Monthly Archives: October 2018


Plymouth to commemorate 100 years since end of World War One

Plymouth will be joining the international ‘Battle’s Over’ commemoration this Remembrance Sunday, marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War One. As well as the annual service of remembrance on Plymouth Hoe at 11am, there will be special events in the early morning and evening, linking in with commemorations […]


Plymouth headteacher urges schools to protect against flu after outbreak left pupils in hospital last year

A Plymouth head teacher has urged teachers and parents across the county to do all they can to get pupils vaccinated after a flu outbreak forced her to temporarily close her school last winter. Dozens of children and staff at Woodlands School in Plymouth, whose pupils have complex physical and sensory difficulties, were taken ill by […]


Plymouth to get rid of single-use plastics before Europe deadline

Plymouth City Council has reacted to the recent European Parliament vote to ban single-use plastics by 2021 by saying that the city won’t be waiting that long to make further efforts to stop polluting the oceans with items such as tea stirrers, straws, plastic bags and water bottles. Councillor Sue Dann, the Council’s Cabinet Member […]


Council becomes first to pledge support for the manufacturing sector

Plymouth City Council has become the first council in the UK to sign up to GMB’s ‘Making It’ campaign, committing to support the manufacturing sector. Plymouth is home to the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the South of England, with around 13,000 people employed in the sector. Leader of the Council, Councillor Tudor Evans, […]


Plymouth geared up to keep roads moving this winter

Gritters will be out on Plymouth’s primary and secondary routes this evening, with road surface temperatures forecast to fall below freezing. Crews from the Council and SWH Group are geared up to keep the city’s roads moving in winter, monitoring the weather closely via a dedicated forecast station and two sensor stations, to ensure roads […]


Update on Highways England safety barrier works around Leigham roundabout

Highways England works to replace safety barriers on and around the Leigham roundabout will now continue until Monday 5 November. The barrier upgrade was due to finish by 6am this coming Monday but we have now been advised it is a week behind schedule. The following traffic management arrangements are in place between now and […]


Temporary walkway comes to end

Plymouth City Council, Sutton Harbour Company and the Environment Agency worked together to enable the temporary walkway to be set up during the peak tourist season while repairs were progressed on a long-term solution to the main pedestrian footbridge. A new replacement bearing for the footbridge has now been ordered from a specialist manufacturer and […]


Overnight resurfacing on Tavistock Road

Work to resurface the section of Tavistock Road near Charlton Road will be carried out overnight this Friday (26 October). This small area on the inbound side of Tavistock Road was not fully resurfaced during the Derriford Transport Scheme works, as the Charlton Road junction was expected to be upgraded over the summer. However, the […]


Comment on ‘main modifications’ to Joint Local Plan

People across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon will be getting another chance to comment on changes made to the area’s Joint Local Plan.  A number of ‘modifications’ have been suggested by planning inspectors following the examination hearings between January and March this year. The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan is in […]


Plymouth City Council signs UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter

Plymouth City Council has become the latest local authority to sign up to UNISON’s ethical care charter. Council leaders joined UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis to formally sign the charter. The charter commits the Council to continue working with the city’s care companies to help them end zero-hours and reflect travel time between home care visits in […]


First detailed designs for crematorium revealed

The first designs for Plymouth’s proposed new crematorium have been revealed. Showing light and open ceremony spaces with large windows the designs are in keeping with the desire to provide a modern quality facility, fit for the future. The plans have been developed with help from feedback received during consultation events held through the summer. Throughout […]


All Year One children in Plymouth to be given a library card

This October our library service is giving all year one children in Plymouth their very own library card. The card which has been created for the new children’s library challenge the Findalots, will be given out in assemblies, libraries and classrooms over the next month with the aim being that all children in Year One […]


Plymouth man with long term health condition backs flu vaccination campaign

Anyone with a long term health condition like asthma or diabetes is being urged to get the flu jab this winter to reduce their chances of ending up in hospital. That’s the message from health professionals in Plymouth who say people with a long-term conditions are at greater risk of severe complications if they catch […]


Plymouth standing strong against modern slavery

Following an announcement at Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet Meeting last week residents of Plymouth are being taught how to recognise, and challenge suspected cases of modern slavery. Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet Member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said “I am really pleased to see that partners across the city are promoting ways in which […]

Councillor Sally Haydon with Inspector Simon Hardwick and volunteers.

