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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 – […]


Plymouth woman ordered to pay more than £700 for social housing fraud

A woman who lied about rent arrears of £1700 has been prosecuted by Plymouth City Council for social housing fraud. Katrina Sturtridge – aged 26, of Lower Polsham Road, Paignton, TQ3 2AU admitted to Plymouth Magistrates on Monday 20 February that she had lied to the Council on two occasions (on 10th September and 9 […]


Keeping the city as green as possible

Huge efforts have been made to strike an appropriate balance between the need for growth, setting aside sites for employment to create jobs and much-needed new homes, while making sure there is enough green space in and around all the neighbourhoods across the city. Thousands of hectares of green space will enjoy protection from development […]


Ambitious plan for future of Plymouth and South West Devon published

An ambitious plan for what Plymouth and South West Devon could be like in 2034 covering important issues like health, transport, homes, jobs and the economy, green spaces and infrastructure is to be considered by three councils next week. The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan is going to the Full Council in […]


Lord Mayor Designate Councillor Wendy Foster

The new Lord Mayor Designate for 2017/18 has been announced for Plymouth. Councillor Wendy Foster has been a Plymstock Radford ward councillor since 2000 and was Lady Mayoress in 2009/10 when her husband Councillor Ken Foster was Lord Mayor. Councillor Foster was born in Stoke, Devonport and worked as a secretary for the Ambulance Officer […]


Wild Hedges for Urban Edges in Central Park

Plymouth residents are invited to join the Tree Council together with Plymouth Tree Partnership at Swarthmore Allotments to plant wild hedges this Saturday.. The ‘Wild Hedges for Urban Edges’ initiative will help to connect Plymouth residents to the natural environment, by growing wild fruit bushes. The project aims to ‘bring communities together to plant and […]


Help Ernesettle get fruity this half term!

People are being invited to help plant a wild hedge at Ernesettle Creek tomorrow (Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 February).  The Active Neighbourhoods team will be at the creek planting the hedge with plants that will provide free, healthy, seasonal food including blackthorn, hawthorn, apple and plums. Active Neighbourhoods has teamed up with the ‘Wild […]


Councillors and officers at Woolwell Roundabout

Council to tackle traffic bottleneck in north of city

Plans to tackle one of Plymouth’s worst traffic bottlenecks have been given the green light. We have allocated £420,000 for design work on a scheme to alleviate congestion at the notorious pinch point between Woolwell Roundabout and The George. We have also committed more than £15 million in its capital budget to deliver the scheme, which will […]


Plan for Libraries: what we mean by ‘outreach’

As part of our Plan for Libraries we’re proposing to invest in a smaller network of high-quality libraries that are welcoming and vibrant, where our customers can expect the same great experience and services we see at the popular Central Library. Everyone will be within two miles of a library building and whichever one you […]


Temporary closure of Weston Park Road from Outland Road

Weston Park Road will be temporarily closed at the Outland Road/Ham Drive end from Monday 13 February. The road will be closed between Outland Road and Limetree Road for around two weeks, while works are carried out for the Outland Road Junction Improvements Scheme. A signed diversion will be in place and inbound Citybus services […]


Building industry support for driving up local construction skills

Five new project sponsors have invested in the Council led Building Plymouth partnership which aims to work collaboratively to overcome the skills crisis facing the local construction industry. National construction contractor Willmott Dixon, regional company Gilpin Demolition, nationwide building services contractor T Clarke, professional construction consultancy Ward Williams Associates, and CITB the industry training board […]


Closure order extended following drugs and anti-social behaviour

A closure order on a flat in Plymouth has been extended for a further three months to prevent further drugs and anti-social behaviour. Plymouth City Council applied to District Judge Baker, sitting at Plymouth Magistrates on Tuesday 7 February to extend the closure order on 3E Teats Hill. The original closure order was granted in […]


Plymouth City Council welcomes Housing White Paper

Plymouth City Council welcomes the long-awaited Housing White Paper that was published this week. The White Paper demonstrates that the Government has been listening to what local authorities have been saying for some time now, about how we can accelerate housing delivery and provide more affordable homes that meet people’s needs. Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy […]


New planning application to regenerate historic site on Drake’s Island and open it up to the public

Rotolok (Holdings) Ltd has submitted a new planning application to Plymouth City Council for the regeneration of Drake’s Island into a luxury hotel, spa and restaurant. Also included are plans for an educational visitor experience on the Island. The new application demonstrates the company’s commitment to the project as it seeks to address the outstanding […]


