Monthly Archives: November 2018


Innovative technology centre opening at Oceansgate development

A new centre for marine innovation, based at Plymouth’s Oceansgate development, is now up-and-running thanks to European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding. The ERDF has granted £2.6 million to fund the Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC) in Plymouth, which has been developed as a partnership by some of the world’s leading key marine research establishments. […]


Crews prepared for heavy rain

Council crews have been sweeping roads, clearing gullies and checking known flooding hotspots in preparation for the heavy rain expected to hit Plymouth tonight and tomorrow night. Rain is currently forecast from around 11pm tonight until 10am, with another band of rain from around 6pm tomorrow. Teams are working throughout the day and night and […]


Severe weather warning for tonight and tomorrow

Council crews have been out today and are on standby to deal with any issues related to the strong winds and heavy rain hitting Plymouth tonight and tomorrow. The Met Office has issued two yellow wind warnings – one that is in place until midnight and another from 3am to 2pm tomorrow. People are advised […]


Improvements continue for popular cycling and walking route

Work is set to begin on the newest section of the Barbican to Laira Rail Bridge walking and cycling route. The brand new, off-road stretch will link Cattedown Road to Finnigan Road via TR2 and Neptune Park. Meanwhile, the footway along Cattedown Road will be resurfaced and widened with dropped kerbs at crossings added to […]


Boost for major Plymouth building

Plymouth’s plan to restore and reopen its Elizabethan House for Mayflower 400 has been given a welcome boost from the Coastal Revival Fund. The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government today announced a grant of £44,208 for the project. The Council is fully restoring the building so that it can play a key part […]


Enrolment of Honorary Aldermen

The Lord Mayor of Plymouth held a ceremony for three long-serving ex-councillors honouring them for their decades of public service in Plymouth. Former Councillors Ted Fry, Martin Leaves and Wendy Foster were enrolled as Aldermen at the ceremony held at the Council House on Monday 26 November. Between them they served the city as councillors for 62 years, […]


Plymouth marks 10th anniversary of Climate Change Act

It is 10 years since the Climate Change Act, which commits the UK to an 80 per cent reduction in its carbon emissions by 2050. To celebrate this, Plymouth is renewing its pledge to not only be a carbon neutral city by 2050 but to halve emissions by 2034. Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for […]


Community Sports Hub works begins

Work on Central Park’s new Community Sports Hub and tennis courts is underway. 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 park […]


Temporary barrier at Charlton Road junction

Work to install a temporary barrier at the right turn from Tavistock Road into Charlton Road will start on Monday 26 November. The right turn has been closed during the Derriford Transport Scheme works and will remain closed while work continues to progress a signalised upgrade of the junction. It is currently coned off but […]


Holiday opening times and Christmas Day welcome at Central Library

Opening times for Council services and refuse collections during the Christmas and New Year holidays are available on our Christmas info web page. Our Central Library will once again be opening its doors again this Christmas Day, providing a warm welcome to anyone who may be on their own and would like some company. Volunteers […]


Plot to build on business park success

An empty patch of land could become home for new and expanding businesses looking to be part of a highly-successful international business park. Plymouth City Council is to develop an acre plot at the Plymouth International Medical and Technology Park in Derriford so that it can house more small or medium-sized businesses in ready to […]


Plymouth’s 2020 Mayflower 400 programme revealed

Plymouth’s Mayflower 400 programme for 2020 will include a major cultural programme funded by Arts Council England and others, spectacular new events such as the Mayflower Week and Ocean Festival and a wide range of education, arts and culture, sport and volunteering activities that the community can get involved in. 2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower […]


Polar Bears set loose with plastic message in Plymouth this winter

The Arctic, oceans, polar bears and single-use plastics have all been brought together in a new family activity this winter in Plymouth Britain’s Ocean City. 20 polar bear cubs have been set loose across Plymouth’s waterfront, each with a bear fact that sends a serious message on how single-use plastics are affecting the oceans and […]


