Category Archives : Mike Leaves – StreetScene and Environment


New tidy team to tackle the to-do list

The team that keeps Plymouth’s streets tidy is being beefed up to ensure the city is ready for winter. Seven teams will be heading out to all areas from now until Christmas to tackle some of the niggles in the neighbourhoods. Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “We’ve listened to what our residents have been telling […]


Criminal behaviour order for fly-tipper

A 28-year-old who ran ‘a man and his van’ rubbish disposal service then fly-tipped in and around Plymouth has been given a suspended prison sentence and a three year criminal behaviour order. Liam Donaldson, currently of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to a charge of fly-tipping on 26 August and one offence of obstructing the […]


New bigger litter bins installed across city

Larger multi-use bins have appeared in parks, on streets and playing fields over the past few months as part of the Council’s plan to keep the city cleaner and greener. The bigger bins can also be used for bagged dog waste, which makes it easier to collect and more cost-effective as a separate round won’t […]


Recycling centre set for makeover

Weston Mill Recycling Centre is set for a £200,000 upgrade. Changes will include a brand new drainage system as well as a complete resurfacing of the site. There will also be new road markings, designed to improve traffic flow and help separate residents using the site and plant vehicles. Councillor Mike Leaves, Cabinet Member for […]


Progress report on pontoon

Plans for a new pontoon to replace the storm-damaged one at Mount Batten are making progress. The Council is applying to the Marine Management Organisation for a licence to remove the old pontoon at Mount Batten and install a new one in its place. Plymouth City Council has committed £500, 000 in its capital programme […]


From muddy to magnificent, new path opens up views of Tamar

A new path with stunning views of the Tamar will be formally opened at a special day today (Thursday 13) to celebrate nature on the doorstop at Ernesettle. Councillor Mike Leaves will be cutting the ribbon to the new two kilometre path around the Ernesettle Creek Headland. The path was once an inaccessible river of […]


Works starts on new memorial garden at Weston Mill

Work gets underway this week at Weston Mill Cemetery on a new memorial garden. The new garden is designed around 250 solid granite memorial vaults. Each vault is designed to hold up to two sets of cremated remains and comes with a plaque that gives families a choice of personalised artwork to commemorate their loved […]


More roadshows to answer your questions about bin collection changes

More roadshows are being held in Plymouth to help answer any questions local people have about changes to bin collections and queries on recycling and waste. Plymouth moved to alternate weekly collections on Monday 8 May with recyclables – in the green bins and bags – collected one week and the following week non-recyclable waste […]


In pole position – new flagpoles on the Hoe

The new flagpoles are now up on Plymouth Hoe. A row of 18 new flagpoles have been put up by the promenade to replace the old weather beaten ones. The new poles have halyards hidden inside them which mean the flags can be changed without needing a cherry picker. They are also hinged, so that […]


More roadshows to help you find out about bin collection changes

More roadshows are being held throughout May to help local people in Plymouth find out about the changes to bin collections that have come into effect, and answer questions about recycling and waste. As of Monday 8 May, Plymouth has moved to alternate weekly collections with recyclables – in the green bins and bags – […]


Just flagging this one up – we’re replacing the flagpoles….

Plymouth Hoe promenade is to get a new set of flagpoles. Weather beaten and wind-worn flagpoles are to be removed from the Hoe and a total of 18 new ones put up. Over the years flags have helped add colour and a sense of occasion to key events on the Hoe, but now work has […]


Official launch of alternate weekly collections in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council is officially launching its new alternate weekly collections service on Monday 8 May 2017, as part of its plans for a cleaner, greener Plymouth. This means that one week households will have their recycling (green bins) collected by council crews and the following week their non-recyclable waste (brown bins) will be collected. […]


Weston Mill Crematorium Open Day

Residents are invited to an open day with a difference at Weston Mill Crematorium. The City Council is hosting an open day on Saturday 13 May at Weston Mill Crematorium. The public are invited to take a behind the scenes look around the facilities with a tour of the Crematorium. Councillor Mike Leaves the Cabinet […]


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 […]