Charity Helpline launch to bolster support for Plymouth children and families

  Support services for children and families in Plymouth are set for a boost thanks to a new partnership between a national charity and local child safeguarding agencies. In an effort to provide parents and the wider community with the best possible early help, advice and signposting on child welfare concerns, the NSPCC Helpline is […]


Visitor coach facilities help Plymouth get on map

Plymouth’s project to create better facilities for coach tours has led to the city being shortlisted as a coach friendly destination in the British Coach Tourism Awards. The Council embarked a package of works designed to create a better welcome for coach passengers coming to Britain’s Ocean City with its new multi-million coach station in […]


Plymouth outlines Mayflower 400 investment

Exciting plans to get Plymouth shipshape and ready for the global stage as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations are being unveiled. Historic trails will be developed so that visitors can follow in the footsteps of the Pilgrim Fathers. Some projects in the pipeline include the renovation of two Elizabethan houses in the Barbican and […]


Heart of the South West Productivity Plan launched to link with national Industrial Strategy

Last week Government launched its consultation ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’ which aims to improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country. This aligns with the Heart of the South West’s joint LEP and local authority-led Devolution Partnership’s Productivity Plan which launched this week, aiming to ensure that […]


£1.497 million funding boost for Plymotion

We have secured almost £1.5 million from the Department for Transport to continue our successful Plymotion green travel programme for another three years. We are one of 25 councils across the country to be awarded a share of £60 million from the Sustainable Travel Access Fund, for local projects that support access to employment, education and […]


Looking for work in care? Recruitment fair on Saturday 4 February

Do you work in care and are looking for a new challenge, or are you interested in getting into care work? Plymouth City Council, in partnership with domiciliary care, supported living and care home providers within the City, are holding a recruitment fair at Plymouth Guildhall on Saturday 4th February 2017 from 10am to 4pm, […]


Plymouth marks Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January 2017

Millions of victims of the Holocaust as well as subsequent genocides will be remembered at the Holocaust Memorial Tree, as Plymouth City Council considers a cross-party motion to remember the Holocaust, educate young people, and take a stand against hate crime. On Holocaust Memorial Day, Friday 27 January, Lord Mayor of Plymouth Councillor Pauline Murphy […]


Woman in Plymouth first in the city to be prosecuted under new microchipping laws

A Plymouth woman who failed to comply with the new law to have her dog microchipped has been ordered to pay £450 at Plymouth Magistrates court today. Rosalyn Harding, of Kings Tamerton Road was served a notice on 30 September last year under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, requiring her dog to have […]


Plymouth foster carers celebrated at special award ceremony

Foster carers from across Plymouth have been praised for their invaluable service to children and young people during a celebration for Foster Carers awards ceremony. Hosted at Devonport Guildhall, the event, celebrated the outstanding continued commitment and dedication of carers and the profound difference they make to young people’s lives. Most of the carers commended […]


Plymouth’s newly qualified social workers celebrated

The latest group of newly qualified children’s social workers have been presented with certificates of completion by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Pauline Murphy at a special ceremony. The certificates mark the successful completion of the social workers’ assessed and supported first year in practice. Newly Qualified Social Workers have made a significant contribution to safeguarding […]


Aspiring young Plymouth musicians come together to celebrate their ‘Musicality’

Young musicians from across Plymouth are uniting to share their talent for playing at the city’s annual youth music concert. Musicians from Plymouth Music Education Hub’s (PMEH) city-wide ensembles will take over Plymouth Pavilions on Saturday 4 February at both 2pm and 6.30pm. The Musicality concert is the highlight of the young musicians’ year and […]


Lane closures on Outland Road

Drivers heading south along Outland Road (towards the city centre) are warned there will be further lane closures next week and at the beginning of the following week. Works are being carried out between Torr Lane and Weston Park Road as part of the Outland Road Junction Improvement Scheme. Every effort will be made to […]


Ground investigation surveys on Plymouth Road

Ground investigation surveys are being carried out on Plymouth Road in Plympton from Monday 23 January, in preparation for the first phase of works to upgrade junctions and reduce congestion along the Eastern Corridor. Specialist contractors will be digging trial pits and boreholes to confirm the ground conditions before the next stage of design gets […]