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Councils review joint arrangement for children’s services

A review of a joint arrangement between Plymouth and Torbay councils to share a Director of Children’s Services has concluded that each authority now needs its own director to provide more strategic capacity. The arrangement has seen a joint director, who was previously the Director in Plymouth, overseeing children’s services in both authorities to support […]


All eyes on Plymouth as country’s top divers prepare for Tokyo 2020

Plymouth has been chosen to host the 2020 British Diving Championships in January, showcasing the nation’s star divers as they prepare for the Olympic Games in Japan later that year. Top performers including Jack Laugher, Tom Daley, Lois Toulson, Grace Reid and Plymouth Diving’s Matthew Dixon are expected to compete not only for national titles […]


Marking the restoration of the Mayflower Steps

Containers of earth representing the four nations involved in the Mayflower 400 commemorations, together with a time capsule, have been placed inside the portico of the Mayflower monument ahead of a short ceremony next Wednesday (13 November) to mark the end of its restoration. Samples of earth from Leiden in the Netherlands, Plymouth, Massachusetts, the […]


Families fleeing terror set for sanctuary in Plymouth

Fifteen families fleeing from conflict are set to be welcomed to Plymouth. This follows the Council’s decision to participate in the first year of the government-backed Global Refugee Resettlement Scheme. The Council had already committed to accepting 200 refugees by March 2020; 150 people through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and 50 people through […]


More Millbay good news!

Work could start before Christmas on a major new waterfront development as part of the Council’s ongoing ambition to ‘make Millbay happen’. A temporary car park on East Quay could soon be a hive of construction activity, thanks to a decision being signed by the Council leader Tudor Evans this week. The executive decision approves […]


Plans progressing on Woolwell to the George scheme

Work is continuing on plans to tackle one of Plymouth’s worst traffic bottlenecks. We have allocated £450,000 for more detailed design work on a scheme to alleviate congestion at the notorious pinch-point between Woolwell Roundabout and The George. More than 30,000 vehicles use this section of Tavistock Road during the day and there are often […]


New PSPO to tackle drink-related anti-social behaviour

A proposed new Public Space Protection Order could see a crackdown on drink-related anti-social behaviour. Covering the entire city, the order will make it an offence for any person to refuse to stop drinking alcohol or hand over any bottles or cans which are believed to contain alcohol, when required to do so by a […]

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Remembrance Day service on Plymouth Hoe

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Richard Ball and Lady Mayoress, Mrs Dianne Ball will be joined by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Devon for this year’s Remembrance Day Service on Plymouth Hoe. The Deputy Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor’s Consort, Council Leader, Leader of the Opposition and Council Chief Executive will also attend the service, which […]


Dog fouler pays high price

A man who failed to pick up after his pooch has been ordered to pay £885. Bradley Collinge-Turpin, 21, of Hornchurch Road in Ernesettle was found guilty of failing to clean up after his dog, in breach of the Public Space Protection Order, in his absence at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday. The court heard […]


Plymouth crowd helps city wins international prize

We’ve done it! Plymouth has won the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award. Cities of Service announced today at CityLab DC Plymouth as one of three winners of the Engaged Cities Award. The award recognises cutting-edge techniques to engage residents to solve problems. Plymouth was recognised for demonstrating leadership in citizen engagement, working with their […]


Companies to get charge points thanks to Council

Electric vehicle charge points will be popping up at business premises all over Plymouth, thanks to grant funding won by Plymouth City Council. The Council is announcing £100,000 of grant funding is to be shared between eight organisations to deliver 51 new electric vehicle charge points. The successful organisations are Plymouth University, Derriford Hospital and […]


Figureheads install underway at The Box

The installation of 14 gigantic Royal Naval figureheads is well and truly underway at The Box. The monumental sculptures, all of which were carved between the 1830s and 1860s, are arriving from conservation studios in London, Helston and North Devon. Their ground breaking restoration has taken nearly two years and was kick started in 2017 […]


Making the most of on-water opportunities in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council is setting out plans to review the city’s watersports offerings and the service offered by Mount Batten Watersports Centre, in line with Plymouth’s new Visitor Plan and Plymouth Sound’s recently declared status as the UK’s first National Marine Park. The review will explore how the Mount Batten Watersports Centre’s existing offer – […]


Sign up for garden waste collections in 2020

We’re changing garden waste collections in Plymouth so that we can be more efficient. This means that people wanting to have their garden waste collected from home next year will need to register first. The registration web page goes live online before Christmas and residents will be reminded to sign up. Collections will still be […]


Forder Valley Nature Reserve footpath closures

A small area within the Forder Valley Nature Reserve will be closed from next month while works to build a drainage pond for the Forder Valley Link Road are carried out. The entrance at the bottom of Novorossiysk Road and the two short sections of footpath linking to it will be closed from Monday 4 […]


Big fines for eight litter offenders

Eight litter louts have been ordered to pay a massive £876 each for dropping rubbish in Plymouth. The group had their cases decided by Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday and were all found guilty in their absence. The offenders were given fixed penalty notices by the Council’s environmental enforcement officers, who witnessed them dropping litter […]


Free parking for Mutley Plain – what do you think?

