Category Archives : News


Oceansgate reaches new phase two milestone

The UK’s first Marine Enterprise Zone, Oceansgate, has reached the next step in its development as the second area of land has been signed over to Plymouth City Council. Oceansgate occupies a 35 hectare site on the southern edge of Devonport Dockyard, one of the largest naval dockyards in Europe. Work is already ongoing within […]


Make sure you’re registered to vote in general election

If you want to vote in the general election on Thursday 8 June and you’re not already on the electoral register you have just over three weeks left to sign up. Anyone who wants to have their say must register by midnight on Monday 22 May. Council Chief Executive Tracey Lee said: “It’s really important […]


Plymouth woman found guilty of defrauding council of £30,000

A woman has been found guilty of defrauding Plymouth City Council of more than £30,000. Barbara Jones, 46, of Compton Knoll Close, Plymouth, admitted 7 counts of dishonestly supplying the Council with untrue or misleading information in order to make a gain for herself and cause a loss to the Public Purse. Her husband Andrew […]


Traffic signal problem in Derriford

People travelling to and from Derriford along the A386 Tavistock Road are warned to expect delays heading into rush hour. A utility company has cut through one of our traffic signal data cables, affecting the signal timings. This is causing major congestion and tailbacks and drivers are asked to avoid the area if at all […]


£2.5m improvement package planned for Central Park

A £2.5 million package of improvements designed to make Central Park even better has just been given the go-ahead, with the aim of making Plymouth’s premier park even better and delivering up to date sport and community facilities for residents  The works will be delivered as a programme with the first two phases being delivered […]


Update on measures to alleviate congestion during Derriford roadworks

We are continuing to monitor traffic flow and adjust arrangements to alleviate congestion as much as possible while work is carried out on the Derriford Transport Scheme. An additional lane will be opened on the northbound approach to Derriford Roundabout (after Sendall’s Way) from tomorrow (Saturday 22 April), following the recent adjustment to traffic lights to […]


Plymouth backs Bath, Book, Bed campaign

Our library service is joining up with a national campaign to help children get a good night’s sleep. BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, has launched a booklet featuring top tips and advice from TV parenting expert Jo Frost as part of its Bath, Book, Bed campaign. The initiative encourages families to make stories part […]


Plymouth hosts promotion celebration for Argyle and Green Army

Britain’s Ocean City is laying out the green carpet for Plymouth Argyle on Monday 8 May, following the club’s spectacular promotion-winning victory over Newport County on Easter Monday. Following an open-top bus parade from Home Park to the city centre, Derek Adams and his players will attend a civic reception at the Council House, hosted […]


Plymouth children find out which primary school they will be going

Thousands of Plymouth primary children will find out today which school they will be going to in September. The latest figures show that 98.27 per cent of city children (2833) were allocated one of their three preferences this year. 92.2 per cent received their first choice of school. 5.31 per cent of children received their […]


Laira Rail Bridge to Saltram Meadow link complete

The latest section of a walking and cycling route connecting Laira and Plymstock is now complete. A new four-metre-wide path from Laira Rail Bridge gives walkers and cyclists an off-road, level and direct route into the Saltram Meadow housing development. The final link connecting the path with Saltram Meadow will soon be built by Persimmon […]

Laira Rail Bridge to Saltram Meadow walking and cycling link

Phase one of Hoe Foreshore work completed in time for Easter weekend

The first phase of a project to extend the life of the buildings on the Hoe Foreshore has been finished in time for the Bank Holiday weekend. The Council authorised £1 million capital investment for the programme of urgent repairs to the foreshore in January, after surveys identified damage to the Bathing Houses and Sun […]


More roadshows being held to help you find out about changes to bin collections

  The next set of roadshows have been confirmed to make local people in Plymouth aware of planned changes to bin collections, and answer questions about recycling and waste. From Monday 8 May, Plymouth will move to alternate weekly collections with recyclables – in the green bins – collected one week and the following week […]


Island hotel in Plymouth Sound under starter’s orders

Planning decision notices have now been issued to the owners of Drake’s Island, pushing the scheme closer to the starting line. Listed building consent and planning notices have now been sent to Rotolok, the company behind the scheme to transform the island into a multi-million hotel and spa resort. Councillor Patrick Nicholson, deputy leader of […]


Last chance to share your views on draft plans for Plymouth’s libraries

If you’ve not yet shared your views on plans to modernise the way library services are delivered in Plymouth you have just one week left. Whether you’re a regular visitor to the library, occasionally download eBooks online or don’t even have a membership card we want to hear from you. Visitor numbers and lending figures […]


Council Leader Ian Bowyer, Adrian Trim (our Head of Highways, Parking and Marine Services), Councillor Ricketts and Neal Gibson (Operations Manager for SWH).

