Category Archives : News


Plymouth businesses made every ride count in June

Plymouth’s first Workplace Cycle Challenge – ‘Every Ride Counts’ –was a great success, with 86 people, across 23 teams and 10 organisations taking part. The challenge, which was led by Plymouth City Council’s Plymotion team, rewarded the number of trips made, rather than the distance cycled, in order to encourage more people out and about […]


Nigel Hurst, Head of Contemporary Arts for The Box

The Box appoints a Head of Contemporary Arts

As it builds towards its opening in 2020, The Box, Plymouth has appointed a new Head of Contemporary Arts to spearhead its ambitious visual arts programme. Nigel Hurst comes to Plymouth after 23 years at the Saatchi Gallery in London, most recently as its Gallery Director and CEO. He will start work at The Box […]


Plymouth works together to prevent child sexual abuse in the city

An area of Plymouth has been chosen to pilot a ground-breaking new partnership to bring Plymouth communities and agencies together in an effort to prevent child sexual abuse. Together for Childhood aims to provide help and support for children, young people and their families at the earliest possible stage. Ernesettle has been chosen as the […]


Help Plymouth tackle plastics at Ocean City Sounds

Music fans will be able to support Plymouth’s Plan for Plastics as well as their favourite acts this summer by taking their own reusable plastic cups and bottles to MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds. The rules around taking liquids into the arena remain the same – water will only be allowed through the gates if […]


Apprentice to show committee inside of The Box

 A construction apprentice will be showing a special group of visitors around The Box building site this week to help tell another important side of its story – creating jobs and opportunities. Dylan Gilbery will be leading a hard hat tour for the city’s Brexit, Infrastructure and Legislative Change Overview and Scrutiny Committee around the […]


Lane adjustments to improve traffic flow on Derriford Roundabout

We will be adjusting some of the lane designations on Derriford Roundabout overnight on Thursday 19 July, following initial monitoring of the new layout and feedback from drivers.  Some drivers have told us the lane designations could be clearer between Derriford Road and Looseleigh Lane and this is supported by observations from the scheme’s contractor. […]


Toys R Us to help city’s regeneration plans

Plymouth City Council has bought the empty Toys ‘R’ Us store in Western Approach as part of its regeneration plans for the West End and the wider Millbay regeneration. The Council has acquired the building’s long term lease following the company’s collapse earlier this year. It is now working up longer term options for the […]


Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for the Environment and Street Scene, with (l-r) Agripower's Kevin Boyes and Efford ward councillors Pauline Murphy, Neil Hendy and Brian Vincent

Work starts on Efford Playing Pitches

A much-needed makeover of Higher Efford Playing Pitches has begun. Contractor Agripower is now on site with heavy machinery to transform the tired facilities and ensure that they are fit for future generations. As part of the work, the two current junior surfaces will be fitted with better drainage whilst the disused field at the […]


Grants to help make life that little bit easier

Imagine not being able to get in and out of the bath, and having to wash at the kitchen sink because you can’t get upstairs. That’s life for some of our residents – but we are trying to help them make it easier to carry out essential day to day living tasks that we all […]


Britain’s Ocean City to give warm – and wet – welcome to Lewis

A package of sea and swimming-related events is being organised in honour of Plymouth-born Lewis Pugh’s arrival into Britain’s Ocean City. Lewis Pugh is UN Patron of the Oceans and is currently on The Long Swim, an attempt to swim the full length of the English Channel. He started in Land’s End on Thursday 12 […]


Council backs campaign to build navy support ships in UK

Plymouth City Council is backing a campaign to ensure a new generation of Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ships are built in the UK. The campaign launched in the Council House in Plymouth today (Friday 13 July) aims to persuade the Government to protect dockyard jobs and skills by restricting bids to build the fleet Solid […]


Council pledges to keep pressing for funding

Families whose children attended the Studio School should not be out of pocket as they join new schools – that’s the view of the Council’s Cabinet member for Education, Jon Taylor who has promised to keep pressing the Department for Education for funding. Cabinet member for Education, Skills and Transformation, Councillor Jon Taylor said the […]


Closure order granted for anti-social behaviour

A pair of nuisance neighbours have been evicted from their property by Plymouth Magistrates after a sustained campaign of anti-social behaviour. Plymouth City Council’s Community Connections Team applied for a closure order on Flat 5, 32 Grand Parade after work in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police, which the Magistrates granted on Wednesday for a […]


The show must go on

Despite England’s exit from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Argyle have agreed to leave big screens inside Home Park until the competition has finished. More than 2,000 England fans watched the Three Lions take on Croatia from the Lyndhurst stand on Wednesday night. Although the result was a tough one […]


Council to protect more of the city’s valuable green spaces

Three new green spaces in Plymouth are to receive special protection by being designated as Local Nature Reserves. The City Council is to designate Kings Tamerton Woods, Newnham Meadows and Seaton and Lower Bircham Valley as reserves, providing legal protection for a further 48 hectares of habitats that include woodland, grassland wetland and streams. The […]


