Category Archives : Steve Ricketts – Transport and Housing Delivery

Plymouth celebrates empty homes success so far

Plymouth City Council is celebrating the success of its ongoing empty homes work as four more properties, which between them had been empty for more than 33 years, become available again. In November the Council reported that three derelict homes were being sold at auction. Four months have passed since the auction at Shobrook & […]

Free parking on the Plain

Plymouth City Council is set to bring free car parking to Mutley Plain. Shoppers using the Mutley Barracks car park, situated at the northern end of Mutley Plain, will be able to park for free for one hour from the end of April. Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet member for Transport and Housing Delivery, said: “This […]

More disabled facilities grants available in Plymouth

More disabled people will be able to live independently in their own homes in Plymouth after the City Council received additional funding from the Government. In last year’s Autumn Budget, it was announced that an additional £42 million of capital funding for the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) in 2017/18 financial year would be provided for […]

Winter weather – the cold hard facts

Over 450 tonnes of salt have been spread on Plymouth’s roads since Wednesday morning. Plymouth City Council’s fleet of gritters covered 3600 kilometres, treating the carriage way ten times, in an operation than ran non-stop until nearly midnight on Friday. Because of the hard work put in by Council staff and by road maintenance contractor […]

Joint Local Plan public examination continues this week

The economy, employment land, retail development and the three strategic growth areas of Plymouth are being discussed at the ongoing public examination into the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan. Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council submitted the draft plan to the Secretary of State in July […]

Owner breathes new life into derelict former post office with help from Council

A Plymouth resident is breathing new life into the old post office he used to buy sweets from as a child and turning it into two new homes with help from the Council. The old post office at The Quay in Oreston has been empty for over 20 years but Steve Cooke is rebuilding the […]

Council gets tough on eyesore empty properties in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council is getting tough on eyesore empty homes in the city with a compulsory purchase order and an untidy land notice in the same week. As part of the ongoing #EmptyHomesPlym campaign a house that has been empty for more than 20 years is being sold and another that is overgrown is also […]

Empty home trashed by former tenants given a new lease of life thanks to Council help

A long term empty property in Plymouth that was trashed by former tenants has been brought back into use with help from Plymouth City Council. Brian and Vivien Packer were contacted by the Council as part of its ongoing work to bring more than 700 empty homes in the city back into use. Mr and […]

Plymouth City Council welcomes tougher action on empty homes

Tougher action on long term empty home owners is among the measures announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequor, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond this week. The announcement of an increase in council tax for landlords who allow properties to remain empty has been welcomed by Plymouth City Council, which is working hard to tackle […]

Park for a pound at Western Approach this Christmas

Late night shoppers can park for just £1 from 3pm at Plymouth’s Western Approach car park in the run-up to Christmas. We’re providing discounted parking every Thursday night to get folk into the festive spirit and encourage them to see what the city centre’s West End shops have on offer. The deal begins this Thursday to coincide […]

Junction improvements on Notte Street

Traffic signals have been removed, restrictions lifted and new pedestrian crossing points provided at the junction of Notte Street and Athenaeum Street, near Plymouth’s waterfront. The changes have been made to improve traffic flow and make it easier and safer for people to walk along this busy route. The three-way junction was previously signal controlled, […]

Be Safe, Be Seen on Plymouth’s roads this winter

We’re teaming up with Radio Plymouth and SWH Group to remind all road users to ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ during the autumn and winter months. The clocks have gone back, the days are getting shorter and darker, wetter and colder conditions are starting to set in – which means pedestrians and cyclists are less visible to […]

Three long-term empty properties sold at auction as Plymouth cracks down on empty homes

  As part of Plymouth City Council’s ongoing work to bring empty homes in the city back into use, the council is pleased to announce that three long term empty properties were sold at auction last week via Shobrook auctioneers. The Council recently launched the #EmptyHomesPlym campaign as part of a drive to bring some […]

New vehicle fleet to keep Plymouth’s roads moving this winter

Five new multi-function vehicles will help to keep Plymouth’s roads moving this winter. The new trucks have a quick-change body, which means the chassis can be easily fitted with a gritter, tipper or ‘hotbox’ attachment for repairing defects. As well as planned construction and maintenance they can be used for more reactive works and will […]

Own an empty home in Plymouth? You could get up to £50,000 to help bring it back into use

Owners of empty homes in Plymouth are being urged to take advantage of a new scheme that provides up to £50,000 support to breathe new life into their properties. As Empty Homes Week (16 – 22 October) gets underway, Plymouth City Council is encouraging owners of some of the estimated 750 empty homes in the […]

Retaining wall along Cheltenham Place

Work gets under way to repair wall on Greenbank Road

Work is getting under way to repair a retaining wall alongside one of Plymouth’s busiest roads. The masonry wall below Cheltenham Place (off Greenbank Road) was barriered off after part of it collapsed in autumn 2015 and the footway has been out of bounds ever since. Despite considerable efforts the Council has been unable to establish […]

Key roads set for investment over next three years

Three years’ worth of funding for a raft of road improvement works across Plymouth is set to be approved. Between now and 2020, over £8 million will be invested in ensuring that integral parts of the city’s road network are maintained. As previously announced in April, work will also focus on pothole and road surface […]

Council Leader Ian Bowyer, Adrian Trim (our Head of Highways, Parking and Marine Services), Councillor Ricketts and Neal Gibson (Operations Manager for SWH).

