Yearly Archives: 2019


Plymouth to be UK’s first National Marine Park

History will be made in Plymouth when key local, regional and national partners come together to create the UK’s first ever National Marine Park. Plymouth Sound National Marine Park will aim to showcase to the world the unique and fantastic assets that Britain’s Ocean City has to offer, including an estimated 1,000 different species of […]


The fire set by Zidan, as witnessed by a neighbour

Man with van banned

A man with a van has been banned from working in waste disposal for five years. Mustafa Zidan, 41, appeared before Plymouth Magistrates Court via video link from HMP Exeter on Monday to plead guilty to burning waste and knowingly causing a fly-tip. He also pleaded guilty to failing to respond to questions relating to […]


Government Spending Review enrages Council leader

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans OBE has today poured scorn on Sajid Javid’s spending review which he described as a ham-fisted and ill-conceived pre-election bribe. The Chancellor announced yesterday that an extra £1.5 billion will be invested into Councils for social care but Councillor Evans points out, that is not the whole story. He […]


New cycle path for Sherford residents

Make the most of great outdoors with a new family-friendly walking and cycle path. The route links Sherford with Haye Road and is suitable for cyclists of all abilities. The path runs around the northern edge of the King George V playing fields between the existing trees and the hedge. Additional trees will be planted […]


Illegal tobacco smuggler ordered to pay back £55,000 under Proceeds of Crime Act

A Plymouth man who was caught with a huge amount of illegal tobacco has been ordered to pay back £55,000 under Proceeds of Crime in a case brought by our Trading Standards service. Michael Lock, of Moorland Drive, Plympton, was caught with 67.5 kilograms of hand-rolling tobacco and 39,480 cigarettes when Trading Standards and HMRC […]

Michael Lock illegal tobacco haul

This week’s update on Charles Cross night working

Overnight resurfacing works for the Charles Cross Transport Improvement Scheme will continue next week (from Monday 2 September). The following roads will be closed from 7pm to 7am. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights Exeter Street inbound, from Bretonside Southern side of Charles Cross roundabout Exeter Street viaduct Charles Street outbound Thursday night Charles Street inbound […]


Plymouth Road improvements begin

Junction upgrades on Plymouth Road will begin on Tuesday. The much anticipated Eastern Corridor Junction Improvement Scheme kicks off with work at Marsh Mills roundabout and at the Larkham Lane junction. Cones will go out on the road on Tuesday and lane closures will be in place between 9.30am and 5.30pm. At Marsh Mills, an […]


Plymouth shortlisted for Future High Street Fund

Plymouth has made the shortlist of the Future High Streets Fund, which could unlock more funding to help the city centre’s regeneration. The Council submitted its initial bid in March which focused on Plymouth City Centre and seeks funding to help deliver an ambitious regeneration agenda. Yesterday’s announcement confirms that our expression of interest for Plymouth City […]


Plugging this great idea – electric vehicle charge points for business

Electric vehicle charge points could be popping up at business premises all over Plymouth, thanks to grant funding won by Plymouth City Council. The Council has been awarded £7.6 million Transforming Cities Fund to help change how people travel in and around Plymouth and it now wants to hear from businesses interested in a share […]


Gearing up for main construction on Forder Valley Link Road

Blunts Lane is to close next month, for the duration of the Forder Valley Link Road works. The narrow route, which runs between Forder Valley Road and Davy Road, is going to be out of action to through traffic from Monday 23 September. The closure will be in place throughout the project, which will create […]


Money for Plan for Homes fund agreed

Plymouth’s latest Plan for Homes has received a significant funding boost. Thanks to an executive decision signed today by Council leader Tudor Evans, £9 million will be allocated to the new Housing Investment Fund. The fund, announced as part of the third Plan for Homes earlier this year, is a pot of money designed to […]


Partners work together to tackle tombstoning

Partners in Plymouth have once again been working together over the summer to tackle the issue of tombstoning and help keep young people in the city safe by providing alternative activities. For the third year running, Plymouth City Council and Devon and Cornwall Police have joined forces to work with local young people and signpost […]


