Monthly Archives: February 2019


Making it easier for wheelchair users to get around Plymouth

More than 40 dropped kerb crossings have been installed or improved this year to make it easier for people in wheelchairs to get around Plymouth. We have been working with the Plymouth Area Disabled Access Network (PADAN) to identify locations where people with disabilities encounter difficulty and provide better, more accessible crossings. We are also drawing […]

Councillor Dann and Chris Watkins, Group Manager (Highways and Traffic Management) on Sussex Street

Plympton St Mary residents to consider future of local planning

In a first for Plymouth residents, those eligible to vote in Plympton St Mary may soon have the opportunity to vote on whether or not to approve a Neighbourhood Plan for their ward. Neighbourhood Plans were first brought into power by the Localism Act 2011, aiming to give individuals and communities more decision-making powers. Plympton […]


Stonehouse PSPO set for review

Residents of Stonehouse are being asked for their thoughts on the future of a Public Space Protection Order currently applied to the area. Introduced in 2017, the order gives police and enforcement officials special powers to clamp down on antisocial drinking, drug use and begging in public areas. Those found in breach are placed into […]


Plotting a course for visitors beyond Mayflower

Plymouth’s vision to bring more visitors flocking to the city over the next decade are being outlined in a high level plan to be discussed at Cabinet. With a stacked programme of events lining up for Mayflower 400 in 2020 including the opening of the city’s Box cultural attraction, the city’s tourism leaders are now […]


Death of Alderman John Leslie Mills

Plymouth City Council is sad to announce the death of Alderman and former Lord Mayor and Councillor, John Leslie Mills. Alderman Mills died on Friday 15 February aged 89. He was a Councillor from 1967 to 1995 for the Plympton Erle ward and was made an honorary Alderman of the city of Plymouth in July […]


Council invests in future of city

Two development schemes that will revitalise Plymouth city centre and lever in £55 million of private investment are to get crucial support from the Council. Cabinet papers are being published today (Wednesday) which recommends the Council helps fund the first phase of a project to transform the upper end of Old Town Street and New […]


Enhanced policy to support school standards in Plymouth

A range of changes to how the City Council works with schools and partners to help achieve better educational outcomes for all Plymouth’s children, is set to be approved by Cabinet next week The City Council has a statutory duty to work to achieve better outcomes for all Plymouth’s children and within that duty is assigned the role […]


New powers used to improve life for tenants

A Plymouth landlord could end up £7,500 out of pocket for failing to install a handrail. Plymouth City Council has sent a formal ‘Notice of Intent’ to the owners of a Peverell property warning a civil penalty notice could be issued for failing to comply with an Improvement Notice. The Council has this week served […]


Plymouth agrees lowest Council Tax rise in Devon and Cornwall

Plymouth City Council has agreed the lowest Council Tax increase in Devon and Cornwall despite facing huge financial pressures due to Government funding cuts and rising demand. Plymouth’s increase for Council services is 2.99 per cent with the overall tax increase once other police and fire precepts are added will be 4.04 per cent. This […]


Recommended contractor announced for Forder Valley Link Road

A report recommending Balfour Beatty as the main contractor for Plymouth’s new Forder Valley Link Road will be considered by our Cabinet on Tuesday 5 March. The international infrastructure group has been selected via a public sector procurement framework, having already advised on the feasibility, design and pre-construction stages of the scheme. It will deliver […]


iMayflower project given £2.4 million funding boost

A huge boost has been given to Plymouth’s iMayflower project, which now has funding totalling around £6 million thanks to an additional £2.4 million in match funding from the project’s delivery partners. iMayflower was awarded £3.5 million from the Cultural Development Fund (CDF) last month and will now receive further funding from the six delivery […]


PSPO consultation begins

A consultation on Public Space Protection Orders to deter unauthorised encampments has begun. Central Park’s Love Field, Prince Rock playing fields and land at William Prance Road are the first sites to be selected as part of a new policy adopted by the Council in January. These PSPOs, coupled with the development of temporary stopping spaces, […]