2017 resurfacing programme gets under way in Plymouth

Ninety Plymouth roads will get a new lease of life over the next 12 months as part of a £6.39 million investment in carriageway and footway repairs. Our resurfacing programme for 2017/18 will get under way on Tuesday 18 April, targeting stretches on main routes where the overall road surface is nearing the end of its […]

New road maintenance contract for Plymouth

Plymouth’s road maintenance services have now transferred to South West Highways (SWH). SWH are carrying out all day-to-day construction and maintenance works on the highway and will manage the winter roads service (which runs from the beginning of October to the end of March). All other functions are being managed by the Council, to ensure […]

Council and SWH managers outside Guildhall

Plymouth Car Park wins national award

Plymouth’s newest car park has picked up a prestigious award at the British Parking awards. The British Parking Awards is an independent competition that recognises the leading examples of car park management, enforcement, design and team work. Mayflower Street West Car Park beat off competition from other councils and the private sector to be named the […]

Making parking simpler in Plymouth

A raft of new parking arrangements designed to make parking that bit simpler in Plymouth will come into effect from 1 April. Cheaper long-stay parking, simpler tariffs and tickets that can be used in more than one place are part of a package of measures to help shoppers and visitors park more easily. Smart meters […]

Plymouth gearing up for new road maintenance contract

Preparations are progressing well for the transfer of Plymouth’s road maintenance services to South West Highways (SWH) in April. Some functions are moving back to the Council under the new contract to ensure greater control over which works are carried out where and when. Functions we will manage include: inspections, audits and road safety; co-ordination and licensing […]

Olympic Way and Jubilee Road opened up to help keep city moving

Restrictions have been lifted on two roads in Derriford and West Park to help keep traffic flowing and reduce congestion. Olympic Way, which runs between Tavistock Road and Plymbridge Road, was previously a bus lane but has now been opened to all vehicles. The bus lane was installed as part of the development of the […]

Comment on parking modernisation plans

People can now comment on proposals for simpler tariffs, more online services, cheaper long-stay parking and tickets that can be used in multiple locations, which are among a number of improvements being proposed in a major modernisation of Plymouth’s parking arrangements. Proposals include smarter meters that will allow people to park for longer if they […]

Council to provide help to get empty homes back into use

More empty homes will be enabled to be brought back into occupation in Plymouth, after Plymouth City Council agreed more support for empty home owners. The Council has agreed the Empty Homes Financial Assistance Policy, which enables empty home owners to apply for financial assistance up to £50,000 per unit of accommodation, up to a […]

Plans to modernise parking in Plymouth

Simpler tariffs, more online services, cheaper long-stay parking and tickets that can be used in multiple locations are among a number of improvements being proposed in a major modernisation of Plymouth’s parking arrangements. We are modernising our parking fees and services to make charges more consistent, fairer and easier to understand, provide more flexible options for […]

Upgrade for digital bus shelter displays

Digital displays in Plymouth’s bus shelters are to get an upgrade, meaning more reliable and accurate information for passengers. We’re currently tendering for a new system that will deliver improvements to our 85 ‘real time’ screens, which show information about the next services due at bus stops. We plan to move from 2G mobile phone technology to […]

Empty Homes Week 28 November – 2 December 2016

Plymouth is making great progress in bringing empty homes across the city back into use, as we mark Empty Homes Week (28 November – 2 December 2016). Earlier this year Plymouth City Council launched its refreshed Plan for Empty Homes with £1 million to help bring 375 empty homes back into use by 2021. Plymouth […]

Traffic signals to be removed on Notte Street junction

Traffic lights on a busy junction near the Barbican are to be replaced with a mini-roundabout as part of Council plans to keep Plymouth moving.  The junction of Notte Street and Hoe Approach currently has three signalised crossings and often gets congested with waiting traffic, particularly at peak times. We plan to install a mini-roundabout to […]

Road gritting vehicle being filled at Prince Rock Depot

Plymouth geared up for cold weather

We and our highways contractor Amey are geared up and ready to keep the city moving as the weather turns colder. Amey’s winter service team is on standby 24 hours a day from the beginning of October to the end of March each year. It monitors the weather closely via a dedicated forecast station and two […]