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Contract to help vulnerable Plymouth mums awarded

Plymouth mothers caught in a cycle of care proceedings are to get tailored support under a project to be run by Trevi House, a Plymouth women’s charity. Plymouth City Council has agreed to award a contract to run the Pause programme in the city, programme which works with women who have experienced, or are at […]


Children from Montpelier School enjoy the new facilities at the Central Park Play Space

It’s open!

The Central Park Play Space is now open! Packed full with new equipment and with an environmental and nature-themed design, the area is bigger and better than before and promises to make the park a destination for local families and visitors alike. Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for the Environment and Streetscene joined pupils from […]


Dates for demolition and dismantling of Union Street bridge

The bridge across Plymouth’s Union Street looks set to come down on 7 November. Huge cranes are to arrive in Plymouth to help dismantle the footbridge which weighs an estimated 60 tonnes. A pair of 250 tonnes will be positioned on either side of Union Street ahead of the demolition and will be lifting the […]


Companies line up as keys are handed over to Council

The keys to a key site at Plymouth’s newest business park have been handed over. The next phase of Hearder Court is now ready for business and was handed over to the Council following a 10-month building project. The 2,830 square metres speculative scheme was being handed over by Mark Wildman, Managing Director of Ryearch […]


Demolition of Stirling House begins

Work on Plymouth’s latest service veteran self-build project has taken a significant step forward. Demolition work has started at Stirling House on Honicknowle Green to make way for a proposed new housing development where over half of the 25 homes will be for service veteran self-builders. There will also be housing for local families. Following […]

(l-r): Paul Nicholls, Gilpin Demolition; Michael Hourican, New Business Manager for LiveWest; Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet member for Finance; Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing; Councillor Pauline Murphy, Armed Forces Covenant Chair; Sandy South, Project Manager for the Community Self Build Agency and Alex South, Operations Director of the Community Self Build Agency.

£250,000 funding bid submitted to move forward Plymouth’s National Marine park plans

Plymouth’s plans to be the first National Marine Park in the UK moved forward today with a funding bid being submitted for a feasibility study. The bid – which was sent to the EU and DEFRA today along with a covering letter to Hilary Florek, Chair of the Marine Management Organisation – was developed by […]


Geothermal energy rocks!

Something hot and heavy is happening in the city centre. Contractors Dunelm Geotechnical have started drilling a trial borehole up to 100m deep to begin the investigation for renewable heat from the limestone seams on land outside the Civic Centre. This geothermal energy source has the potential to heat and cool buildings at lower cost […]


Partners in Plymouth launch new Four Greens Wellbeing Hub

Local partners in Plymouth joined together to launch the latest of the city’s planned 12 Wellbeing Hubs. The new Four Greens Wellbeing Hub was officially launched by partners including Plymouth City Council, NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, and the Four Greens Community Trust, who are hosting the Hub. The launch comes […]


Operation Rogue Trader results

Rogue traders and aggressive doorstep sellers were targeted this week by Plymouth Trading Standards working with Devon and Cornwall Police and partner agencies as part of Operation Rogue Trader. Officers from Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards worked on a week of activity including a joint enforcement day with counterparts from Devon and Cornwall Police, the […]


Pledge to continue support for Operation Encompass

Plymouth City Council has pledged to continue supporting a scheme which was set up locally to support children witnessing or experiencing domestic abuse. Operation Encompass is already running across 33 police forces but has recently secured Home Office funding of £163,000 to enable the scheme to be introduced across all 43 police force areas in […]


It’s a gem! Empty space above Plymouth jewellers converted into homes

The upstairs of a Plymouth jewellers is being brought into use after being empty for five years. With support from Plymouth City Council, the upstairs first and second floors of Warren James jewellers are being converted into three flats working with leaseholders the Parman Group Ltd. It’s all part of the Council’s work to bring […]


What you told us about Plymouth’s trees

Plymouth City Council wants to thank everyone who took the time to respond to its survey on the city’s trees. The Council carried out public engagement to help shape the city’s Plan for Trees between Monday 20 August and Sunday 16 September, and in total 1,105 residents responded to the survey, though the council engaged […]


Forget Me Not wall opens at Weston Mill

The Baby Garden at Weston Mill Cemetery has a new feature. Established in 1984, the Baby Garden is a separate area for families who have lost little ones and was designed as a place for quiet contemplation. Now, in partnership with bereavement charity Little Things & Co, the Council have jointly designed and commissioned a […]

(l-r): LeighAnne Wright, founder of Little Things & Co and Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, officially open the Forget Me Not wall at Weston Mill Cemetery

Plymouth City Council commits to tackling modern slavery

Plymouth City Council has committed today to tackle modern slavery. Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Housing and Co-operative Development signed the Charter Against Modern Slavery on behalf of Plymouth City Council at the Cabinet meeting today. Is it estimated that there are 13,000 people affected by slavery though trafficking and exploitation each year. The […]