2017 resurfacing programme gets under way in Plymouth

Ninety Plymouth roads will get a new lease of life over the next 12 months as part of a £6.39 million investment in carriageway and footway repairs. Our resurfacing programme for 2017/18 will get under way on Tuesday 18 April, targeting stretches on main routes where the overall road surface is nearing the end of its […]


Graduates wanted for a life-changing career in child and family social work

Plymouth City Council has teamed up with the Department of Education and other councils in the region including Devon, Cornwall and Torbay to offer a specialist social work training programme. Step up to social work is encouraging graduates to apply to a fast-track programme to become the next generation of child and family social workers. […]


New road maintenance contract for Plymouth

Plymouth’s road maintenance services have now transferred to South West Highways (SWH). SWH are carrying out all day-to-day construction and maintenance works on the highway and will manage the winter roads service (which runs from the beginning of October to the end of March). All other functions are being managed by the Council, to ensure […]

Council and SWH managers outside Guildhall

Summer Mix 2016 going local – celebration event

Young people, youth workers and parents came together last week for a special celebration event as part of last year’s Summer Mix programme. The event highlighted the range of exciting activities that were on offer by showing a short film created by young people and Marjons. The 2016 Summer Mix programme, organised and funded by […]


Plans announced for this year’s Plymouth Armed Forces Day

The city unveiled plans for this year’s Plymouth Armed Forces Day at an exciting launch event today. Plymouth Armed Forces Day is organised by the Council with Babcock as title sponsor, and is fully supported by the military services and businesses across the city. Each year Plymouth aims to raise awareness and support for the armed […]

Armed Forces Day flag transported by zip wire

Councillor Nick Kelly and Councillor Mrs Wendy Foster

Lord Mayor Designate announces deputy

Lord Mayor Designate, Councillor Mrs Wendy Foster has announced that Councillor Nick Kelly will be her Deputy Lord Mayor when she takes office in May. Councillor Kelly, who represents Moor View ward, works as an independent financial advisor. Born in Plymouth he attended Plymstock School, where he is now an academy governor. Having started his […]


Channel Park Allotment brings local families together to plant community orchard

Families have come together with Plymouth City Council to plant a shared community orchard, building on the success of the Channel Park Allotments which opened a year ago. The allotments were opened on a forgotten piece of scrubland and since they opened they have been maintained and enjoyed by 20 tenants. On Sunday 19 March […]


Measures being taken to alleviate congestion during works on Tavistock Road

We are taking measures to monitor traffic flow and alleviate congestion as much as possible along Tavistock Road following the temporary closure of the William Prance Road junction today. The Tavistock Road entrance to William Prance Road is closed until September while improvement works are carried out as part of the Derriford Transport Scheme. Vehicle access […]


More foster carers needed to help change a vulnerable child’s life

To keep up with the growing demand for more fostering placements in Plymouth, the City Council is increasing the level of support currently available to foster carers. From 1 April the Council will be offering a new fee structure which rewards carers who are able to provide homes for sibling groups or more than one […]


Dementia Friendly shopping day in Plymouth 27 March

For people living with dementia daily tasks can become difficult or sometimes daunting. Shopping in particular can be a stressful experience for people with dementia who are often left feeling vulnerable. Plymouth City Council in collaboration with Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance and the Healthy High Streets Group are working together to ensure Plymouth is a […]


Going behind the scenes of Plymouth’s construction sites

Key national and regional construction contractors are opening major construction sites across Plymouth in March 2017. As part of the national Open Doors campaign delivered by Build UK in partnership with CITB, the Council led Building Plymouth partnership is offering a unique chance for local people to see behind the scenes at six major ‘live’ […]


National Child Measurement Programme is under way

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), which is currently in its twelfth year, is currently under way in Plymouth. The programme requires all local authorities in England to weigh and measure children in Reception and Year 6 classes during the school year. It gathers population-level data to allow analysis of trends in underweight, healthy weight, […]