Category Archives : News


Turning tired corner into fabulous Prysten Square

A tired forgotten corner is to be turned into a new public square to show off one of Plymouth’s oldest buildings as part of Mayflower 400 preparations. The area outside the 15th Century Prysten House is to get some love and attention with plans to replace the 1970s paving with beautiful granite paving and an […]


New Social Value Policy announced

Every pound spent by the Council, should be reinvested back into the community. That is the principle of a new Social Value policy that dictates how and where the Council spends its money on products and services Social value is the term that is used for quantifying the additional benefits that the community will get […]


Plymouth’s children and young people in care celebrate a year of achievement

The ninth annual ‘You Can Do It Too Awards’, celebrating the efforts and achievements of Plymouth’s looked after children, young people and care leavers, took place at the weekend. There are currently 415 children and young people in care in Plymouth and this event is an invaluable opportunity to recognise the bravery and resilience of […]


Celebrating excellence in care in Plymouth

More than 300 people came together on Saturday night for the fourth Celebrating Excellence in Care Awards. The annual event, organised by Plymouth City Council, is held to celebrate the role of care workers and showcase best practice across care in the city, from nursing homes and care homes to those who provide domiciliary care […]


New policy makes emergency home adaptations easier

A new Council policy is making it easier for disabled people to make adaptations to their home. Updates carried out to the Independent Living Policy will ensure Disabled Facilities Grants, money given to the Council by the government, can be spent without so much red tape, allowing people to remain independent and in their homes […]


Speed limit reduction for Forder Valley Link Road works

The speed limit along Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road will soon be lowered, ahead of main construction work on the Forder Valley Link Road scheme. As we announced earlier this year, the limit along both roads is being reduced from 40mph to 30mph, to ensure the safety of all road users and workers throughout […]


Court fines for nine litter offenders

Nine people were fined for littering offences at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday. The offenders were all given fixed penalty notices by the Council’s environmental enforcement officers, who witnessed them dropping litter on the city’s streets. However, despite several reminders, the fixed penalty notices remained unpaid, resulting in a summons to court. None of the […]


Charles Cross: October update

Good news! The brand new bus stops on Charles Cross Roundabout have opened today. These bus stops were previously further up Charles Street but have been moved down the road so that queues for Drake Circus don’t hamper traffic on the roundabout. The teams have also cleared all the cones from Exeter Street. The old […]


Council announces plans for £500,000 fund to help fight the blight of long term empty homes

Plymouth City Council has today announced plans for a further £500,000 fund to tackle the blight of empty homes, as a long term derelict space above a city centre jewellers becomes a new home. The announcement comes during National Empty Homes Week (23 – 27 September) which aims to highlight the importance of bringing empty […]


Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for Street Scene and the Environment

Sue Dann: “This planet is dying. It’s an emergency. We all have to act.”

A message from Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for Street Scene and the Environment “If you read nothing else this week, read this: “This planet is dying. It’s dying fast. It’s an emergency. We all have to act. We all have to do something. “Put simply, drastic action is necessary. But if we all start […]


City centre revamp approved

Plymouth’s shopping heartland is to get a new look as the city gears up for a new wave of visitors to come flocking in. Exciting plans to transform Old Town Street and the upper end of New George Street have now been given the green light by the city’s planners as Plymouth gets ready for […]


Adopt South West colleagues celebrate their first anniversary

Our Adopt South West colleagues celebrate their first anniversary as a Regional Adoption Agency on 1st October 2019. The formation of Adopt South West brought together adoption services from Devon, Somerset, Plymouth, and Torbay. The service is hosted by Devon County Council and so they are all our colleagues in Devon Children’s Services but work […]


National report supports Plymouth’s Marine Park ambitions

Plymouth Sound National Marine Park gets a mention in the new national Landscapes review by Julian Glover. The Landscapes Review looks at National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in this the 70th anniversary year of National Parks in the UK. The report states: “We heard the case for a Plymouth Sound National Marine […]


Local care services and jobs saved after Plymouth provider goes into administration

Care services for more than 300 people and jobs for over 100 staff have been saved in Plymouth after a provider went into voluntary administration. 1st Call Homecare delivered social inclusion and 3,500 care and support hours per week for people living in their own homes or in seven extra care schemes across the city. […]


