Category Archives : News


Major makeover makes Market Way miles better

Market Way is looking miles better, thanks to an improvement scheme that’s totally transformed a popular walking route in to the city centre. The area at the top of Market Way next to Western Approach has gone from drab to fab. Instead of a steep and unattractive concrete ramp, there is now a series of […]


Response to Care Quality Commission report on Derriford

The chair of Plymouth Health and Wellbeing Board Councillor Ian Tuffin has responded to the Care Quality Commission’s report on the city’s hospital. And he has vowed to write to the minister and all of the city’s MPs to request they support the hospital’s bid for £25 million investment. He said: “I am very concerned […]


Students in Plymouth receive A Level and Post-16 results

Students across Plymouth will be collecting their A Level and other Post-16 results today. The receiving of results marks the culmination of up to two years hard work for many young people and for some, marks the end of their formal education. Early indications show that the city’s Council maintained schools have shown improvement from […]


Successful life-jacket scheme to expand

A scheme to keep fishing boat crews safer at sea has proved so successful the Council is hoping to expand the project. A total of 250 life-jackets with personal locator beacons have been given to people who earn their living at sea and contribute to Plymouth’s economy as part of a scheme to help reduce […]


City Council takes action to help minimise the impact of Universal Credit

Plymouth City Council is taking a wide range of actions in an effort to minimise the impact of the Government’s introduction of Universal Credit on vulnerable families. A report to the Cabinet updates on ongoing work to provide support to families affected following a Council Select Committee report in March which highlighted the risks to […]


Behind the scenes at the crematoria

Efford and Weston Mill crematoria are throwing open their doors to the public again this weekend. Residents are invited to take a behind-the-scenes look around the facilities and find out more about what happens and what is on offer to remember a loved one in the grounds. There will also be a chance to view […]


Council shows support for Plymouth Pride 2018

Plymouth Pride 2018 will bring an explosion of colour and inclusion across the city centre and Hoe on Saturday. The community-led event run by Plymouth’s LGBTQ+ community is a celebration of all communities coming together as a whole. Throughout Saturday there will be a whole range of activities starting with a parade from North Cross […]


Issue with Sutton Harbour Walkway

  Sorry folks, we have a problem with the temporary walkway in Sutton Harbour. One of the panels has been damaged, along with a section of the handrail. We are working hard to get the repairs done as quickly as possible and we hope to re-open the walkway in the middle of next week. We […]


Building on the foundations of The Range’s success

The steels have gone up on site at the new headquarters for one of Plymouth’s best-known brands. Work is progressing on the new office block for CDS (Superstores International Ltd), the firm behind The Range Stores. The company, which started here, now has 158 stores across the UK and Ireland, and has invested up to […]


Illusion Fireworks crowned British Champions

Illusion Fireworks from Wallingford in Oxfordshire have been crowned the 2018 British Firework Champions following an explosive two-day showdown between six of the UK’s top pyrotechnics specialists. Tens of thousands of spectators gathered on and around Plymouth Hoe to see six spectacular ten-minute displays set off into the night sky in this year’s British Firework […]


Nancy Astor to be honoured with blue plaque

A plaque to commemorate the life of Nancy Astor is to be unveiled at her former home on the Hoe on Friday. Nancy Astor was the first female MP to take her seat in Parliament. She served as MP for Plymouth Sutton from 1919 to 1945. She also served as Lady Mayoress of Plymouth during […]


Council leader slams police merger

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans has attacked plans for the biggest ever shake-up of policing in the Westcountry. Councillor Evans said a merger of Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police, to make it the biggest geographical force in England, is being decided behind closed doors without properly consulting residents or knowing what the […]


Artist’s impressions of new crematorium revealed

The first artist’s impressions of Plymouth’s proposed new crematorium have been released. The drawings, provided by architects Stride Treglown in association with Aecom, show single-storey buildings nestled in green spaces with water pooled around the ceremony rooms. These images will be available for the public to view at consultation events beginning this week. The Council […]

