Category Archives : Ian Bowyer – Leader


Station regeneration plan gets funding boost

The journey to create a better welcome for Plymouth’s 2.5 million rail passengers will be able to start, thanks to the Government cash boost of £43.57 million to the Heart of the South West LEP to help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth. Plymouth looks set to get around £4.7 million towards the cost […]


A ladder of opportunity to construction and manufacturing apprenticeships

Plymouth’s leading construction and manufacturing businesses will take part in a huge joint apprenticeship recruitment drive as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2017 (6 to 10 March). Building Plymouth and the Plymouth Manufacturers Group (PMG) have joined forces to organise an inspiring Apprenticeship Jobs Fair on Saturday 4 March, 10am to 3pm in the Plymouth […]


Building industry support for driving up local construction skills

Five new project sponsors have invested in the Council led Building Plymouth partnership which aims to work collaboratively to overcome the skills crisis facing the local construction industry. National construction contractor Willmott Dixon, regional company Gilpin Demolition, nationwide building services contractor T Clarke, professional construction consultancy Ward Williams Associates, and CITB the industry training board […]


Plymouth outlines Mayflower 400 investment

Exciting plans to get Plymouth shipshape and ready for the global stage as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations are being unveiled. Historic trails will be developed so that visitors can follow in the footsteps of the Pilgrim Fathers. Some projects in the pipeline include the renovation of two Elizabethan houses in the Barbican and […]


Heart of the South West Productivity Plan launched to link with national Industrial Strategy

Last week Government launched its consultation ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’ which aims to improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country. This aligns with the Heart of the South West’s joint LEP and local authority-led Devolution Partnership’s Productivity Plan which launched this week, aiming to ensure that […]


£266 million investment in city’s future announced

A multi-million pound investment to transform the look and feel of the city centre is being planned as part of an ambitious £266 million investment programme. The Cabinet is being asked to approve up to £27 million for the scheme in the capital budget – the Council’s fund used to invest in the city, in […]


Combination of growth and change helps balance books

A combination of encouraging growth across Plymouth and changing how services are run is helping to balance the books and set the city in the right direction. Cabinet will meet on 7 February to consider the latest budget report ahead of it being considered at Council on Monday 27 February. The report highlights a sharply […]


Million pound investment in Foreshore

Works have started to protect and extend the life of buildings and structures on the foreshore east of Tinside Pool. Council leader Ian Bowyer has authorised £1,000,000 capital investment for a programme of repairs to the foreshore which has a network of winding paths, buildings and features. Surveys were carried out before Christmas to pinpoint […]


Ground breaking moment for ground breaking project

We marked a major milestone for our History Centre with a groundbreaking ceremony in Tavistock Place. Councillor Sam Davey, Deputy Lord Mayor for Plymouth put the first spade in the ground as part of the official ceremony, which  was attended by representatives from the Council, construction firm Willmott Dixon and other key partners and stakeholders. […]


Work starts on Oceansgate, the city’s flagship marine development

Work starts today on the city’s flagship marine development, Oceansgate. Council Leader Ian Bowyer will dig the first turf to mark the start of the Phase 1 build of the country’s only Marine Enterprise Zone, which forms a key part of the Plymouth’s plans to grow its flourishing marine sector. The first phase entails the […]


Building skills through the local construction supply chain

Plymouth City Council is bringing together some of the key national and regional construction contractors for the first ever Building Plymouth Supply Chain Roadshow taking place across Devon and Cornwall throughout January. Aimed at engaging with their local supply chain, the Building Plymouth partners BAM Construction, Kier Construction, Midas, Morgan Sindall, Willmott Dixon, along with […]


Council pledges to increase living wage for lowest paid workers

Plymouth City Council is to increase the amount it pays its lowest paid workers as part of its commitment to paying a Living Wage. The Council introduced the principle of paying the Foundation Living Wage to address low pay in 2014 by adding a non-contractual market supplement that ensured the lowest paid received £8.25 an […]


New Director of Public Health confirmed for Plymouth

A new Director of Public Health has been announced for Plymouth City Council. Dr Ruth Harrell, who was previously acting as interim Director, has now been confirmed as the new Director. Ruth has worked in Plymouth as a Consultant in Public Health for two and a half years, leading on disease prevention and health protection, […]