Plymouth Road traffic management update

Road works on Plymouth Road are moving on to the next stage. From October, improvements to Marsh Mills and Larkham Lane will continue to take shape and work at Cot Hill will also begin. The works, part of the Eastern Corridor Junction Improvements Scheme, began earlier this month. We know that road works of any […]


Get composting and free up space in your bins

A new home composting scheme for Plymouth could help residents to compost up to a third of their household waste and deal it in a more efficient and eco-friendly way. As part of Plymouth City Council’s ongoing commitment to a cleaner, greener city, from 23 September 2019 the Council is making it easier for residents […]


Shaping the future of Plymouth City Centre

A draft new vision is being drawn up to enliven and improve Plymouth City Centre and meet the challenges facing the High Street. The Plymouth City Centre Company is working up proposals for a new five year business plan to put before businesses later this year. The not-for-profit company, which runs the city centre Business […]


Even more charging points for Plymouth

Plymouth City Council is stepping up the fight against climate change with a further 54 new electric vehicle charging points across the city. The Council will be installing the points in nine separate hubs across residential areas with on street parking. The chargers will be ‘pop-up’ models that retract fully underground to avoid street clutter […]


Penalty increase for litter louts

Littering in Plymouth is about to get more expensive. From Tuesday 1 October, the fixed penalty notice given to people caught dropping litter will rise from £80 to £100. The move brings the Council in line with new government legislation that sets the amount that local authorities can charge for littering offences. Councillor Sally Haydon, […]


Topper Dinghy Race brings £50,000 boost to Plymouth economy

Round One of the Topper National Series held over the weekend (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September) at the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre, has, on initial estimation contributed over £50,000 into the local visitor destination economy. The single-handed dinghy event (the first of a series held around the UK) was hosted by Plymouth Youth Sailing with additional […]


First group of students pass NAAS pilot in Plymouth

More than 20 Plymouth social workers have now completed the National Assessment and Accreditation (NAAS) Verification of Practice Skill. This has earned them formal accreditation from the Department for Education as either an Approved Child and Family Practitioner, or an Approved Child and Family Practice Supervisor. The NAAS provides a benchmark of good practice against […]


Mother of all lighthouses to get a makeover for Mayflower 400

Plymouth’s iconic Smeaton’s Tower is to get a new coat of paint as part of a massive work programme to get the city Mayflower ready. The lighthouse on the Hoe is to get a makeover later this year to make sure the landmark looks its best for Plymouth’s seminal commemoration year 2020 – which marks […]


Plymouth to be UK’s first National Marine Park

History will be made in Plymouth when key local, regional and national partners come together to create the UK’s first ever National Marine Park. Plymouth Sound National Marine Park will aim to showcase to the world the unique and fantastic assets that Britain’s Ocean City has to offer, including an estimated 1,000 different species of […]


New cycle path for Sherford residents

Make the most of great outdoors with a new family-friendly walking and cycle path. The route links Sherford with Haye Road and is suitable for cyclists of all abilities. The path runs around the northern edge of the King George V playing fields between the existing trees and the hedge. Additional trees will be planted […]


Michael Lock illegal tobacco haul

Illegal tobacco smuggler ordered to pay back £55,000 under Proceeds of Crime Act

A Plymouth man who was caught with a huge amount of illegal tobacco has been ordered to pay back £55,000 under Proceeds of Crime in a case brought by our Trading Standards service. Michael Lock, of Moorland Drive, Plympton, was caught with 67.5 kilograms of hand-rolling tobacco and 39,480 cigarettes when Trading Standards and HMRC […]


This week’s update on Charles Cross night working

Overnight resurfacing works for the Charles Cross Transport Improvement Scheme will continue next week (from Monday 2 September). The following roads will be closed from 7pm to 7am. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights Exeter Street inbound, from Bretonside Southern side of Charles Cross roundabout Exeter Street viaduct Charles Street outbound Thursday night Charles Street inbound […]


Plymouth Road improvements begin

Junction upgrades on Plymouth Road will begin on Tuesday. The much anticipated Eastern Corridor Junction Improvement Scheme kicks off with work at Marsh Mills roundabout and at the Larkham Lane junction. Cones will go out on the road on Tuesday and lane closures will be in place between 9.30am and 5.30pm. At Marsh Mills, an […]