More hefty fines for dropping litter

Fourteen more people were fined for littering offences at Plymouth Magistrates Court this week.. The offenders were all given fixed penalty notices by the environmental enforcement officers, working for Kingdom Services Group on behalf of the Council, who witnessed them dropping litter on the city’s streets. However, despite several reminders, the fixed penalty notices remained […]


Signal junction option for Woolwell to The George scheme

Plymouth’s long term plan to tackle one of the worst bottlenecks in the city is likely to include a new signal junction at Woolwell, say transport planners. Extensive modelling has been carried out on a number of options to improve traffic flow between Woolwell Roundabout and The George Junction, a key commuter route into the […]

Woolwell Roundabout

Contract to help vulnerable Plymouth mums awarded

Plymouth mothers caught in a cycle of care proceedings are to get tailored support under a project to be run by Trevi House, a Plymouth women’s charity. Plymouth City Council has agreed to award a contract to run the Pause programme in the city, programme which works with women who have experienced, or are at […]


It’s open!

The Central Park Play Space is now open! Packed full with new equipment and with an environmental and nature-themed design, the area is bigger and better than before and promises to make the park a destination for local families and visitors alike. Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for the Environment and Streetscene joined pupils from […]

Children from Montpelier School enjoy the new facilities at the Central Park Play Space

Dates for demolition and dismantling of Union Street bridge

The bridge across Plymouth’s Union Street looks set to come down on 7 November. Huge cranes are to arrive in Plymouth to help dismantle the footbridge which weighs an estimated 60 tonnes. A pair of 250 tonnes will be positioned on either side of Union Street ahead of the demolition and will be lifting the […]


Companies line up as keys are handed over to Council

The keys to a key site at Plymouth’s newest business park have been handed over. The next phase of Hearder Court is now ready for business and was handed over to the Council following a 10-month building project. The 2,830 square metres speculative scheme was being handed over by Mark Wildman, Managing Director of Ryearch […]


(l-r): Paul Nicholls, Gilpin Demolition; Michael Hourican, New Business Manager for LiveWest; Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet member for Finance; Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing; Councillor Pauline Murphy, Armed Forces Covenant Chair; Sandy South, Project Manager for the Community Self Build Agency and Alex South, Operations Director of the Community Self Build Agency.

Demolition of Stirling House begins

Work on Plymouth’s latest service veteran self-build project has taken a significant step forward. Demolition work has started at Stirling House on Honicknowle Green to make way for a proposed new housing development where over half of the 25 homes will be for service veteran self-builders. There will also be housing for local families. Following […]


£250,000 funding bid submitted to move forward Plymouth’s National Marine park plans

Plymouth’s plans to be the first National Marine Park in the UK moved forward today with a funding bid being submitted for a feasibility study. The bid – which was sent to the EU and DEFRA today along with a covering letter to Hilary Florek, Chair of the Marine Management Organisation – was developed by […]


Geothermal energy rocks!

Something hot and heavy is happening in the city centre. Contractors Dunelm Geotechnical have started drilling a trial borehole up to 100m deep to begin the investigation for renewable heat from the limestone seams on land outside the Civic Centre. This geothermal energy source has the potential to heat and cool buildings at lower cost […]


Partners in Plymouth launch new Four Greens Wellbeing Hub

Local partners in Plymouth joined together to launch the latest of the city’s planned 12 Wellbeing Hubs. The new Four Greens Wellbeing Hub was officially launched by partners including Plymouth City Council, NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, and the Four Greens Community Trust, who are hosting the Hub. The launch comes […]


Operation Rogue Trader results

Rogue traders and aggressive doorstep sellers were targeted this week by Plymouth Trading Standards working with Devon and Cornwall Police and partner agencies as part of Operation Rogue Trader. Officers from Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards worked on a week of activity including a joint enforcement day with counterparts from Devon and Cornwall Police, the […]


Pledge to continue support for Operation Encompass

Plymouth City Council has pledged to continue supporting a scheme which was set up locally to support children witnessing or experiencing domestic abuse. Operation Encompass is already running across 33 police forces but has recently secured Home Office funding of £163,000 to enable the scheme to be introduced across all 43 police force areas in […]


It’s a gem! Empty space above Plymouth jewellers converted into homes

The upstairs of a Plymouth jewellers is being brought into use after being empty for five years. With support from Plymouth City Council, the upstairs first and second floors of Warren James jewellers are being converted into three flats working with leaseholders the Parman Group Ltd. It’s all part of the Council’s work to bring […]


What you told us about Plymouth’s trees

Plymouth City Council wants to thank everyone who took the time to respond to its survey on the city’s trees. The Council carried out public engagement to help shape the city’s Plan for Trees between Monday 20 August and Sunday 16 September, and in total 1,105 residents responded to the survey, though the council engaged […]


(l-r): LeighAnne Wright, founder of Little Things & Co and Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, officially open the Forget Me Not wall at Weston Mill Cemetery

Forget Me Not wall opens at Weston Mill

The Baby Garden at Weston Mill Cemetery has a new feature. Established in 1984, the Baby Garden is a separate area for families who have lost little ones and was designed as a place for quiet contemplation. Now, in partnership with bereavement charity Little Things & Co, the Council have jointly designed and commissioned a […]