Yearly Archives: 2019


Plymouth Road update: December 2019

Here’s a quick update on the works at Plymouth Road. We’ve been working on several different bits junctions at once so that we can get the scheme completed as quickly as we possibly can. Marsh Mills Passers-by will see the new lane has been dug out and that the cycle lane again has reopened. There […]


Council leader responds to Queen’s Speech

Council leader Tudor Evans said: “As expected, the Queen’s Speech contained lots of the same old promises but little on actual delivery, and on the face of it, little for Plymouth. “Children’s services and adult social care around the country are in crisis. Where the green paper on care? Where are the solutions we’ve been […]


Getting charged up with new fleet

A huge proportion of the Council’s fleet of vehicles is set to be replaced with electric-powered alternatives. Nearly £11m will be invested over the next six years in a total of 177 vehicles spanning many different departments of the organisation. The announcement follows on from the recently announced Climate Emergency Action Plan which seeks to […]


What’s outside The Box – Tavistock Place gets transformed

What a place! Tavistock Place is changing in front of our eyes as work on Plymouth’s awesome cultural project, The Box goes into the final furlong. The contractors this week handed over two parts of the Box complex to the team, ready for the ‘reload’ of over two million fascinating objects to get underway early […]


Independence@Home service receives good rating from CQC

  Plymouth’s Independence@Home service, run by the City Council, has been rated good at a recent inspection by the Care Quality commission (CQC).   The service supports people after being discharged from hospital following illness or injury to regain their independence with activities of daily living such as washing, dressing, meal preparation and other domestic […]


Climate Change

Council announces plans to address climate emergency

The Council has set out its plans to help save the planet. On Monday, the city’s Cabinet and then Full Council meetings heard and agreed two plans designed to make Plymouth carbon neutral by 2030. The new documents follow on from the declaration of a climate emergency in March 2019 when the city committed to […]


School admission arrangements for 2021

It’s time for parents to have their say about the school admissions process in Plymouth. Starting school, whether primary or secondary is an important step, and the Council wants to make applying for places as fair and straightforward as possible. Parents are therefore being asked for their views on the proposed school admission arrangements for […]


Gold medal for Paul!

One of our directors has been recognised for his exceptional achievement in the field of town and country planning. Paul Barnard, the Council’s Service Director for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, has been awarded the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Gold Medal, an award which has only been given 15 times in the RTPI’s history. Past […]


Make sure your Christmas fragrances aren’t fake!

Christmas shoppers are being warned to buy the real deal rather than fake perfume after Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards seized goods which could be dodgy. Raids over the last few weeks in addresses across the city have brought in a haul of counterfeit cosmetics and bottles of fragrance, labelled as designer brands like Chanel, […]


Big fine for Efford litterer

A woman has been ordered to pay over £1,500 for dumping bags of household waste on a grass verge. Chloe Coombes, of Lorrimore Avenue in Keyham, was found guilty in her absence of littering under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday. The court heard how in April 2019, a Council […]


Update on Charles Street drainage works

Good news – all cones and closures should be off Charles Street by the end of next week. Work installing drainage for The Box on the southbound carriageway is now complete but resurfacing has had to be postponed until Wednesday night due to forecast heavy rain. Providing the weather is fine, the southbound carriageway will […]


Review of data on the electoral register

The electoral register contains more than 192,000 entries and is constantly changing as people move and come of age. The accuracy of the register is the responsibility of the Council’s electoral registration officers. Elected members have emphasised the need for every effort to be made to ensure there are no issues with its accuracy. When […]


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Realising the value of trees

What is a tree worth? Sounds like a daft question, doesn’t it? Trees can’t be worth anything. They’re trees. They don’t go out to work, people don’t pay to see them. They just sit there being trees. If anything they cost us money to maintain, don’t they? Well, as it turns out, thanks to an innovative new […]