Shopkeepers warned over sales of e-liquids to minors

An operation by Plymouth City Council Trading Standards found that six out of the seven shops visited sold multiple bottles of e-liquid containing nicotine to a 16-year-old volunteer. The team sent the young test purchaser to visit seven Plymouth shops and was sold e-liquid in six of the stores. Trading Standards regularly carry out test […]


Help keep our air clean – don’t burn any old rubbish

Don’t burn any old rubbish on your land – or allow others to do it, you could end up out of pocket. That’s the message following a prosecution in magistrates yesterday of a landowner who burnt building waste on his property. A Hartley man pleaded guilty to an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. […]


It’s coming: Home Park

Plymouth WILL host a public screening of England’s once-in-a-generation clash with Croatia on Wednesday evening. The Council have teamed up with Plymouth Argyle to swiftly erect big screens at Home Park so that families and friends can enjoy the occasion together. Entry will be completely free of charge and should England be victorious, the event […]


New gradings for Plymouth’s roads

More than 100 roads in Plymouth are to be given a higher classification following a comprehensive review of the city’s network. The review has shown a number of the city’s roads are ‘under-graded’ when assessed against national guidelines and that Plymouth has fewer A and B roads compared with similar cities and the national average. […]


Love Parks Week 13 – 22 July

Bat walks, litter picks, bike rides and volunteering are just some of the ways Plymouth is celebrating Love Parks Week (13 -22 July 2018). Events are taking place at parks across Plymouth throughout the week and many of the events are open to everyone. Love Parks Week is a national campaign led by Keep Britain […]


Born to be wild

This challenge is sure to bring out your inner wild child. Kids (and kids at heart) across the city will be learning all about nature. Plymouth City Council’s Active Neighbourhood’s project has teamed up with the RSPB for its Wild Challenge. The RSPB and ALDI Wild Challenge is a national campaign made up of fun […]


Woman fined for littering after leaving bins out on wrong day

Put your bins out on the right day and at the right time – or you could be fined for littering. That’s the message from Plymouth City Council following a successful court case where a Stoke woman was ordered to pay £550 in fines and costs. The woman was found guilty of littering in her […]


Main work set to start on Mannamead Road junction improvements

The Mannamead Road Junction Improvement Scheme is set to get underway. Modern and efficient signals will be installed at a number of junctions along the route with the aim of reducing traffic delays between Torr Lane and Mutley Plain, reducing journey times for motorists and improving service reliability for buses. As well as replacing worn […]


Get down to the Jam

The Central Park Skate Park is set to officially re-open in style. Having been revamped and extended over the past few months, regular users of the park got wheels-to-concrete at the made over park for the first time in June. But now skaters, riders and scooters are being encouraged to hone their skills ahead of […]


Parents, carers and health professionals attend nutrition and breastfeeding event

Plymouth is hosting an event today, Tuesday 3 July, to celebrate breastfeeding and promote good nutrition and health in the first year of life. The ‘Starting Off Well’ event is taking place at the Guildhall and has speakers from Plymouth City Council, Livewell Southwest, University of Plymouth and First Steps Nutrition Trust, as well as […]


Tombstoning: Know the dangers. Know the risks. Know the consequences.

  Partners in Plymouth are joining forces to warn of the dangers of tombstoning – which comes with the risk of broken limbs, life changing injuries, cold water shock and death. Plymouth City Council has teamed up with Devon and Cornwall Police, RNLI, HM Coastguard and the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership to deliver a new campaign […]


Plymouth City Council celebrates NHS 70

Plymouth City Council is showing its support for the 70th anniversary of the NHS on Thursday 5 July in a number of different ways. Lighting up Smeaton’s Tower blue, a number of events and displays at our libraries, an exhibition at The Box community hub space at the House of Fraser (next to the ‘From […]


Councillor Tudor Evans in the new sensory garden with (l-r) Tia Harris, Makayla Cross and Summer Owen

Major improvements completed at Pennycross Primary School

Staff and pupils at Pennycross Primary School celebrated the official opening of their newly expanded school building on Thursday. Almost three million pounds worth of improvements have been carried out at the school which included a brand new two-storey extension with eight classrooms (four to each floor), stores, toilets, group rooms and a new hard […]


Brexit committee to hear about impact on construction industry

An ageing work force, regional competition for labour and increased demand for workers on house building sites all contribute to a continuing shortage of skilled construction workers – and that’s before the impact of Brexit takes effect. That’s the picture the city’s new Brexit, Infrastructure and legislative Change Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be getting […]


The Box, Plymouth secures major contemporary art award

The Box, Plymouth has been selected for this year’s Contemporary Art Society’s prestigious Collections Fund Prize. Founded in 2012, the Collections Fund is one of the highest valued contemporary art awards in the UK and is given to only one member of the Contemporary Art Society each year. It enables the successful museum or gallery […]