Yearly Archives: 2019


Plymouth Herald story on Forder Valley Link Road

The Plymouth Herald ran a front-page headline on Saturday 18 May, warning that the ‘route between Marsh Mills and Estover’ would be closed during work on the new Forder Valley Link Road. We would like to make it clear that the section of Forder Valley Road that will be closing next year is the stretch between […]


Leader announces new-look political team to lead Plymouth City Council

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans has announced the top political team that will lead the authority’s new Labour administration. The 10-strong Cabinet will be responsible for the running of the Council and making the key decisions following the Annual Meeting tomorrow (Friday 17 May). The line-up includes two new members. Stoke councillor Jemima Laing […]


First look at detailed plans for Forder Valley Link Road

Residents and businesses along or near the Forder Valley will this week hear about how one of the city’s biggest ever infrastructure schemes will affect them. A series of public information events is taking place to give people the low down on the Forder Valley Link Road and how it will be built. The new […]


Future-themed fun for the whole family at Lord Mayor’s Day

Lord Mayor’s Day returns to the city centre on Saturday 25 May welcoming the new Lord Mayor of Plymouth to the role. This year, the family-friendly event is themed around science and the future, with a world of discoveries to be made and lots of scientific, technological happenings. The star of the show this year […]


Hundreds of pupils learn about dangers of drugs

Around 300 pupils and 30 teaching professionals from across Plymouth took part in a pilot programme to raise awareness about ‘County Lines’ child criminal and drug exploitation. Over two days, the pupils from years nine and ten attended performances of a play at the Devonport Guildhall, performed by Alter Ego Creative Solutions. The events were […]


Could you be a foster carer?

Could you provide a loving home for someone who needs fostering? Councils across Devon are working together on a mission to find people with time, energy, motivation and a spare bedroom who are able to care for some of Devon’s most vulnerable children and young people as part of this year’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign […]


Calling all Plymouth choirs! Mayflower 400 needs you

Do you lead a choir or singing group? Your group could be part of a momentous, global event on Plymouth Hoe for the Mayflower 400 commemorations. 2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage, one of the most influential journeys in global history and a defining moment in the shared history of Britain, the […]


Plymouth City Council shortlisted in national awards

Plymouth City Council has been shortlisted in the Co-operative Council of the Year category at the Co-operative of the Year Awards. The Co-operative Council award, sponsored by the Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network, recognises the best practice demonstrated by local authorities and celebrates the great work delivered at a local level. Plymouth is a co-operative council, with […]


Get involved in Plymouth’s Dementia Action Week (20 – 26 May)

A Tea Dance with a Twist on the Hoe and a Dementia Friendly Shopping morning at Drake Circus are just two of the events taking place during this year’s National Dementia Action Week (20 – 26 May). This year’s theme is inclusion. Over a third of people living with dementia, have reported to the Alzheimer’s Society […]


Council leader responds to Barden announcement

The Leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Tudor Evans has welcomed news that Plymouth’s Barden factory has been saved after its parent company. Schaeffler sold the Plymouth plant to HQW Holding (UK) Ltd. The plant in Estover will remain open and continue to manufacture bearings. He said: “This is a great day and great news […]


Local election results

The Council continues to have a Labour administration following Thursday’s local elections. Labour gained a seat in Peverell from the Conservatives and now have 31 councillors. The Conservatives have 25 and there is one independent. Full results for each ward, along with turnout figures, are available on our local election results page. The Council leader and […]


Public events planned for Forder Valley Transport Improvements

Residents living in or near the Forder Valley are being invited to a series of information events to get the latest update on the Forder Valley Transport Improvements. Plymouth City Council’s project team, along with the contractor Balfour Beatty, will be on hand to explain the scheme, answer questions and to outline the schedule for […]


City Centre works set to begin

Major road improvement works in Plymouth city centre will begin this month. As the city centre expands and exciting developments like Drake Leisure and The Box near completion, work will be carried out to ensure that the city’s road network can cope with all the extra traffic. So what’s actually happening and when? The main […]


Complete line-up for MTV Music Week Plymouth 2019 revealed

MTV UK have announced the third and final round of performers for MTV Music Week Plymouth. Joining this year’s exciting and diverse music line-up will be special guests The Vaccines, along with Yungblud and Hamzaa. The Vaccines and Yungblud will be joining The Amazons and Pale Waves at MTV Presents at Plymouth Pavilions on Thursday […]