Plymouth’s work to improve mental health gets national recognition

Joint press release from Plymouth City Council, Livewell Southwest, NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England Plymouth has received national recognition for its pioneering work to improve the city’s mental health with a visit from Claire Murdoch, National Mental Health Director for NHS England. The visit, on Friday, October 5, started […]


Task Group welcomes basing of Royal Navy’s new frigates in Plymouth

The Devonport Task Group has welcomed news that its campaigning has helped secure the baseporting of the Royal Navy’s new generation frigates in Plymouth and saved the city’s amphibious assault ships from defence cuts. The Fly the Flag for Devonport Campaign, run in partnership with The Herald, was launched in December last year to fight […]


Trial 30mph limit for Tavistock Road

We will be trialling a reduced speed limit of 30mph along the A386 Tavistock Road between the Manadon flyover (Outland Road) and Runway Road (north of Derriford roundabout) from Wednesday 17 October. An Experimental Traffic Regulation Order is being introduced as part of the Derriford Transport Scheme and will be valid for 18 months, with […]


Top team to fit out The Box

An internationally renowned company which helped Belfast showcase the Titanic and the Science Museum to tell the cosmonaut’s story has been selected to fit out The Box in Plymouth. Specialist fit-out contractors The Hub are expected to be awarded the contract to transform the interior of The Box on North Hill into a place of […]


Safety barrier upgrade around A38/Leigham roundabout

Work to replace safety barriers on and around the Leigham roundabout will continue until Monday 29 October. The barrier upgrade, being carried out by Highways England and the Council, sees some lane and road closures on the roundabout as well as the slip roads to and from the westbound side of the A38. Crews are […]


Spice should not be reclassified

Plymouth City Council will not be supporting the Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s call for the synthetic drug ‘spice’ to be reclassified from a Class B to Class A. Council leader Tudor Evans has written on the advice of the city’s Director of Public Health to the commissioner Alison Hernandez arguing that reclassification […]


Three major artworks secured for The Box, Plymouth’s collections

The Box, Plymouth has acquired three major contemporary works of art for its permanent collections, including a work by Kehinde Wiley – the artist who recently painted Barack Obama’s portrait and the final ever commissioned portrait by and of Michael Jackson. The works were acquired through the Contemporary Art Society’s prestigious Collections Fund Prize. Founded […]


Plymouth confirmed as host city for British Art Show 9

The UK’s largest touring exhibition of contemporary British Art will be heading to Plymouth again in 2021, following the official announcement by London’s Hayward Gallery that the city has been selected as one of the four host locations for British Art Show 9 (BAS 9). Plymouth will join Manchester, Wolverhampton and Aberdeen for the ninth […]


Plymouth families help to shape future service

Families in Plymouth have helped to shape the future of children’s health and care services as part of a process to choose which organisations will deliver those services from April 2019. The Council’s Cabinet will now be recommended to name community interest company Livewell Southwest as the ‘preferred bidder’ for the provision of the city’s […]


New library challenge for Plymouth’s children

Our library service is introducing a new all year round library challenge for children. The Findalots Library Challenge will launch in all Plymouth libraries during National Libraries Week (8 to 13 October). Aimed at 4 to 11-year-olds, all children who sign up will receive a special Findalots library card and an activity journal. Each month […]


Shopkeeper heavily fined for not disposing of rubbish properly

A shopkeeper has found out about the consequences of fly-tipping the hard way. Veliah Muraleetharan was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling over £,1,600 for failing to ensure that waste from his shop was disposed of properly. Now the Council is reminding businesses to make sure they follow the law and get rid of […]


Green light to work up transport plans

A multi-million pound package of schemes to help people get to and from work in Plymouth and the wider travel to work area more easily and more quickly has been shortlisted for funding by the Department of Transport. Plymouth is one 10 cities to be given the green light to work up more detailed plans […]


Boulevard landscaping designs unveiled – what do you think?

Coastal planting, granite paving and light and airy seaside feel could line the new-look Millbay boulevard. More detailed designs for the boulevard are being unveiled which will totally change Bath Street and transform a rundown back lane into a tree-lined street with wide pavements, seating and new lighting. The boulevard will eventually be the location […]


Speed limit signs on Manadon flyover and Tavistock Road

Some people have contacted us about 30mph signs that were recently put up on parts of Tavistock Road. We are intending to trial a reduced speed limit of 30mph between the Manadon flyover and Budshead Road and on the stretch between Powisland Drive and Runway Road but our contractor put up the signs too early, in […]


Date to be dazzled – Illuminate, Plymouth’s spectacular light festival returns

Plymouth’s spectacular light festival returns to Royal William Yard. The incredible light-based festival, Illuminate, returns to Plymouth’s historic Royal William Yard from 22 to 25 November 2018 with a host of projections and light installations set out across the yard, live performances and interactive opportunities. Claire Honey, Project Manager for the festival said: “Last year’s […]


Warning over illegal puppy breeders

Plymouth residents are being warned to look out for the signs of illegal importation when buying a puppy. The warning comes after a puppy – illegally imported from Romania, was found by a vet in the city who alerted Trading Standards officers.  The dog had not been vaccinated against rabies. The Shih Tzu puppy was […]