Category Archives : News


New grandmother plans to quit smoking after 40 years this Stoptober for her grandson

Stoptober is back this year and among those in Plymouth vowing to quit smoking is a new grandmother who wants to be able to spend more time with her grandson who was born prematurely. Stoptober is the 28 day stop smoking campaign led by Public Health England and backed by Plymouth City Council, which nationally […]


Reminder to return household enquiry forms

Just over half of Plymouth’s households have responded so far in our annual electoral canvass. The canvass checks the right people are registered to vote at each address and forms were posted to over 100,000 households across Plymouth in August. It is a legal requirement to check the details listed and respond – even if there […]


New project partner for Manadon and Honicknowle Sports Centre

Plans to transform an artificial football pitch into a new outdoor recreation hub for the Manadon and Honicknowle communities have taken a major step forward, with the approval of a new project partner and revised business case. We’re teaming up with the Argyle Community Trust to provide a new football, cricket and outdoor sports facility that […]


Childcare provision improves in Plympton

Extra capacity for childcare is being created in Plympton thanks to the relocation of Plum Tree Children’s Centre. Plum Tree, which currently operates from Plympton St Maurice School and Woodford Primary, is moving to the larger Rees Centre on Mudge Way. The move allows Plympton St Maurice Childcare Centre and Willow Childcare Centre to occupy […]


Do you want to want to make travelling to and from school more fun this year?

Do you want to make travelling to and from school more fun this year? As children return to school for the new term, Plymouth City Council wants to talk to local families about how to make the school journey healthier and more fun. The Plymotion scheme offers a range of support and funding to schools, […]


Change of signal priorities at Outland Road, Ham Drive and Weston Park Road junction

Traffic signal priorities will be changed at the junction of Outland Road, Ham Drive and Weston Park Road this week. At the moment, traffic from Ham Drive and Weston Park Road heads onto Outland Road at the same time and drivers turning right have to give way to oncoming traffic. The signals will be changed […]


Council acts to restore voter confidence as independent investigation is published

Plymouth City Council is overhauling the way it manages elections as an independent report is published into the cause of a range of problems with the 2017 General Election. The Council is using the findings of the investigation to implement an action plan to restore confidence in its ability to manage electoral processes. The City […]


Death of Freeman Dennis Howard Dicker

Plymouth City Council is sad to announce the death of Freeman and former Lord Mayor and Councillor, Dennis Dicker. Freeman Dicker died on 5 September aged 89. He was awarded the title of Freeman of the city, one of the most prestigious civic titles in 2001. Freeman Dicker served as a Councillor for the Plymstock […]


Major autonomous company comes to Plymouth

Plymouth City Council leader Ian Bowyer today welcomed the announcement that one of the world’s leading marine and air automonous research and manufacturing companies is coming to Plymouth. The French company Thales is to make the new facility in Turnchapel Wharf, its maritime autonomy trials and training centre. As well as securing 20 highly skilled […]


New job, new you! One week to go until the Veterans’ Jobs Fair

There’s only one week to go now until the 2017 Veterans’ and Dependents’ Jobs Fair for people in Plymouth who have left or are leaving the Armed Forces, as well as their families and their dependents. The second annual jobs fair organised by Plymouth Armed Forces Corporate Covenant (coordinated by Plymouth City Council) takes place […]


Road closures for student arrivals this Friday and Saturday

There will be some road closures in the North Hill/Greenbank area on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 September to allow for University of Plymouth student arrivals. The closures will be in place from 7am to 10pm on both days and will affect: Gasking Street, from Ebrington Street to Exeter Street North Street (southbound only), from […]


Free childcare hours to be increased for working parents

Eligible working parents will be entitled to up to 30 hours a week free childcare from this month under a new Government initiative. All three and four year olds already get 15 hours of free childcare over 38 weeks of the year (or fewer hours over more weeks), and this is now being doubled and […]


A better experience for residents during key life events

Plymouth’s Register Office could move to a new home as part of a package of improvements designed to give people a better experience during key life events. The registration service, which every year registers over 4,400 births and deaths, could have a new base in the Council House. Place and Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee […]


Electricity cable repairs to begin on Bretonside on Monday

Vehicles will not be able to turn left from Exeter Street into Bretonside from Monday 4 September. Local electricity company Western Power Distribution needs to close a section of the road to repair a faulty oil filled cable. The road will be closed on the westbound (inbound) side only, from Exeter Street to Hawkers Avenue. […]


