Monthly Archives: July 2018


Green light for Forder Valley Link Road

Plans for a brand new link road connecting William Prance Road in Derriford with the junction of Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road have been granted planning permission. The multi-million pound scheme will create an additional route from the east of the city to the north, avoiding the often heavily congested Manadon Roundabout and A386 […]


Landlords needed to help rehome Syrian Refugees in Plymouth

Landlords in Plymouth are being encouraged to come forward and help rehome Syrian Refugees who have fled persecution and are seeking sanctuary in the UK. Plymouth City Council has agreed to accept approximately 35 Syrian Refugee families over three years as part of the national resettlement scheme, and landlords with houses or flats (not just […]


Arts, Heritage & Tourism Minister visits Plymouth and the Mayflower 400 team

The Minister’s visit recognises the importance of the 2020 Mayflower commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims’ historic journey across the Atlantic, and the celebration of Plymouth as Britain’s Ocean City. With Britain’s Ocean City planning big things for the commemoration year, the Tourism Minister conducted a tour of key areas in the […]


Ocean City Sounds – the morning after the night before

Spotless! This is the morning after the night before. What a night, what a line-up, what a spectacle – thousands of people had a great night out last night at  MTV presents: Ocean City Sounds but when the music stopped the hard work began. Our crews were up until the small hours cleaning the Hoe […]


Labour win Stoke Ward by-election

Labour have held the Stoke Ward seat contested in a by-election on Thursday 26 July. The results of the by-election, which followed the resignation of Councillor Philippa Davey, were: Connor Clarke (Liberal Democrat) 174 votes Jemima Laing (Labour) 1,427 Iuliu Popescu (Active for Plymouth) 123 Kathy Watkin (Conservative) 981 Turnout was 27.22%.         […]


Call to fishing industry to help shape future

Crews, trawler agents and businesses who make their living from fishing are being invited to give evidence at a select committee in Plymouth which could help shape the industry’s future. Councillor Jonny Morris, chair of the Council’s Brexit, Infrastructure and Legislation Overview and Scrutiny Committee is calling on those in the know to give expert […]


National Lottery support to unlock stories of Elizabethan House

Plymouth’s Elizabethan House has been awarded initial support for National Lottery funding to help the city tell its important story as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations. The project has been awarded a development grant of £142,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable the project plans to progress. A full National Lottery grant of […]


New subsidised bus network to include Sherford

Sherford will soon be getting its first bus service following a review of the city’s subsidised network. Launching in September, the 2A will be operated by Stagecoach South West and link the new community in the east with Saltash in the west, via Plymstock Broadway, Pomphlett Roundabout, the city centre, railway station and Milehouse. It […]


New bike scheme to help people into education and work

A new programme to help people access a bike to enable them to travel to work or college has been launched in Plymouth. Bike Links Wheels to Work, is part of Plymouth City Council’s Plymotion project and aims to support residents who are struggling to access employment, education and training opportunities. It’s been funded by […]


Channel swimmer highlights importance of tackling plastics pollution

Plymouth got a high profile boost for both its Plan for Plastics and a potential bid for National Marine Park status when Lewis Pugh, UN Patron of the Oceans, stopped by in Britain’s Ocean City as part of The Long Swim. Lewis, who was born in Plymouth but now lives in Africa, is swimming the […]


Have you got what it takes to be crowned Plymouth Young City Laureate?