The Vaccines

Look out for EU poll cards

Voters across Plymouth will be receiving their poll cards soon for the upcoming European Parliamentary election on Thursday 23 May. In order to make it clear which poll cards are for the European Parliamentary election poll cards for regular voters are tangerine and those for postal voters are steel grey. (Poll cards for the local […]


Pioneering Council project scoops top national award

  A pioneering community infrastructure initiative which is helping to change residents lives in Plymouth has helped the City Council win the top award at the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Excellence. The ‘City Change Fund’ project was awarded the Silver Jubilee Cup and the Excellence in Tech within Planning Practice category. it is […]


Panellists announced for MTV Music Week Plymouth

An impressive line-up of industry insiders has been revealed for panels taking place during MTV Music Week Plymouth, which runs from 5 to 8 June. Geordie Shore stars Chloe Ferry and Sam Gowland will be taking part in the ‘Social Influencers’ panel. The reality stars will discuss what it means to be a social influencer […]


Planning granted for new crematorium

Planning permission for Plymouth’s new crematorium has been granted. The state-of-the-art facility will be built on the east of the city adjacent to Drake Memorial Park off Merafield Road near the Stag Lodge entrance to Saltram Park. The designs have been produced by local architects Stride Treglown and Aecom show single-storey buildings nestled in green […]


Bearing good news for Good Friday about lock footbridge

The Sutton Harbour lock footbridge is expected to reopen tomorrow Good Friday – 19 April. The one tonne bearing has been successfully fitted by a local company.  Following installation, full testing has been carried out by expert teams effectively and safely, with the lock remaining open to marine traffic for the majority of this time. […]


Plymouth primary school places decided

Thousands of families across Plymouth will find out today which primary school their children will be going to in September. The latest figures show that 98.63 per cent of city children (2,733) who applied on time, were allocated a place at one of their preferred schools. Letters and emails confirming school places for September 2019 […]


Make sure you’re registered to vote in time for the local elections this May

On Thursday 2 May residents in Plymouth will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at a local level. Local government elections select councillors, who are responsible for making decisions on running services in your local area. These include housing, education, transport, planning, parks, leisure, social care and waste management. […]


Ultra-fast broadband coming to Plymouth

Improved ultrafast ‘Fibre to the Premises’ (FTTP) broadband will be rolled out to over 220 public buildings across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon over the next two years, thanks to a successful bid to a UK Government fund. The buildings include council offices, GP surgeries, hospitals, schools, colleges and many others. This investment will […]


Council backs new bank

Plymouth City Council has pledged support for the development of a new local bank. The bank, known for now as South West Mutual, will be the first ever member-owned, high street bank dedicated to the residents and small businesses of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. The bank will provide a full range of services to […]

(l-r) Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of the Council; Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing Cooperative Development and Tony Greenwood, Executive Director of South West Mutual

Council will now take tough action on shabby Union Street sites

The owners of five run-down buildings in Union Street who failed to comply with untidy land notices could now face legal action. The Council issued eight improvement notices last November as part of an initiative to make the owners carry out immediate urgent repairs. Since the notices were issued three owners have complied and carried […]


Bad weather and emergency repair works delay A38 clean-up

The City Council are responsible for clearing the rubbish that builds up along an eight mile stretch of the A38 from Deep Lane to the Tamar Bridge, which also includes 18 slipways and six laybys. The rubbish builds up for a variety of reasons including; being blown from the back of lorries, people throwing rubbish […]


Toilet block set to be removed

The unsightly toilet block on Mutley Plain is set to be removed. Following consultation by local councillors with residents and business owners on the Plain, the toilets will be demolished and replaced with street furniture in time for the Mayflower commemorations in 2020. It is hoped that the removal of the toilet block will encourage […]


Transforming Marsh Mills Roundabout into the Mayflower Forest

The Mayflower Forest has taken another step towards reality with the release of the stunning final designs. Over 1000 new trees for Marsh Mills roundabout are in the plans which aims to create a world-class first impression of the city for visitors and residents alike for years to come. The Mayflower Forest is a key […]


Red Arrows over Plymouth Hoe

Red Arrows returning for Plymouth Armed Forces Day

The spectacular Red Arrows will return to Plymouth this year for Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June. Huge crowds gathered to watch the impressive aerobatic team the last time they performed in the city in 2012, when Plymouth hosted the national Armed Forces Day event. Deputy Council Leader Pete Smith said: “We are absolutely thrilled […]