Category Archives : News

Oreston Community Academy expansion completed

A school expansion project totalling £220,000 has just been completed at Oreston Community Academy. The City Council identified Oreston as part of its basic need programme and agreed capital funding to support the additional places to cope with an increase in local demand. As a result Oreston will be able to take 60 children in […]

Councillor Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, with children from Oreston Primary School

Wellbeing Hubs launch in Plymouth

People in Plymouth will be able to get advice on how to be happier and healthier as part of a new approach to health across the city. A dozen wellbeing hubs will open across neighbourhoods over the next two years as part of an initiative designed to focus on prevention and make services easier to […]

New bus route just the ticket for growing community

A new bus route will begin to serve the residents of Plymouth’s newest community this Easter weekend. Starting 1 April, the route serves the new residential development of Seaton Neighbourhood and will encourage commuters and residents to take public transport. It will also be timed with the shift patterns of employees of manufacturer HellermannTyton and […]

Sections of bus lanes to go on Plymouth Road

Two sections of bus lane are to be removed from Plymouth Road as part of the Council’s Eastern Corridor Junction Improvement scheme.. The bus lane outside the Lidl store could be taken out and the lane at Coypool Road shortened under the scheme which aims  to reduce journey times for drivers and improve pedestrian safety […]

Council Leader backs a Range of job opportunities

Work will soon be starting on The Range’s new Head Office and superstore at Seaton Hill. The new HQ will accommodate up to 700 staff, creating 450 new jobs, while the superstore will create a further 120 new jobs for Plymouth. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, visited the site with The Range […]

Nigel Oddy, CEO of The Range, with Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, at the site at Seaton Hill.

(Clockwise from top left): Ward Councillor Maddi Bridgeman; Dave Downie Cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities; Scott Tunnicliffe, Plymouth City Council Housing Delivery Officer; Nicola Evans, Development Manager for Clarion Housing and Debbie Fogell, Neighbourhood Housing Officer for Clarion Housing

Yes we Cann

Estover is the latest area of Plymouth to benefit from a range of affordable housing. The new development of Cann Meadow is on the site of the former Estover Primary School, which was released to the market by Plymouth City Council in 2015, as part of an on-going strategy to provide new, good quality and […]

Plymotion Sustainable Travel Grants 2018

Organisations in Plymouth can now apply for up to £5,000 for schemes to make it easier for their staff to travel to work either by bike, on foot, or by bus. Match funding of up to £5,000 is being made available through Plymouth City Council’s Plymotion at Your Workplace programme, to provide facilities or initiatives […]

First Oceansgate tenants announced as Phase 1 reaches completion

The first tenants to move into Oceansgate have been announced at the official opening ceremony for Phase 1. Surejust, Trend Marine and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) will be the first to move into the new development in Devonport, Plymouth. Oceansgate is transforming disused Ministry of Defence land in South Yard into the UK’s […]

Proposals to free-up road space for parking

More than 250 extra parking spaces are being proposed on roads across Plymouth following an 18-month review of the city’s traffic restrictions.  The review has been carried out to identify locations where restrictions can be safely removed to free-up road space and create more parking for residents, businesses and visitors. Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member […]

Younger divers’ chance to shine

Some of the best young divers in the world will be showcasing their skills at the Plymouth Life Centre from Monday 2 to Thursday 5 April. The British Elite Junior Diving Championships – the top domestic competition for young divers – are returning to the city for a third year. Competitors will be aged between […]

Freya’s Play Day

A Plympton schoolgirl has cut the ribbon at the new and improved Boringdon Close play park. Freya Martin, 9, was the guest of honour at the park where antiquated and tired equipment has been replaced by a dynamic ‘supernova’ roundabout, bird’s nest swing, and much more. Freya, who lives nearby, wrote to her MP to […]

Lord Mayor Councillor Wendy Foster and Councillor Glenn Jordan and the launch of Plymouth Armed Forces Day 2018

Plans revealed for this year’s Armed Forces Day

Exciting plans for this year’s Plymouth Armed Forces Day have been revealed at the official launch on the Hoe. The annual celebration of Plymouth’s proud military history will be held on the Hoe on Saturday 30 June and as 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, the event will include special commemorations […]

Make sure you’re registered to vote in local elections

If you want to vote in the local elections on Thursday 3 May and aren’t already on the electoral register you have just four weeks left to sign up. The deadline for registering is midnight on Tuesday 17 April. Council Chief Executive Tracey Lee said: “It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote […]

Progress report on Elizabethan House

Scaffolding will be going up shortly around the city’s Elizabethan House as part of an ambitious programme to bring the 400 year old building back to life. Four centuries of building material will be carefully stripped back as part of a sensitive and difficult assessment into the condition of the house which has survived the […]

New libraries, new homes, new chapter for St Budeaux

A library fit for the 21st century, new homes and somewhere to get advice on how to keep healthy – that’s all part of the plan for an exciting new development in the heart of St Budeaux. We are working in partnership with a developer to transform the half-acre site of the old library on […]

