Category Archives : Ian Bowyer – Leader


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 […]


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 […]

Inside the newly refurbished Crownhill Library

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 […]


Council to increase living wage for lowest paid workers

Plymouth City Council will increase the wages to its lowest paid workers again this year, 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 top up. This is currently £8.45 per hour. […]


Council outlines A38 strategy

Plymouth City Council is asking for the A38 to be included as a priority for investment in the government’s forthcoming second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2). The council is responding to a recent government announcement inviting replies to its consultation on shaping the future of England’s strategic roads and seeking to bring about the modernisation of […]


Partners buoyed by constructive devolution meeting

Devolution proposals to push the South West’s growth ambitions have stepped up a gear with a positive meeting between partners and key civil servants. Leaders and Chief Executives representing local authorities from Somerset, Devon, Plymouth, Torbay, Exeter and East Devon alongside the Local Enterprise Partnership met with senior officials from the Department for Business, Energy […]


Paths cleared as part of Winter Works programme

Radford Park is getting some seasonal TLC, courtesy of the Council’s Winter Works programme. A team is in the park this week, cutting back overhanging paths, clearing dangerous branches that have come lose and making good paths edges which have become muddy. ​The Winter Works programme was launched last Autumn to give residents more of […]


Tim Peake’s spacecraft to touchdown in Plymouth?

Plymouth could be getting a slice of space history – Tim Peake’s Soyuz descent module. The city bid to be part of the UK tour of Tim Peake’s Soyuz descent module and has today learned Plymouth has been shortlisted to host the spacecraft and parachute. On 18 June 2016, Tim Peake returned to Earth after […]


Work starts on new sports facility for Manadon and Honicknowle

Work to transform old artificial football pitches into a brand new sports facility for the Manadon and Honicknowle communities is now under way. We’re teaming up with the Argyle Community Trust to create a new football, cricket and outdoor sports centre that will be one of the best in the city. Based on the site […]


Team appointed for Better Places project to revamp city centre

A design-led consultant team behind some of the UK’s most impressive regeneration schemes has been appointed to lead 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 […]


Loss of Devonport-based ships would hit region’s economy hard

Threatened cuts to two Devonport-based assault ships would inflict a body blow to Plymouth’s economy, a new study has revealed. The loss of HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark could hit the 968 jobs they provide directly through military and Babcock engineering personnel, which is equivalent to eight per cent of the total Navy Base workforce […]


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 […]


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 […]

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

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, […]