Category Archives : Mike Leaves – StreetScene and Environment


Your bin collections are changing – look out for a letter through the post

Letters will soon be landing on the doormats of every home in Plymouth to tell people about their new bin collection arrangements. From 8 May the city will have an alternate weekly collection system, which means households will have their recycling – the green bins – collected by Plymouth City Council crews one week and […]


Phase one of Hoe Foreshore work completed in time for Easter weekend

The first phase of a project to extend the life of the buildings on the Hoe Foreshore has been finished in time for the Bank Holiday weekend. The Council authorised £1 million capital investment for the programme of urgent repairs to the foreshore in January, after surveys identified damage to the Bathing Houses and Sun […]


More roadshows being held to help you find out about changes to bin collections

  The next set of roadshows have been confirmed to make local people in Plymouth aware of planned changes to bin collections, and answer questions about recycling and waste. From Monday 8 May, Plymouth will move to alternate weekly collections with recyclables – in the green bins – collected one week and the following week […]


Guidelines published ahead of new bin collections

Clear, consistent standards which set out what the Council – and residents – can do to help the city get cleaner and greener have been published. A policy document has been put together so that crews and residents are given clear guidelines about how, when and where to put bins and bags out as well […]


Find out about changes to bin collections at roadshows

A series of roadshows is taking place in Plymouth from tomorrow (Wednesday 5 April) to make people aware of planned changes to bin collections, and answer questions about recycling and waste. From Monday 8 May, Plymouth will move to alternate weekly collections with recyclables – in the green bins – collected one week and the […]


Burn calories and spring clean our woodlands

Plymouth residents are being invited to get active, get outside into the great outdoors and spring clean the city’s green spaces as part of the Great British Spring Clean. Active Neighbourhoods Plymouth is supporting the UK’s Great British Spring Clean campaign in March this year, running three events to tidy up local woodlands at Budshead […]


Help Ernesettle get fruity this half term!

People are being invited to help plant a wild hedge at Ernesettle Creek tomorrow (Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 February).  The Active Neighbourhoods team will be at the creek planting the hedge with plants that will provide free, healthy, seasonal food including blackthorn, hawthorn, apple and plums. Active Neighbourhoods has teamed up with the ‘Wild […]


Buying bins to get on with the job

Plans for Plymouth to get greener and cleaner get off the starting blocks this week with the go-ahead for a major bulk buy of bins. Over 11,500 bins of a variety of sizes are to be placed on the order books so that the move to alternative weekly collections from May can be as smooth […]


Watch your waste line this Christmas

Plymouth residents are being asked to watch their ‘waste line’ this Christmas and to do their bit to keep the city greener and cleaner. With the count down for Christmas underway, the Council is asking people to think about what they buy ahead of the big day. Councillor Michael Leaves, Cabinet member for Street Scene […]


Free bag of chips if you recycle your tree…

Plymouth residents will be able to recycle their Christmas trees differently this year and get a free bag of chippings in return. Wood-chipping machines will be on a mini tour of Plymouth as part of a trial scheme to dispose of Christmas trees responsibly. Teams from the Council will take the machines to locations across […]


Augmented reality creates actual active fun in Plymouth

Families have been having fit and active fun in our green spaces as part of the Active Neighbourhoods project, run by Plymouth City Council and Devon Wildlife Trust. The team hosted three Pokemon safaris over half term in Efford Marsh, Budshead Wood and Central Park, and between them, the families who took part burnt 25, […]


Plans to make Plymouth greener unveiled

Plymouth’s plans to go greener and keep the city’s streets cleaner are to be unveiled at Cabinet next week. Proposals are being put forward for the city to move to an alternate weekly collection which will lead to a significant shift in recycling habits. At the same time, clear guidelines will be issued to all […]


Central park nominated for national award

Plymouth’s very own Central Park has been nominated for the Best Park 2016 award. The park has been nominated by the Council’s Sports Development team for its wide ranging facilities which cater for all ages such as Bowls Greens, Football Pitches, Play park, Skate Ramps and FootGolf that cater for a range of ages and […]


Plymouth sweeps up at national Community Energy Awards

Plymouth’s outstanding contribution to community energy has been rewarded with two national Community Energy Awards. Over the weekend, Plymouth City Council was crowned Local Authority Partner at the Annual Community Energy Conference and Awards in Oxford, in recognition of its commitment to a greener, fairer future and unprecedented support for local Community Benefit Society, Plymouth […]


Love Your Parks Day 3 September

A day of activities is taking place to mark Love Your Parks day – a celebration of all the activities you can do for free outdoors. The event takes place at the Central Park Events Field (in front of the Life Centre), on Saturday 3 September from 11am to 4pm. A range of activities are […]


Using nature to keep the grass short

Plymouth’s grass land could be covered in yellow rattle as part of an experiment to use nature to keep the grass short in urban areas. Plymouth City Council and Devon Wildlife Trust have been harvesting yellow rattle seed from Efford Marsh Local Nature Reserve and they plan to use the seed to sow in grasslands […]


Your chance to co-own Ernesettle community solar array

You can still buy shares in community renewable energy in Plymouth but hurry, because this opportunity is limited! Plymouth Energy Community (PEC), in partnership with Four Greens Community Trust (FGCT) and Plymouth City Council, have built a 4.1MW panel solar array in Ernesettle and now invite the public to own it. Sandwiched between the MOD […]


CUT! – Plymouth City Council commits to cutting grass across the city by next week

Plymouth City Council is pulling out all the stops to make sure the overgrown grass around the city is cut over the next few days.  Bringing in additional temporary staff and upskilling other street cleansing and grounds staff is the solution to addressing the issue. Councillor Michael Leaves, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and the […]


Ernesettle project is good to grow!

Neighbours living around open space on Rochford Crescent will be growing their own, on land they now own, thanks to the Four Greens Community Trust and Plymouth City Council. Residents approached the trust to see if they could help with a community food growing and allotment project. Not only did the trust help them set […]


More men – and women – sent to mow…

We’re listening! People have asked us to cut the grass where they live and we are taking action. Cutting crews are being deployed around the city so that tall grass can be cut after a month of warm weather and plenty of rain has left the city’s verges and parks looking particularly luscious. In just […]