Monthly Archives: August 2018


The Box – helping to make Plymouth proud

Family raves, Beryl Cook and memories of Maker camp are helping the team behind the Box change what Plymouth people think about culture – long before the city’s exciting attraction opens its doors. A staggering 41,500 people have enjoyed a wide range of events designed to draw out memories and stories since January this year […]


Tourism targets smashed as work on new Visitor Plan starts

  An organisation set up to promote Plymouth’s potential as a destination has smashed its own targets.  Destination Plymouth, a private-public partnership set up in 2008, commissioned the city’s first visitor plan in 2010 and has seen numbers of visitors grow over the past few years from just above four million in 2008 to 5.1 million […]


Plymouth to apply for funding to be UK’s first Marine Park

Plymouth’s ambition to be the UK’s first National Marine Park is taking another step forward with a funding bid now being worked up following a successful meeting between Council leader Tudor Evans OBE and Government representatives. Plymouth City Council is developing a preliminary Expression of Interest bid for EU and DEFRA funding to help progress […]


Standing up for Far South West in Cross Country response

Plymouth is standing up for the far South West in the city’s formal consultation to the Cross Country franchise. The Council is submitting its response to the Department for Transport today and it sends a clear signal that any suggestion of withdrawing Cross Country services from areas currently served including Plymouth to Penzance should be […]


Council uses pioneering power to seek Brexit clarity

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans is pioneering the use of new legal powers to force the Government to reveal the truth about the impact of Brexit on Plymouth. Councillor Evans is invoking the Sustainable Communities Act to make the Government share what it knows about what Brexit will mean for the city, even if […]


Next phase of resurfacing to get underway

Fifteen more Plymouth roads will get a new lease of life over the next two months as our next phase of resurfacing gets underway. The works, which begin on Monday 10 September, will take place along stretches where the overall road surface is nearing the end of its life. They are being carried out by our […]


Sutton Harbour walkway timetable

We’ve got the latest opening times for the temporary walkway for folks who want to cross Sutton Harbour lock over the coming week The operating hours depend on tide as well as the amount of marine traffic is going through the lock, but to help you plan your journey, here are the times the walkway […]


Massive programme to make Millbay happen

Plymouth’s plan to link the city centre to the sea will take a huge leap this year thanks to a £5.5 million capital investment. A package of work to ‘make Millbay happen’ is being given the go-ahead in a decision paper signed by the leader of the Council, Tudor Evans. It’s a mix of demolition, […]


Sutton Harbour walkway to reopen this afternoon

Good news – the temporary walkway over the Sutton Harbour lock will be open again from today (Friday). The repairs are complete and we’ve updated the timetable to let people know the best time to cross. It does depend on tides and how much marine traffic is going through the lock, so there may be […]


Work progressing well at Manadon

Work to create a brand new football, cricket and outdoor sports centre for the Manadon and Honicknowle communities is progressing well, with phase two underway and phase three about to start. A Football Association-standard all-weather pitch opened at the site in May and is already proving popular with players of all ages and abilities, both […]

Steel framework of new pavilion at Manadon

Major makeover makes Market Way miles better

Market Way is looking miles better, thanks to an improvement scheme that’s totally transformed a popular walking route in to the city centre. The area at the top of Market Way next to Western Approach has gone from drab to fab. Instead of a steep and unattractive concrete ramp, there is now a series of […]


Response to Care Quality Commission report on Derriford

The chair of Plymouth Health and Wellbeing Board Councillor Ian Tuffin has responded to the Care Quality Commission’s report on the city’s hospital. And he has vowed to write to the minister and all of the city’s MPs to request they support the hospital’s bid for £25 million investment. He said: “I am very concerned […]


Students in Plymouth receive A Level and Post-16 results

Students across Plymouth will be collecting their A Level and other Post-16 results today. The receiving of results marks the culmination of up to two years hard work for many young people and for some, marks the end of their formal education. Early indications show that the city’s Council maintained schools have shown improvement from […]


Successful life-jacket scheme to expand

A scheme to keep fishing boat crews safer at sea has proved so successful the Council is hoping to expand the project. A total of 250 life-jackets with personal locator beacons have been given to people who earn their living at sea and contribute to Plymouth’s economy as part of a scheme to help reduce […]


City Council takes action to help minimise the impact of Universal Credit

Plymouth City Council is taking a wide range of actions in an effort to minimise the impact of the Government’s introduction of Universal Credit on vulnerable families. A report to the Cabinet updates on ongoing work to provide support to families affected following a Council Select Committee report in March which highlighted the risks to […]