Changes are afoot for two key car parks in Mutley as part of a concerted push to support businesses on Mutley Plain. Free parking for two hours is on the cards for Ermington Terrace/Napier Terrace multi storey to match the free parking now available at the Barracks car park. A consultation starts today (Thursday 17 […]


Hot water for Bath Street?

Wells are to be drilled along the planned Millbay Boulevard to help heat and cool future homes and businesses in Plymouth. Two wells will be drilled 100 metres beneath Bath Street as part of the Council’s push for alternative sources of renewable heat and to install infrastructure to help tomorrow’s builders, developers and homeowners do […]


Make a change for Plymouth’s Homeless

Do you worry about whether giving money to people begging on the street is the right thing to do? A new campaign is being launched today that gives people two alternative but simple ways to make a change for Plymouth’s homeless. The Make a Change campaign is providing places for people to make a small […]


Council leader says Queen’s Speech fails to address adult social care crisis

Responding to the Government announcements in the Queen’s Speech, Council leader Tudor Evans said: “Today we’ve seen another masterclass from this Government on bluster over substance. On the urgent matters facing cities such as Plymouth there’s nothing but vague promises and a worrying lack of detail or timescales; nothing to give us any confidence that […]


Fabulous naval figureheads set to return to The Box

A flotilla of fabulous figureheads will return to Plymouth next week to be displayed in The Box, after being restored in a hugely ambitious conservation project. The 14 Royal Navy figureheads, weighing more than 20 tonnes, will start arriving on Monday 21 October and will take two weeks to be delivered and installed in their […]


Turning tired corner into fabulous Prysten Square

A tired forgotten corner is to be turned into a new public square to show off one of Plymouth’s oldest buildings as part of Mayflower 400 preparations. The area outside the 15th Century Prysten House is to get some love and attention with plans to replace the 1970s paving with beautiful granite paving and an […]


New Social Value Policy announced

Every pound spent by the Council, should be reinvested back into the community. That is the principle of a new Social Value policy that dictates how and where the Council spends its money on products and services Social value is the term that is used for quantifying the additional benefits that the community will get […]


Plymouth’s children and young people in care celebrate a year of achievement

The ninth annual ‘You Can Do It Too Awards’, celebrating the efforts and achievements of Plymouth’s looked after children, young people and care leavers, took place at the weekend. There are currently 415 children and young people in care in Plymouth and this event is an invaluable opportunity to recognise the bravery and resilience of […]


Celebrating excellence in care in Plymouth

More than 300 people came together on Saturday night for the fourth Celebrating Excellence in Care Awards. The annual event, organised by Plymouth City Council, is held to celebrate the role of care workers and showcase best practice across care in the city, from nursing homes and care homes to those who provide domiciliary care […]


New policy makes emergency home adaptations easier

A new Council policy is making it easier for disabled people to make adaptations to their home. Updates carried out to the Independent Living Policy will ensure Disabled Facilities Grants, money given to the Council by the government, can be spent without so much red tape, allowing people to remain independent and in their homes […]


Speed limit reduction for Forder Valley Link Road works

The speed limit along Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road will soon be lowered, ahead of main construction work on the Forder Valley Link Road scheme. As we announced earlier this year, the limit along both roads is being reduced from 40mph to 30mph, to ensure the safety of all road users and workers throughout […]


Court fines for nine litter offenders

Nine people were fined for littering offences at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday. The offenders were all given fixed penalty notices by the Council’s environmental enforcement officers, who witnessed them dropping litter on the city’s streets. However, despite several reminders, the fixed penalty notices remained unpaid, resulting in a summons to court. None of the […]


Charles Cross: October update

Good news! The brand new bus stops on Charles Cross Roundabout have opened today. These bus stops were previously further up Charles Street but have been moved down the road so that queues for Drake Circus don’t hamper traffic on the roundabout. The teams have also cleared all the cones from Exeter Street. The old […]


Council announces plans for £500,000 fund to help fight the blight of long term empty homes

Plymouth City Council has today announced plans for a further £500,000 fund to tackle the blight of empty homes, as a long term derelict space above a city centre jewellers becomes a new home. The announcement comes during National Empty Homes Week (23 – 27 September) which aims to highlight the importance of bringing empty […]