Monthly Archives: March 2019


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 […]


(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 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 […]


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 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 […]

Red Arrows over Plymouth Hoe

Sea bin installed in Plymouth to help tackle plastic pollution

A ‘Sea Bin’ has been installed at Queen Anne’s Battery Marina in Plymouth as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to tackle plastic pollution. Plymouth City Council is working with Queen Anne’s Battery Marina and the University of Plymouth to trial the Sea Bin and monitor collections of plastic and other waste, to determine how […]


Topping out on top of the world at Drake Leisure

Council leader Tudor Evans enjoyed a sneak peek from the top of the Drake Circus Leisure Development as part of a topping out ceremony in the sky bar. The development is set to open later this year and create a new dining and entertainment destination for both residents and visitors to Plymouth. Council leader Tudor […]


Council helps turn more empty spaces into homes

Vacant space above an Indian takeaway in Albert Road that has been empty for seven years to be converted into four new flats Property in Julian Street transformed thanks to financial help from the Council Plymouth City Council has helped turn more long term empty properties in the city into homes, including vacant space above […]


Partners launch Plymouth’s first specialist wellbeing hub

Partners in Plymouth have launched the city’s first Specialist Wellbeing Hub at the Cumberland Centre. Although the new hub is the fourth wellbeing hub in the city it will be the first of two specialist wellbeing hubs which will benefit from additional services over and above what is available in Plymouth’s existing hubs. Services at […]


Stalled development sites ready for construction

Building is set to begin on two stalled development sites in Plymouth. Land at the northern end of Prince Maurice Road in Lipson and the site of the former Whitleigh Community Centre will now provide the city with a total of 126 new homes. Development at both sites had stalled before the Council stepped in […]


New wildflower meadow locations announced

The locations of four new wildflower meadows in Plymouth, which help local bee and butterfly populations to thrive, have now been announced. Plymouth City Council has identified four new sites across the city to establish new wildflower meadows, which will be prepared and planted this month, when ground conditions are good for sowing, and will […]


Council bids for much needed High Street Fund

Plymouth City Council has submitted an expression of interest for funding to improve the city centre. The £675 million Future High Street Fund aims to renew and reshape high streets by improving infrastructure, accessibility and experience. The fund will contribute up to a maximum of £25 million for a successful bid. With major challenges including […]


Official launch of Armed Forces Day 2019

Exciting programme revealed for Plymouth Armed Forces Day

The exciting programme for this year’s Plymouth Armed Forces Day, in association with Babcock, has now been revealed. An official launch event saw members of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery abseil down the walls of the Royal Citadel, carrying the Armed Forces Day flag, which was then presented to the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor […]


Plastics Taskforce Group meeting update March 2019

Partners in Plymouth are continuing to work hard to tackle plastics pollution and reduce single use plastics in the city. The Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City Plastics Taskforce held its quarterly meeting on 19 March 2019. At the meeting, the Taskforce heard updates from all of the theme leads: AVOID – A Plastic free schools event is […]


North Prospect scheme enters final phase

Plymouth’s latest Plan for Homes is set to benefit its first project. The redevelopment of North Prospect, which is now approaching its final phase, will receive £1 million from the new Housing Investment Fund, a key part of the Council’s latest Plan for Homes. The money will go towards the construction of new roads and […]


Solar panels for Council buildings

More Council-owned buildings look set to have solar panels installed as the city continues its drive to cut carbon and create clean renewable energy. The Box, Ballard House, Prince Rock Depot and Chelson Meadow are the latest buildings to be earmarked for installations that could help the Council cut its carbon emissions by up to […]


Flood defences approved for Ham Lane

One of Plymouth’s favourite green spaces is set for some investment to tackle flooding. Ham Lane, a footpath which runs the length of Ham Woods, is often prone to flooding in the winter. In particular, a 60 metre, low-lying stretch of the path can spend up to 50 days of the year under water. Now, […]


Viaduct works to begin in May

Major road improvement works to support some of Plymouth City Centre’s most exciting developments will begin this Spring. Shoppers and visitors are being urged to try new routes into the city centre from 13 May when work begins on the viaduct – Exeter Street – the road between the new Drake Leisure complex and Drake […]


Partners sign Plan For Trees partnership agreement

Partners in Plymouth have signed the Plan For Trees commitment to enhancing Plymouth’s tree coverage. Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Community Homes, the Woodland Trust, Plymouth Tree Partnership, the National Trust and Plymouth Open Spaces Network, have all signed an agreement to be a member of the steering group that fulfils the Plan’s Delivery Programme which […]


Plans for the future of Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon receive ringing endorsement

It’s taken three years to shape, publish and consult on, but the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan has now been endorsed by independent Government Inspectors. The ambitious plan for what Plymouth and South West Devon could be like in 2034 covering important issues like health, transport, homes, jobs and the economy, green […]


A helping hand for people with a business idea

Plymouth’s would-be entrepreneurs could get a helping hand, thanks to a scheme designed to help people give business a go. Plymouth City Council is part-funding an enterprise coaching programme which aims to help people develop self-employment opportunities as well as start and sustain micro and small businesses, including conversations around alternative business structures such as […]


Plymouth profits from Pocket Park funding

Three Plymouth community projects have been boosted by significant government funding. Over £55,000 has been awarded from the Pocket Park fund to help revamp play areas in Carlton Terrace and How Street and also to help establish a wildlife-friendly green space in Eggbuckland. The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government money was bid for […]

Councillor Tina Touhy, Ward Councillor for Ham; Councillor Pete Smith, Deputy Leader; Becky House from Earthjump; Councillor Tudor Evans, Council Leader and Ward Councillor for Ham and Councillor Gareth Derrick, Ward Councillor for Ham.

Council takes tough action on delayed Plymouth development sites

The Stonemasons Arms is looking much better after the owners complied with an untidy land notice. However, there are five sites across the city that will now face further legal action after failing to clean up. The sites have been left in a poor condition after buildings have been demolished and in some cases piles […]


Yay for Safe Places for adults with learning disabilities

Plymouth is celebrating successfully creating almost 200 locations under the Safe Place scheme. Yay Koffee on Mutley Plain is one of the latest venues to sign up to the scheme which is designed to help people with learning disabilities feel confident and safe when they are out and about in Plymouth. The Safe Places window […]


Big bearing to bring bridge back into business…

Get in! Council leader Tudor Evans checks out the massive bearing that’s going to be fitted into the Sutton Harbour lock footbridge. Contractors have set up the compound and the bearing has been craned into the middle section of the lock bridge so that engineers can start working on the installation. The one tonne bearing, […]


Join Plymouth’s biggest ever spring clean!

Plymouth’s residents are being encouraged to take part in the city’s biggest ever volunteer tidy up as part of this year’s Great British Spring Clean. Plymouth City Council is backing the national Keep Britain Tidy led campaign, which runs from 22 March to 23 April, which will see up to half a million people taking […]


Second phase of Oceansgate given the green light

The second phase of Oceansgate has now been given the green light, having secured funding and planning permission. Based in Devonport’s South Yard, Oceansgate is transforming disused Ministry of Defence land into an Enterprise Zone for marine businesses, with opportunities for research, innovation and production. Phase 1 of the development was completed last year. A […]