Category Archives : Previous cabinet members


Plymouth City Council response to Transat move announcement

A Plymouth City Council spokesman said: “Two years ago we won a bid to host the Transat and have been working with OC Sport on the race programme since, so we are massively disappointed to see that these two years of planning – and a tradition spanning almost 60 years of hosting this race – […]


First look at detailed plans for Forder Valley Link Road

Residents and businesses along or near the Forder Valley will this week hear about how one of the city’s biggest ever infrastructure schemes will affect them. A series of public information events is taking place to give people the low down on the Forder Valley Link Road and how it will be built. The new […]


Future-themed fun for the whole family at Lord Mayor’s Day

Lord Mayor’s Day returns to the city centre on Saturday 25 May welcoming the new Lord Mayor of Plymouth to the role. This year, the family-friendly event is themed around science and the future, with a world of discoveries to be made and lots of scientific, technological happenings. The star of the show this year […]


Plymouth City Council shortlisted in national awards

Plymouth City Council has been shortlisted in the Co-operative Council of the Year category at the Co-operative of the Year Awards. The Co-operative Council award, sponsored by the Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network, recognises the best practice demonstrated by local authorities and celebrates the great work delivered at a local level. Plymouth is a co-operative council, with […]


Council leader responds to Barden announcement

The Leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Tudor Evans has welcomed news that Plymouth’s Barden factory has been saved after its parent company. Schaeffler sold the Plymouth plant to HQW Holding (UK) Ltd. The plant in Estover will remain open and continue to manufacture bearings. He said: “This is a great day and great news […]


Ultra-fast broadband coming to Plymouth

Improved ultrafast ‘Fibre to the Premises’ (FTTP) broadband will be rolled out to over 220 public buildings across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon over the next two years, thanks to a successful bid to a UK Government fund. The buildings include council offices, GP surgeries, hospitals, schools, colleges and many others. This investment will […]


Council backs new bank

Plymouth City Council has pledged support for the development of a new local bank. The bank, known for now as South West Mutual, will be the first ever member-owned, high street bank dedicated to the residents and small businesses of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. The bank will provide a full range of services to […]

(l-r) Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of the Council; Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing Cooperative Development and Tony Greenwood, Executive Director of South West Mutual

Council will now take tough action on shabby Union Street sites

The owners of five run-down buildings in Union Street who failed to comply with untidy land notices could now face legal action. The Council issued eight improvement notices last November as part of an initiative to make the owners carry out immediate urgent repairs. Since the notices were issued three owners have complied and carried […]


Toilet block set to be removed

The unsightly toilet block on Mutley Plain is set to be removed. Following consultation by local councillors with residents and business owners on the Plain, the toilets will be demolished and replaced with street furniture in time for the Mayflower commemorations in 2020. It is hoped that the removal of the toilet block will encourage […]


Transforming Marsh Mills Roundabout into the Mayflower Forest

The Mayflower Forest has taken another step towards reality with the release of the stunning final designs. Over 1000 new trees for Marsh Mills roundabout are in the plans which aims to create a world-class first impression of the city for visitors and residents alike for years to come. The Mayflower Forest is a key […]


Topping out on top of the world at Drake Leisure

Council leader Tudor Evans enjoyed a sneak peek from the top of the Drake Circus Leisure Development as part of a topping out ceremony in the sky bar. The development is set to open later this year and create a new dining and entertainment destination for both residents and visitors to Plymouth. Council leader Tudor […]


Partners launch Plymouth’s first specialist wellbeing hub

Partners in Plymouth have launched the city’s first Specialist Wellbeing Hub at the Cumberland Centre. Although the new hub is the fourth wellbeing hub in the city it will be the first of two specialist wellbeing hubs which will benefit from additional services over and above what is available in Plymouth’s existing hubs. Services at […]


Stalled development sites ready for construction

Building is set to begin on two stalled development sites in Plymouth. Land at the northern end of Prince Maurice Road in Lipson and the site of the former Whitleigh Community Centre will now provide the city with a total of 126 new homes. Development at both sites had stalled before the Council stepped in […]


Council bids for much needed High Street Fund

Plymouth City Council has submitted an expression of interest for funding to improve the city centre. The £675 million Future High Street Fund aims to renew and reshape high streets by improving infrastructure, accessibility and experience. The fund will contribute up to a maximum of £25 million for a successful bid. With major challenges including […]


North Prospect scheme enters final phase

Plymouth’s latest Plan for Homes is set to benefit its first project. The redevelopment of North Prospect, which is now approaching its final phase, will receive £1 million from the new Housing Investment Fund, a key part of the Council’s latest Plan for Homes. The money will go towards the construction of new roads and […]


