Category Archives : Ian Bowyer – Leader


Council invests in city to bring in steady income

Plymouth City Council has purchased a prime retail warehouse park in the city as part of a long-term investment strategy to promote the local economy and generate income. The Council has used historically low borrowing rates to acquire the freehold interest of Friary Retail Park on Exeter Street. The property extends to circa 81,000 sq […]


Statement in response to the Royal Citadel announcement

In response to the news that the MoD is seeking to dispose of the Royal Citadel, Council Leader Ian Bowyer, said: “While we understand the need for the MOD to ensure its estate provides best value for the taxpayer we will obviously be very concerned to see that 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery remain in Plymouth. “We […]


Japanese media visit dementia-friendly Plymouth

Journalists from Japanese national newspaper Asahi Shimbun and a representative from the Asahi Social Welfare Organisation visited Plymouth to report back to Japan on the wide-ranging dementia-friendly initiatives in and around the city which have earned it an international reputation for world-leading dementia-friendliness. After meeting Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society on a visit […]


Talking about the construction industry of the future

Plymouth City Council is bringing together some of the region’s key construction and built environment experts for a city-wide digital construction debate. Organised by Building Plymouth and the engineering consultancy firm Hoare Lea, the debate aims to explore the digital technologies changing the face of architecture, engineering and construction from design all the way through […]


Council budget plans focus on modernising services

Modernising services will be focus of Plymouth City Council’s plans to deal with a projected £37 million gap in its funding for local services over the next three years. The plans are set out in a Medium Term Financial Strategy for the next three years that is due to be agreed by the Council’s Cabinet. […]


Chief Executive for Mayflower 400 announced

A senior figure from a major global company has been appointed to lead the national and international programme to commemorate the voyage of the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World. Charles Hackett, who is vice president of medicines commercialisation for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, has been selected to be at the helm of Mayflower400 in the […]


Demolition starts on Bath Street ahead of regeneration

  A key building on Bath Street is being demolished as part of the Council’s ambition to regenerate the area around Millbay. Work to tear down the former Kier Construction office got underway this week ahead of a major redevelopment for the location. The construction company has moved out of its offices and is now […]


Resurfacing scheme pays off as pothole compensation claims are slashed

Plymouth’s extensive resurfacing programme is paying off as the amount of claims for compensation for pothole damage has dropped by more than £100,000 in a year. Plymouth City Council has spent £5 million this year on an extensive road resurfacing programme. A new report by the RAC Foundation shows that while in 2014/15 Plymouth City […]


Council hosts the city’s fourth Building Plymouth summit

Plymouth City Council is bringing together some of the region’s key construction and built environment companies for the city’s fourth Building Plymouth Summit. The twice yearly summits are an opportunity for people to find out the latest developments on the Council-led partnership to address the sector’s skills shortage and gaps. Building Plymouth was launched after […]


History Centre through to next round of CCF bid

Plymouth’s landmark history centre continues to make waves by reaching the next stage of a major Coastal Communities funding bid. The project has been given the green light to put in a more detailed submission for £2.9 million from this national funding pot that was set up to encourage economic development of the UK’s coastal […]


PR – Global success for Plymouth’s first Marine Tech Expo

Experts in marine research and technology from across the globe, including USA, Europe and the UK, were among more than 100 delegates attending Plymouth’s first ever Mayflower 400 Marine Tech Trade Expo last month. The event, which took place on 14 September 2016, was organised by Plymouth City Council to promote the city as a […]


The poppies are coming home

Plymouth is to host a wave of the iconic ceramic poppies as part of a major national initiative, 14 -18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has announced it will present Wave by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at its Plymouth Naval Memorial. […]


First wave of Oceansgate buildings given green light

The first wave of buildings destined to become part of the city’s Oceansgate has now been granted planning permission. Planners have given the green light to the application to build offices and two rows of industrial units at the entrance to the Marine Industries Production Campus in Devonport. The two and three-storey buildings will offer […]


Summer Mix serves up tasty treats

This year’s Summer Mix programme has found some culinary stars of the future after a hosting a come dine with me style cooking competition. Summer Mix is a free programme run by the Council’s youth Services team and supported by local businesses that offers free and exciting activities in August to all young people in […]


Council leader calls for Stonehouse based Marines to be relocated within Plymouth

Plymouth City Council leader Ian Bowyer is calling for the Government to urgently guarantee that 750 Royal Marines will be relocated within the city when it closes Stonehouse Barracks. Councillor Bowyer says the economic impact on the city of losing the marines from the city could be more than £522 million over the next 25 […]


New coach station for Britain’s Ocean City opens

Plymouth is to give a better welcome to thousands of coach passengers in its new look station. The first service will leave from the new station on Thursday 8 September but a ceremony to mark the opening of the new £4.85 million facility has taken place today. The new coach station will have seven bays, real […]


Statement on MoD plans for Stonehouse Barracks

Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “Stonehouse Barracks has been home to the Royal Marines for three centuries and we understand that Georgian barracks may no longer fit the needs of a modern fighting force. However, it is essential that the marines are relocated within Plymouth. “We will be seeking concrete assurances from the MoD that […]


Contractors now on site at Plymouth City Market

Work has now started to transform Plymouth City Market with a £3.5 million major makeover. Contractors, Ryearch Ltd are now preparing the site and erecting scaffolding inside the building. This will be shortly followed by external scaffolding going up to allow the start of the replacement of the north light windows and the roof works […]


Museum and Art Gallery prepares to close for the History Centre

Things will never be the same again after tomorrow (Saturday 3 September) at the City Museum and Art Gallery, which will close its doors at 5pm so construction and development work for the Plymouth History Centre (working title) can get underway. The Museum building originally opened in 1910 and will be closed until spring 2020 […]


New Interim Director of Public Health for Plymouth

A new Interim Director of Public Health has been announced for Plymouth City Council. Dr Ruth Harrell will take over the reins in the autumn when Professor Kelechi Nnoaham leaves the Council after two and a half years, to take on a new role in South Wales. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, […]


Garden and allotments for Stonehouse Creek bank

Stonehouse could be getting its first allotment site, thanks to a transfer of Council-owned land to the community. A patch of unused land on the side of Stonehouse Creek could be turned into a community garden, with allotments, possibly a small orchard with wild flowers and a herb garden. The area of land lies just […]


HLF gives green light to History Centre funding

Plymouth’s incredible past looks set to have an amazing future with confirmation of a whopping £14.8 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, HLF has just announced an investment of £55m for heritage projects across England – with Plymouth receiving £14.8m for the delivery phase of the […]


Plymouth skills float the Life Aquatic

A company based on the historic slipway in Oceansgate Enterprise Zone is a prime example of how investing in under-used infrastructure can pay off for Plymouth, for businesses and for the people they employ. Stirling and Son Ltd has just delivered Life Aquatic to Montecarlo, following a keel up restoration of the classic motor yacht. […]


Controlled parking zone in Crownhill – the facts

Council Leader and Eggbuckland ward councillor Ian Bowyer said: “The controlled parking zone in Cross Park Road, Cross Park Avenue and Cross Park Way is not new – it was introduced over 10 years ago, at the specific request of residents. “Permit holders are given the flexibility of being able to park anywhere within the […]


More jobs on cards as Langage expands

Up to 100 jobs could be created in Plymouth, thanks to a proposed expansion of the Council-owned Langage Business Park. The Council is taking a pro-active approach and is to invest £3.2 million in the second phase of the park, creating commercial space ready for businesses to move into. Phase 1 was completed earlier this […]