Category Archives : Tudor Evans


Ultra-fast broadband coming to Plymouth

Improved ultrafast ‘Fibre to the Premises’ (FTTP) broadband will be rolled out to over 220 public buildings across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon over the next two years, thanks to a successful bid to a UK Government fund. The buildings include council offices, GP surgeries, hospitals, schools, colleges and many others. This investment will […]


(l-r) Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of the Council; Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing Cooperative Development and Tony Greenwood, Executive Director of South West Mutual

Council backs new bank

Plymouth City Council has pledged support for the development of a new local bank. The bank, known for now as South West Mutual, will be the first ever member-owned, high street bank dedicated to the residents and small businesses of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. The bank will provide a full range of services to […]


Transforming Marsh Mills Roundabout into the Mayflower Forest

The Mayflower Forest has taken another step towards reality with the release of the stunning final designs. Over 1000 new trees for Marsh Mills roundabout are in the plans which aims to create a world-class first impression of the city for visitors and residents alike for years to come. The Mayflower Forest is a key […]


Topping out on top of the world at Drake Leisure

Council leader Tudor Evans enjoyed a sneak peek from the top of the Drake Circus Leisure Development as part of a topping out ceremony in the sky bar. The development is set to open later this year and create a new dining and entertainment destination for both residents and visitors to Plymouth. Council leader Tudor […]


Partners launch Plymouth’s first specialist wellbeing hub

Partners in Plymouth have launched the city’s first Specialist Wellbeing Hub at the Cumberland Centre. Although the new hub is the fourth wellbeing hub in the city it will be the first of two specialist wellbeing hubs which will benefit from additional services over and above what is available in Plymouth’s existing hubs. Services at […]


Council bids for much needed High Street Fund

Plymouth City Council has submitted an expression of interest for funding to improve the city centre. The £675 million Future High Street Fund aims to renew and reshape high streets by improving infrastructure, accessibility and experience. The fund will contribute up to a maximum of £25 million for a successful bid. With major challenges including […]


Flood defences approved for Ham Lane

One of Plymouth’s favourite green spaces is set for some investment to tackle flooding. Ham Lane, a footpath which runs the length of Ham Woods, is often prone to flooding in the winter. In particular, a 60 metre, low-lying stretch of the path can spend up to 50 days of the year under water. Now, […]


Big bearing to bring bridge back into business…

Get in! Council leader Tudor Evans checks out the massive bearing that’s going to be fitted into the Sutton Harbour lock footbridge. Contractors have set up the compound and the bearing has been craned into the middle section of the lock bridge so that engineers can start working on the installation. The one tonne bearing, […]


Second phase of Oceansgate given the green light

The second phase of Oceansgate has now been given the green light, having secured funding and planning permission. Based in Devonport’s South Yard, Oceansgate is transforming disused Ministry of Defence land into an Enterprise Zone for marine businesses, with opportunities for research, innovation and production. Phase 1 of the development was completed last year. A […]


Ballard House

Council buys Ballard House

Plymouth City Council has bought its headquarters at Millbay as part of an investment package designed to save £2.25 million over the next few years in current rent and running costs. The purchase of Ballard House is part of the Council’s ongoing accommodation strategy, a rolling programme of work designed to generate savings, improve the […]


Bridge bearing replacement now here

It’s here!  The bearing that’s crucial to reopening Sutton Harbour lock footbridge is now in the Westcountry. The one tonne bearing, measuring 1.5metres in diameter was flown from the United States, where it was manufactured, and has been driven from Luton airport to our contractor’s premises. Now the final preparations are getting under way for […]


Aggie Weston is voters pick in public plaque poll

Aggie Weston was the firm favourite in a recent online poll which asked the people of Plymouth to vote from a list of well-known women with connections to the city. More than 1,800 people took part in the poll, which was run in partnership with Plymouth Live, with the 19th century philanthropist and founder of […]


Disney sailing into Britain’s Ocean City

Disney will be sprinkling its magic across Britain’s Ocean City in September 2020, with the inaugural visit of the Disney Magic cruise liner. The Disney Magic is over 300m long and can accommodate more than 2,800 passengers, which will make her one of the biggest cruise ships to ever visit Plymouth when she arrives on […]


Historic pier to get makeover

One of Plymouth’s most historically significant waterfront properties is to get a massive makeover as the city heads towards Mayflower 2020. Work is due to start on the former Piermaster’s House and the Phoenix Wharf Pier to restore and open them up once more to the public. The Piermaster’s House is the only remaining part of […]


Largest skills event in the South West to raise the aspirations of more than 2,000 young people

