Category Archives : News


Plymouth’s 2020 Mayflower 400 programme revealed

Plymouth’s Mayflower 400 programme for 2020 will include a major cultural programme funded by Arts Council England and others, spectacular new events such as the Mayflower Week and Ocean Festival and a wide range of education, arts and culture, sport and volunteering activities that the community can get involved in. 2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower […]


Polar Bears set loose with plastic message in Plymouth this winter

The Arctic, oceans, polar bears and single-use plastics have all been brought together in a new family activity this winter in Plymouth Britain’s Ocean City. 20 polar bear cubs have been set loose across Plymouth’s waterfront, each with a bear fact that sends a serious message on how single-use plastics are affecting the oceans and […]


Action against untidy properties in Union Street

The owners of eight run-down historic buildings in Union Street have been targeted as part of an initiative to make them carry out immediate urgent repairs. The operation has been launched this week with the aim tackling the worst maintained historic buildings in the landmark street. This follows on from previous similar action in February […]


Plymouth joins fight against criminal scammers

Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet Member for Customer Focus and Community Safety and Dr Ruth Harrell, Director for Public Health at Plymouth City Council have joined the Friends Against Scams campaign, an initiative that aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to ‘Take a Stand Against Scams’. As SCAMbassadors, […]


Charles Cross works to begin in new year

Work to improve Charles Cross roundabout will begin in the new year. The roundabout, with Charles Church at its centre, is one of the key junctions on Plymouth’s transport network, handles high volumes of traffic and is used by the majority of the city’s bus routes. It is also well-used by pedestrians. The Charles Cross […]


Plymouth leading the way with cooperative economy

Plymouth City Council is the first council in the country to commit to doubling the size of its cooperative economy – helping local people to take more control of jobs, livelihoods and to keep more money in the city. More organisations owned and run by their own staff and customers could be set up in […]


Local Invictus Games athletes with Lord Mayor

Civic reception for local Invictus Games athletes

The Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Sam Davey, hosted a civic reception today for local athletes who competed at the Invictus Games in October. Mark Ormrod, Nick Martin and Kelly Ganfield from Plymouth and Debbie Godfrey from Torpoint were presented with gifts in recognition of their achievements and for representing the city on the world stage. The Lord Mayor […]


Changes at two city centre car parks to help shoppers and visitors

We’re making some changes to our Mayflower Street West and City Market car parks to better match the needs of shoppers and visitors. Mayflower Street West is to change from long-stay to short-stay, bringing it in line with other ‘shopper’ car parks in the city centre and helping to support local retailers and businesses. Previously a […]


Late-night Christmas shoppers can park for a pound at Western Approach

Late-night shoppers will be able to park for just £1 from 3pm at Plymouth’s Western Approach car park in the run-up to Christmas. We are providing discounted parking every Thursday night to get people into the festive spirit and encourage them to see what the city centre – especially the West End – has to offer. […]


Plymouth to host the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race

Plymouth City Council and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) have confirmed that Plymouth will host the finish of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet race. Plymouth has marked the end of the biennial yacht race since its inception in 1925. Starting in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, competitors cover a course of 608 nautical miles […]


Plympton Swimming Pool to close for essential maintenance

Plympton Swimming Pool will be closed for essential maintenance from 1pm on Saturday 8 December until Thursday 27 December. Works will include improvements to the showers and changing rooms as well as relining the underground tank used to hold water for the pool. The gym will remain open as usual throughout the works but there […]


Council Leader calls on government as rail service fails again

Council Leader Tudor Evans has called upon the government to get a grip in the light of yet more weather disruption to the Cross Country service to get a service which is resilient and reliable. “Yet again we are seeing rail services cancelled because of severe weather affecting the line at Dawlish, “said Council Leader […]


Severe weather warning

Council crews are on standby to deal with any issues related to the heavy rain and gales hitting Plymouth this afternoon. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning which is currently in place until midnight. People are advised to take care and not put themselves in danger around the waterfront. Known flooding hotspots […]


