Monthly Archives: June 2019


New Manadon Sports and Community Hub officially opened

Plymouth’s new Manadon Sports and Community Hub was officially opened today in a special event attended by local and national footballing legend Peter Shilton. The multi-million-pound facility is expected to help 30,000 people take part in physical activity every year and includes a much needed space for the local community. It boasts a floodlit third […]


Update statement on Mount Batten beach closure

The beaches at Mount Batten have been closed for the past few weeks as a precautionary measure following the discovery of materials (pieces of cement) containing asbestos. The reason for this is because the health and safety of our residents is our top priority and we needed to risk assess the situation. The good news […]


Temporary closure of Blunts Lane

Blunts Lane will be closed for 14 days from Tuesday 23 July, while work gets under way to reroute utility supplies in preparation for the Forder Valley Link Road. People will still be able to access Poole Farm from Forder Valley Road but all other drivers and pedestrians will need to follow a signed diversion […]


£75 million commitment to city by top law firm

Plymouth City Council has secured transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson as key tenants for its headquarters at Millbay. The company has signed a new lease committing to Ballard House – and to the city and region – until at least 2035. Council leader Tudor Evans said: “What a great day. This is a company […]


Consultation for commuters on railway station revamp

Plymouth’s regular rail commuters will be getting a sneak peak of the big picture for the area around the city’s railway station. A masterplan is being unveiled and displayed on the concourse next Tuesday (2 July) so that people who use the station most can see what changes could be coming down the line. The […]


Flag raising ceremony marks start of Armed Forces Week in Plymouth

The Armed Forces Flag was raised in Plymouth today following a ceremony at the Guildhall, marking the start of Armed Forces Week. The flag will be flown all week, including during Plymouth Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June. This morning’s ceremony was attended by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Richard Ball, the Naval Base […]


Graduation for new supported interns

The first cohort of a new Supported Internship Programme for young people with a learning disability have just graduated. The programme was developed as a partnership between Plymouth City Council and City College Plymouth to enable young people with learning difficulties and or disabilities to achieve sustainable, paid employment by equipping them with the skills […]


Revoked taxi driver’s appeal dismissed at Crown Court

A taxi driver who had his licence revoked has had an appeal against the decision dismissed by Plymouth Crown Court. Hackney Carriage driver, Kenan Aktas, 40, of Elliot Road, Prince Rock, had his licence taken away from him by the Council’s Taxi Licensing Committee in June 2018 following a series of complaints about his standard […]


Stem Spectacular now underway

A ‘STEM Spectacular’ is now underway with a programme of events designed to inspire Plymouth’s children and young people to get into science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The STEM Spectacular officially starts with the launch of a new annual Plymouth STEM schools’ competition at the official opening of the Tamar Bridge visitor centre. The competition […]


Plymouth City Council joins campaign for two weeks of mass co-operation

Plymouth City Council will be celebrating this year’s Co-operative Fortnight, a nationwide drive to bring people and communities together, with a range of events and promotions alongside member-owned businesses throughout the city. Taking place from 24 June to 7 July, Co-operative Fortnight encourages people across the country to engage in ‘acts of co-operation’, inspiring people […]


Construction work to begin at historic Elizabethan House

The restoration and reinterpretation of Plymouth’s historic Elizabethan House moves into an exciting phase next week when building work begins in earnest. Led by Plymouth City Council, with additional funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, the Coastal Revival Fund and The Pilgrim’s Trust, it’s one of the key legacy projects for the […]


Smart Sound Plymouth to support next generation of marine technologies

The Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC) has officially launched Smart Sound Plymouth, a proving area for designing, testing and developing cutting edge products and services for the advanced marine sector. Using the facilities and expertise available within the MBTC, Smart Sound Plymouth is the first of its kind in the country with a wealth of […]


School backs city efforts to tackle dog mess

A local school is backing Plymouth City Council’s ongoing efforts to tackle the issue of dog mess in parks. Pupils at Marlborough Primary Academy have made their own dog poo bag dispensers out of recycled plastic bottles, which they are placing in Devonport Park (fixed to fences), filled with dog poo bags for people to help themselves, […]


Plymouth in the top 10 for Engaged Cities Award

Plymouth has been recognised for its work alongside residents to create and implement solutions that improve lives and communities Its groundbreaking crowdfunding ‘City Change Fund’ has helped Plymouth become one of 10 cities to reach the finals for the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award. Over 100 cities submitted bids for the award which has […]