Flood defences approved for Ham Lane

One of Plymouth’s favourite green spaces is set for some investment to tackle flooding. Ham Lane, a footpath which runs the length of Ham Woods, is often prone to flooding in the winter. In particular, a 60 metre, low-lying stretch of the path can spend up to 50 days of the year under water. Now, […]


Partners sign Plan For Trees partnership agreement

Partners in Plymouth have signed the Plan For Trees commitment to enhancing Plymouth’s tree coverage. Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Community Homes, the Woodland Trust, Plymouth Tree Partnership, the National Trust and Plymouth Open Spaces Network, have all signed an agreement to be a member of the steering group that fulfils the Plan’s Delivery Programme which […]


Plans for the future of Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon receive ringing endorsement

It’s taken three years to shape, publish and consult on, but the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan has now been endorsed by independent Government Inspectors. The ambitious plan for what Plymouth and South West Devon could be like in 2034 covering important issues like health, transport, homes, jobs and the economy, green […]


A helping hand for people with a business idea

Plymouth’s would-be entrepreneurs could get a helping hand, thanks to a scheme designed to help people give business a go. Plymouth City Council is part-funding an enterprise coaching programme which aims to help people develop self-employment opportunities as well as start and sustain micro and small businesses, including conversations around alternative business structures such as […]


Councillor Tina Touhy, Ward Councillor for Ham; Councillor Pete Smith, Deputy Leader; Becky House from Earthjump; Councillor Tudor Evans, Council Leader and Ward Councillor for Ham and Councillor Gareth Derrick, Ward Councillor for Ham.

Plymouth profits from Pocket Park funding

Three Plymouth community projects have been boosted by significant government funding. Over £55,000 has been awarded from the Pocket Park fund to help revamp play areas in Carlton Terrace and How Street and also to help establish a wildlife-friendly green space in Eggbuckland. The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government money was bid for […]


Council takes tough action on delayed Plymouth development sites

The Stonemasons Arms is looking much better after the owners complied with an untidy land notice. However, there are five sites across the city that will now face further legal action after failing to clean up. The sites have been left in a poor condition after buildings have been demolished and in some cases piles […]


Yay for Safe Places for adults with learning disabilities

Plymouth is celebrating successfully creating almost 200 locations under the Safe Place scheme. Yay Koffee on Mutley Plain is one of the latest venues to sign up to the scheme which is designed to help people with learning disabilities feel confident and safe when they are out and about in Plymouth. The Safe Places window […]


Big bearing to bring bridge back into business…

Get in! Council leader Tudor Evans checks out the massive bearing that’s going to be fitted into the Sutton Harbour lock footbridge. Contractors have set up the compound and the bearing has been craned into the middle section of the lock bridge so that engineers can start working on the installation. The one tonne bearing, […]


Second phase of Oceansgate given the green light

The second phase of Oceansgate has now been given the green light, having secured funding and planning permission. Based in Devonport’s South Yard, Oceansgate is transforming disused Ministry of Defence land into an Enterprise Zone for marine businesses, with opportunities for research, innovation and production. Phase 1 of the development was completed last year. A […]


The three things we need to help our schools

Plymouth’s Cabinet Member for Education has welcomed news that the city has been shortlisted to receive funding for a new special school – but called for three more key things to help the city’s school children get a better start. Councillor Jon Taylor, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Transformation said: “This is good news […]


Early Years SENCO training pilot scheme

Our education staff are part of a pioneering scheme to improve support for two, three and four-year-olds with special educational needs and disabilities across the city. Plymouth was selected by the Department for Education to be part of a pilot to deliver brand new training for early years’ special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs). The training, […]


Volunteer to help people like Gordon and tackle loneliness in Plymouth

Could you volunteer some of your time to help befriend an older person and support Plymouth’s pledge to tackle loneliness? Plymouth City Council is working with local partners including charities and social care providers, taking a whole health and social care systems approach, to tackle the growing issue of loneliness, and more volunteers are being […]


New way of supporting families bereaved by suicide backed by Plymouth funeral directors

Around 20 funeral directors attended an event aimed at improving information, guidance and support for families bereaved by suicide. The event, which forms part of the citywide Suicide Prevention Strategy, was hosted by Plymouth City Council’s Public Health team and local Celebrant Wendy Coulton, who helped organise the workshop. In addition, it can be announced […]


Empty homes crackdown with doubling of council tax on empty properties and enforced sale

Council Tax for owners who leave homes empty for more than two years rises to 200 per cent on 1 April Plymouth City Council applies to court to enforce the sale of Peverell property that has been left to rot by owners But infamous Widey Lane site that the Council compulsorily purchased three years ago […]


Ballard House

Council buys Ballard House

Plymouth City Council has bought its headquarters at Millbay as part of an investment package designed to save £2.25 million over the next few years in current rent and running costs. The purchase of Ballard House is part of the Council’s ongoing accommodation strategy, a rolling programme of work designed to generate savings, improve the […]