Category Archives : Previous cabinet members


Major makeover makes Market Way miles better

Market Way is looking miles better, thanks to an improvement scheme that’s totally transformed a popular walking route in to the city centre. The area at the top of Market Way next to Western Approach has gone from drab to fab. Instead of a steep and unattractive concrete ramp, there is now a series of […]


Response to Care Quality Commission report on Derriford

The chair of Plymouth Health and Wellbeing Board Councillor Ian Tuffin has responded to the Care Quality Commission’s report on the city’s hospital. And he has vowed to write to the minister and all of the city’s MPs to request they support the hospital’s bid for £25 million investment. He said: “I am very concerned […]


Students in Plymouth receive A Level and Post-16 results

Students across Plymouth will be collecting their A Level and other Post-16 results today. The receiving of results marks the culmination of up to two years hard work for many young people and for some, marks the end of their formal education. Early indications show that the city’s Council maintained schools have shown improvement from […]


Successful life-jacket scheme to expand

A scheme to keep fishing boat crews safer at sea has proved so successful the Council is hoping to expand the project. A total of 250 life-jackets with personal locator beacons have been given to people who earn their living at sea and contribute to Plymouth’s economy as part of a scheme to help reduce […]


City Council takes action to help minimise the impact of Universal Credit

Plymouth City Council is taking a wide range of actions in an effort to minimise the impact of the Government’s introduction of Universal Credit on vulnerable families. A report to the Cabinet updates on ongoing work to provide support to families affected following a Council Select Committee report in March which highlighted the risks to […]


Council shows support for Plymouth Pride 2018

Plymouth Pride 2018 will bring an explosion of colour and inclusion across the city centre and Hoe on Saturday. The community-led event run by Plymouth’s LGBTQ+ community is a celebration of all communities coming together as a whole. Throughout Saturday there will be a whole range of activities starting with a parade from North Cross […]


Building on the foundations of The Range’s success

The steels have gone up on site at the new headquarters for one of Plymouth’s best-known brands. Work is progressing on the new office block for CDS (Superstores International Ltd), the firm behind The Range Stores. The company, which started here, now has 158 stores across the UK and Ireland, and has invested up to […]


Illusion Fireworks crowned British Champions

Illusion Fireworks from Wallingford in Oxfordshire have been crowned the 2018 British Firework Champions following an explosive two-day showdown between six of the UK’s top pyrotechnics specialists. Tens of thousands of spectators gathered on and around Plymouth Hoe to see six spectacular ten-minute displays set off into the night sky in this year’s British Firework […]


Nancy Astor to be honoured with blue plaque

A plaque to commemorate the life of Nancy Astor is to be unveiled at her former home on the Hoe on Friday. Nancy Astor was the first female MP to take her seat in Parliament. She served as MP for Plymouth Sutton from 1919 to 1945. She also served as Lady Mayoress of Plymouth during […]


Keep Cross Country services for Plymouth argues council

Plymouth travellers deserve better rail services from Cross Country, Council leader Tudor Evans says. Councillor Evans says thousands of people who travel into the city for work, education and leisure could be impacted by the train company’s proposals in its Passenger Rail Franchise Public Consultation. Services from the South West should be maintained to at […]


Council leader slams police merger

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans has attacked plans for the biggest ever shake-up of policing in the Westcountry. Councillor Evans said a merger of Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police, to make it the biggest geographical force in England, is being decided behind closed doors without properly consulting residents or knowing what the […]


Specialist support for Plymouth’s vulnerable women

Some of the city’s most vulnerable women look set to get more support to help them lead happier lives, thanks to a special project being set up. Women whose children are repeatedly involved in care proceedings are to be offered tailored support to help them break this traumatic cycle, which is often caused by a […]


A week of fireworks and festival fun

It’s one of the biggest weeks in Plymouth’s events calendar as the British Firework Championships return on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 August, followed by the Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August. The British Firework Championships offer two nights of spectacular pyrotechnics that are completely free to enjoy. […]


Work to start on new crossing in Exeter Street

Drivers coming into the city centre via Exeter Street could face some delays as work starts on a new crossing. Contractors working on the British Land leisure complex will be digging up the road in order to install ducts beneath the surface to house cabling for the new pedestrian crossing. A traffic order is being […]


New library and homes for St Budeaux

Planning permission has been granted for a brand new library and 24 new homes in St Budeaux.  The go-ahead means redevelopment work can now get underway at the site of the current library in Victoria Road, in the heart of the neighbourhood. As well as a more modern and welcoming library, the environmentally friendly building […]

