Category Archives : Mark Lowry


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 […]


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 […]