Category Archives : News


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, […]


Libraries and CATERed team up to feed children’s tummies and minds this summer

Our library service has been awarded £56,026 from the Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund to work with CATERed to increase access to library services and a healthy meal during the summer holidays. Library staff will be joining CATERed on its Big Summer Food Tour at locations across Plymouth to promote the benefits of library […]


Plymouth Central Library up for major award

Plymouth’s Central Library has been shortlisted for the Bookseller magazine’s Library of the Year award. It is the second year in a row that a Plymouth library has been up for one of the British Book Awards. The Central Library, which moved to its current location in March 2016, has proved a real success, with […]


Plymouth City Council supports new drive to get residents more physically active with walks and the launch of a free phone app

Plymouth City Council is supporting a new drive to encourage local adults to build more physical activity into their lives by simply walking briskly for at least ten continuous minutes every day. A daily brisk 10 minute walk can make people feel better, more energetic and improve their mood. Over time it can also help […]


Council apprentices up for a challenge

A team of nine apprentices from Plymouth City Council is competing in the national Brathay Apprenticeship Challenge. The team are currently taking part in regional heats and are assessed on their delivery of a community project that benefits young people in the local area, as well as activities that raise the profile of apprenticeships within the […]


Parents across Devon and Cornwall asked to join the fight against Child Sexual Exploitation

Plymouth, Torbay, Cornwall and Devon Safeguarding Children Boards and Devon and Cornwall Police have teamed up to promote awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) to parents. To coincide with Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day on 18 March led by national charity National Working Group (NWG) all the Boards, working with Devon and Cornwall Police, local […]


Plan for Libraries: Our five key priorities

As part of our draft Plan for Libraries we want to ensure everyone is within two miles of a modern, fully equipped library that offers the same quality experience and facilities as all the others. Some parts of the city currently benefit from much better library facilities than others, with some residents being completely without […]


Plymouth Car Park wins national award

Plymouth’s newest car park has picked up a prestigious award at the British Parking awards. The British Parking Awards is an independent competition that recognises the leading examples of car park management, enforcement, design and team work. Mayflower Street West Car Park beat off competition from other councils and the private sector to be named the […]


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First acts announced for MTV Crashes Plymouth

MTV UK have announced the first round of performers for this year’s MTV Crashes Plymouth. The first acts to play Day One of the biggest music event in the South West on Thursday 27 July are chart toppers Sigma (who will be playing a full live set) and pop princess Louisa Johnson. If that isn’t […]


Modern Slavery ‘Spotting the Signs’ conference in Plymouth

Businesses, landlords as well as partners were invited to a Modern Slavery ‘Spotting the Signs’ conference on Tuesday 14 March organised by Plymouth City Council and Devon and Cornwall Police. The term ‘Modern Slavery’ describes situations where individuals are forced into slavery such as being forced to work through the mental or physical threat of […]


Come and get involved with Plymouth’s new community park

The team from Poole Farm who are behind Derriford’s new Community Park want the public to get involved with the next phase of the park’s development. Over 200 volunteers have already planted 900 metres of new hedgerow to help  improve the condition of the land along Seaton Valley for the benefit of wildlife, biodiversity and […]


Response to social care funding announcement in Spring Budget

In response to the Chancellor’s announcement that an extra £2 billion is to be allocated to supporting social care nationally, Council leader Ian Bowyer said: “While we await the detail of how this extra funding for social care will be allocated, we welcome the Government’s recognition of the scale of the problem councils such as Plymouth are […]


Plan for Libraries – your views matter

We’re consulting on plans to radically change our library services and we want as many people as possible to tell us what they think. 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 are […]


Depot to get a makeover to improve facilities

The Council’s main depot at Prince Rock is to get a makeover as part of a project to improve facilities for staff, customers and partners. A delegated decision has been signed by Council leader Ian Bowyer giving the go-ahead for the project to modernise offices and work space for staff at the site, update customer […]


Closure order on property after reports of drugs, guns and anti-social behaviour

Plymouth Magistrates have granted a closure order on a property in Plymouth after ongoing problems with drugs, guns and anti-social behaviour. Plymouth City Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team applied for the closure on 172 Grenville Road, working with Devon and Cornwall Police, following months of anti-social behaviour at the house that the court heard was being […]


Council supports LGBT Adoption and Fostering week

Plymouth City Council is aiming to raise the need for more people to come forward and offer a vulnerable a child a loving home as part of National LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week. There are currently more than 400 children and young people in care and the City Council is supporting the awareness week (Monday […]


Plymouth care providers raise more than £700 for Derriford Children’s charity

A raffle held by local care workers and Plymouth City Council has raised £732 for Derriford Hospital’s Children’s Happy Hospital Fund. The cheque was presented by members of the Council’s Quality Assurance and Improvement Team (QAIT) to Sue Rodgers, Play Specialist Team Leader at Derriford Hospital earlier this month. The Children’s Happy Hospital Fund at […]


Plymouth based community organisation shortlisted for national RICS award

A community organisation which has transformed a derelict building into an active community, business and health and wellbeing hub, has been shortlisted for a prestigious RICS award Four Greens Community Trust (FGCT) Enterprise, Health and Wellbeing hub, based on the site of a former care home in North West Plymouth, has been shortlisted for a […]


Have you got what it takes to be the Mayflower 400 Plymouth young city laureate?

The hunt is on to find a young person who is passionate about poetry and writing to become Plymouth’s next Mayflower 400 young city Laureate.   This is the fifth year that the City Council have worked in partnership with South West arts agency, Literature Works to try and find aspiring new writers in the […]


Temporary outbound closure of Ham Drive from Outland Road

The outbound side of Ham Drive will be temporarily closed at the Outland Road end from Monday 27 February. The road will be closed between Outland Road and Camilla Terrace for up to four weeks, while work nears completion on the Outland Road Junction Improvements Scheme. A signed diversion will be in place and there […]


Plymouth says This Girl Can – with free prizes and taster sessions

Free sports taster sessions and a range of great prizes and vouchers are just some of the ways Plymouth is supporting a campaign to encourage women and girls to take part in sport and physical activity. This Girl Can is back for 2017, backed by Sport England and the National Lottery. Locally the campaign is […]


Council and voluntary sector working together to support refugees

Plymouth City Council will be working together with a consortium of local agencies to support Syrian refugees settling into the community. The consortium, led by Path (Plymouth Access To Housing) will deliver help and assistance to Syrian refugee families that have recently arrived in the UK as part of a Government scheme to resettle displaced […]


Plan for Libraries: Providing a citywide network of quality libraries

One of the main aims of our draft Plan for Libraries is to ensure that everyone is within two miles of a modern, fully equipped library that offers the same quality experience and facilities as all the others. Many of our current buildings are not fit-for-purpose and have little or no scope for improvement – […]