Category Archives : News


Council takes tough action on delayed Plymouth development sites

The Stonemasons Arms is looking much better after the owners complied with an untidy land notice. However, there are five sites across the city that will now face further legal action after failing to clean up. The sites have been left in a poor condition after buildings have been demolished and in some cases piles […]


Yay for Safe Places for adults with learning disabilities

Plymouth is celebrating successfully creating almost 200 locations under the Safe Place scheme. Yay Koffee on Mutley Plain is one of the latest venues to sign up to the scheme which is designed to help people with learning disabilities feel confident and safe when they are out and about in Plymouth. The Safe Places window […]


Big bearing to bring bridge back into business…

Get in! Council leader Tudor Evans checks out the massive bearing that’s going to be fitted into the Sutton Harbour lock footbridge. Contractors have set up the compound and the bearing has been craned into the middle section of the lock bridge so that engineers can start working on the installation. The one tonne bearing, […]


Join Plymouth’s biggest ever spring clean!

Plymouth’s residents are being encouraged to take part in the city’s biggest ever volunteer tidy up as part of this year’s Great British Spring Clean. Plymouth City Council is backing the national Keep Britain Tidy led campaign, which runs from 22 March to 23 April, which will see up to half a million people taking […]


Second phase of Oceansgate given the green light

The second phase of Oceansgate has now been given the green light, having secured funding and planning permission. Based in Devonport’s South Yard, Oceansgate is transforming disused Ministry of Defence land into an Enterprise Zone for marine businesses, with opportunities for research, innovation and production. Phase 1 of the development was completed last year. A […]


‘Peer on peer’ child exploitation highlighted as concern in South West

Children across the south west are victims of sexual exploitation.  But while media reports often highlight cases of adult grooming and child abuse, Devon and Cornwall Police say the most likely form of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in the south west is perpetrated by other young people. It’s sometimes referred to as ‘peer on peer’ […]


The three things we need to help our schools

Plymouth’s Cabinet Member for Education has welcomed news that the city has been shortlisted to receive funding for a new special school – but called for three more key things to help the city’s school children get a better start. Councillor Jon Taylor, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Transformation said: “This is good news […]


Early Years SENCO training pilot scheme

Our education staff are part of a pioneering scheme to improve support for two, three and four-year-olds with special educational needs and disabilities across the city. Plymouth was selected by the Department for Education to be part of a pilot to deliver brand new training for early years’ special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs). The training, […]


Volunteer to help people like Gordon and tackle loneliness in Plymouth

Could you volunteer some of your time to help befriend an older person and support Plymouth’s pledge to tackle loneliness? Plymouth City Council is working with local partners including charities and social care providers, taking a whole health and social care systems approach, to tackle the growing issue of loneliness, and more volunteers are being […]


New way of supporting families bereaved by suicide backed by Plymouth funeral directors

Around 20 funeral directors attended an event aimed at improving information, guidance and support for families bereaved by suicide. The event, which forms part of the citywide Suicide Prevention Strategy, was hosted by Plymouth City Council’s Public Health team and local Celebrant Wendy Coulton, who helped organise the workshop. In addition, it can be announced […]


Empty homes crackdown with doubling of council tax on empty properties and enforced sale

Council Tax for owners who leave homes empty for more than two years rises to 200 per cent on 1 April Plymouth City Council applies to court to enforce the sale of Peverell property that has been left to rot by owners But infamous Widey Lane site that the Council compulsorily purchased three years ago […]


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Council buys Ballard House

Plymouth City Council has bought its headquarters at Millbay as part of an investment package designed to save £2.25 million over the next few years in current rent and running costs. The purchase of Ballard House is part of the Council’s ongoing accommodation strategy, a rolling programme of work designed to generate savings, improve the […]


Plymouth secures transport funding

Plymouth is one of ten cities set to benefit from a significant funding boost. The city will receive a total of £7.6 million from the Transforming Cities Fund, a central Government pot that aims to improve transport provision with a particular emphasis on sustainable transport. Following a successful bid from the Council, the money will […]


Improvements to Plymouth Road getting underway

The much anticipated improvements works on Plymouth Road in Plympton will begin later this month. A key part of the Eastern Corridor Junction Improvement Scheme, works will replace ageing traffic signal equipment on Plymouth Road with the latest technology, whilst providing more road capacity and improving routes for pedestrians and cyclists. Work will begin on […]


