Category Archives : News


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 […]


Care Home Health and Wellbeing Champions scheme launched

Care home staff and those who work in people’s homes in Plymouth are being trained up to be ‘Health and Wellbeing Champions.’ The project is being launched by Plymouth City Council and Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) as part of their Integrated Enhanced and Specialised Care Strategy. Representatives from […]


#TimeToSign: Mum of son who died waiting for organ transplant meets with council

The mum of a man who died waiting for an organ transplant has met with representatives of Plymouth City Council to discuss how more people in the city can be encouraged to sign up to the NHS Organ Donation Register. Jillian Oxley, who lost her son Jon Paul aged just 21 in 2012 to Cystic […]


Support for Waterfront BID confirmed

Plymouth City Council has confirmed its support for Waterfront businesses to help regenerate Plymouth’s Waterfront, through the renewal of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership’s (PWP) Business Improvement District (BID). Councillor Glenn Jordan introduced the report and explained that as “Plymouth prepares for Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020, PWP’s new BID would be well placed to be […]


Excavation works to resume on Tavistock Road – joint statement from Devon and Cornwall Police and Plymouth City Council 

Excavation works are to resume on Tavistock Road today, following a further multi-agency meeting yesterday (Tuesday 17 January). A detailed plan has been agreed by all agencies involved, including ordnance specialists, with contingencies in place for managing the safe search, extraction and removal of any further similar devices located on site. It is anticipated that […]


Derriford Hospital bus interchange now two-way

Work to upgrade Plymouth’s second busiest bus interchange is now complete. The road outside Derriford Hospital has been widened to allow buses to travel in both directions – helping to reduce congestion outside the main entrance and making bus journeys to and from the hospital quicker and more reliable. Four additional bus stops have been […]


Have your say on plans for Plymouth’s libraries

People are being asked to share their views on plans to transform the way library services are delivered in Plymouth. We have produced a draft Plan for Libraries that aims to modernise Plymouth’s library services over the next three years so they better meet the needs of local communities and make better use of resources. Plymouth […]


Update on Tavistock Road works – joint statement from Devon and Cornwall Police and Plymouth City Council

A multi-agency meeting has been held today to discuss the best way of managing works being carried out on Tavistock Road following the discovery of 24 white phosphorus devices last week. Excavation work on the central reserve remains temporarily suspended while partners discuss the potential for more devices to be found at this location and […]


Grenades on Tavistock Road – joint statement from Devon and Cornwall Police and Plymouth City Council

Plymouth City Council has suspended excavation work for the Derriford Transport Scheme following the discovery of more white phosphorus grenades on Tavistock Road today. Ten World War Two grenades were found on Tuesday afternoon and controlled detonations were carried out by the Royal Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team. A further 14 grenades were found […]


Showing post scams the door in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards Team, are working in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police to tackle the serious impact of scam mail. Crafty con artists have managed to scam a total £400,000 out of 195 people in Plymouth in the last two years.  Nationally it is estimated scams targeting people by phone or post […]


Inspiring Brighter Futures survey launched for parents in Plymouth

The Council has just launched a city-wide survey for parents and carers. The Brighter Futures survey aims to improve the Council’s understanding of the needs of parents and carers when young people are making transitions between secondary school and further education, employment or training. Young people need extra support to take their first few steps […]


Building skills through the local construction supply chain

Plymouth City Council is bringing together some of the key national and regional construction contractors for the first ever Building Plymouth Supply Chain Roadshow taking place across Devon and Cornwall throughout January. Aimed at engaging with their local supply chain, the Building Plymouth partners BAM Construction, Kier Construction, Midas, Morgan Sindall, Willmott Dixon, along with […]


Council pledges to increase living wage for lowest paid workers

Plymouth City Council is to increase the amount it pays its lowest paid workers as part of its commitment to paying a Living Wage. The Council introduced the principle of paying the Foundation Living Wage to address low pay in 2014 by adding a non-contractual market supplement that ensured the lowest paid received £8.25 an […]