Plymouth confirmed by Government as spearhead area for Starter Homes

Plymouth has been confirmed by the Government as one of 30 local authorities to ‘spearhead’ the starter homes scheme. The Government announced a £1.2billion Starter Homes Land Fund and Plymouth City Council has been chosen as a partnership authority because of its strong track record of delivery, and potential for early delivery of starter homes. […]


The search is on for Plymouth’s construction apprentice of the year

Leader of Plymouth City Council Ian Bowyer, along with key partners from the Building Plymouth network have officially launched the search to find Plymouth’s construction apprentice of the year 2017. The award acknowledges and celebrates an apprentice’s exceptional contribution to their workplace, and recognise their commitment to the apprenticeship experience. Cllr Bowyer said: “Not only […]


Five star hotel overlooking Hoe unveiled

Plans for a £50 million redevelopment scheme with a boutique hotel offering magnificent views of the Sound have been unveiled. Development specialists Henley Real Estate have been selected as the preferred bidder to develop the site of the now-demolished Quality Hotel in Cliff Road overlooking the Hoe. Representatives from the company will be at Cabinet […]


Businesses invited to hear about apprenticeship shake-up

Plymouth businesses are being invited to a free event next week to hear how the new Apprenticeship Levy and apprenticeship reforms will affect them. Plymouth City Council, in partnership with the Devon and Cornwall Training Provider Network and the Skills Funding Agency, will be holding an event at Plymouth Guildhall on Tuesday 6 December to […]


Rally behind rail investment plan for South West

Plymouth’s leader and deputy leader have welcomed today’s strategic rail blueprint for the South West Peninsula and said it should be used a rallying call for rail investment to drive economic growth in the South West. Council leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Ian Bowyer said: “An incredible amount of work has been carried out […]


Student accommodation in Plymouth to be restricted

Plymouth City Council is going to take a more stringent approach to planning applications for student accommodation in the future. At the Full Council meeting on Monday 21 November Leader Councillor Ian Bowyer announced that as the number of student flats either currently being built or that have already been granted planning permission – combined […]


Once-in-a-life-time waterfront opportunity unveiled

One of the most exciting waterfront development opportunities in the country has now been unveiled. The Council is inviting preliminary expressions of interest in Phase 3 of the Oceansgate Enterprise Zone in Devonport. Docks and jetties which once saw the departure of Royal Naval ships could welcome state of the art marine manufacturing, heralding a […]


Council invests in city to bring in steady income

Plymouth City Council has purchased a prime retail warehouse park in the city as part of a long-term investment strategy to promote the local economy and generate income. The Council has used historically low borrowing rates to acquire the freehold interest of Friary Retail Park on Exeter Street. The property extends to circa 81,000 sq […]


Statement in response to the Royal Citadel announcement

In response to the news that the MoD is seeking to dispose of the Royal Citadel, Council Leader Ian Bowyer, said: “While we understand the need for the MOD to ensure its estate provides best value for the taxpayer we will obviously be very concerned to see that 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery remain in Plymouth. “We […]


Japanese media visit dementia-friendly Plymouth

Journalists from Japanese national newspaper Asahi Shimbun and a representative from the Asahi Social Welfare Organisation visited Plymouth to report back to Japan on the wide-ranging dementia-friendly initiatives in and around the city which have earned it an international reputation for world-leading dementia-friendliness. After meeting Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society on a visit […]


Talking about the construction industry of the future

Plymouth City Council is bringing together some of the region’s key construction and built environment experts for a city-wide digital construction debate. Organised by Building Plymouth and the engineering consultancy firm Hoare Lea, the debate aims to explore the digital technologies changing the face of architecture, engineering and construction from design all the way through […]


Council budget plans focus on modernising services

Modernising services will be focus of Plymouth City Council’s plans to deal with a projected £37 million gap in its funding for local services over the next three years. The plans are set out in a Medium Term Financial Strategy for the next three years that is due to be agreed by the Council’s Cabinet. […]


Chief Executive for Mayflower 400 announced

A senior figure from a major global company has been appointed to lead the national and international programme to commemorate the voyage of the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World. Charles Hackett, who is vice president of medicines commercialisation for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, has been selected to be at the helm of Mayflower400 in the […]


Demolition starts on Bath Street ahead of regeneration

  A key building on Bath Street is being demolished as part of the Council’s ambition to regenerate the area around Millbay. Work to tear down the former Kier Construction office got underway this week ahead of a major redevelopment for the location. The construction company has moved out of its offices and is now […]