Bridge bearing replacement now here

It’s here!  The bearing that’s crucial to reopening Sutton Harbour lock footbridge is now in the Westcountry. The one tonne bearing, measuring 1.5metres in diameter was flown from the United States, where it was manufactured, and has been driven from Luton airport to our contractor’s premises. Now the final preparations are getting under way for […]


Aggie Weston is voters pick in public plaque poll

Aggie Weston was the firm favourite in a recent online poll which asked the people of Plymouth to vote from a list of well-known women with connections to the city. More than 1,800 people took part in the poll, which was run in partnership with Plymouth Live, with the 19th century philanthropist and founder of […]


Preventing period poverty in Plymouth

It is a sad truth that many women, of all ages, struggle or fail to afford even basic levels of sanitary protection for their periods. In a bid to tackle this Plymouth City Council has announced today that it has set up a commission to examine the impact that period poverty has in Plymouth, identify […]


Disney sailing into Britain’s Ocean City

Disney will be sprinkling its magic across Britain’s Ocean City in September 2020, with the inaugural visit of the Disney Magic cruise liner. The Disney Magic is over 300m long and can accommodate more than 2,800 passengers, which will make her one of the biggest cruise ships to ever visit Plymouth when she arrives on […]


Historic pier to get makeover

One of Plymouth’s most historically significant waterfront properties is to get a massive makeover as the city heads towards Mayflower 2020. Work is due to start on the former Piermaster’s House and the Phoenix Wharf Pier to restore and open them up once more to the public. The Piermaster’s House is the only remaining part of […]


Forder Valley contractor named

Cabinet members have approved a recommendation to name Balfour Beatty as the intended main contractor for Plymouth’s new Forder Valley Link Road. The international infrastructure group was selected via a public sector procurement framework, having already advised on the feasibility, design and pre-construction stages of the scheme. It will deliver all civil engineering activity for […]


Largest skills event in the South West to raise the aspirations of more than 2,000 young people

Event: Skills South West 2019 Venue: Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth Date: Wednesday 13 March 2019 Time: 9.30am-3pm & 4.30pm-7pm Date: Thursday 14 March 2019 Time: 9.30am-1pm Are you aged 14 – 24 and thinking about your career, or a parent, carer or teacher of someone in that age group? Why not come to Skills South West […]


Celebrating Plymouth’s foster carers

Foster carers from across Plymouth have been praised for their invaluable service to children and young people at a special celebration ceremony. The Celebration in Excellence event, which was held at Devonport Guildhall, celebrated the outstanding continued commitment and dedication of carers. The Council paid tribute to the contribution all carers make towards the lives […]


New plan for Plymouth’s trees

A major new plan to enhance Plymouth’s tree coverage has been announced by Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet. The Plan for Trees has been developed working with a range of local and national partners since 2016, and has been informed by a survey of 1105 residents. In addition to the Plan, the Council will sign an […]


Plymouth to trial innovative new Sea Bin to tackle plastic pollution

A new ‘Sea Bin’ is to be trialled as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to tackle plastic pollution. A Sea Bin is a floating rubbish bin that can capture annually 90,000 plastic bags, 35,700 disposable cups or 16,500 plastic bottles. It is one of the latest projects to be developed to support the Plymouth, […]


Water refill points planned to help reduce single use plastics

New drinking water fountains could soon be available in Plymouth, as part of the city’s ongoing work to tackle plastic pollution and reduce single use plastics. Plymouth City Council is working with South West Water to review how tap water refill points could be made more freely available in public places, and the plan is […]


More wildflower meadows will create a buzz

This Spring will see the planting of more wildflower meadows and bee corridors in Plymouth, helping local bee and butterfly populations to thrive. Plymouth City Council has worked with local communities to identify four new sites across the city to establish new wildflower meadows, which will be prepared and planted this month, when ground conditions […]


MTV Music Week turning up the volume in Plymouth

MTV is returning to Plymouth this summer with an unforgettable four-day music extravaganza. Running from Wednesday 5 to Saturday 8 June, MTV Music Week will see a huge range of acts perform in the city at live evening shows, along with inspirational daytime events targeted at young people with a passion for music.  Supported by […]


Celebrating apprenticeships at Plymouth City Council

Apprentices at Plymouth City Council are showcasing what they do as part of National Apprenticeship Week. Throughout the week, the council will be showcasing videos of their apprentices made by apprentices in the communications team, ranging from digital marketing and social media, to farm and land management. You will get to learn first-hand from apprentices […]