New Culinary Care Cook Book launched in Plymouth

Care home residents and staff, Commissioners and health partners across Plymouth have come together to produce a very special cook book. The city’s very first Culinary Care Cookbook was launched at City College Plymouth’s PL1 Restaurant and features recipes that have been developed by Culinary Care Teams and people who live in care homes, and […]


Plymouth geared up to keep roads moving this winter

Gritters will be out on Plymouth’s primary 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 are pre-treated […]


Councils review joint arrangement for children’s services

A review of a joint arrangement between Plymouth and Torbay councils to share a Director of Children’s Services has concluded that each authority now needs its own director to provide more strategic capacity. The arrangement has seen a joint director, who was previously the Director in Plymouth, overseeing children’s services in both authorities to support […]


All eyes on Plymouth as country’s top divers prepare for Tokyo 2020

Plymouth has been chosen to host the 2020 British Diving Championships in January, showcasing the nation’s star divers as they prepare for the Olympic Games in Japan later that year. Top performers including Jack Laugher, Tom Daley, Lois Toulson, Grace Reid and Plymouth Diving’s Matthew Dixon are expected to compete not only for national titles […]


Marking the restoration of the Mayflower Steps

Containers of earth representing the four nations involved in the Mayflower 400 commemorations, together with a time capsule, have been placed inside the portico of the Mayflower monument ahead of a short ceremony next Wednesday (13 November) to mark the end of its restoration. Samples of earth from Leiden in the Netherlands, Plymouth, Massachusetts, the […]


Families fleeing terror set for sanctuary in Plymouth

Fifteen families fleeing from conflict are set to be welcomed to Plymouth. This follows the Council’s decision to participate in the first year of the government-backed Global Refugee Resettlement Scheme. The Council had already committed to accepting 200 refugees by March 2020; 150 people through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and 50 people through […]


ACE grant for The Box

The Box, Plymouth is celebrating a new grant award of £380,506 from Arts Council’s England’s (ACE) Capital: Small Grants fund. The programme supports building improvements for arts and cultural organisations – helping them create enhanced spaces to produce and present their work, collaborate with artists and audiences and build their resilience and sustainability. The funding […]


More Millbay good news!

Work could start before Christmas on a major new waterfront development as part of the Council’s ongoing ambition to ‘make Millbay happen’. A temporary car park on East Quay could soon be a hive of construction activity, thanks to a decision being signed by the Council leader Tudor Evans this week. The executive decision approves […]


Plans progressing on Woolwell to the George scheme

Work is continuing on plans to tackle one of Plymouth’s worst traffic bottlenecks. We have allocated £450,000 for more detailed design work on a scheme to alleviate congestion at the notorious pinch-point between Woolwell Roundabout and The George. More than 30,000 vehicles use this section of Tavistock Road during the day and there are often […]


New PSPO to tackle drink-related anti-social behaviour

A proposed new Public Space Protection Order could see a crackdown on drink-related anti-social behaviour. Covering the entire city, the order will make it an offence for any person to refuse to stop drinking alcohol or hand over any bottles or cans which are believed to contain alcohol, when required to do so by a […]

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Remembrance Day service on Plymouth Hoe

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Richard Ball and Lady Mayoress, Mrs Dianne Ball will be joined by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Devon for this year’s Remembrance Day Service on Plymouth Hoe. The Deputy Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor’s Consort, Council Leader, Leader of the Opposition and Council Chief Executive will also attend the service, which […]


Dog fouler pays high price

A man who failed to pick up after his pooch has been ordered to pay £885. Bradley Collinge-Turpin, 21, of Hornchurch Road in Ernesettle was found guilty of failing to clean up after his dog, in breach of the Public Space Protection Order, in his absence at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday. The court heard […]


Plymouth crowd helps city wins international prize

We’ve done it! Plymouth has won the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award. Cities of Service announced today at CityLab DC Plymouth as one of three winners of the Engaged Cities Award. The award recognises cutting-edge techniques to engage residents to solve problems. Plymouth was recognised for demonstrating leadership in citizen engagement, working with their […]