New housing policy to protect renters

Plymouth is cracking down on rogue landlords. Over 20,000 city households are set to benefit from a new Housing Enforcement Policy that supports raising standards in the rented accommodation. The policy, which will be considered by the City Council’s Cabinet on 13 November, sets out the clear enforcement consequences that the Council is be able […]


Plymouth leading the way in young carer support

Plymouth is leading the way in providing support for young carers with almost every city school now having a designated ‘carers champion’. The champions are taking steps to ensure all young carers are identified and receive appropriate support and it is proving so successful, other local authorities are getting in touch for advice on how […]


Plympton Library commemorates those who died in WW1

A project to commemorate those who died in World War One comes to an end this weekend as a wave of pebbles is laid outside Plympton Library, each one dedicated to a Plympton man who lost their life in the Great War.  Over the past four years staff in the library have been researching the […]


Work on much awaited café begins

Work has started on the new Central Park cafe. The café will be one of the flagship projects of the overall Central Park improvements project, located adjacent to the clock tower, at the busiest and most visible point of the park. It will overlook the recently re-opened Play Space, and will be in easy reach […]

(l-r): Councillor Pete Smith, Deputy Leader; Ky Cheal, Project Manager for Currie Brown; Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for Street Scene and the Environment; Nick Ford, Project Manager for South West Highways and Andrew Clanfield, Associate Project Manager for the Council, on the site of the new Central Park café

Customer plans under the spotlight

Plans to drive improvement in the experience customers have of using the Council’s services will be in the spotlight at the Cabinet meeting on 13 November. The Council commissioned the Local Government Association to conduct a Peer Challenge in July. A team of eight senior figures from other councils as well as private and voluntary […]


Surge in demand for social care puts Council’s budget at breaking point

Plymouth City Council is urgently managing a projected £5.2 million overspend caused by unprecedented demand for social care services and years of Government funding cuts. Council leaders say pressures in managing big increases in the number of vulnerable children and adults needing essential care while Government funding declines year after year has put the budget […]


Silhouettes to mark Remembrance Day

Eighteen silhouettes will help Plymouth remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the build up to this year’s Armistice Day. The figures of a traditional British Tommy, an airman, a sailor, a nurse, a munitions factory worker, a Sikh soldier and a suffragette have been bought from the Royal British Legion and have […]


Budget fails to help councils deal with austerity

The Chancellor’s Budget Statement has completely ignored the desperate need to help councils deal with the impact of a decade of austerity, Council Leader Tudor Evans says. There’s no immediate help for councils such as Plymouth that are urgently trying to plug funding gaps this financial year caused by cuts in Government funding while demand […]


Community gets behind launch of Together for Childhood in Plymouth to help keep children safe

Hundreds of people turned out for the community launch of Together for Childhood in Plymouth – an exciting new project with a vitally important goal helping to keep children safe from sexual abuse. The programme is a hugely positive undertaking for the city, with the NSPCC, Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Safeguarding Children’s Board joining […]


New library will be Budeaux-ful!

A new chapter for St Budeaux got underway this week with work starting on a brand new library and 24 new homes. Local developers Land Developments (SW) started on the old library site in Victoria Road to build the complex which will provide affordable homes for Plymouth people as well as a fantastic new library. […]


Plymouth dog owners back campaign to clear up dog mess

Responsible dog owners in Plymouth are backing a campaign to clean up dog mess in the city. Local owners and dog walking groups are working with Plymouth City Council to encourage owners to do the right thing and help keep the city’s streets and parks clean. Dog mess can now be put in any of […]


Delegation meets Secretary of State for Transport about A38

A modern A38 to support Plymouth’s plans to grow the region’s economy for years to come – that’s what the city, Cornwall and co-signatories of the A38 Case for Action have asked of Government. A delegation of MPs and Councillors, including Plymouth MPs Luke Pollard and Johnny Mercer met Secretary of State for Transport Chris […]