Getting Elizabethan House ready for Mayflower commemorations

Preparations to make one of the oldest properties in Plymouth ready to play its part in the Mayflower commemorations look set to get underway in the Autumn. Plymouth City Council has submitted a listed building application for a detailed structural condition investigation to be carried out on the Elizabethan House. The application asks to carefully […]


Traffic delays on Tavistock Road and Outland Road

We would like to apologise to people affected by delays on the A386 Tavistock Road and Outland Road today. In April we provided a short additional lane just after Sendall’s Way to help relieve congestion on the northbound approach to Derriford Roundabout during the Derriford Transport Scheme works. We will keep this temporary arrangement in place wherever […]


2018 school admission places open from Monday 4 September

September 2018 may seem ages away but if your child is due to start school you need to start the application process now. From Monday 4 September Plymouth City Council is taking applications from families whose children are due to start at: primary school for the first time in September 2018 junior school (having completed […]


Signal failure on Derriford Roundabout

Engineers are investigating an electrical fault that has affected all of the signals on Derriford Roundabout. People travelling along the A386 Tavistock Road are asked to take care, particularly pedestrians. We are working with Western Power Distribution to resolve the issue as a matter of urgency.


West End entrance to be made more inviting

An uninviting route into the West End of the City Centre looks set to be transformed with landscaping. The steep, unattractive concrete ramp leading from Western Approach is to be replaced with a path that will snake more gently down towards Market Way. The path will have handrails and be surrounded by coastal grass landscaping. […]


Join the 70% of adults in Plymouth who do more than 30 minutes of exercise per week

                      37% of adults aged 40–60 in the South West walk less than ten minutes continuously each month at a brisk pace Evidence paper shows ten minutes of walking at a brisk intensity each day can help prevent cancer, heart disease and poor mental health […]


Life after the Armed Forces: Veterans recommend Plymouth’s Veterans’ Jobs Fair

Veterans who have successfully transitioned to new careers after leaving the armed forces are recommending a jobs fair in Plymouth next month. The event, which is the second annual jobs fair organised by Plymouth Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, coordinated by Plymouth City Council, takes place at Plymouth Guildhall on Tuesday 19 September 2017 from 12pm […]


Look out for your household enquiry form

Forms are being posted to over 100,000 households across Plymouth as part of our annual electoral canvass, which checks the right people are registered to vote at each address. The household enquiry form is sent to every household in the UK and it is a legal requirement to check the details listed and respond – […]


Signal failures on Derriford roundabout

People travelling to and from Derriford along the A386 Tavistock Road are warned to expect delays heading into the evening rush hour. A number of the signals on Derriford Roundabout are currently not working. This is likely to cause congestion and drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible. The problem is also affecting […]


A-Level statement 2017

Students across Plymouth will be collecting A Level and other Post-16 results today and early indications look like a slight improvement on last year’s results. Plymouth’s schools, colleges and training provides offer a wide range of courses to students including; A Levels, technical courses and apprenticeships. Successful students will now find there are routes into […]


Independent investigation into election problems

The BBC is running a story on local television and radio today about the independent investigation into electoral administration problems in Plymouth this year. This investigation, which we commissioned jointly with the Electoral Commission, is still ongoing and it would be entirely inappropriate for us to comment without waiting for the full findings to be […]


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 […]


Better places and spaces coming to Plymouth City Centre

A multi-million pound project that will transform the open spaces and pedestrian areas around the city centre has moved a step closer to becoming a reality. Plymouth City Council has committed £27 million over the next five years to transform this key location to make sure that the city centre looks its best in time […]


Former Lord Mayor presents cheques to chosen charities

The Former Lord Mayor of Plymouth has presented two local charities with cheques totalling more than £8,000. Councillor Pauline Murphy, together with consort Councillor Brian Vincent, held a number of events during her year in office to raise money for the South West Mesothelioma Support Group and Frontline Veterans Support. Frontline Veterans Support helps veterans […]

Former Lord Mayor Councillor Pauline Murphy and consort Councillor Brian Vincent present cheques to representatives from Frontline Veterans Support and the South West Mesothelioma Support Group.

Projects to upgrade three libraries to get underway

Plymouth’s plan to transform and modernise its libraries is getting into gear with funding for the first set of improvement projects now approved. Meeting spaces are to be created in three existing libraries at Crownhill, Devonport and Southway so that the buildings can host a wider range of events to encourage people to use libraries […]