Better Places £13 million boost

Plymouth’s plans to transform the heart of the city centre will get a £13 million boost to crack on with the exciting project to create Better Places.  Last week exciting concepts were unveiled to give residents, shoppers and businesses the chance to see some of the changes being put forward to revitalise the city’s heart. […]

Contractor appointed for playing pitch plans

Work on improving Plymouth’s playing pitches will begin next month. Facilities at Higher Efford, Bond Street and Central Park will all get a makeover as part of the ongoing Plymouth Plan for Playing Pitches. Following a competitive procurement process, the council have appointed contractor Agripower to undertake the works. Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and […]

Councillor Patrick Nicholson joins boys from Efford Community FC at their home ground in Higher Efford.

How the new environmental enforcement officers will be dressed

Environmental enforcement officers hit the streets

Plymouth City Council’s new environmental enforcement officers have hit the streets of the city. Having teamed up with Kingdom Services Group last month, officers will today be on patrol for the very first time. Tasked with preventing littering, dog fouling, fly-posting and fly-tipping, the officers will be able to issue fixed penalty notices to offenders. […]

New kit for Plymouth’s green spaces

A brand new fleet of state-of-the-art grass cutting equipment will cover a massive 55 million square metres this summer. Over £500,000 was invested in new ground maintenance equipment in January to keep the city’s parks neat, verges tidy and wildflower meadows at their best. Ride on mowers with flail decks especially designed for wildflower meadows […]

Council Leader Ian Bowyer (foreground), joins Councillor Mike Leaves on Plymouth Hoe to inspect the new equipment

Poetry in the play park

Children from a local school are adding some unique magic to one of Central Park’s exciting new assets. The enchanting toddler area, which is being built as part of the improvements to the play park, will feature logs with words and poetry devised by pupils from Montpelier Primary School. Over the next few weeks, the […]

Dinosaur fans set to have a roar-some time at Lord Mayor’s Festival

The Lord Mayor’s Festival will return to Plymouth city centre on Saturday 26 May. The festival, sponsored by Rowes Honda and Rowes Suzuki, will welcome Councillor Sam Davey to his new role as Lord Mayor when he takes over from Councillor Wendy Foster in May. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘dinosaurs’ and there’s […]

Find out how you can do business with the Council

Plymouth businesses are being invited to a special event to find out how they can work with the Council. The Council is launching a new round of tendering for business to deliver its maintenance contracts on things like the upkeep of war memorials and historic forts, libraries and corporate office buildings. To explain the process […]

Plymouth turns the spotlight on tackling child sexual abuse

We can work together to prevent child sexual abuse. That’s the message from the members of Plymouth’s Safeguarding Children Board ahead of a big conference in the city next week.   A child is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities.   There does not have to be physical contact and it […]

Plymouth celebrates empty homes success so far

Plymouth City Council is celebrating the success of its ongoing empty homes work as four more properties, which between them had been empty for more than 33 years, become available again. In November the Council reported that three derelict homes were being sold at auction. Four months have passed since the auction at Shobrook & […]

Exhibition sees Better Places plans unveiled for city centre revamp

Plans were unveiled today as part of a multi-million-pound project to transform the very heart of Plymouth city centre, renewing and rejuvenating its open spaces and pedestrian areas. The proposals are on show in a three-day exhibition in the city centre, with residents and visitors being urged to come along, find out more and share […]

Plymouth to bid to host new National HQ for Channel 4

Plymouth City Council has today written to Channel 4 Chief Executive Alex Mahon stating its intent to formally bid for the city to become one of Channel 4’s three new hubs once it relocates part of its operation outside of London. The publicly-owned broadcaster last week announced that as part of their drive to increase […]

Draft Plan for Plastics launched

A bold bid to phase out single use plastics in Plymouth has been agreed at Cabinet on 13 March. The report being considered would see an Ocean City Plastics Task Force set up to co-ordinate a citywide effort to rid the city of the majority of single use plastics. A draft Plan for Plastics is […]

Free parking on the Plain

Plymouth City Council is set to bring free car parking to Mutley Plain. Shoppers using the Mutley Barracks car park, situated at the northern end of Mutley Plain, will be able to park for free for one hour from the end of April. Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet member for Transport and Housing Delivery, said: “This […]

Next phase of Langage Business Park taking shape

A huge steel frame has been erected at Langage Business Park as the next phase of building work gets into gear.  All the ground work and preparation work at the site has been completed by local construction contractor Ryearch who have been making great progress since the start of the project last October. The Council […]

Plymouth hosts regional launch of Mental Health Concordat

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England (PHE), chose Plymouth for the regional launch of the Government’s new Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health. The launch event took place at the Jury’s Inn, Plymouth on Friday 9 March and was hosted by Plymouth City Council’s Public Health team. The event was also supported by […]