Category Archives : News


Update on Sutton Harbour Footbridge

The organisations involved in repairing Sutton Harbour Footbridge are working towards the bridge being back in action in time for Easter. Plymouth City Council, the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Company are putting in over £250,000 into the repair of the custom-built footbridge which crosses Sutton Lock, with the repairs being coordinated and commissioned by […]


Work progresses on new pavilion at Manadon

Finish line in sight for Manadon Sports and Community Hub

Work to create a brand new football, cricket and outdoor sports centre for the Manadon and Honicknowle communities is nearing completion.  A Football Association-standard all-weather 3G pitch opened in May 2018 and construction of the pavilion, which started in July 2018, is now in the final stages. When it opens in the spring the building […]


District shopping centres are given a deep clean

Plymouth’s district shopping centres are all getting a deep clean this month. Cleaning crews will be out across all 20 district shopping centres steam cleaning pavements, jet washing litter bins, removing weeds and graffiti cleaning. This is the first time Plymouth’s district shopping centres have received this sort of deep clean and it will now […]


Do you need to refresh your postal or proxy vote signature?

Over 5,300 postal and proxy voters in Plymouth will be receiving letters this week asking them to provide a fresh signature. Signatures often change over time and, by law, councils must ask postal voters to ‘refresh’ their signature every five years. If you are a postal or proxy voter and the signature held on record […]


Council-backed Social Work training scheme set for another record year

Graduates who are passionate about working with children and families and who are looking to make a career move into children’s social work can now apply to the latest intake on a successful City Council backed training initiative. The regional Step-up-to Social Work scheme aims to enlist a record number of candidates in 2019 to […]


iMayflower gets £3.5million from DCMS to make Plymouth more amazing

An ambitious project to build Plymouth’s creative industries and nurture creative people power for Mayflower400 and beyond has been awarded a massive £3.5 million from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. An additional £750,000 has been awarded to Mayflower400 and £2.75 million for exciting new creative sector initiatives that could see over 4,000 […]


Four sites earmarked for Public Space Protection Orders

Four patches of land in Plymouth are set to be the first to benefit from the Council’s new policy for dealing with unauthorised encampments. The new policy was agreed by the Cabinet on Tuesday and looks at the way that Public Space Protection Orders can be used as part of the deterrent to unauthorised encampments. […]


Work on Charles Cross set to begin

Works on the Charles Cross Transport Improvement Scheme will begin on Monday 4 February. Charles Cross roundabout, with Charles Church at its centre, is one of the key junctions on Plymouth’s transport network and accommodates the majority of the city’s bus routes as well as high volumes of traffic. It is also well-used by pedestrians. […]


Next steps announced for Plymouth National Marine Park

  Plymouth City Council is officially starting work to develop plans for Plymouth Sound to be designated the UK’s first National Marine Park, after securing £75,000 national funding to move the project forward. Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene made the announcement at the Council’s next Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 15 January […]


Torn from home: Plymouth comes together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Residents in Plymouth are being invited to participate in this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations. There will be a special public ceremony at the Peace Garden on Plymouth Hoe from 2pm on Sunday 27 January 2019, the date of Holocaust Memorial Day, to remember all those who have died in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. […]


New policy for unauthorised encampments

Plymouth City Council is taking a fresh look at the way it handles unauthorised encampments. The previous policy, presented last November, listed plans to provide several temporary stopping places (TSPs) around the city as well as placing Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) on sites historically occupied by encampments. That policy was never implemented and so […]


Charities to work with Council on innovative alliance to help vulnerable people in Plymouth

Charities in Plymouth are going to work with the City Council in a more joined up way to help vulnerable people such as the homeless, those with mental illness and other complex needs. Plymouth City Council will be awarding a £7 million contract to an alliance of local charities to provide services to people with […]


Care leavers to get help with bills

Young people leaving care in Plymouth will not have to pay Council Tax until they reach the age of 25 under plans being announced as part of this year’s budget. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance said: “Some of these young people have had an extremely difficult start in life and we want to […]


