Category Archives : Mark Lowry


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 […]


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 […]

(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.

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 […]


Statement from Cllr Mark Lowry on the budget report to full Council

Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet member for Finance, Councillor Mark Lowry, has expressed his anger at Plymouth’s latest funding deal as a report setting out the tough choices it faces in trying to set a balanced budget is published. The report is to be considered by the Full Council on Monday (February 29) when the Council […]


Sea of poppies to surround Charles Church

A sea of poppies will surround the ruins of Charles Church this year as part of an exciting programme of work to celebrate this important Plymouth monument. Seeds will be planted next month around the church at the top of Exeter Street which is the city’s memorial to those who lost their lives in the […]


£1,500 lost from every man, woman and child in Plymouth

Plymouth has lost the equivalent of £1,500 for every man, woman and child in the city as a result of wave after wave of cuts to Plymouth’s revenue support grant since 2010, the city’s finance chief has revealed. Cabinet Member for Finance Councillor Mark Lowry said a total of £109 million has been wiped off […]


Getting ready for major market makeover

Plymouth’s City Market is to get a £3.5 million makeover as part of a major investment to help the city’s West End businesses. Market traders are being invited to an event next week to talk to the project team and see some of the proposed designs for the revamp that will secure the long term […]


Demolition team moves onto Quality Hotel site

Plans to sort out the Quality Hotel on Plymouth’s waterfront are moving at a cracking pace, with the sale now complete and demolition contractors appointed. Plymouth City Council has appointed Westcountry firm Gilpin, who start work on site this week to take down the building that has blighted the city’s waterfront. Hoardings will be the […]


Taking the lot for jobs for Plymouth

More jobs are heading to Plymouth after the Council secured its first tenants for new business units at Langage Science Park – and they are taking the lot! Contracts are being signed this week between the Council and Dartmouth Foods who plan to take over all nine units available at the park as part of […]


Work starts on new coach station in West End of Plymouth

Work starts this week on the new coach station in Plymouth’s West End as the city centre gears up for a year of significant change. SWH Civils, the appointed contractor, will be breaking ground at the site in Mayflower Street to herald the start of the project. The new station replaces facilities for scheduled long […]


Council is buying Quality Hotel

  Plymouth City Council is buying the Quality Hotel and will market the site, with its commanding views of the renowned Hoe and Plymouth Sound, in a bid to attract an international standard hotel. The Council has exchanged contracts with the owners of the Quality Hotel and a report is going to Cabinet today (12 […]


Urban Splash now own Plymouth Civic Centre

Award-winning regeneration company Urban Splash is now the owner of the Civic Centre. Plymouth City Council has now completed the sale of the listed building with the company that helped transform the city’s Royal William Yard, taking it from a disused Naval supplies base to a thriving residential community and much-loved destination with diverse offer covering […]


Plymouth triples spend with local suppliers thanks to pledge

Spend with local suppliers by Plymouth City Council has almost tripled over the past three years. This is thanks to the Council’s pledge to keep more of Plymouth’s wealth in our city, which means that more than half of our spend is with local suppliers. This was one of the Council’s 50 pledges to local […]


Plymouth Councillor helps launch national self-build toolkit

Plymouth residents are being encouraged to consider building their own home by a local Councillor who has helped launch the new national self-build toolkit. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance for Plymouth City Council, attended the national Custom and Self-Build Summit held at 10 Downing Street yesterday. The event was held to launch the […]


Council has to save £23m to set budget for next year

The biggest Government funding cuts to local services in a generation mean Plymouth City Council has to save over £23 million to set a budget for next year. The Council’s Cabinet has considered a draft budget which requires a £23 million gap between projected costs and resources to be closed in order to set a […]


Count down to work starting on new bus station

The countdown to work starting on Plymouth’s new bus station is well and truly underway with final designs tweaks being submitted. The project team is submitting a planning condition amendment as a result of improvements to the design and look of the site. The amendments include a new pedestrian ramp to make it easier for […]


Contracts exchanged with Cineworld

British Land has exchanged contracts with Cineworld to run the anchor cinema complex as part of the £42 million redevelopment of Bretonside. The 12 screen cinema will incorporate state of the art audio and visual technology and have screens ranging in size from a 63 seat to a giant 450-seat IMAX auditoria. The deal means […]