Category Archives : Ian Bowyer – Leader


Agreement brokered by Council leader and local MP for repairs to Sutton Harbour Footbridge

An agreement has been brokered between Plymouth City Council, the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Holdings plc for repairs to enable the Sutton Harbour pedestrian footbridge to re-open. Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Bowyer and MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport Luke Pollard brokered the agreement between Sutton Harbour Holdings plc and the Environment […]


Your views needed on school admission arrangements in Plymouth

It’s time for parents to have their say about the school admissions process in Plymouth. Starting school, whether primary or secondary, is an important step, and the Council wants to make applying for places as fair and straightforward as possible. Parents are therefore being asked for their views on the proposed school admission arrangements for […]


Aspiring young Plymouth musicians come together to celebrate their ‘Musicality’

Young musicians from across Plymouth are uniting to share their talent for playing at the city’s annual youth music concert. Musicians from Plymouth Music Education Hub’s (PMEH) city-wide ensembles will take over Plymouth Pavilions on Saturday 3 February at both 2pm and 6.30pm. The Musicality concert is the highlight of the young musicians’ year and […]


Council Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, joins Councillor Tudor Evans and fishermen Joel Dunn and Daniel Ackland at Plymouth Fishmarket.

Life-jackets presented to fishermen

Crew from the fishing boat Maggie have become the first beneficiaries of a Plymouth City Council scheme aimed at saving lives at sea. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, joined Councillor Tudor Evans to present the first of 250 life-jackets to fishermen Joel Dunn and Daniel Ackland. The Council has been awarded £77,000 […]


Devonport Task Group reconvenes to fight threat to assault ships

A high level Plymouth task group has met to spearhead a campaign to stop threatened cuts to two Devonport-based amphibious assault ships. The Devonport Task Group has reconvened to protect HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark from the threat of being decommissioned by the Government. There are rumours that the ships could go under a Government review of […]


Building work on city centre leisure scheme gets underway

Construction work is due to get underway on the huge Drake Circus Leisure development at Bretonside. The £53 million scheme looks set to transform this key gateway entrance to Plymouth City Centre, creating hundreds of jobs as well as a new destination for both locals and visitors alike. The scheme, which is across the road […]


Sendalls Way works postponed

The Sendalls Way junction with Tavistock Road has fully re-opened. The junction was closed on Monday in order to carry out improvements to the signals and crossings and was initially set to reopen in early 2018. But following feedback from residents and businesses, the work has been postponed. Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet […]


On track to deliver pledges that make a difference

Plymouth City Council is on track to deliver the priorities it has set to improve life for its residents, both now and for the future. A progress report on the 19 pledges the administration has committed to deliver is being submitted to Cabinet to highlight some of the key achievements made over the last three […]


Over 150 jobs to be created for city with Next new store

Work has started on a new 7,000 square metre Next store at the city’s Marsh Mills Gateway retail park. Over 150 jobs will be created as the multi-million pound project, which once complete, will strengthen the city’s position as a regional shopping destination. The brownfield site, which was recently acquired by Plymouth City Council, has […]


Funding boost for Plymouth transport schemes

Two of Plymouth’s key transport projects have received a significant funding boost. The Department of Transport has earmarked over £8 million to help fund Forder Valley Interchange highway improvements and the Morlaix Drive Public Transport Scheme. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “This really is fantastic news for Plymouth and I am […]


Second phase at Langage gets underway

The second phase of the successful business park at Langage is underway. Diggers are now on site to begin work on 30,000sqft of flexible, commercial workspace, ready for businesses to move into. More jobs could be on the cards for local people as a result of the council investing £3.2 million into creating a modern, […]


Funded life-jackets on order for Plymouth’s fishing industry

Fishing boat crews who live and work in Plymouth will be safer at sea, thanks to a project designed by Plymouth City Council with support from local fishing industry. The Council has been awarded £77,000 from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Maritime Management Organisation for the scheme to help reduce loss of […]


Council leader calls for rethink on leaked plans to cut Devonport ships

Plymouth City Council leader Ian Bowyer is calling for the Prime Minister and Defence Secretary to re-think leaked proposals to cut-Devonport based amphibious ships. Councillor Bowyer has written to Theresa May and Michael Fallon MP warning that potential plans to decommission HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark could have a serious impact on the city’s economy. […]


Winter Works to smarten up where you live

A week of action designed to spruce up every ward in Plymouth will be taking place over winter as part of a pilot scheme. The Winter Works programme is being launched to give residents more of a say about improvements to the environment where they live. The project will target all 20 wards from 9 […]


Fall in love with the new look Plymouth Market

People living in and around Plymouth are being urged to fall in love with their market again after a major £3.5 million makeover. A Grand Day Out is being organised for Saturday 30 September to mark the end of the refurbishment works on the listed building. Market traders and the council hope people will take […]


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 […]