Category Archives : News


Plymouth City Council shortlisted in national awards

Plymouth City Council has been shortlisted in the Co-operative Council of the Year category at the Co-operative of the Year Awards. The Co-operative Council award, sponsored by the Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network, recognises the best practice demonstrated by local authorities and celebrates the great work delivered at a local level. Plymouth is a co-operative council, with […]


Get involved in Plymouth’s Dementia Action Week (20 – 26 May)

A Tea Dance with a Twist on the Hoe and a Dementia Friendly Shopping morning at Drake Circus are just two of the events taking place during this year’s National Dementia Action Week (20 – 26 May). This year’s theme is inclusion. Over a third of people living with dementia, have reported to the Alzheimer’s Society […]


Council leader responds to Barden announcement

The Leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Tudor Evans has welcomed news that Plymouth’s Barden factory has been saved after its parent company. Schaeffler sold the Plymouth plant to HQW Holding (UK) Ltd. The plant in Estover will remain open and continue to manufacture bearings. He said: “This is a great day and great news […]


Local election results

The Council continues to have a Labour administration following Thursday’s local elections. Labour gained a seat in Peverell from the Conservatives and now have 31 councillors. The Conservatives have 25 and there is one independent. Full results for each ward, along with turnout figures, are available on our local election results page. The Council leader and […]


Public events planned for Forder Valley Transport Improvements

Residents living in or near the Forder Valley are being invited to a series of information events to get the latest update on the Forder Valley Transport Improvements. Plymouth City Council’s project team, along with the contractor Balfour Beatty, will be on hand to explain the scheme, answer questions and to outline the schedule for […]


City Centre works set to begin

Major road improvement works in Plymouth city centre will begin this month. As the city centre expands and exciting developments like Drake Leisure and The Box near completion, work will be carried out to ensure that the city’s road network can cope with all the extra traffic. So what’s actually happening and when? The main […]


Complete line-up for MTV Music Week Plymouth 2019 revealed

MTV UK have announced the third and final round of performers for MTV Music Week Plymouth. Joining this year’s exciting and diverse music line-up will be special guests The Vaccines, along with Yungblud and Hamzaa. The Vaccines and Yungblud will be joining The Amazons and Pale Waves at MTV Presents at Plymouth Pavilions on Thursday […]

The Vaccines

Look out for EU poll cards

Voters across Plymouth will be receiving their poll cards soon for the upcoming European Parliamentary election on Thursday 23 May. In order to make it clear which poll cards are for the European Parliamentary election poll cards for regular voters are tangerine and those for postal voters are steel grey. (Poll cards for the local […]


Pioneering Council project scoops top national award

  A pioneering community infrastructure initiative which is helping to change residents lives in Plymouth has helped the City Council win the top award at the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Excellence. The ‘City Change Fund’ project was awarded the Silver Jubilee Cup and the Excellence in Tech within Planning Practice category. it is […]


Panellists announced for MTV Music Week Plymouth

An impressive line-up of industry insiders has been revealed for panels taking place during MTV Music Week Plymouth, which runs from 5 to 8 June. Geordie Shore stars Chloe Ferry and Sam Gowland will be taking part in the ‘Social Influencers’ panel. The reality stars will discuss what it means to be a social influencer […]


Planning granted for new crematorium

Planning permission for Plymouth’s new crematorium has been granted. The state-of-the-art facility will be built on the east of the city adjacent to Drake Memorial Park off Merafield Road near the Stag Lodge entrance to Saltram Park. The designs have been produced by local architects Stride Treglown and Aecom show single-storey buildings nestled in green […]


Bearing good news for Good Friday about lock footbridge

The Sutton Harbour lock footbridge is expected to reopen tomorrow Good Friday – 19 April. The one tonne bearing has been successfully fitted by a local company.  Following installation, full testing has been carried out by expert teams effectively and safely, with the lock remaining open to marine traffic for the majority of this time. […]


Plymouth primary school places decided

Thousands of families across Plymouth will find out today which primary school their children will be going to in September. The latest figures show that 98.63 per cent of city children (2,733) who applied on time, were allocated a place at one of their preferred schools. Letters and emails confirming school places for September 2019 […]


Make sure you’re registered to vote in time for the local elections this May

On Thursday 2 May residents in Plymouth will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at a local level. Local government elections select councillors, who are responsible for making decisions on running services in your local area. These include housing, education, transport, planning, parks, leisure, social care and waste management. […]


