Category Archives : News


New plans submitted for West Pier

New plans have been submitted to ensure that the West Pier is looking its best in time for the Mayflower 400 commemorations. Details are being outlined for how the historic pier will look cared for and tidy, ready for thousands of visitors in 2020 – with all of its cobbles in situ. The plans will […]


Selstar Fireworks winners of 2019 British Firework Championships

Selstar Fireworks from Chichester, West Sussex, have been crowned the best in their field, winning the 2019 British Firework Championships. Tens of thousands of visitors and locals gathered along Plymouth’s waterfront to watch the competition, which took place over Wednesday and Thursday this week (14 and 15 August). The five professional fireworks companies that competed […]


A-Level statement 2019

Students across Plymouth are collecting their A-Level and other Post-16 results today. Early indications show that young people across the city have the results they need to go on to higher education and their desired pathways after completing their studies. Councillor Jon Taylor the Cabinet Member responsible for Education and Skills said: “I’d like to […]


Britain’s Ocean City gives Greta an epic send off

Plymouth’s reputation as a departure point for historic voyages was cemented today with an epic send off for climate change activist Greta Thunberg. The world’s best known climate change campaigner set sail from Mayflower Marina in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, for her historic – and gruelling trip – across the Atlantic on board the zero-carbon […]


Whitleigh play parks get makeovers

A Plymouth play park has had a complete overhaul thanks to a partnership with a community group. Having joined forces with the Whitleigh Community Trust, the Council they have been able to replace all of the equipment in Milford Lane play area and make significant changes to the neighbouring play park in Norwich Avenue. A […]

Children enjoy the opening of the Milford Lane play area

Plymouth set to become one of the UK’s first cities of learning

An exciting project to turn Plymouth into a digital learning campus gets underway later this year. The City Council has worked with the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) on a successful bid to the Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) to become one of the first UK ‘Cities of Learning’. Cities of […]


British Firework Championships – all you need to know

The spectacular British Firework Championships return to Plymouth tomorrow and on Thursday (14 and 15 August). The competition sees six of the country’s top firework companies battle it out to be crowned the best, with three 10-minute displays to enjoy each evening. The displays are fired from Mount Batter breakwater, making Plymouth Hoe the perfect […]

British Firework Championships

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Proposed changes to council tax support system

We’re making changes to our council tax support (CTS) scheme to make things easier for residents. The CTS scheme is designed to help customers with low incomes by reducing their council tax payments by up to 80 per cent. The scheme is reviewed every year and we think that it needs to change for 2020/21. […]


Charles Cross night working

We’re going to start night working on the Charles Cross Transport Improvement Scheme from Monday 19 August. Working at night will allow us to carry out resurfacing works at various points around the roundabout and on Charles Street without causing disruption during the day. These night works have always been programmed into the scheme and […]


Further funding for Plymouth parks

Parks and green spaces in Plymouth have had yet another funding boost. The city has just secured just under €4 million thanks to a successful funding bid by Plymouth City Council and its partners. The money, which comes from the European Commission, will go towards the Green Minds project which will re-wild urban parks, gardens […]


Crews prepared for severe weather

Council crews have been sweeping roads, clearing gullies and checking known flooding hotspots in preparation for the heavy rain and strong winds expected to hit Plymouth tonight, tomorrow and on Saturday. Yellow rain and wind warnings are in place and teams will be on standby around the clock to respond to any issues that arise. […]


Plymouth Road improvements set to continue

Junction improvements in the east of Plymouth will continue next month with work on Plymouth Road. The work will mark the next stage of the Eastern Corridor Junction Improvement Scheme and follows on from work already completed at the Cot Hill and Merafield Road junction earlier in the year. Now, the focus will be on […]


First day of Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival cancelled due to weather

We have reluctantly had to cancel the first day of this year’s Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival on Friday 9 August, due to forecast bad weather. The main concern for us is the potential wind strength (which affects infrastructure safety) and direction (which can increase the amount of rain hitting the stage and electrical […]


