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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 […]


Even more charging points for Plymouth

Plymouth City Council is stepping up the fight against climate change with a further 54 new electric vehicle charging points across the city. The Council will be installing the points in nine separate hubs across residential areas with on street parking. The chargers will be ‘pop-up’ models that retract fully underground to avoid street clutter […]


Topper Dinghy Race brings £50,000 boost to Plymouth economy

Round One of the Topper National Series held over the weekend (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September) at the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre, has, on initial estimation contributed over £50,000 into the local visitor destination economy. The single-handed dinghy event (the first of a series held around the UK) was hosted by Plymouth Youth Sailing with additional […]


Mother of all lighthouses to get a makeover for Mayflower 400

Plymouth’s iconic Smeaton’s Tower is to get a new coat of paint as part of a massive work programme to get the city Mayflower ready. The lighthouse on the Hoe is to get a makeover later this year to make sure the landmark looks its best for Plymouth’s seminal commemoration year 2020 – which marks […]


Plymouth to be UK’s first National Marine Park

History will be made in Plymouth when key local, regional and national partners come together to create the UK’s first ever National Marine Park. Plymouth Sound National Marine Park will aim to showcase to the world the unique and fantastic assets that Britain’s Ocean City has to offer, including an estimated 1,000 different species of […]


New cycle path for Sherford residents

Make the most of great outdoors with a new family-friendly walking and cycle path. The route links Sherford with Haye Road and is suitable for cyclists of all abilities. The path runs around the northern edge of the King George V playing fields between the existing trees and the hedge. Additional trees will be planted […]


Plymouth Road improvements begin

Junction upgrades on Plymouth Road will begin on Tuesday. The much anticipated Eastern Corridor Junction Improvement Scheme kicks off with work at Marsh Mills roundabout and at the Larkham Lane junction. Cones will go out on the road on Tuesday and lane closures will be in place between 9.30am and 5.30pm. At Marsh Mills, an […]


Plymouth shortlisted for Future High Street Fund

Plymouth has made the shortlist of the Future High Streets Fund, which could unlock more funding to help the city centre’s regeneration. The Council submitted its initial bid in March which focused on Plymouth City Centre and seeks funding to help deliver an ambitious regeneration agenda. Yesterday’s announcement confirms that our expression of interest for Plymouth City […]


Money for Plan for Homes fund agreed

Plymouth’s latest Plan for Homes has received a significant funding boost. Thanks to an executive decision signed today by Council leader Tudor Evans, £9 million will be allocated to the new Housing Investment Fund. The fund, announced as part of the third Plan for Homes earlier this year, is a pot of money designed to […]


New plans submitted for West Pier

New plans have been submitted to ensure that the West Pier is looking its best in time for the Mayflower 400 commemorations. Details are being outlined for how the historic pier will look cared for and tidy, ready for thousands of visitors in 2020 – with all of its cobbles in situ. The plans will […]


Selstar Fireworks winners of 2019 British Firework Championships

Selstar Fireworks from Chichester, West Sussex, have been crowned the best in their field, winning the 2019 British Firework Championships. Tens of thousands of visitors and locals gathered along Plymouth’s waterfront to watch the competition, which took place over Wednesday and Thursday this week (14 and 15 August). The five professional fireworks companies that competed […]


A-Level statement 2019

Students across Plymouth are collecting their A-Level and other Post-16 results today. Early indications show that young people across the city have the results they need to go on to higher education and their desired pathways after completing their studies. Councillor Jon Taylor the Cabinet Member responsible for Education and Skills said: “I’d like to […]


Britain’s Ocean City gives Greta an epic send off

Plymouth’s reputation as a departure point for historic voyages was cemented today with an epic send off for climate change activist Greta Thunberg. The world’s best known climate change campaigner set sail from Mayflower Marina in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, for her historic – and gruelling trip – across the Atlantic on board the zero-carbon […]


Whitleigh play parks get makeovers

A Plymouth play park has had a complete overhaul thanks to a partnership with a community group. Having joined forces with the Whitleigh Community Trust, the Council they have been able to replace all of the equipment in Milford Lane play area and make significant changes to the neighbouring play park in Norwich Avenue. A […]

Children enjoy the opening of the Milford Lane play area

Plymouth set to become one of the UK’s first cities of learning

An exciting project to turn Plymouth into a digital learning campus gets underway later this year. The City Council has worked with the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) on a successful bid to the Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) to become one of the first UK ‘Cities of Learning’. Cities of […]


Proposed changes to council tax support system

We’re making changes to our council tax support (CTS) scheme to make things easier for residents. The CTS scheme is designed to help customers with low incomes by reducing their council tax payments by up to 80 per cent. The scheme is reviewed every year and we think that it needs to change for 2020/21. […]

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Charles Cross night working

We’re going to start night working on the Charles Cross Transport Improvement Scheme from Monday 19 August. Working at night will allow us to carry out resurfacing works at various points around the roundabout and on Charles Street without causing disruption during the day. These night works have always been programmed into the scheme and […]