Ultra-fast broadband coming to Plymouth

Improved ultrafast ‘Fibre to the Premises’ (FTTP) broadband will be rolled out to over 220 public buildings across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon over the next two years, thanks to a successful bid to a UK Government fund. The buildings include council offices, GP surgeries, hospitals, schools, colleges and many others. This investment will […]


Council backs new bank

Plymouth City Council has pledged support for the development of a new local bank. The bank, known for now as South West Mutual, will be the first ever member-owned, high street bank dedicated to the residents and small businesses of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. The bank will provide a full range of services to […]

(l-r) Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of the Council; Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing Cooperative Development and Tony Greenwood, Executive Director of South West Mutual

Council will now take tough action on shabby Union Street sites

The owners of five run-down buildings in Union Street who failed to comply with untidy land notices could now face legal action. The Council issued eight improvement notices last November as part of an initiative to make the owners carry out immediate urgent repairs. Since the notices were issued three owners have complied and carried […]


Bad weather and emergency repair works delay A38 clean-up

The City Council are responsible for clearing the rubbish that builds up along an eight mile stretch of the A38 from Deep Lane to the Tamar Bridge, which also includes 18 slipways and six laybys. The rubbish builds up for a variety of reasons including; being blown from the back of lorries, people throwing rubbish […]


Toilet block set to be removed

The unsightly toilet block on Mutley Plain is set to be removed. Following consultation by local councillors with residents and business owners on the Plain, the toilets will be demolished and replaced with street furniture in time for the Mayflower commemorations in 2020. It is hoped that the removal of the toilet block will encourage […]


Transforming Marsh Mills Roundabout into the Mayflower Forest

The Mayflower Forest has taken another step towards reality with the release of the stunning final designs. Over 1000 new trees for Marsh Mills roundabout are in the plans which aims to create a world-class first impression of the city for visitors and residents alike for years to come. The Mayflower Forest is a key […]


Red Arrows over Plymouth Hoe

Red Arrows returning for Plymouth Armed Forces Day

The spectacular Red Arrows will return to Plymouth this year for Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June. Huge crowds gathered to watch the impressive aerobatic team the last time they performed in the city in 2012, when Plymouth hosted the national Armed Forces Day event. Deputy Council Leader Pete Smith said: “We are absolutely thrilled […]


Sea bin installed in Plymouth to help tackle plastic pollution

A ‘Sea Bin’ has been installed at Queen Anne’s Battery Marina in Plymouth as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to tackle plastic pollution. Plymouth City Council is working with Queen Anne’s Battery Marina and the University of Plymouth to trial the Sea Bin and monitor collections of plastic and other waste, to determine how […]


Topping out on top of the world at Drake Leisure

Council leader Tudor Evans enjoyed a sneak peek from the top of the Drake Circus Leisure Development as part of a topping out ceremony in the sky bar. The development is set to open later this year and create a new dining and entertainment destination for both residents and visitors to Plymouth. Council leader Tudor […]


Council helps turn more empty spaces into homes

Vacant space above an Indian takeaway in Albert Road that has been empty for seven years to be converted into four new flats Property in Julian Street transformed thanks to financial help from the Council Plymouth City Council has helped turn more long term empty properties in the city into homes, including vacant space above […]


Partners launch Plymouth’s first specialist wellbeing hub

Partners in Plymouth have launched the city’s first Specialist Wellbeing Hub at the Cumberland Centre. Although the new hub is the fourth wellbeing hub in the city it will be the first of two specialist wellbeing hubs which will benefit from additional services over and above what is available in Plymouth’s existing hubs. Services at […]


Stalled development sites ready for construction

Building is set to begin on two stalled development sites in Plymouth. Land at the northern end of Prince Maurice Road in Lipson and the site of the former Whitleigh Community Centre will now provide the city with a total of 126 new homes. Development at both sites had stalled before the Council stepped in […]


New wildflower meadow locations announced

The locations of four new wildflower meadows in Plymouth, which help local bee and butterfly populations to thrive, have now been announced. Plymouth City Council has identified four new sites across the city to establish new wildflower meadows, which will be prepared and planted this month, when ground conditions are good for sowing, and will […]


Council bids for much needed High Street Fund

Plymouth City Council has submitted an expression of interest for funding to improve the city centre. The £675 million Future High Street Fund aims to renew and reshape high streets by improving infrastructure, accessibility and experience. The fund will contribute up to a maximum of £25 million for a successful bid. With major challenges including […]