Event: Skills South West 2019 Venue: Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth Date: Wednesday 13 March 2019 Time: 9.30am-3pm & 4.30pm-7pm Date: Thursday 14 March 2019 Time: 9.30am-1pm Are you aged 14 – 24 and thinking about your career, or a parent, carer or teacher of someone in that age group? Why not come to Skills South West […]


MTV Music Week turning up the volume in Plymouth

MTV is returning to Plymouth this summer with an unforgettable four-day music extravaganza. Running from Wednesday 5 to Saturday 8 June, MTV Music Week will see a huge range of acts perform in the city at live evening shows, along with inspirational daytime events targeted at young people with a passion for music.  Supported by […]


Leader welcomes interest in city’s live music scene

Councillor Tudor Evans, leader of the Council, said: “Following my statement about live music in Plymouth, I’ve been really encouraged to receive responses from a number of existing venues and music industry professionals who are all keen to be a part of a wider discussion about how we can develop the city’s music scene. We’ve […]


Council leader responds to news that Royal Marines ‘superbase’ plans have been shelved

Council leader Tudor Evans has responded to news that the creation of a new ‘superbase’ for the Royal Marines in Plymouth is now unlikely to happen. Councillor Evans said: “We were told that we needn’t worry about campaigning for the creation of the Royal Marines superbase in Plymouth as it was already in the bag. […]


Plotting a course for visitors beyond Mayflower

Plymouth’s vision to bring more visitors flocking to the city over the next decade are being outlined in a high level plan to be discussed at Cabinet. With a stacked programme of events lining up for Mayflower 400 in 2020 including the opening of the city’s Box cultural attraction, the city’s tourism leaders are now […]


iMayflower project given £2.4 million funding boost

A huge boost has been given to Plymouth’s iMayflower project, which now has funding totalling around £6 million thanks to an additional £2.4 million in match funding from the project’s delivery partners. iMayflower was awarded £3.5 million from the Cultural Development Fund (CDF) last month and will now receive further funding from the six delivery […]


Leader seeks reassurance over search and rescue cover

 Plymouth’s Council leader has written to the Transport Minister asking for urgent reassurances over the future of Search and Rescue Services across the region. Council leader Tudor Evans OBE said he was deeply concerned about the current financial difficulties facing the Bristow Group which runs the Maritime and Coastguard Search and Rescue contract. In a […]


More funding for lifesaving lifejackets

We’re looking to keep more fishing crews safer at sea by extending our successful lifejacket scheme. The Council has won more funding through European Maritime and Fisheries Fund for 60 more E250 lifejackets with personal locator beacons. The Council was awarded £77,000 from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Maritime Management Organisation last […]


Marine business expanding into Oceansgate and Hearder Court

Plymouth-based manufacturing business, Lang & Potter, is expanding to take units at Plymouth City Council’s new developments, Oceansgate in South Yard, Devonport and Hearder Court at Langage Science Park. Lang & Potter’s marine division is growing, with the company adding two more workshops to their four existing sites and creating 12 new jobs. David Potter, […]


Council leader says funding announced for Dawlish works is a drop in the ocean

Responding to the announcement of £80 million for a new sea wall at Dawlish, Councillor Tudor Evans, leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “Chris Grayling’s announcement, or rather re-announcement, is a bit like when you have waited for a long delayed train – when it finally turns up you feel relieved but also pretty furious […]


Positive talks about Barden held in London

Schaeffler’s European CEO, Jurgen Ziegler held positive talks in London yesterday (Wednesday) with the Minister of Defence Procurement, Stuart Andrew MP on the proposed closure of Schaeffler’s Plymouth manufacturing facility; the Barden Corporation UK Ltd, together with the Plymouth Manufacturing Facility’s MP Johnny Mercer and Managing Director of Barden UK Jon Everett. The talks were […]


Leader calls for rail funding on 5th anniversary of Dawlish failure

On the 5th anniversary of the failure of the rail line at Dawlish due to storms, Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans is calling on the government to confirm it is going to fully fund the £350m improvements needed to ensure the peninsula has a resilient rail service fit for the 21st century. He said: […]


New technology centre offering smart solutions for marine industry

The official launch of the new Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC), based at Oceansgate in Plymouth, was held last night attracting more than 100 representatives from key marine organisations from across the region. The launch revealed more information about the centre’s offering, including the development of the Plymouth Smart Sound ‘proving area’, where organisations can […]


Landing the right person for top fishing job

The hunt is on for someone to help one of the city’s biggest industries to grow and flourish. Plymouth City Council is looking to appoint a fishing industry development manager to fight the industry’s corner at a national and local level and help the city’s fishing industry thrive. Fishing is an important business sector in […]