Category Archives : Ian Bowyer – Leader


Busy first week for enforcement officers

Over 150 litter louts have already been caught by Plymouth’s new environmental enforcement officers. The officers, who began work on Monday, were on the streets of the city from Tuesday afternoon, on the lookout for people dropping litter. Each offender was issued with a fixed penalty notice for £80. The team issued 164 FPNs to […]


Wellbeing Hubs launch in Plymouth

People in Plymouth will be able to get advice on how to be happier and healthier as part of a new approach to health across the city. A dozen wellbeing hubs will open across neighbourhoods over the next two years as part of an initiative designed to focus on prevention and make services easier to […]


Council Leader backs a Range of job opportunities

Work will soon be starting on The Range’s new Head Office and superstore at Seaton Hill. The new HQ will accommodate up to 700 staff, creating 450 new jobs, while the superstore will create a further 120 new jobs for Plymouth. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, visited the site with The Range […]

Nigel Oddy, CEO of The Range, with Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, at the site at Seaton Hill.

First Oceansgate tenants announced as Phase 1 reaches completion

The first tenants to move into Oceansgate have been announced at the official opening ceremony for Phase 1. Surejust, Trend Marine and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) will be the first to move into the new development in Devonport, Plymouth. Oceansgate is transforming disused Ministry of Defence land in South Yard into the UK’s […]


Better Places £13 million boost

Plymouth’s plans to transform the heart of the city centre will get a £13 million boost to crack on with the exciting project to create Better Places.  Last week exciting concepts were unveiled to give residents, shoppers and businesses the chance to see some of the changes being put forward to revitalise the city’s heart. […]


How the new environmental enforcement officers will be dressed

Environmental enforcement officers hit the streets

Plymouth City Council’s new environmental enforcement officers have hit the streets of the city. Having teamed up with Kingdom Services Group last month, officers will today be on patrol for the very first time. Tasked with preventing littering, dog fouling, fly-posting and fly-tipping, the officers will be able to issue fixed penalty notices to offenders. […]


New kit for Plymouth’s green spaces

A brand new fleet of state-of-the-art grass cutting equipment will cover a massive 55 million square metres this summer. Over £500,000 was invested in new ground maintenance equipment in January to keep the city’s parks neat, verges tidy and wildflower meadows at their best. Ride on mowers with flail decks especially designed for wildflower meadows […]

Council Leader Ian Bowyer (foreground), joins Councillor Mike Leaves on Plymouth Hoe to inspect the new equipment

Going behind the scenes of Plymouth’s construction sites

Key national and regional construction contractors are opening major construction sites across Plymouth this month. As part of the national ‘Open Doors’ campaign, delivered by Build UK in partnership with the Construction industry Training Board (CITB), the Council led Building Plymouth partnership is offering a unique chance for local people to see behind the scenes at […]


Exhibition sees Better Places plans unveiled for city centre revamp

Plans were unveiled today as part of a multi-million-pound project to transform the very heart of Plymouth city centre, renewing and rejuvenating its open spaces and pedestrian areas. The proposals are on show in a three-day exhibition in the city centre, with residents and visitors being urged to come along, find out more and share […]


Plymouth to bid to host new National HQ for Channel 4

Plymouth City Council has today written to Channel 4 Chief Executive Alex Mahon stating its intent to formally bid for the city to become one of Channel 4’s three new hubs once it relocates part of its operation outside of London. The publicly-owned broadcaster last week announced that as part of their drive to increase […]


Next phase of Langage Business Park taking shape

A huge steel frame has been erected at Langage Business Park as the next phase of building work gets into gear.  All the ground work and preparation work at the site has been completed by local construction contractor Ryearch who have been making great progress since the start of the project last October. The Council […]


Exhibition to showcase Better Places plans for city centre revamp

Plans will go on show next week as part of a multi-million-pound project to transform the open spaces and pedestrian areas around the city centre. Plymouth City Council has committed £27 million over the next five years to the Better Places project to improve the look and feel of the city centre’s main thoroughfares. The […]


Steel work shaping up at Drake Circus Leisure Development

Leader of Plymouth City Council, Ian Bowyer toured the £53 million Drake Circus Leisure Development to look at the first phase of structural steel work in place. The new leisure scheme is set to transform the former coach station site in the city and become a key gateway entrance to Plymouth City centre. Construction work […]


Thank you Plymouth for helping us on the right track to a cleaner, greener city

Plymouth City Council is publishing its latest statistics on recycling, waste collections and customer services, and wants to thank local residents for their cooperation and patience over the past 12 months. During this time there have been major changes in the way  our waste and cleansing services are delivered, not least of all the introduction […]


Weather impact latest: Services returning to normal

UPDATE PM: FRIDAY 2 MARCH We are working hard to get our services back to normal levels and expect to back to business as usual on Monday. ROADS We will continue to grit our primary and secondary routes as necessary. Please make sure cars are not parked where they might obstruct the gritters and emergency […]