Broadening Bath Street for Boulevard

Moves to make Bath Street wider will get underway this week as part of the council’s regeneration plans to make Millbay happen. A service ramp on the Pavilions site is to be ‘shaved off’ as part of a complex demolition programme that will enable the boulevard between the city centre and the sea to be built. […]


‘Scrooge’ health minister called out by Council leader

Council leader Tudor Evans has accused the health minister of being the ultimate Christmas ‘Scrooge’ by ‘sneaking’ in £85 million cuts to public health funding on the last day of the parliament. The Public Health team in Plymouth is now being forced to make £405,000 cuts for essential services that help our local population to […]


Council backs bungalow scheme

A new Council initiative will see the first bungalows built in Plymouth for a number of years. Five new bungalows will be built on the site of the former Sure Start Centre on Ham Green Lane, as part of the council’s commitment to improve housing across the city. In partnership with Westward, this 100 per […]

(l-r) For Westward, Development Manager Chris Duggan and Assistant Director of Development Neil Edwards join Councillor Chris Penberthy at the site on Ham Green Lane

Councillor Dann views gullies being cleared in Ham Drive

Smarter steps to tackle road flooding

Smart water sensors are being trialled in gullies to help prevent flooding on Plymouth’s roads. The sensors, which have been installed in 20 locations that are prone to flooding, measure water and silt levels and use real-time weather data to send email and text alerts when there is potential for problems to arise. They can […]


New winter shelter for rough sleepers

Rough sleepers will have somewhere to go this Christmas and throughout the winter thanks to some new accommodation. Plymouth City Council has joined forces with partners BCHA, PATH, Shekinah and Plymouth Soup Run to open the currently disused Stonehouse Creek Community Centre overnight from Friday 21 December. With some of the colder nights of the […]


City wide walking competition sends Plymouth pupils over the moon!

The winners of Plymouth’s first ever Classroom To Moon Challenge have been announced. Prizes included a visit from mobile planetarium Space Odyssey for winning schools or new scooter storage from Scooterpods, providing a real incentive for clocking up those space-minutes. Small prizes of water-bottles, pens or reflective keyrings along the way rewarded ‘Walker of the […]


Councillor Tudor Evans, leader of Plymouth City Council and Steve Preddy, Unite’s South West Regional Secretary, with the new Construction Charter

Council work with Unite to protect construction workers

A £40 million construction project in Plymouth was the venue for signing a new charter that will ensure that working conditions and building standards on construction projects under the control of Plymouth City Council meet the highest standards. The charter commits the city to working with the Unite union to ensure direct employment status and […]


Crematorium planning application submitted

The vision to provide Plymouth with a new state of the art crematorium has taken a further step towards reality after hitting a major milestone. Following months of consultation and design work, a planning application was submitted on Friday. Plans show that the new, £12 million facility on a 17-acre site on the eastern edge […]


Cameras help tackle anti social behaviour

Levels of anti-social behaviour have fallen in a city neighbourhood after CCTV cameras were installed. Footage from the cameras around Whitleigh Green has been used by housing association Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) and the police to crack down on crime locally. PCH and Plymouth City Council have jointly paid for the cameras, which were installed […]


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Funding approved for Plymouth Road works

Junction improvements in the east of Plymouth have been given the go-ahead. The scheme will see ageing traffic signal equipment on Plymouth Road in Plympton replaced with the latest technology and will also provide more road capacity whilst making pedestrian and cycling improvements. A major part of the scheme is an extension to the eastbound, […]


Council take reins in fight against litter louts

Plymouth City Council is taking back control of environmental enforcement. Since March, Kingdom Services Group have worked in partnership with the Council to deliver enforcement aimed at deterring littering, fly-tipping, fly-post and dog fouling and control. In a move designed to allow a more flexible approach to keep our city clean, this service will now […]

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Digital Declaration promises better Council Services

Plymouth City Council has joined a number of other local authorities and public sector organisations who have pledged to work together to improve digital services for their residents. The Council has officially signed the Digital Declaration, which was initiated by the UK Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) and publicly commits to embracing […]