Category Archives : Ian Bowyer – Leader


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 […]


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 […]

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

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 […]


Baby holding library balloon

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 […]


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 […]


£2 Million Coastal Communities Boost for Plymouth History Centre

The impact of the Plymouth History Centre on the city’s culture, heritage and visitor offer has been recognised by the Coastal Communities Fund today, with confirmation of an amazing £2 million worth of funding towards the project. The Coastal Communities Fund aims to encourage and promote sustainable economic growth and jobs in coastal towns and […]


Going behind the scenes of Plymouth’s construction sites

Key national and regional construction contractors are opening major construction sites across Plymouth in March 2017. As part of the national Open Doors campaign delivered by Build UK in partnership with CITB, the Council led Building Plymouth partnership is offering a unique chance for local people to see behind the scenes at six major ‘live’ […]


Council apprentices up for a challenge

A team of nine apprentices from Plymouth City Council is competing in the national Brathay Apprenticeship Challenge. The team are currently taking part in regional heats and are assessed on their delivery of a community project that benefits young people in the local area, as well as activities that raise the profile of apprenticeships within the […]


Response to social care funding announcement in Spring Budget

In response to the Chancellor’s announcement that an extra £2 billion is to be allocated to supporting social care nationally, Council leader Ian Bowyer said: “While we await the detail of how this extra funding for social care will be allocated, we welcome the Government’s recognition of the scale of the problem councils such as Plymouth are […]


Depot to get a makeover to improve facilities

The Council’s main depot at Prince Rock is to get a makeover as part of a project to improve facilities for staff, customers and partners. A delegated decision has been signed by Council leader Ian Bowyer giving the go-ahead for the project to modernise offices and work space for staff at the site, update customer […]


More jobs in pipeline for Langage as second phase submitted

A planning application to build a high quality commercial workspace scheme that could see up to 100 jobs being created in Plymouth has been submitted by the Council. Up to £3.2 million could be invested in the second phase of the development at Langage Business Park as part of the Council’s ongoing pro-active approach to […]


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 […]