Category Archives : News


Music after hours leads to fine  

The landlord of  a Plymouth pub has been ordered to pay £975 by Plymouth Magistrates for allowing a DJ to play music beyond the time permitted by its premises licence and for playing recorded music at such a level it could be heard outside The designated premises supervisor Darren Luxton of the Windmill Public House, […]


Change4Life Roadshow comes to Plymouth

Families in Plymouth got to find out about a new mobile phone app to help them buy healthier snacks at a Change4Life roadshow. Change4Life is an ongoing campaign led by Public Health England (PHE) and the latest phase aims to encourage parents to buy healthier snacks for their children. A roadshow was held at Tesco […]


Tim Peake’s spacecraft to touchdown in Plymouth?

Plymouth could be getting a slice of space history – Tim Peake’s Soyuz descent module. The city bid to be part of the UK tour of Tim Peake’s Soyuz descent module and has today learned Plymouth has been shortlisted to host the spacecraft and parachute. On 18 June 2016, Tim Peake returned to Earth after […]


Owner breathes new life into derelict former post office with help from Council

A Plymouth resident is breathing new life into the old post office he used to buy sweets from as a child and turning it into two new homes with help from the Council. The old post office at The Quay in Oreston has been empty for over 20 years but Steve Cooke is rebuilding the […]


Exciting new play equipment for Peacock Meadow

Another Plympton play park has had a major makeover as part of an ongoing improvement programme. Peacock Meadow, off Newnham road, has new equipment that focuses on play for younger children. Additions include a tower with a fireman’s pole and slide, a rotating sand table and a spinner bowl. A group tyre swing and dynamic […]


Work starts on new sports facility for Manadon and Honicknowle

Work to transform old artificial football pitches into a brand new sports facility for the Manadon and Honicknowle communities is now under way. We’re teaming up with the Argyle Community Trust to create a new football, cricket and outdoor sports centre that will be one of the best in the city. Based on the site […]


Five days left to apply for a primary school place in September

If your child is due to start at primary school for the first time in September 2018, or junior school for children who have completed Year 2, you only have five days left to get your applications in. The deadline for parents and carers to express their preferences for primary and junior school admissions is […]


New memory café at Southway Library

A new memory café will launch at Southway Library on Thursday 11 January. The café is open to anyone worried about their memory loss or someone else’s memory loss, those living with dementia and their carers. The weekly session will provide support and information, activities including quizzes and puzzles and guest speakers. Refreshments are provided. Councillor […]


Contractual arrangements to manage Torbay’s Children Services to be discussed

Plans for Plymouth City Council to move forward with a contractual arrangement to manage Torbay Council’s Children’s Services will be considered by Plymouth’s Cabinet on Tuesday 16 January and then discussed at Full Council on 29 January. The report outlines the work that has been undertaken to ensure that Plymouth City Council will have the […]


Volunteer at Central Park

Volunteers are being sought to help with conservation, horticulture and general improvements in Central Park. Plymouth City Council have teamed up with Eco Land Management and the Friends of Central Park to run events alongside the improvements programme. Upcoming events are scheduled for January to March and are open to anyone who wants to get […]


Wellbeing hubs to open across Plymouth

A network of wellbeing hubs is to be opened across Plymouth to give residents easier and earlier access to health advice and support. The hubs will offer information and support on a range of issues such as health and wellbeing, finance, employment and mental health, with some offering more specialist support in areas where it […]


Council makes further savings towards setting a balanced budget

Plymouth City Council has nearly halved a projected £4.7 million gap in its budget for next year. The gap in funding to deliver more than 300 local services in 2018/19 has been reduced to £2.6 million over the last few months after services identified further savings and efficiencies and new income. Work is still ongoing […]


Work to start on next link between Laira Rail Bridge and Plymstock

Work on the next section of a walking and cycling link connecting Laira Rail Bridge and Plymstock will get under way on Monday 15 January. The popular route will be extended further east along the railway alignment into Broxton Drive, at the entrance to the Saltram Meadow estate. Part of the new path will run […]


Taking the right path at Derriford Community Park

Plymouth City Council is seeking feedback on plans for a new green space. A series of consultation events have been arranged to display on proposals for the foot and cycle path network through the new Derriford Community Park. The paths will connect Crownhill, Eggbuckland, Estover, Leigham and the new Seaton neighbourhood with high quality routes […]


Temporary Stop Notice: Aberdeen Avenue

We are acting on a complaint that Burrington Estates are carrying out construction work on new homes on land off Aberdeen Avenue, despite not having met pre-commencement conditions. One of these conditions was that Burrington Estates would need to agree a construction vehicle route and details. Despite no details being agreed work has started on […]


