Category Archives : News


Preparations begin for Forder Valley Interchange improvements

Initial preparations for road improvements at the Forder Valley (Leigham) Roundabout will get underway next week. Site clearance will begin on Monday 20 January to enable final ground surveys to be carried out and get the site ready for construction work later in the year. This will include removing trees and vegetation around the roundabout […]


Council budget to prioritise social care and tackling climate change

Plymouth City Council is investing more on vital care services over the next year despite having to find more than £12 million through savings, additional income and grant income changes to balance its books for 2020/21. An extra £5 million funding is being allocated to meeting the rising demand and cost of protecting vulnerable children […]


Getting the Mayflower trail in train

Giant brass totems telling the fascinating story of Plymouth and its incredible Mayflower connections could soon be installed along a trail in and around the Barbican. A planning application has gone in this week to install nine 1.8 metre high monoliths at key locations, each with their own incredible story. The trail is one of […]


Play park funding gets big boost

Further funding for several city play areas is being celebrated. The second phase of the Council’s Improving Outdoor Play programme, originally announced in 2018, promised that 38 Plymouth play parks would get a refurb. With 26 either complete or ready to start and eight in consolation and planning, the project has received further funding of […]

Councillors Vincent, Evans and Smith help to install a roundabout at Bernice Terrace

Plymouth City Survey 2020 lands on doormats across city

Plymouth residents are being asked: What do you think about where you live? Over 8,000 questionnaires are currently dropping on doormats across the city as part of a randomly-selected sample of Plymouth residents. The short questionnaire is designed to find out about what people think of Plymouth, how they feel about their local area and […]


Re-laying the track for relays and running

We’re re-laying the track at Brickfields so that the city’s athletes can keep on running! The 400-metre track surface has reached the end of its life span and has deteriorated over the last few years, with cracks appearing. The track attracts over 18,500 attendances a year with significant use from schools, the universities, and MOD.  […]


The Box announces public art commissions by two international artists

As excitement builds for the opening of The Box later this spring, the first two names on its ambitious contemporary art programme have been revealed – internationally acclaimed British artist Antony Gormley and leading Portuguese installation artist Leonor Antunes. Both artists will create brand new pieces of public art, honouring Plymouth’s tradition as a city […]


Sign up for garden waste collections this year

Residents in Plymouth are being asked to sign up for garden waste collections in 2020. As announced in October, the service is changing to ensure that it is more efficient and the Council is now encouraging residents to register to continue to receive the service. Collections will still be free and fortnightly, running from April […]


Work starts on site access route for Forder Valley Link Road

Work to build a temporary access road and junction for the Forder Valley Link Road construction site will get under way on Monday 6 January. The road will lead from Novorossiysk Road to the site compound and take around six weeks to build. It will be used for transporting plant and materials to and from […]


Update on Efford Crematorium arrangements

Following the fire at the Efford Crematorium on New Year’s Eve, we have unfortunately had to take the decision to cancel all services and are now working with funeral directors to identify alternative arrangements. We are very sorry that we have had to take this decision, but with the damage to the crematorium, we cannot […]


Plymouth Road update: December 2019

Here’s a quick update on the works at Plymouth Road. We’ve been working on several different bits junctions at once so that we can get the scheme completed as quickly as we possibly can. Marsh Mills Passers-by will see the new lane has been dug out and that the cycle lane again has reopened. There […]


Council leader responds to Queen’s Speech

Council leader Tudor Evans said: “As expected, the Queen’s Speech contained lots of the same old promises but little on actual delivery, and on the face of it, little for Plymouth. “Children’s services and adult social care around the country are in crisis. Where the green paper on care? Where are the solutions we’ve been […]


Getting charged up with new fleet

A huge proportion of the Council’s fleet of vehicles is set to be replaced with electric-powered alternatives. Nearly £11m will be invested over the next six years in a total of 177 vehicles spanning many different departments of the organisation. The announcement follows on from the recently announced Climate Emergency Action Plan which seeks to […]


What’s outside The Box – Tavistock Place gets transformed

What a place! Tavistock Place is changing in front of our eyes as work on Plymouth’s awesome cultural project, The Box goes into the final furlong. The contractors this week handed over two parts of the Box complex to the team, ready for the ‘reload’ of over two million fascinating objects to get underway early […]


Independence@Home service receives good rating from CQC

  Plymouth’s Independence@Home service, run by the City Council, has been rated good at a recent inspection by the Care Quality commission (CQC).   The service supports people after being discharged from hospital following illness or injury to regain their independence with activities of daily living such as washing, dressing, meal preparation and other domestic […]


Council announces plans to address climate emergency

The Council has set out its plans to help save the planet. On Monday, the city’s Cabinet and then Full Council meetings heard and agreed two plans designed to make Plymouth carbon neutral by 2030. The new documents follow on from the declaration of a climate emergency in March 2019 when the city committed to […]

Climate Change

School admission arrangements for 2021

It’s time for parents to have their say about the school admissions process in Plymouth. Starting school, whether primary or secondary is an important step, and the Council wants to make applying for places as fair and straightforward as possible. Parents are therefore being asked for their views on the proposed school admission arrangements for […]


Gold medal for Paul!

One of our directors has been recognised for his exceptional achievement in the field of town and country planning. Paul Barnard, the Council’s Service Director for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, has been awarded the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Gold Medal, an award which has only been given 15 times in the RTPI’s history. Past […]


Make sure your Christmas fragrances aren’t fake!

Christmas shoppers are being warned to buy the real deal rather than fake perfume after Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards seized goods which could be dodgy. Raids over the last few weeks in addresses across the city have brought in a haul of counterfeit cosmetics and bottles of fragrance, labelled as designer brands like Chanel, […]


Big fine for Efford litterer

A woman has been ordered to pay over £1,500 for dumping bags of household waste on a grass verge. Chloe Coombes, of Lorrimore Avenue in Keyham, was found guilty in her absence of littering under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday. The court heard how in April 2019, a Council […]


Update on Charles Street drainage works

Good news – all cones and closures should be off Charles Street by the end of next week. Work installing drainage for The Box on the southbound carriageway is now complete but resurfacing has had to be postponed until Wednesday night due to forecast heavy rain. Providing the weather is fine, the southbound carriageway will […]


Review of data on the electoral register

The electoral register contains more than 192,000 entries and is constantly changing as people move and come of age. The accuracy of the register is the responsibility of the Council’s electoral registration officers. Elected members have emphasised the need for every effort to be made to ensure there are no issues with its accuracy. When […]


Realising the value of trees

What is a tree worth? Sounds like a daft question, doesn’t it? Trees can’t be worth anything. They’re trees. They don’t go out to work, people don’t pay to see them. They just sit there being trees. If anything they cost us money to maintain, don’t they? Well, as it turns out, thanks to an innovative new […]

iTree volunteers

New Culinary Care Cook Book launched in Plymouth

Care home residents and staff, Commissioners and health partners across Plymouth have come together to produce a very special cook book. The city’s very first Culinary Care Cookbook was launched at City College Plymouth’s PL1 Restaurant and features recipes that have been developed by Culinary Care Teams and people who live in care homes, and […]


Plymouth geared up to keep roads moving this winter

Gritters will be out on Plymouth’s primary routes this evening, with road surface temperatures forecast to fall below freezing. Crews from the Council and SWH Group are geared up to keep the city’s roads moving in winter, monitoring the weather closely via a dedicated forecast station and two sensor stations, to ensure roads are pre-treated […]