Southside Street

Barbican set for Mayflower spruce up

Roads and pavements around the Barbican and waterfront will be getting some TLC as part of a scheme to get the city ready for Mayflower400. Plymouth City Council is embarking on a £2 million Mayflower maintenance programme to make sure the streets are in tip-top condition ahead of the key year. A further £735,000 is […]


New plans submitted for West Pier

New plans have been submitted to ensure that the West Pier is looking its best in time for the Mayflower 400 commemorations. Details are being outlined for how the historic pier will look cared for and tidy, ready for thousands of visitors in 2020 – with all of its cobbles in situ. The plans will […]


Selstar Fireworks winners of 2019 British Firework Championships

Selstar Fireworks from Chichester, West Sussex, have been crowned the best in their field, winning the 2019 British Firework Championships. Tens of thousands of visitors and locals gathered along Plymouth’s waterfront to watch the competition, which took place over Wednesday and Thursday this week (14 and 15 August). The five professional fireworks companies that competed […]


A-Level statement 2019

Students across Plymouth are collecting their A-Level and other Post-16 results today. Early indications show that young people across the city have the results they need to go on to higher education and their desired pathways after completing their studies. Councillor Jon Taylor the Cabinet Member responsible for Education and Skills said: “I’d like to […]


Britain’s Ocean City gives Greta an epic send off

Plymouth’s reputation as a departure point for historic voyages was cemented today with an epic send off for climate change activist Greta Thunberg. The world’s best known climate change campaigner set sail from Mayflower Marina in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, for her historic – and gruelling trip – across the Atlantic on board the zero-carbon […]


Whitleigh play parks get makeovers

A Plymouth play park has had a complete overhaul thanks to a partnership with a community group. Having joined forces with the Whitleigh Community Trust, the Council they have been able to replace all of the equipment in Milford Lane play area and make significant changes to the neighbouring play park in Norwich Avenue. A […]

Children enjoy the opening of the Milford Lane play area

Plymouth set to become one of the UK’s first cities of learning

An exciting project to turn Plymouth into a digital learning campus gets underway later this year. The City Council has worked with the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) on a successful bid to the Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) to become one of the first UK ‘Cities of Learning’. Cities of […]


British Firework Championships – all you need to know

The spectacular British Firework Championships return to Plymouth tomorrow and on Thursday (14 and 15 August). The competition sees six of the country’s top firework companies battle it out to be crowned the best, with three 10-minute displays to enjoy each evening. The displays are fired from Mount Batter breakwater, making Plymouth Hoe the perfect […]

British Firework Championships

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Proposed changes to council tax support system

We’re making changes to our council tax support (CTS) scheme to make things easier for residents. The CTS scheme is designed to help customers with low incomes by reducing their council tax payments by up to 80 per cent. The scheme is reviewed every year and we think that it needs to change for 2020/21. […]


Charles Cross night working

We’re going to start night working on the Charles Cross Transport Improvement Scheme from Monday 19 August. Working at night will allow us to carry out resurfacing works at various points around the roundabout and on Charles Street without causing disruption during the day. These night works have always been programmed into the scheme and […]


Further funding for Plymouth parks

Parks and green spaces in Plymouth have had yet another funding boost. The city has just secured just under €4 million thanks to a successful funding bid by Plymouth City Council and its partners. The money, which comes from the European Commission, will go towards the Green Minds project which will re-wild urban parks, gardens […]


Crews prepared for severe weather

Council crews have been sweeping roads, clearing gullies and checking known flooding hotspots in preparation for the heavy rain and strong winds expected to hit Plymouth tonight, tomorrow and on Saturday. Yellow rain and wind warnings are in place and teams will be on standby around the clock to respond to any issues that arise. […]


Plymouth Road improvements set to continue

Junction improvements in the east of Plymouth will continue next month with work on Plymouth Road. The work will mark the next stage of the Eastern Corridor Junction Improvement Scheme and follows on from work already completed at the Cot Hill and Merafield Road junction earlier in the year. Now, the focus will be on […]