The hunt is on to find the next budding wordsmith who’s passionate about poetry and writing to become the Mayflower 400 Plymouth Young City Laureate. The competition is organised by Plymouth City Council in partnership with the South West literature development agency Literature Works, who are trying to find aspiring new writers in the city […]


Plans for new crematorium given green light

Funding to deliver a brand new, state-of-the-art crematorium has been approved by Plymouth City Council. Nearly £12m will be spent on a new, 17-acre site on the eastern edge of the city, off Merafield Road near the Stag Lodge entrance to Saltram Park. The new facility will include two non-denomination ceremony spaces with flexible seating, […]


Neal Gibson and Councillor Sue Dann view footway resurfacing on Crownhill Road

Council to invest more in pavement repairs and 20mph zones

We’ve agreed a new road maintenance budget that will see more money invested in improving footways and safety around schools and residential areas. The budget has been realigned to reflect our new priorities, which include accelerating the city’s pavement repair programme and rolling out more 20mph zones to keep pedestrians safe. A full, detailed survey of […]


Plymouth businesses made every ride count in June

Plymouth’s first Workplace Cycle Challenge – ‘Every Ride Counts’ –was a great success, with 86 people, across 23 teams and 10 organisations taking part. The challenge, which was led by Plymouth City Council’s Plymotion team, rewarded the number of trips made, rather than the distance cycled, in order to encourage more people out and about […]


Nigel Hurst, Head of Contemporary Arts for The Box

The Box appoints a Head of Contemporary Arts

As it builds towards its opening in 2020, The Box, Plymouth has appointed a new Head of Contemporary Arts to spearhead its ambitious visual arts programme. Nigel Hurst comes to Plymouth after 23 years at the Saatchi Gallery in London, most recently as its Gallery Director and CEO. He will start work at The Box […]


Plymouth works together to prevent child sexual abuse in the city

An area of Plymouth has been chosen to pilot a ground-breaking new partnership to bring Plymouth communities and agencies together in an effort to prevent child sexual abuse. Together for Childhood aims to provide help and support for children, young people and their families at the earliest possible stage. Ernesettle has been chosen as the […]


Help Plymouth tackle plastics at Ocean City Sounds

Music fans will be able to support Plymouth’s Plan for Plastics as well as their favourite acts this summer by taking their own reusable plastic cups and bottles to MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds. The rules around taking liquids into the arena remain the same – water will only be allowed through the gates if […]


Apprentice to show committee inside of The Box

 A construction apprentice will be showing a special group of visitors around The Box building site this week to help tell another important side of its story – creating jobs and opportunities. Dylan Gilbery will be leading a hard hat tour for the city’s Brexit, Infrastructure and Legislative Change Overview and Scrutiny Committee around the […]


Lane adjustments to improve traffic flow on Derriford Roundabout

We will be adjusting some of the lane designations on Derriford Roundabout overnight on Thursday 19 July, following initial monitoring of the new layout and feedback from drivers.  Some drivers have told us the lane designations could be clearer between Derriford Road and Looseleigh Lane and this is supported by observations from the scheme’s contractor. […]


Toys R Us to help city’s regeneration plans

Plymouth City Council has bought the empty Toys ‘R’ Us store in Western Approach as part of its regeneration plans for the West End and the wider Millbay regeneration. The Council has acquired the building’s long term lease following the company’s collapse earlier this year. It is now working up longer term options for the […]


Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for the Environment and Street Scene, with (l-r) Agripower's Kevin Boyes and Efford ward councillors Pauline Murphy, Neil Hendy and Brian Vincent

Work starts on Efford Playing Pitches

A much-needed makeover of Higher Efford Playing Pitches has begun. Contractor Agripower is now on site with heavy machinery to transform the tired facilities and ensure that they are fit for future generations. As part of the work, the two current junior surfaces will be fitted with better drainage whilst the disused field at the […]


Grants to help make life that little bit easier

Imagine not being able to get in and out of the bath, and having to wash at the kitchen sink because you can’t get upstairs. That’s life for some of our residents – but we are trying to help them make it easier to carry out essential day to day living tasks that we all […]


Britain’s Ocean City to give warm – and wet – welcome to Lewis

A package of sea and swimming-related events is being organised in honour of Plymouth-born Lewis Pugh’s arrival into Britain’s Ocean City. Lewis Pugh is UN Patron of the Oceans and is currently on The Long Swim, an attempt to swim the full length of the English Channel. He started in Land’s End on Thursday 12 […]