Council sets one of the lowest tax increases despite huge pressures

Plymouth households will pay an average of 121 pence a week extra next year for hundreds of day-to-day services provided by the Council, including care for the elderly and vulnerable adults. The City Council agreed a 1.47 per cent increase in Council Tax as it set its budget for 2018/19 – lower than the increases […]


Council leader unveils £146 million Homes for Plymouth plan

Plymouth City Council leader Ian Bowyer has unveiled a radical 10-year plan to boost the creation of new homes in the city. Councillor Bowyer announced the Homes for Plymouth plan during his annual budget speech, saying it would help address the challenges many Plymouth residents have in finding an affordable home by delivering around 1,000 […]


Council conducts final check on Electoral Service

A progress check on the overhaul of the way Plymouth City Council manages elections has taken place with the return visit of the Independent Investigator Dr Dave Smith. He has concluded that the Council is in a strong position to deliver local elections in May provided it continues to have a firm focus on operational […]


Regional leaders set for productive first meeting

Leaders from across the Heart of the South West (HotSW) are set to agree a strategy to double productivity across the region when they meet next month. The first ever HotSW Joint Committee meeting will be held on Friday 2 March at Plymouth City Council. It is open to the public and will be live […]


Council appoint Kingdom as enforcement contractors

Extra enforcement officers will soon be treading Plymouth’s pavements. Tasked with preventing littering, dog fouling, fly-posting and fly-tipping, the officers will be able to issue fixed penalty notices to offenders. Following a competitive procurement process, the Council has teamed up with specialist company Kingdom Services to help deliver the Corporate Plan, which sets out a […]


Find your future career with Skills South West 2018

Event: Skills South West 2018 Venue: Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth Date: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Time: 9:30pm – 3pm and 4pm – 6.30pm Date: Thursday 15 March 2018 Time: 9.30am – 1pm. Are you aged 14 – 19 and thinking about your career, or a parent, carer or teacher of someone in that age group? Why […]


Cash boost for homes on Council land

Plymouth’s plans to build more vitally-needed homes on Council-owned land has been given a £3.9 million cash boost. Projects to build on parcels of land, which could see up to 650 homes built, have been awarded funding from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government. to help unlock the land for development The Land […]


Council leader joins calls for fairer funding

Plymouth City Council leader Ian Bowyer has joined calls from councils across the South West for a fairer funding deal from the Government as the city faces huge challenges in balancing its books. Leaders of Devon, Isles of Scilly, Plymouth, Somerset, Torbay, Dorset and Cornwall Council are calling for central government to stop disadvantaging councils and […]


Getting a feel for what people think about Plymouth

Plymouth residents are being asked: What do you think about where you live? Over 8,000 questionnaires are currently dropping on doormats across the city as part of a randomly-selected sample of Plymouth residents. The short questionnaire is designed to find out about what people think of Plymouth, how they feel about their local area and […]


Council make commitment to Phase 2 of Oceansgate funding

Plymouth City Council has made a £14.3m commitment to support Phase 2 of Oceansgate, a pioneering new marine business-hub development in South Yard, Devonport. As Phase 1 of the development nears completion, with the buildings expected to be opened in March, attention has turned to Phase 2. This will see the construction of a further […]


Inside the newly refurbished Crownhill Library

New-look Crownhill Library now open

Crownhill Library has re-opened today following a three-week refurbishment. It’s the third to undergo an upgrade as part of our Plan for Libraries, with Devonport and Southway having been refurbished in the autumn. It now boasts a brand new meeting room, complete with audio visual equipment, twice as many computers and a refreshed book stock. External […]


Council leader welcomes Commons report opposing cuts to Royal Marines and ships

Plymouth City Council leader Ian Bowyer has welcomed a Commons select committee report which concludes that the disposal of Devonport-based amphibious assault ships and reductions in the Royal Marines would be “totally at odds with strategic reality”. In its report, Sunset for the Royal Marines?, the Defence Committee warns that further reductions in the Royal […]


Plymouth councillors rally in support of city’s armed forces

  Plymouth councillors have been showing their support for a campaign to protect Devonport based ships and Royal Marines from defence cuts. Councillors of all parties are backing the Fly the flag for Devonport campaign which is now being promoted through a banner outside the Council House in Plymouth. Following a cross-party motion by the […]


Contract awarded for next stage of Oceansgate development

The contract for the next phase of work at Oceansgate has been awarded to international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty. The work on Vivid Approach involves supplying industrial workshops and offices with mains services and drainage. This includes electricity, gas and water mains and telecommunication ducts. Once complete, Oceansgate will provide 25,000m2 of flexible employment space […]


Getting a feel for what people think about Plymouth

Plymouth residents are being asked: What do you think about where you live? Over 8,000 questionnaires will be dropping on doormats across the city from next week (5 February) as part of a randomly-selected sample of Plymouth residents. The short questionnaire is designed to find out about what people think of Plymouth, how they feel […]