Artist's impression of new St Budeaux Library (exterior)

Unlocking the walk across the harbour

Fences are up, metal plates have been installed and signs are now in place for the temporary walkway across Sutton Harbour Lock while the pedestrian footbridge is closed for repairs. Council staff have been working with Sutton Harbour Holdings plc on a temporary solution to help people get from A to B across a stretch […]


Green light for Forder Valley Link Road

Plans for a brand new link road connecting William Prance Road in Derriford with the junction of Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road have been granted planning permission. The multi-million pound scheme will create an additional route from the east of the city to the north, avoiding the often heavily congested Manadon Roundabout and A386 […]


Landlords needed to help rehome Syrian Refugees in Plymouth

Landlords in Plymouth are being encouraged to come forward and help rehome Syrian Refugees who have fled persecution and are seeking sanctuary in the UK. Plymouth City Council has agreed to accept approximately 35 Syrian Refugee families over three years as part of the national resettlement scheme, and landlords with houses or flats (not just […]


Arts, Heritage & Tourism Minister visits Plymouth and the Mayflower 400 team

The Minister’s visit recognises the importance of the 2020 Mayflower commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims’ historic journey across the Atlantic, and the celebration of Plymouth as Britain’s Ocean City. With Britain’s Ocean City planning big things for the commemoration year, the Tourism Minister conducted a tour of key areas in the […]


Ocean City Sounds – the morning after the night before

Spotless! This is the morning after the night before. What a night, what a line-up, what a spectacle – thousands of people had a great night out last night at  MTV presents: Ocean City Sounds but when the music stopped the hard work began. Our crews were up until the small hours cleaning the Hoe […]


National Lottery support to unlock stories of Elizabethan House

Plymouth’s Elizabethan House has been awarded initial support for National Lottery funding to help the city tell its important story as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations. The project has been awarded a development grant of £142,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable the project plans to progress. A full National Lottery grant of […]


New subsidised bus network to include Sherford

Sherford will soon be getting its first bus service following a review of the city’s subsidised network. Launching in September, the 2A will be operated by Stagecoach South West and link the new community in the east with Saltash in the west, via Plymstock Broadway, Pomphlett Roundabout, the city centre, railway station and Milehouse. It […]


New bike scheme to help people into education and work

A new programme to help people access a bike to enable them to travel to work or college has been launched in Plymouth. Bike Links Wheels to Work, is part of Plymouth City Council’s Plymotion project and aims to support residents who are struggling to access employment, education and training opportunities. It’s been funded by […]


Have you got what it takes to be crowned Plymouth Young City Laureate?

The hunt is on to find the next budding wordsmith who’s passionate about poetry and writing to become the Mayflower 400 Plymouth Young City Laureate. The competition is organised by Plymouth City Council in partnership with the South West literature development agency Literature Works, who are trying to find aspiring new writers in the city […]


Plymouth businesses made every ride count in June

Plymouth’s first Workplace Cycle Challenge – ‘Every Ride Counts’ –was a great success, with 86 people, across 23 teams and 10 organisations taking part. The challenge, which was led by Plymouth City Council’s Plymotion team, rewarded the number of trips made, rather than the distance cycled, in order to encourage more people out and about […]


Plymouth works together to prevent child sexual abuse in the city

An area of Plymouth has been chosen to pilot a ground-breaking new partnership to bring Plymouth communities and agencies together in an effort to prevent child sexual abuse. Together for Childhood aims to provide help and support for children, young people and their families at the earliest possible stage. Ernesettle has been chosen as the […]


Help Plymouth tackle plastics at Ocean City Sounds

Music fans will be able to support Plymouth’s Plan for Plastics as well as their favourite acts this summer by taking their own reusable plastic cups and bottles to MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds. The rules around taking liquids into the arena remain the same – water will only be allowed through the gates if […]


Apprentice to show committee inside of The Box

 A construction apprentice will be showing a special group of visitors around The Box building site this week to help tell another important side of its story – creating jobs and opportunities. Dylan Gilbery will be leading a hard hat tour for the city’s Brexit, Infrastructure and Legislative Change Overview and Scrutiny Committee around the […]


Lane adjustments to improve traffic flow on Derriford Roundabout

We will be adjusting some of the lane designations on Derriford Roundabout overnight on Thursday 19 July, following initial monitoring of the new layout and feedback from drivers.  Some drivers have told us the lane designations could be clearer between Derriford Road and Looseleigh Lane and this is supported by observations from the scheme’s contractor. […]