New Lord Mayor Designate recommended

The Lord Mayor’s Selection Committee has recommended the new Lord Mayor designate for 2019/20. Councillor Richard Ball has been Compton ward councillor since 2008 and was Deputy Lord Mayor in 2015/2016. Councillor Ball was born and raised in Plymouth and apart from occasional absences due to his naval career, has lived here all his life.  […]


Fund to help Plymouth’s co-operative economy grow

A new fund is being set up to help Plymouth people to take more control of jobs, livelihoods and to keep more money in the city. The Co-operative and Mutuals Development Fund worth £1.259 million is being launched by Plymouth City Council as part of its plan to help its co-operative economy grow. A co-operative […]


Leader seeks reassurance over search and rescue cover

 Plymouth’s Council leader has written to the Transport Minister asking for urgent reassurances over the future of Search and Rescue Services across the region. Council leader Tudor Evans OBE said he was deeply concerned about the current financial difficulties facing the Bristow Group which runs the Maritime and Coastguard Search and Rescue contract. In a […]


More funding for lifesaving lifejackets

We’re looking to keep more fishing crews safer at sea by extending our successful lifejacket scheme. The Council has won more funding through European Maritime and Fisheries Fund for 60 more E250 lifejackets with personal locator beacons. The Council was awarded £77,000 from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Maritime Management Organisation last […]


Marine business expanding into Oceansgate and Hearder Court

Plymouth-based manufacturing business, Lang & Potter, is expanding to take units at Plymouth City Council’s new developments, Oceansgate in South Yard, Devonport and Hearder Court at Langage Science Park. Lang & Potter’s marine division is growing, with the company adding two more workshops to their four existing sites and creating 12 new jobs. David Potter, […]


Council leader says funding announced for Dawlish works is a drop in the ocean

Responding to the announcement of £80 million for a new sea wall at Dawlish, Councillor Tudor Evans, leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “Chris Grayling’s announcement, or rather re-announcement, is a bit like when you have waited for a long delayed train – when it finally turns up you feel relieved but also pretty furious […]


DfT confirms £22.56m investment in Forder Valley Link Road

We’re celebrating news that a £22.56 million investment earmarked for the Forder Valley Link Road has been confirmed by the Department for Transport (DfT). The business case for the scheme, which will create a much-needed second route between the A38 and Derriford avoiding the often heavily congested Manadon Roundabout, has now been approved. The Forder Valley […]

Artistic impression of the Forder Valley Link Road

Trailblazing schemes up for national planning awards

Two pioneering schemes that are changing lives in Plymouth have helped Plymouth City Council reach the final of the Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Excellence. The Council’s City Change Fund – which uses an online crowdfunding platform to distribute funds – and DataPlay – which works with local talent and tech companies to explore how […]


Postal or Proxy voter? Do you need to refresh your signature?

Postal and proxy voters in Plymouth who were asked to ‘refresh’ their signature are being urged to check if they have responded. If the signature held on record for you is more than five years old you should have received a letter in January, with a form to sign and return. Around half of those […]


Council to press for fairer funding as further grant cuts hit budgets

Plymouth City Council is to continue pressing the Government for a better deal for the city as it grapples with the impact of more than a decade of Government austerity and rising demand for social care. A report to the Cabinet says the latest local government funding settlement from the Government had confirmed the Council […]


Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Chris Mavin wth Matthew Dixon and Tom Daley

Tom Daley rounds off weekend of top-class diving in Plymouth

A dominant display from local star Tom Daley brought the curtain down on a sensational weekend of top class diving at the Plymouth Life Centre from 1 to 3 February. The British National Diving Cup provided thrills and excitement throughout with all the big names battling it out in front of a packed crowd. The […]


Positive talks about Barden held in London

Schaeffler’s European CEO, Jurgen Ziegler held positive talks in London yesterday (Wednesday) with the Minister of Defence Procurement, Stuart Andrew MP on the proposed closure of Schaeffler’s Plymouth manufacturing facility; the Barden Corporation UK Ltd, together with the Plymouth Manufacturing Facility’s MP Johnny Mercer and Managing Director of Barden UK Jon Everett. The talks were […]