Category Archives : Ian Bowyer – Leader


New tidy team to tackle the to-do list

The team that keeps Plymouth’s streets tidy is being beefed up to ensure the city is ready for winter. Seven teams will be heading out to all areas from now until Christmas to tackle some of the niggles in the neighbourhoods. Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “We’ve listened to what our residents have been telling […]


City’s recycling rate going up

Thank you for helping Plymouth’s alternate weekly collection get off to an encouraging start – that’s the message from the leader of the Council, Ian Bowyer. New figures show that people across Plymouth are recycling more and throwing away less waste. The city is trimming its waste line – throwing away nearly 12 kilos less […]


New project partner for Manadon and Honicknowle Sports Centre

Plans to transform an artificial football pitch into a new outdoor recreation hub for the Manadon and Honicknowle communities have taken a major step forward, with the approval of a new project partner and revised business case. We’re teaming up with the Argyle Community Trust to provide a new football, cricket and outdoor sports facility that […]


Progress on devolution deal to match our ambition

A devolution deal for the Heart of the South West area took a ‘very positive’ step after Somerset, Devon, Torbay and Plymouth leaders and senior politicians met Jake Berry MP, the Government Minister with responsibility for devolution, in London last week. The leaders discussed the next steps for a Combined Authority, which would see increased […]


Join Plymouth Market for a Grand Day Out this September!

The major refurbishment work at Plymouth Market is coming to an end with a Grand Day Out on Saturday 30 September to celebrate its completion. The refurbishment works have given the Grade II listed building a new lease of life, lightening and brightening the building in the city’s West End. To welcome customers old and […]


Major autonomous company comes to Plymouth

Plymouth City Council leader Ian Bowyer today welcomed the announcement that one of the world’s leading marine and air automonous research and manufacturing companies is coming to Plymouth. The French company Thales is to make the new facility in Turnchapel Wharf, its maritime autonomy trials and training centre. As well as securing 20 highly skilled […]


Getting Elizabethan House ready for Mayflower commemorations

Preparations to make one of the oldest properties in Plymouth ready to play its part in the Mayflower commemorations look set to get underway in the Autumn. Plymouth City Council has submitted a listed building application for a detailed structural condition investigation to be carried out on the Elizabethan House. The application asks to carefully […]


West End entrance to be made more inviting

An uninviting route into the West End of the City Centre looks set to be transformed with landscaping. The steep, unattractive concrete ramp leading from Western Approach is to be replaced with a path that will snake more gently down towards Market Way. The path will have handrails and be surrounded by coastal grass landscaping. […]


Better places and spaces coming to Plymouth City Centre

A multi-million pound project that will transform the open spaces and pedestrian areas around the city centre has moved a step closer to becoming a reality. Plymouth City Council has committed £27 million over the next five years to transform this key location to make sure that the city centre looks its best in time […]


Work begins on Colin Campbell Court

Work on Colin Campbell Court has begun. Teams from Gilpin Demolition were on site on 8 August to begin bringing down three buildings on the corner of New George Street, which overlooks the court. Numbers 109, 111 and 113 have already been extensively surveyed and gutted inside in readiness for the heavy machinery. Plymouth City Council […]


Topping out ceremony takes place at Oceansgate

The names of the first new building to go up inside the pioneering Oceansgate marine technology campus were unveiled as part of a topping out ceremony today. Council Leader Ian Bowyer helped fit a pane of glass at the highest point of the first building to be constructed within the former naval yard for the […]


Wind in the sails for the Mayflower trails

Plymouth’s plans to mark the sailing of the Mayflower as part of the 2020 global commemorations are now under starters orders. Three historic trails, which will form part of a national network of trails, will be created in Plymouth as part of a package of physical changes designed to bring to life the story of […]


Parking changes to help residents

Residents living close to the city centre will find it easier to park after changes to parking restrictions have been introduced. The new scheme, which will benefit residents living between Central Park and Mutley Plain, aims to maximise available parking by removing some double yellow lines and merging permit parking zones, which will allow residents […]


Facelift for shopfronts thanks to pilot scheme

City centre shops have been given a facelift as part of a pilot scheme run by Plymouth City Council and the City Centre Company. Five businesses have so far had their shop fronts upgraded as part of the Shop Front Improvement Grant Scheme, following the successful renewal of the City Centre Business Improvement District. The […]


Back updated Plan for Libraries council leader urges

  The leader of Plymouth City Council has made an impassioned appeal to fellow councillors to vote for the updated Plan for Libraries to unlock £250,000 investment, create a fairer access to services across the city and a more modern offer for users. Speaking ahead of the Full Council on Monday, Council leader Ian Bowyer […]