Behind the scenes at the crematoria

Efford and Weston Mill crematoria are throwing open their doors to the public again this weekend. Residents are invited to take a behind-the-scenes look around the facilities and find out more about what happens and what is on offer to remember a loved one in the grounds. There will also be a chance to view […]


Council shows support for Plymouth Pride 2018

Plymouth Pride 2018 will bring an explosion of colour and inclusion across the city centre and Hoe on Saturday. The community-led event run by Plymouth’s LGBTQ+ community is a celebration of all communities coming together as a whole. Throughout Saturday there will be a whole range of activities starting with a parade from North Cross […]


Issue with Sutton Harbour Walkway

  Sorry folks, we have a problem with the temporary walkway in Sutton Harbour. One of the panels has been damaged, along with a section of the handrail. We are working hard to get the repairs done as quickly as possible and we hope to re-open the walkway in the middle of next week. We […]


Building on the foundations of The Range’s success

The steels have gone up on site at the new headquarters for one of Plymouth’s best-known brands. Work is progressing on the new office block for CDS (Superstores International Ltd), the firm behind The Range Stores. The company, which started here, now has 158 stores across the UK and Ireland, and has invested up to […]


Illusion Fireworks crowned British Champions

Illusion Fireworks from Wallingford in Oxfordshire have been crowned the 2018 British Firework Champions following an explosive two-day showdown between six of the UK’s top pyrotechnics specialists. Tens of thousands of spectators gathered on and around Plymouth Hoe to see six spectacular ten-minute displays set off into the night sky in this year’s British Firework […]


Nancy Astor to be honoured with blue plaque

A plaque to commemorate the life of Nancy Astor is to be unveiled at her former home on the Hoe on Friday. Nancy Astor was the first female MP to take her seat in Parliament. She served as MP for Plymouth Sutton from 1919 to 1945. She also served as Lady Mayoress of Plymouth during […]


Keep Cross Country services for Plymouth argues council

Plymouth travellers deserve better rail services from Cross Country, Council leader Tudor Evans says. Councillor Evans says thousands of people who travel into the city for work, education and leisure could be impacted by the train company’s proposals in its Passenger Rail Franchise Public Consultation. Services from the South West should be maintained to at […]


Council leader slams police merger

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans has attacked plans for the biggest ever shake-up of policing in the Westcountry. Councillor Evans said a merger of Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police, to make it the biggest geographical force in England, is being decided behind closed doors without properly consulting residents or knowing what the […]


Artist’s impressions of new crematorium revealed

The first artist’s impressions of Plymouth’s proposed new crematorium have been released. The drawings, provided by architects Stride Treglown in association with Aecom, show single-storey buildings nestled in green spaces with water pooled around the ceremony rooms. These images will be available for the public to view at consultation events beginning this week. The Council […]

An artist's impression of Plymouth's proposed new crematorium

Specialist support for Plymouth’s vulnerable women

Some of the city’s most vulnerable women look set to get more support to help them lead happier lives, thanks to a special project being set up. Women whose children are repeatedly involved in care proceedings are to be offered tailored support to help them break this traumatic cycle, which is often caused by a […]


Traffic restrictions for Plymouth Pride

Some traffic restrictions will be in place for the Plymouth Pride parade on Saturday. The parade will leave North Cross at midday and make its way through the city centre to the festival on the Hoe. To ensure the safety of everyone taking part, as well as other road users, Royal Parade will also be […]


Cabinet Member for Education reacts to cuts in school improvement fund

Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Councillor Jon Taylor has reacted angrily to the news that the government has closed a flagship school improvement programme, without spending £84 million of the money it initially allocated to the fund. He said: “I’m extremely concerned that the School Improvement Fund is being stopped so suddenly when […]


A week of fireworks and festival fun

It’s one of the biggest weeks in Plymouth’s events calendar as the British Firework Championships return on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 August, followed by the Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August. The British Firework Championships offer two nights of spectacular pyrotechnics that are completely free to enjoy. […]


New gambling policy out for consultation

Safeguarding children is one of the priorities of Plymouth City Council’s new gambling policy. The policy, which is reviewed every three years, looks at how Plymouth’s casinos, bingo halls, betting shops, and adult gaming centres operate to ensure that gambling is not a source of crime or the proceeds used to support crime, is conducted […]