Monday’s full council meeting which proposes that the Council sign up to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. The code gives unequivocally clear and internationally approved guidelines on what constitutes as anti-Semitism and was […]


Cross and unimpressed by Cross Country franchise consultation

Council leader Tudor Evans is calling on commuters, businesses and ‘anyone who is proud of Plymouth’ to respond to a rail consultation that suggests fewer trains from Cornwall coming into Plymouth. A motion on notice is to be considered at Full Council today in response to the Department for Transport’s consultation on its plans for […]


From archery to Street Dance – sign up to Summer Mix 2018

From archery to street dance via go-karting, boxing and a Poole Farm experience day, there really is something for everyone in this year’s Summer Mix activity programme. Hundreds of activities are taking place at a range of different venues across the Plymouth to suit all interests and abilities. They’ve been organised by Plymouth City Council’s […]


Plymouth in strong position with broader city centre offer

Plymouth is in a strong position and has anticipated the changing shape of city centres, Council leader Tudor Evans says. He said: “We have said for a long time that we need to broaden the city centre offer so that people come in to Plymouth to spend their money and their time in different ways. […]


City to back campaign for support ships to be built in UK

Plymouth is to join a campaign to call for the next generation of ‘solid fleet support ships’ to be built in the UK. A campaign will be launched in the city on 13 July urging that vessels which supply and support the Royal Navy are built in this country rather than contracts being tendered to […]


Veterans’ Village returns to Plymouth Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day returns to Plymouth Hoe on Saturday 30 June with parades, displays and ‘villages’ showcasing the armed forces. Over 75 charities and organisations will be represented in the Veterans’ Village, supported this year by military charity Help for Heroes, which helps the region’s wounded veterans and military personnel, and their loved ones, from […]


By-election for Stoke ward

A by-election will be held in Plymouth’s Stoke ward on Thursday 26 July following the resignation of ward councillor Philippa Davey. The Notice of Vacancy was published yesterday (18 June) and two members of the electorate have contacted the Council asking for an election to be held. Returning Officer Tracey Lee has now published a […]


Proud to Care? Why not become an ambassador!

DATE: Tuesday 26 June TIME: 8:30am–12.30pm VENUE: Future Inn, 1 William Prance Rd EVENT: Proud To Care Ambassador Recruitment event If you work in health or care in Plymouth and want to encourage others to do so, why not become a Proud to Care Ambassador. A special Proud To Care event is being held on […]


A city to be proud of

Local people are at the heart of the Council’s proposed Corporate Plan. The new plan places priority on delivering consistent, high quality frontline services while reducing inequality to deliver a fairer city that everyone can be proud of. Councillors will be asked to adopt the new Corporate Plan 2018-2022 at the Council meeting on 25 […]


Community Sports Hub plans submitted

Plans have been submitted for Central Park’s new Community Sports Hub and tennis courts. Situated in the heart of the park on the site of current bowling pavilion, the hub will complement the current bowling greens as well as the refurbished sports plateau by adding changing rooms, accessible toilets and storage facilities; opening up the […]


Subway closure on the cards

Pedestrians walking between Bretonside and Drake Circus will have to take a short detour around Charles Cross roundabout following the closure of a subway. The underpass that runs under the Bretonside viaduct is to shut to pedestrians to enable work on the £53 million leisure development to progress. McLarens will be filling the subway and […]


Investigation works on Mayflower Steps

Investigation works are being carried out on the Mayflower Steps after a routine inspection found some damage to the steps and neighbouring wall. The steps have been closed off to enable structural engineers to look at what is causing cracking before a schedule of works is drawn up to carry outrepairs. The inspection was part […]


Former hostel converted into flats as part of empty homes scheme

A former hostel in Plymouth which had been empty for seven years has been converted into 11 rent-to-buy flats as part of Plymouth City Council’s ongoing quest to reduce empty homes in the city. The Old School House in Millbay – formerly known as The Ship Hostel – is now occupied and had been vacant […]


Plymouth supports Refugee Week 2018

Launch event at the Plymouth Hope Festival and Family Fun Day, Brickfields Sports Centre, on Saturday 16 June 2018, 10am to 5pm. Partners in Plymouth are holding a series of events to celebrate Refugee Week (16-22 June) 2018. Led by Plymouth Refugee Communities Forum with help from a network of volunteers, Plymouth City Council, the […]


Team to tackle rough sleeping in Plymouth to be set up

A new team is being set up to tackle rough sleeping in Plymouth. A multi-agency rough sleeper team is being created as part of a concerted effort to help people sleeping rough off the streets and into more permanent, settled lifestyles. Plymouth City Council together with Shekinah, the Salvation Army, Plymouth Access to Housing, BCHA […]


Plymouth schoolkids encouraged to take part in the Classroom to Moon school walking challenge

Schoolchildren and staff in Plymouth are being encouraged to take part in the new Classroom to Moon school walking challenge for the chance to win a prize. The Plymouth-wide school walking challenge aims to collectively travel to the moon by the end of October. It’s all part of the Plymotion project which aims to get […]


Work begins on serviced self-build plots

Work has started to turn an unused patch of land in Ernesettle into a self-builders’ blank canvas. The former site of garages at the end of Maidstone Place is being transformed into four serviced plots to make it easier, quicker and cheaper for a self-builder to put a spade in the ground. Plymouth City Council […]


Plymouth hits the right note for Carers Week (11 -17 June 2018)

Carers Week in Plymouth comes this year with added music. Plymouth City Council, and Caring for Carers (a partnership between Improving Lives Plymouth and Age UK) are working together to ensure the estimated 29,000 carers in Plymouth know that help is available in the city, and part of this will be a week of events […]


Women in Plymouth encouraged to attend for cervical screening

Plymouth City Council is encouraging more women to attend for cervical screening as regular screening offers the best protection against developing cervical cancer. In Plymouth, the number of women aged 25 – 29 and 50 – 64 years old attending screening is decreasing. Cervical screening prevents 75 per cent of cervical cancers from developing, but […]


Work set to start on Sendalls Way junction upgrade

Work to upgrade the traffic signals and pedestrian crossing at the junction of Sendalls Way and Tavistock Road is getting underway today (Monday 11 June). The work, which will take around six and a half weeks to complete, will see the ageing signals upgraded with more modern and efficient technology that will better link to signals on […]


Evan’s Armed Forces Day badge design a winner

Seven-year-old Evan Craig is the proud winner of this year’s Plymouth Armed Forces Day badge design competition, sponsored by the Military Kid’s Club (MKC) Heroes. Evan’s RAF-inspired design includes Smeaton’s Tower and an air display from the Red Arrows. He said: “I chose Smeaton’s Tower as you see it on all things to do with […]

Evan Craig's winning Armed Forces Day pin badge design

Plymouth achieves UK city district first as Plastic Free Waterfront as it launches ambitious plan to tackle single use plastics

On the same day that Plymouth becomes the first UK city district to announce its accreditation with ‘Plastic Free Communities’ status for its iconic waterfront, a major new plan to tackle single use plastics and plastic pollution in Plymouth is being launched by key partners in the city. The Plan For Plastics, which is being […]