Final call for evidence to election investigation

Plymouth voters are being reminded that the closing date for evidence to be submitted to the independent investigation into electoral administration problems is 5pm on 30 June. So far 90 people have answered the call for evidence but Plymouth City Council is keen to encourage anyone who was affected by problems in the lead-up to […]


Plymouth at cutting edge of culture nationally with huge funding boost

Plymouth’s vision of powering the regeneration of the city through culture is paying off with £16 million worth of Arts Council funding coming to the city. The amount of ‘National Portfolio Organisation’ investment from the Arts Council England coming to Plymouth is set to almost double with 10 thriving arts organisations to receive regular funding […]


Help and information hub set up for Mount Wise tower block residents

Devonport tower block residents can drop into a multi-agency information hub to get information and updates about fire safety issues. Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Community Homes and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue have opened the hub at Devonport Live in 60 George Street to help answer questions in relation to the three tower blocks […]


Plymouth’s updated Plan for Libraries could reach new users

Plymouth’s Council leader has reassured library users that the revised Plan for Libraries could see the service reach parts of Plymouth that have not had any service before. Speaking at Cabinet, Council leader Ian Bowyer gave more detail about the outreach service which aims to bring books, activities for children as well as support services […]


Representatives from the Plymouth History Centre project and Willmott Dixon at the contract signing.

History Centre signs major construction contract

Today is a landmark day for the Plymouth History Centre which has signed a £22.6 million contract with construction and regeneration specialist Willmott Dixon. The signing of the contract marks a new phase for the project and means that major construction work can now progress. Willmott Dixon has already completed the enabling works for the […]


Signed, sealed, delivered

Plymouth City Council are set to benefit from an additional £325k a year, thanks to a significant commercial property investment. The council have purchased the freehold interest of the Royal Mail Regional Mail Centre in Plymstock as part of a long-term investment strategy to generate a substantial income stream. The 21 acre site is made […]


Study to look at future demand for railway station in Plympton area

A study to explore if there is demand for a railway station in the Plympton area as well as consider improvements to rail services at Ivybridge station has been commissioned by Plymouth City Council. This study will help the city further develop its long-term transport strategy set out in the Plymouth and South West Devon […]


Senior Council officer awarded MBE for services to children and young people

Carole Burgoyne, Plymouth City Council’s Strategic Director for People, has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Carole has been awarded the honour for Services to Children and Young People after serving nearly 40 years of service in local government, in roles covering many […]


Council calls for evidence for independent investigation of election problems

Plymouth City Council is asking people affected by electoral administration problems in the lead-up to the General Election on 8 June to tell an independent enquiry about their experiences. The Council announced last week that an independent investigation would be held after it came to light there had been problems with sending out postal vote […]


Revised Plan for Libraries launched

We’ve listened to the people who are passionate about Plymouth’s libraries – that’s the message from the City Council as it launches its revised Plan for Libraries. Following a comprehensive consultation, the new plan is to be presented to the Cabinet on 20 June. While the new plan still delivers original proposals, it also sets out […]

Baby holding library balloon

History Centre prepares to sign building and construction contract

The team behind the city’s ground breaking History Centre project is preparing for the start of a new chapter in the journey towards a 2020 opening. Following a series of in-depth negotiations, Plymouth City Council is set to sign a contract worth £22.6 million with Willmott Dixon for the major building and construction work. A […]


First phase of Colin Campbell regeneration to start

Plymouth’s plan to begin the regeneration of the West End and create a link with the waterfront is getting into gear with the appointment of demolition contractors for the first phase of work. South West contractors Gilpin Demolition have been appointed to demolish three buildings at the corner of New George Street. Work is due […]


Council top employer for school leavers

Plymouth City Council has won the award for top Public Sector employer for school leavers in the UK. The Council was placed in the top 20 over all for the national award, alongside organisations like BP, Virgin Media, Superdrug, Barclays and Bentley. These awards, organised by careers information website, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk,  are decided by the opinions of […]


Oceansgate reaches new phase two milestone

The UK’s first Marine Enterprise Zone, Oceansgate, has reached the next step in its development as the second area of land has been signed over to Plymouth City Council. Oceansgate occupies a 35 hectare site on the southern edge of Devonport Dockyard, one of the largest naval dockyards in Europe. Work is already ongoing within […]


Plymouth hosts promotion celebration for Argyle and Green Army

Britain’s Ocean City is laying out the green carpet for Plymouth Argyle on Monday 8 May, following the club’s spectacular promotion-winning victory over Newport County on Easter Monday. Following an open-top bus parade from Home Park to the city centre, Derek Adams and his players will attend a civic reception at the Council House, hosted […]