More protection for some of Plymouth’s historic post-war buildings

Plymouth’s unique post-war architecture could enjoy more planning protection under moves to create a new conservation area in the city centre. Plymouth City Council is considering the designation, with Royal Parade and Civic Square at its heart of a new conservation area. It would take in New George Street to the north; Raleigh Street, Derry’s […]


Plymouth wins share of multi-million pound parks fund

Plymouth has won a place on a new multi-million pound initiative to secure the future of the city’s parks and green spaces. Plymouth City Council fought off tough competition to ensure Plymouth was one of only eight places across the UK selected by the National Trust and The National Lottery Heritage Fund to take part […]

Devonport Park

Yealmpstone Farm Primary School expansion completed

A major school expansion project totalling £2.8 million has just been completed at Yealmpstone Farm Primary School. The City Council identified Yealmpstone as an ideal candidate to receive government basic need funding in order for it to grow and provide much needed additional places to cope with an increase in demand. The expansion works mean […]


Plymouth, ‘City of Sanctuary’ comes together for Refugee Week

Partners in Plymouth are working together to mark national Refugee Week as the city prepares to launch a pledge to be a ‘City of Sanctuary’, and celebrate the contribution of displaced people to British society. Running from Saturday 15 – Friday 21 in the city, this year’s events have been organised by: Plymouth Hope, Calstock […]


Next stop delivery – walking, cycling and bus improvements on the way

We’re a step closer to huge improvements designed to keep us all on the move. Council Leader Tudor Evans signed a decision which means the Council can procure contracts and start to spend £7.6 million of the Transforming Cities Fund. Councillor Evans said: “The figure is big and so is the plan – this is […]


Jessica’s Armed Forces Day badge design a winner

11-year-old Jessica Horton from Widewell Primary Academy has created the winning design for this year’s Plymouth Armed Forces Day badge. Pupils from schools across Plymouth have been competing to create a badge which represents the spirit of Armed Forces Day. Jessica’s winning design shows the iconic Smeaton’s Tower with the Mayflower ship in the centre, […]


Are you a carer? Find out about support available in Plymouth

Carers in Plymouth are being encouraged to find out about local support available to them as we mark National Carers Week (10 – 16 June 2019). The annual campaign is led by the charity Carers UK and supported by local carers’ organisations to raise awareness of caring, highlight challenges carers face and recognise the contribution […]


West Pier response

The amount of comment and debate about the plans to restore West Pier shows just how much people in Plymouth care about the Barbican and the city’s heritage. But there is some misinformation and misunderstanding about the scheme which is leading to unnecessary anxiety about the plans. We’re as proud of our heritage, including the […]


Plymouth at the forefront of tackling the effects of childhood trauma

Plymouth will become one of the first cities in the country to try an innovative new approach to tackling the effects of childhood trauma. The City Council’s Cabinet are going to be making a commitment to support the work of a Trauma-Informed Network to understand the impact of childhood trauma on people’s behaviour in adulthood. […]


Update on Mount Batten beach

Beaches around the Mount Batten peninsula have been closed for the past few weeks as a precautionary measure after small pieces of low grade asbestos were found, and while we carried out some tests. Asbestos is only an issue if fibres become airborne, and one of the priority actions was to test sand samples to […]


Plans to preserve, protect and transform historic pier submitted

Plymouth’s West Pier could be transformed as part of an extensive rejuvenation programme designed to preserve, protect and strengthen it for next 100 years. The historic pier, which is home to the Mayflower Steps, looks set to get a major makeover which will shine a spotlight on the globally significant space as well as enable […]


Come to one of our Scam Awareness sessions in Plymouth

Citizens Advice Plymouth and Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards team are holding a series of events in the city to help people spot potential scams. The events are part of a national Scams Awareness campaign (10 – 23 June 2019) encouraging people to report and talk about scams. People will learn about the spotting the […]


Charles Cross update

Charles Cross: Exeter Street lane closures

We’ll get straight to the point; this isn’t good news. We’re going to have to restrict the Exeter Street entrance to Charles Cross roundabout to just one lane from Monday for a period of three weeks. As you may have seen, we’ve been doing some work on a short piece of pavement outside of Buzz […]