Category Archives : News


Green Flag recognition for Central Park

Plymouth’s Central Park has been awarded a prestigious Green Flag. The Green Flag Award scheme is a national body that recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces. Devonport Park, Tothill Park, Ham Woods, West Hoe Park, The Hoe and Freedom Fields have previously been bestowed with the honour and have again retained with […]


Look out for an important form

Forms are being posted to over 122,000 households across Plymouth as part of the Council’s annual canvass, which checks the right people are registered to vote at each address. The household enquiry form is sent to every household in the UK and it is a legal requirement to check that the details listed and respond […]


iMayflower project to boost creative sector

Plymouth’s innovative iMayflower project could be i-mazing for the city’s flourishing creative sector. The exciting programme received £3.5 million from the Government’s Cultural Development Fund and the Council has been working with six partners, Creative England, Crowdfunder, Plymouth College of Art, Real Ideas Organisation, the University of Plymouth and Destination Plymouth to increase this investment to […]


Thinking outside the Box – plans to win Plymouth hearts and minds

The team behind Plymouth’s Box project have been outlining plans to inspire and involve the city’s residents in history and culture – far beyond the walls of the Box. Members of one of the Council’s key scrutiny committees toured the construction site on North Hill to get a progress report on the hugely ambitious project […]


Public plaza to be named after one of the greatest engineers

Plymouth’s train travellers will be walking out of the station onto Brunel Plaza. The multi-million regeneration scheme proposed for the area around the station will be named after the great engineer, who was not only the chief engineer for the Great Western Railway, but also built the iconic Albert Bridge over the Tamar and Plymouth’s […]


Celebrating Plymouth’s parks

Family fun days, bug hunts, pilates in the park and volunteer litter picks are among the events taking place during this month, culminating in a celebration event on 27 July for the opening of the new Central Park Café and tennis courts. Throughout July, Plymouth City Council is celebrating Plymouth’s parks with local partners as […]


Children invited to join Space Chase at Plymouth libraries

Our libraries service is calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer for the Summer Reading Challenge 2019. The theme this year is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Every child who signs up to read six books over the summer holiday will get a […]


Plymouth to work with Music Venue Trust to support grassroots music

Plymouth City Council are working with the Music Venue Trust, a national grassroots music charity, to support and develop live music in Plymouth. Following consultation with venues, promoters and musicians involved in the local music industry, the Council has teamed up with the Music Venue Trust to discuss and identify the problems faced in Plymouth […]


Council agrees new city centre conservation area

More of Plymouth’s unique post-war architecture will enjoy more planning protection after Plymouth City Council approved plans for a new conservation area in the city centre. The new designation places Royal Parade and Civic Square at its heart of a new conservation area. It will take in New George Street to the north; Raleigh Street, […]


New crematorium reaches latest milestone

  The land for Plymouth’s new crematorium has been secured. The 17-acre site on the eastern edge of the city, off Merafield Road near the Stag Lodge entrance to Saltram Park, was purchased by the Council earlier this week. The transfer of the site marks another major milestone in the £12 million scheme, which will […]


Plymouth’s lifejacket scheme goes national

Plymouth’s trail blazing lifejacket scheme is to be rolled out across the country. Fishing crews based in Plymouth were all offered free E250 lifejackets with personal locator beacons, thanks to an innovative project set up by Plymouth City Council. Now the scheme will be rolled out in fishing ports up and down the country as […]


Masterplan for Plymouth railway station unveiled

Plymouth’s rail commuters are getting the big picture of the city’s exciting plans to create a better welcome for rail passengers. A masterplan is on show at the station today (Tuesday) and gives a bird’s eye view of what buildings could be going up, what’s coming down and how this vital entrance to Plymouth could […]


More businesses in Plymouth accredited for top quality and service

Checks carried out by Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards officers ensure that more businesses than ever are selling products safe for the public. Traditionally the Buy With Confidence scheme has been used to give peace of mind to people who need a builder, plumber or carpenter, however a wider variety of businesses are now seeing […]