One-week lane closure on Outland Road

Drivers heading south along Outland Road (towards the city centre) are advised there will be an extra lane closure next week. Work to install new gullies and a new pedestrian crossing are being carried out as part of the Outland Road Junction Improvement Scheme. The nearside lane will be temporarily closed along a short section, […]


Council to provide help to get empty homes back into use

More empty homes will be enabled to be brought back into occupation in Plymouth, after Plymouth City Council agreed more support for empty home owners. The Council has agreed the Empty Homes Financial Assistance Policy, which enables empty home owners to apply for financial assistance up to £50,000 per unit of accommodation, up to a […]


Junction improvements planned for Plymouth Road

We’ve approved work to upgrade junctions and reduce congestion along Plymouth Road in Plympton later this year. The Eastern Corridor Junction Improvement Programme will see more modern and efficient signals installed, along with capacity improvements and upgraded pedestrian and cyclist facilities. The first phase of the project will extend the right-turn lane to Cot Hill, creating […]


Buying bins to get on with the job

Plans for Plymouth to get greener and cleaner get off the starting blocks this week with the go-ahead for a major bulk buy of bins. Over 11,500 bins of a variety of sizes are to be placed on the order books so that the move to alternative weekly collections from May can be as smooth […]


Plymouth confirmed by Government as spearhead area for Starter Homes

Plymouth has been confirmed by the Government as one of 30 local authorities to ‘spearhead’ the starter homes scheme. The Government announced a £1.2billion Starter Homes Land Fund and Plymouth City Council has been chosen as a partnership authority because of its strong track record of delivery, and potential for early delivery of starter homes. […]


Christmas hand delivered to families in Plymouth

A total of 471 Christmas hampers have been delivered to Plymouth families who have worked closely with the Council’s Inclusion, Attendance and Welfare Service The Families that are selected are usually on low incomes and have been working with their child’s school and other agencies to improve their child’s school attendance. The hampers themselves are […]


#TimeToSign – Give the gift of life this Christmas

It only takes two minutes and costs nothing but by signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register you could be giving the greatest gift this Christmas – the gift of life. Plymouth City Council is working with NHS Blood and Transplant and local NHS partners to promote organ donation throughout December, as part of […]


New pedestrian and cycling bridge for Billacombe Road

Plans for a pedestrian and cycling bridge over Billacombe Road are being brought forward, thanks to advance funding from the Council. The developer of the Saltram Meadow estate is required to fund the bridge as part of its Section 106 agreement but the money is not due until phase two is complete – which could […]


New event partner for half marathon in Plymouth

We’ve appointed a new event partner for the city’s popular half marathon.  Event West, which is based in Plymouth and already runs the Britain’s Ocean City 10k, is teaming up with us to host the race from 2017 following a recent tender process. The new event will be called the Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon […]


Volunteers with long term health conditions help each other in new ‘time bank pilot’

A group of people in Plymouth with long term health conditions are volunteering to help each other and provide mutual support, thanks to a new initiative in the city. Plymouth City Council and Northern, Eastern, and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) have commissioned Timebank South West to develop a new ‘time bank’ […]


Council wants your views on school admission arrangements

It’s time for parents to have their say about the school admissions process in Plymouth. Starting school, whether primary or secondary is an important step, and the Council wants to make applying for places as fair and straightforward as possible. Parents are therefore being asked for their views on the proposed school admission arrangements for […]


Watch your waste line this Christmas

Plymouth residents are being asked to watch their ‘waste line’ this Christmas and to do their bit to keep the city greener and cleaner. With the count down for Christmas underway, the Council is asking people to think about what they buy ahead of the big day. Councillor Michael Leaves, Cabinet member for Street Scene […]


More drug dens closed in Plymouth

Two more properties have been closed because of drugs and anti-social behaviour following successful applications by Plymouth City Council. Plymouth Magistrates granted a closure order on 14a Duke Street because the court was satisfied, following evidence from police and local residents, that Mark Lewis had engaged in criminal behaviour and that the use of the […]