Category Archives : Mark Lowry


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Council invests in future of city

Two development schemes that will revitalise Plymouth city centre and lever in £55 million of private investment are to get crucial support from the Council. Cabinet papers are being published today (Wednesday) which recommends the Council helps fund the first phase of a project to transform the upper end of Old Town Street and New […]


Plymouth agrees lowest Council Tax rise in Devon and Cornwall

Plymouth City Council has agreed the lowest Council Tax increase in Devon and Cornwall despite facing huge financial pressures due to Government funding cuts and rising demand. Plymouth’s increase for Council services is 2.99 per cent with the overall tax increase once other police and fire precepts are added will be 4.04 per cent. This […]


Council to press for fairer funding as further grant cuts hit budgets

Plymouth City Council is to continue pressing the Government for a better deal for the city as it grapples with the impact of more than a decade of Government austerity and rising demand for social care. A report to the Cabinet says the latest local government funding settlement from the Government had confirmed the Council […]


We’ll keep on caring pledges Council’s finance lead

The man in charge of the city’s finances vowed to continue caring for Plymouth’s children and elderly and to campaign for a better deal – despite the Government’s support grant shrinking to just £9 million. The revenue support grant has been cut from £76.6 million in 2013/14 to only £9.5 million in 2019/20, leaving local […]


Care leavers to get help with bills

Young people leaving care in Plymouth will not have to pay Council Tax until they reach the age of 25 under plans being announced as part of this year’s budget. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance said: “Some of these young people have had an extremely difficult start in life and we want to […]


Broadening Bath Street for Boulevard

Moves to make Bath Street wider will get underway this week as part of the council’s regeneration plans to make Millbay happen. A service ramp on the Pavilions site is to be ‘shaved off’ as part of a complex demolition programme that will enable the boulevard between the city centre and the sea to be built. […]


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 […]


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 […]


Dates for demolition and dismantling of Union Street bridge

The bridge across Plymouth’s Union Street looks set to come down on 7 November. Huge cranes are to arrive in Plymouth to help dismantle the footbridge which weighs an estimated 60 tonnes. A pair of 250 tonnes will be positioned on either side of Union Street ahead of the demolition and will be lifting the […]


(l-r): Paul Nicholls, Gilpin Demolition; Michael Hourican, New Business Manager for LiveWest; Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet member for Finance; Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing; Councillor Pauline Murphy, Armed Forces Covenant Chair; Sandy South, Project Manager for the Community Self Build Agency and Alex South, Operations Director of the Community Self Build Agency.

Demolition of Stirling House begins

Work on Plymouth’s latest service veteran self-build project has taken a significant step forward. Demolition work has started at Stirling House on Honicknowle Green to make way for a proposed new housing development where over half of the 25 homes will be for service veteran self-builders. There will also be housing for local families. Following […]


Geothermal energy rocks!

Something hot and heavy is happening in the city centre. Contractors Dunelm Geotechnical have started drilling a trial borehole up to 100m deep to begin the investigation for renewable heat from the limestone seams on land outside the Civic Centre. This geothermal energy source has the potential to heat and cool buildings at lower cost […]


Toys ‘R’ Us to be parking for U

Shoppers, visitors and city centre workers will have more places to park in Plymouth’s West End – including 150 new spaces in the former Toys ‘R’ Us car park. The empty shop’s car park has been given a lick of paint – thanks to our partners Shekinah Mission – and parking bays re-marked and made […]


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 […]


Toys R Us to help city’s regeneration plans

Plymouth City Council has bought the empty Toys ‘R’ Us store in Western Approach as part of its regeneration plans for the West End and the wider Millbay regeneration. The Council has acquired the building’s long term lease following the company’s collapse earlier this year. It is now working up longer term options for the […]


Work begins on serviced self-build plots

Work has started to turn an unused patch of land in Ernesettle into a self-builders’ blank canvas. The former site of garages at the end of Maidstone Place is being transformed into four serviced plots to make it easier, quicker and cheaper for a self-builder to put a spade in the ground. Plymouth City Council […]


Land reserved for country park

Another significant milestone on the road to create a huge country park in Plymouth has been made, thanks to an important land deal. Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is to transfer ownership of the entire Bircham Valley Nature Reserve to the Council so that it can be part of the new Derriford Community Park. An executive […]


Property deal kickstarts regeneration of West End

The Council is proposing to acquire over four acres (1.75 hectares) of land as part of its plans to radically transform properties on Plymouth’s West End. Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets Councillor Mark Lowry announced today at Cabinet that the authority is in discussions with the Homes & Communities Agency to provide funding to […]


Boulevard dream comes closer

Buying land in Bath Street is a crucial step in the Council’s long-held ambition of better linking the city centre to Millbay and the sea. The Council is in discussions with the Homes & Communities Agency to fund the acquisition of five properties in Bath Street to help progress the development along the boulevard which will […]


New homes and jobs for Honicknowle

New homes, jobs and training and a natural play area are among the plans for a derelict former school site in Honicknowle, Plymouth. Thanks to a partnership between Plymouth City Council and Spectrum Housing Group, plans are well underway for the development in Chaucer Way. As well as 137 new homes, £312,000 is being invested […]


Progress on Quality Hotel

Check out this view! Cabinet members and representatives from Devon and Cornwall’s emergency services got a bird’s eye view of the Hoe and the Sound from the top of the Quality Hotel. Demolition contractors Gilpin have been on site since mid-January to prepare the building for demolition after the eyesore was bought by Plymouth City […]


Plymouth residents continue to pay the lowest average council tax in region

Plymouth residents will continue to pay the lowest average Council Tax in the South West peninsula after the City Council agreed not to increase the tax for council services. The full council agreed a zero increase for council services but did agree the two per cent Council Tax precept the Government has introduced specifically to […]