Category Archives : Previous cabinet members


Council budget to prioritise social care and tackling climate change

Plymouth City Council is investing more on vital care services over the next year despite having to find more than £12 million through savings, additional income and grant income changes to balance its books for 2020/21. An extra £5 million funding is being allocated to meeting the rising demand and cost of protecting vulnerable children […]


Councillors Vincent, Evans and Smith help to install a roundabout at Bernice Terrace

Play park funding gets big boost

Further funding for several city play areas is being celebrated. The second phase of the Council’s Improving Outdoor Play programme, originally announced in 2018, promised that 38 Plymouth play parks would get a refurb. With 26 either complete or ready to start and eight in consolation and planning, the project has received further funding of […]


Plymouth City Survey 2020 lands on doormats across city

Plymouth residents are being asked: What do you think about where you live? Over 8,000 questionnaires are currently dropping on doormats across the city as part of a randomly-selected sample of Plymouth residents. The short questionnaire is designed to find out about what people think of Plymouth, how they feel about their local area and […]


Re-laying the track for relays and running

We’re re-laying the track at Brickfields so that the city’s athletes can keep on running! The 400-metre track surface has reached the end of its life span and has deteriorated over the last few years, with cracks appearing. The track attracts over 18,500 attendances a year with significant use from schools, the universities, and MOD.  […]


The Box announces public art commissions by two international artists

As excitement builds for the opening of The Box later this spring, the first two names on its ambitious contemporary art programme have been revealed – internationally acclaimed British artist Antony Gormley and leading Portuguese installation artist Leonor Antunes. Both artists will create brand new pieces of public art, honouring Plymouth’s tradition as a city […]


Plymouth Road update: December 2019

Here’s a quick update on the works at Plymouth Road. We’ve been working on several different bits junctions at once so that we can get the scheme completed as quickly as we possibly can. Marsh Mills Passers-by will see the new lane has been dug out and that the cycle lane again has reopened. There […]


What’s outside The Box – Tavistock Place gets transformed

What a place! Tavistock Place is changing in front of our eyes as work on Plymouth’s awesome cultural project, The Box goes into the final furlong. The contractors this week handed over two parts of the Box complex to the team, ready for the ‘reload’ of over two million fascinating objects to get underway early […]


Council announces plans to address climate emergency

The Council has set out its plans to help save the planet. On Monday, the city’s Cabinet and then Full Council meetings heard and agreed two plans designed to make Plymouth carbon neutral by 2030. The new documents follow on from the declaration of a climate emergency in March 2019 when the city committed to […]

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Gold medal for Paul!

One of our directors has been recognised for his exceptional achievement in the field of town and country planning. Paul Barnard, the Council’s Service Director for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, has been awarded the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Gold Medal, an award which has only been given 15 times in the RTPI’s history. Past […]


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 […]


ACE grant for The Box

The Box, Plymouth is celebrating a new grant award of £380,506 from Arts Council’s England’s (ACE) Capital: Small Grants fund. The programme supports building improvements for arts and cultural organisations – helping them create enhanced spaces to produce and present their work, collaborate with artists and audiences and build their resilience and sustainability. The funding […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 – […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


City centre revamp approved

Plymouth’s shopping heartland is to get a new look as the city gears up for a new wave of visitors to come flocking in. Exciting plans to transform Old Town Street and the upper end of New George Street have now been given the green light by the city’s planners as Plymouth gets ready for […]


National report supports Plymouth’s Marine Park ambitions

Plymouth Sound National Marine Park gets a mention in the new national Landscapes review by Julian Glover. The Landscapes Review looks at National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in this the 70th anniversary year of National Parks in the UK. The report states: “We heard the case for a Plymouth Sound National Marine […]