Morlaix Drive set for significant improvements

Plans to transform a key route in and out of Derriford Hospital will be presented to the public at information events next week. Morlaix Drive is currently a narrow, 300m stretch of road that links Brest Road with the hospital and provides access for the ambulance station, Brest Way and the hospital’s large multi-storey car […]


New Manadon Sports and Community Hub officially opened

Plymouth’s new Manadon Sports and Community Hub was officially opened today in a special event attended by local and national footballing legend Peter Shilton. The multi-million-pound facility is expected to help 30,000 people take part in physical activity every year and includes a much needed space for the local community. It boasts a floodlit third […]


Update statement on Mount Batten beach closure

The beaches at Mount Batten have been closed for the past few weeks as a precautionary measure following the discovery of materials (pieces of cement) containing asbestos. The reason for this is because the health and safety of our residents is our top priority and we needed to risk assess the situation. The good news […]


Temporary closure of Blunts Lane

Blunts Lane will be closed for 14 days from Tuesday 23 July, while work gets under way to reroute utility supplies in preparation for the Forder Valley Link Road. People will still be able to access Poole Farm from Forder Valley Road but all other drivers and pedestrians will need to follow a signed diversion […]


£75 million commitment to city by top law firm

Plymouth City Council has secured transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson as key tenants for its headquarters at Millbay. The company has signed a new lease committing to Ballard House – and to the city and region – until at least 2035. Council leader Tudor Evans said: “What a great day. This is a company […]


Consultation for commuters on railway station revamp

Plymouth’s regular rail commuters will be getting a sneak peak of the big picture for the area around the city’s railway station. A masterplan is being unveiled and displayed on the concourse next Tuesday (2 July) so that people who use the station most can see what changes could be coming down the line. The […]


Flag raising ceremony marks start of Armed Forces Week in Plymouth

The Armed Forces Flag was raised in Plymouth today following a ceremony at the Guildhall, marking the start of Armed Forces Week. The flag will be flown all week, including during Plymouth Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June. This morning’s ceremony was attended by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Richard Ball, the Naval Base […]


Graduation for new supported interns

The first cohort of a new Supported Internship Programme for young people with a learning disability have just graduated. The programme was developed as a partnership between Plymouth City Council and City College Plymouth to enable young people with learning difficulties and or disabilities to achieve sustainable, paid employment by equipping them with the skills […]


Revoked taxi driver’s appeal dismissed at Crown Court

A taxi driver who had his licence revoked has had an appeal against the decision dismissed by Plymouth Crown Court. Hackney Carriage driver, Kenan Aktas, 40, of Elliot Road, Prince Rock, had his licence taken away from him by the Council’s Taxi Licensing Committee in June 2018 following a series of complaints about his standard […]


Stem Spectacular now underway

A ‘STEM Spectacular’ is now underway with a programme of events designed to inspire Plymouth’s children and young people to get into science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The STEM Spectacular officially starts with the launch of a new annual Plymouth STEM schools’ competition at the official opening of the Tamar Bridge visitor centre. The competition […]


Plymouth City Council joins campaign for two weeks of mass co-operation

Plymouth City Council will be celebrating this year’s Co-operative Fortnight, a nationwide drive to bring people and communities together, with a range of events and promotions alongside member-owned businesses throughout the city. Taking place from 24 June to 7 July, Co-operative Fortnight encourages people across the country to engage in ‘acts of co-operation’, inspiring people […]


Construction work to begin at historic Elizabethan House

The restoration and reinterpretation of Plymouth’s historic Elizabethan House moves into an exciting phase next week when building work begins in earnest. Led by Plymouth City Council, with additional funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, the Coastal Revival Fund and The Pilgrim’s Trust, it’s one of the key legacy projects for the […]


Smart Sound Plymouth to support next generation of marine technologies

The Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC) has officially launched Smart Sound Plymouth, a proving area for designing, testing and developing cutting edge products and services for the advanced marine sector. Using the facilities and expertise available within the MBTC, Smart Sound Plymouth is the first of its kind in the country with a wealth of […]