Reducing plastics at the British Fireworks Championships

Council working with partners to exclude fireworks that include unnecessary plastics Catering at the event will also reduce single-use plastics like cutlery and straws Plymouth City Council is working with key partners to reduce single-use plastics at the British Firework Championships, the city’s biggest annual event. Taking place on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 August […]


Awesome August in Britain’s Ocean City

“Get out! Get out and enjoy August’s amazing events!” That’s the message from Plymouth City Council this summer. A stonking calendar of free and fun family events has been put together and after months of careful planning and preparation, it’s time to play. Deputy leader Councillor Pete Smith said: “August is awesome in Plymouth. We’ve […]


Free festival of blues and jazz music in Plymouth this weekend

This weekend, Plymouth’s Barbican will be filled with the sounds of smooth blues and swinging jazz as the Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival returns for its fourth year. The festival, organised by Plymouth City Council, runs from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 August and starts at 12pm each day. The main stage on The […]


Families encouraged to get involved in free Sea In The Park events

We are bringing the sea to Plymouth parks over August with our partners Blue Marine Foundation and Marine Biological Association (MBA). Sea in the Park is an initiative to support Britain’s Ocean City becoming the UK’s first National Marine Park. The team will be visiting green spaces and play areas with events to help children explore the natural wonders […]


Best advice for all parents and babies in the city

Children’s centres in Plymouth have been awarded a Certificate of Commitment from Unicef UK, in recognition of the steps they are taking to improve care and increase the city’s breastfeeding rates. The children’s centres, run by Barnardo’s, Action for Children and Lark, have joined forces and changed the way they support Plymouth’s parents. The changes […]


Plymouth plans double salute to armed forces in 2020

Plymouth is planning two events in 2020 to celebrate the armed forces and commemorate both the 75th anniversary of VE Day and Mayflower 400. On Friday 8 May the city will join communities across Britain in celebrating VE Day 75 – and a special bank holiday – with a fantastic family event on the Hoe. […]


Everything you need to know about the Rolex Fastnet 2019

This August, the historic Rolex Fastnet race will once again finish in Plymouth. Starting in Cowes on 3 August, sailors travel 605 challenging nautical miles, rounding the Fastnet Rock off the south west coast of Ireland, before returning to Britain’s Ocean City via the Isles of Scilly. The race has finished in Plymouth since it […]


Grassroots music venues across Plymouth unite to create Fightback Plymouth

We are proud to be working with Music Venue Trust to support and develop live music in Plymouth and are excited to announce more details about Fightback Plymouth. Fightback Plymouth is a two-week celebration of Plymouth’s vital grassroots music venues that will take place 13 to 28 September. The campaign will encourage audiences to visit […]


Lunch at the library is back

Our libraries service is feeding minds and tummies again this summer by joining in with CATERed’s Big Summer Food Tour for Lunch at the Library. Every Wednesday in August, children pick up a free lunch and join in with family friendly activities at their local library. Lunch will be provided at all Plymouth libraries and […]


Party in the park as café opens

The new Central Park cafe is open! Named the Meadow Cafe and operated by Council partners FullyCATERed, the brand new, purpose-built eatery is the flagship project of the overall Central Park improvements project The cafe will promote a healthy menu and will use produce sourced from local suppliers, seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, organic milk, […]

The Meadow Cafe, Central Park

Mount Batten beach reopens

Plymouth City Council is pleased to announce that after being closed for several weeks, the majority of Mount Batten beach has reopened. It was closed in April as a health and safety precaution following the discovery of asbestos-containing materials (small pieces of cement). Signs are up around the beach to show which areas are closed […]


Dog fouling targeted with plain clothes patrols

Plain clothed environmental enforcement officers will be patrolling in Plymouth from Monday 29 July. Focussing on areas where residents have reported issues, officers will be on the lookout for those who do not pick up after their dogs. Owners who are caught not doing the right thing will be handed a fixed penalty notice for […]

Dog Mess - can you afford not to?

Talk travel with us

Do you travel to and around Plymouth by bus, coach, train or ferry? Head to Armada Way on Thursday 25 July and share your comments, compliments and suggestions with us. We’ll be joined by teams from Plymouth Citybus, Stagecoach South West, National Express, the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership and Plymouth Boat Trips, all on […]