Improvements for Morlaix Drive

Work on a new bus link to Derriford Hospital will begin in spring 2019. The Morlaix Drive Access Improvement and Bus Priority Scheme will widen Morlaix Drive between Brest Road and the hospital to provide improved access for public transport, pedestrians and cyclists. Funding for the £4.7 million project will be part-funded by £3.3 million […]


Councils to consider teaming up planning services

Plymouth’s award-winning planning services could be teaming up with colleagues in Torbay as part of a comprehensive modernisation package. Plymouth’s Cabinet will meet on 16 January to discuss approving an ‘in principle agreement’ to look at sharing some planning functions with Torbay Council. Areas that could come under the arrangement include planning compliance, major developments, […]


Team appointed for Better Places project to revamp city centre

A design-led consultant team behind some of the UK’s most impressive regeneration schemes has been appointed to lead a multi-million-pound project to transform the open spaces and pedestrian areas around the city centre. Plymouth City Council has committed £27 million over the next five years to the Better Places project to improve the look and […]


Recycle your real Christmas tree and get a free bag of wood chippings

Residents in Plymouth will once again be able to recycle their real Christmas trees and get a free bag of wood chippings. Following the success of last year’s trial scheme, wood-chipping machines will be on a mini tour of Plymouth to dispose of Christmas trees responsibly. Councillor Mike Leaves, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and […]


Emergency diversion route for HGVs using Cot Hill

An emergency diversion route is being put in place for large goods vehicles using Cot Hill in Plympton after a safety inspection identified concerns over the strength of the rail bridge. Plymouth City Council has imposed an emergency ban on vehicles over 7.5 tonnes on the west bridge – heading north bound towards Plymouth Road […]


Crownhill Library next to be refurbished

Our Plan for Libraries takes a further step forward this month, with Crownhill Library the next to undergo refurbishment. Investment includes a new meeting room complete with audio visual equipment, twice as many computers and a refreshed book stock. External and internal signage, including shelf guiding, will also be improved. The library will close at 5pm […]


More of Plymouth’s public toilets are set for a revamp

The public loos around Plymouth’s famous Hoe foreshore are set for a major face lift this year. The package of improvement works include the toilets at West Hoe Park, the Hoe Promenade and Tinside, are all part of the Council’s continued commitment to improve the city’s public toilets. Deputy Council Leader Patrick Nicholson approved the […]


Investment for major Plymouth route

A major traffic pinch-point in the east of Plymouth is set for investment. A total of £510,000 has been allocated to further explore the feasibility of widening junctions and managing heavy traffic on the section of the A379 that runs between Pomphlett Roundabout and The Ride. These changes will provide significant journey time improvements into […]


Devon councils to keep 100 per cent of growth in Business Rates

Devon has been selected as one of 10 areas to take part in a national pilot allowing councils to retain 100 per cent of growth in business rates. Plymouth City Council will be the lead authority in the Devon Business Rate Pilot, which will encourage councils to work together to deliver growth in the region. […]


Plans for Central Park Café submitted

The proposed new Central Park café has taken a major step towards reality after designs were submitted for planning permission. The café is one of the flagship projects of the Central Park Masterplan, which sees a £9 million investment in one of Plymouth’s most popular green spaces. Located adjacent to the clock tower, one of […]

How the new Central Park Café could look

Central Park Skatepark - How the new skatepark will look

Skatepark ready to roll

The designs for Central Park’s new skatepark have been finalised and work will begin on the site in the new year. As part of the wider improvements to the park, Plymouth City Council has teamed up with Freestyle Skateparks to revamp the skatepark and turn it into a destination facility, offering something for beginners, right […]


New exhibition will mark 200 years of civil engineering excellence

A new exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is set to open in the Sherwell Centre on the University of Plymouth campus on Monday 8 January. The ‘Lighthouses, Bridges and Breakwaters’ exhibition is part of the ‘Museum On Tour’ programme, which is taking a range of […]


Plymouth’s progress report for Mayflower 400 commemorations

Plymouth is marking 1,000 days to go until the Mayflower 400 anniversary with a campaign to highlight the opportunities to #GetOnBoard2020. As the year 2020 looms on the horizon and more details about the preparations are being shared, organisations across the city are being encouraged to ‘Get on Board’ to create their own celebratory events. […]


Double investment at Bond Street

A Plymouth playing field is set for a double dose of investment. The park at Bond Street, Southway, will be home to a brand new play park as well as a number of new sports pitches as two ongoing improvement projects combine. The children’s play park, delivered by the Hands Up for Plymouth Play project, […]

Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning joins planning officer Rebecca Miller at Bond Street

Beefing up team that tackles untidy land and buildings

Plymouth City Council is expanding its planning compliance team in response to calls from residents and councillors to look at planning issues that affect where people live. A new compliance officer, Josephine Maddick has joined the team as part of the Council’s commitment to protect Plymouth’s unique environment and take swift action against unauthorised planning […]