An artist's impression of Plymouth's proposed new crematorium

Specialist support for Plymouth’s vulnerable women

Some of the city’s most vulnerable women look set to get more support to help them lead happier lives, thanks to a special project being set up. Women whose children are repeatedly involved in care proceedings are to be offered tailored support to help them break this traumatic cycle, which is often caused by a […]


Traffic restrictions for Plymouth Pride

Some traffic restrictions will be in place for the Plymouth Pride parade on Saturday. The parade will leave North Cross at midday and make its way through the city centre to the festival on the Hoe. To ensure the safety of everyone taking part, as well as other road users, Royal Parade will also be […]


Cabinet Member for Education reacts to cuts in school improvement fund

Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Councillor Jon Taylor has reacted angrily to the news that the government has closed a flagship school improvement programme, without spending £84 million of the money it initially allocated to the fund. He said: “I’m extremely concerned that the School Improvement Fund is being stopped so suddenly when […]


A week of fireworks and festival fun

It’s one of the biggest weeks in Plymouth’s events calendar as the British Firework Championships return on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 August, followed by the Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August. The British Firework Championships offer two nights of spectacular pyrotechnics that are completely free to enjoy. […]


New gambling policy out for consultation

Safeguarding children is one of the priorities of Plymouth City Council’s new gambling policy. The policy, which is reviewed every three years, looks at how Plymouth’s casinos, bingo halls, betting shops, and adult gaming centres operate to ensure that gambling is not a source of crime or the proceeds used to support crime, is conducted […]


Work to start on new crossing in Exeter Street

Drivers coming into the city centre via Exeter Street could face some delays as work starts on a new crossing. Contractors working on the British Land leisure complex will be digging up the road in order to install ducts beneath the surface to house cabling for the new pedestrian crossing. A traffic order is being […]


Annual report shows Plymouth leading the way on health improvement

The new Director of Public Health Annual Report – which is going to Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet on 14 August – shows that Plymouth is leading the way on improving people’s health. The report focuses on year three of Thrive Plymouth, the city’s ten year programme to improve health and reduce health inequalities, which has a […]


New library and homes for St Budeaux

Planning permission has been granted for a brand new library and 24 new homes in St Budeaux.  The go-ahead means redevelopment work can now get underway at the site of the current library in Victoria Road, in the heart of the neighbourhood. As well as a more modern and welcoming library, the environmentally friendly building […]

Artist's impression of new St Budeaux Library (exterior)

Follow Stella the Starfish for family fun in Sutton Harbour

A new family friendly trail linking the Barbican and Sutton Harbour launches on Monday 6 August, offering families the chance to learn more about life under the sea – and win impressive monthly prizes. The Starfish Trail follows Stella the Starfish around Sutton Harbour, with trail boards located on the water’s edge to take visitors […]


Unlocking the walk across the harbour

Fences are up, metal plates have been installed and signs are now in place for the temporary walkway across Sutton Harbour Lock while the pedestrian footbridge is closed for repairs. Council staff have been working with Sutton Harbour Holdings plc on a temporary solution to help people get from A to B across a stretch […]


Green light for Forder Valley Link Road

Plans for a brand new link road connecting William Prance Road in Derriford with the junction of Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road have been granted planning permission. The multi-million pound scheme will create an additional route from the east of the city to the north, avoiding the often heavily congested Manadon Roundabout and A386 […]


Landlords needed to help rehome Syrian Refugees in Plymouth

Landlords in Plymouth are being encouraged to come forward and help rehome Syrian Refugees who have fled persecution and are seeking sanctuary in the UK. Plymouth City Council has agreed to accept approximately 35 Syrian Refugee families over three years as part of the national resettlement scheme, and landlords with houses or flats (not just […]


Arts, Heritage & Tourism Minister visits Plymouth and the Mayflower 400 team

The Minister’s visit recognises the importance of the 2020 Mayflower commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims’ historic journey across the Atlantic, and the celebration of Plymouth as Britain’s Ocean City. With Britain’s Ocean City planning big things for the commemoration year, the Tourism Minister conducted a tour of key areas in the […]