Action against untidy properties in Union Street

The owners of eight run-down historic buildings in Union Street have been targeted as part of an initiative to make them carry out immediate urgent repairs. The operation has been launched this week with the aim tackling the worst maintained historic buildings in the landmark street. This follows on from previous similar action in February […]


Plymouth joins fight against criminal scammers

Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet Member for Customer Focus and Community Safety and Dr Ruth Harrell, Director for Public Health at Plymouth City Council have joined the Friends Against Scams campaign, an initiative that aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to ‘Take a Stand Against Scams’. As SCAMbassadors, […]


Charles Cross works to begin in new year

Work to improve Charles Cross roundabout will begin in the new year. The roundabout, with Charles Church at its centre, is one of the key junctions on Plymouth’s transport network, handles high volumes of traffic and is used by the majority of the city’s bus routes. It is also well-used by pedestrians. The Charles Cross […]


Plymouth leading the way with cooperative economy

Plymouth City Council is the first council in the country to commit to doubling the size of its cooperative economy – helping local people to take more control of jobs, livelihoods and to keep more money in the city. More organisations owned and run by their own staff and customers could be set up in […]


Civic reception for local Invictus Games athletes

The Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Sam Davey, hosted a civic reception today for local athletes who competed at the Invictus Games in October. Mark Ormrod, Nick Martin and Kelly Ganfield from Plymouth and Debbie Godfrey from Torpoint were presented with gifts in recognition of their achievements and for representing the city on the world stage. The Lord Mayor […]

Local Invictus Games athletes with Lord Mayor

Changes at two city centre car parks to help shoppers and visitors

We’re making some changes to our Mayflower Street West and City Market car parks to better match the needs of shoppers and visitors. Mayflower Street West is to change from long-stay to short-stay, bringing it in line with other ‘shopper’ car parks in the city centre and helping to support local retailers and businesses. Previously a […]


Late-night Christmas shoppers can park for a pound at Western Approach

Late-night shoppers will be able to park for just £1 from 3pm at Plymouth’s Western Approach car park in the run-up to Christmas. We are providing discounted parking every Thursday night to get people into the festive spirit and encourage them to see what the city centre – especially the West End – has to offer. […]


Plymouth to host the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race

Plymouth City Council and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) have confirmed that Plymouth will host the finish of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet race. Plymouth has marked the end of the biennial yacht race since its inception in 1925. Starting in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, competitors cover a course of 608 nautical miles […]


Plympton Swimming Pool to close for essential maintenance

Plympton Swimming Pool will be closed for essential maintenance from 1pm on Saturday 8 December until Thursday 27 December. Works will include improvements to the showers and changing rooms as well as relining the underground tank used to hold water for the pool. The gym will remain open as usual throughout the works but there […]


Council Leader calls on government as rail service fails again

Council Leader Tudor Evans has called upon the government to get a grip in the light of yet more weather disruption to the Cross Country service to get a service which is resilient and reliable. “Yet again we are seeing rail services cancelled because of severe weather affecting the line at Dawlish, “said Council Leader […]


Severe weather warning

Council crews are on standby to deal with any issues related to the heavy rain and gales hitting Plymouth this afternoon. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning which is currently in place until midnight. People are advised to take care and not put themselves in danger around the waterfront. Known flooding hotspots […]


New housing policy to protect renters

Plymouth is cracking down on rogue landlords. Over 20,000 city households are set to benefit from a new Housing Enforcement Policy that supports raising standards in the rented accommodation. The policy, which will be considered by the City Council’s Cabinet on 13 November, sets out the clear enforcement consequences that the Council is be able […]


Local families attend launch of new Mannamead Wellbeing Hub

Families in Plymouth enjoyed a fun session at the launch of the city’s latest Wellbeing Hub. The new Mannamead Hub, at Improving Lives Plymouth, 156 Mannamead Road, supports a wide range of people across the city, offering services to carers, people with learning disabilities or with sensory impairments and veterans. They were joined by parents […]