Category Archives : Mark Lowry


£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 […]


Pledge to help West End festive trade by keeping temporary car park

Shoppers will continue to be able to park close to West End shops in the temporary car park at Mayflower West in the crucial run up to Christmas. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets and City Centre Champion has pledged to the city’s West End traders that work on the new coach […]


Councillor helps couple remember their son

Councillor Mark Lowry has presented a cheque for £100 to a young Plymouth couple raising money for a specialist hospital suite. The money, part of Plymouth City Council’s Community Grant Scheme (CGS) is going to be put towards an appeal to improve the Jasmine and Central delivery suite at Derriford hospital. The specialist suite is […]


Masterplanning for Plymouth’s city centre

Leading urban design specialists are to carry out detailed feasibility studies on Plymouth city centre as part of a masterplanning exercise. Plymouth City Council has commissioned LDA Design, an independent design, environment and sustainability consultancy, to generate and test ideas for development in the city centre and to turn these ideas into deliverable proposals that […]


Government Minister heads to Plymouth

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Marcus Jones MP, the local government minister with responsibility for Town Centres, High Streets and Markets, has been in Plymouth to officially launch new guidance for market operators on how to assess the impact of local markets on their economies. The pannier market is one of only six in the country […]


Council invests further £43m in Plymouth

The City Council is investing a further £43 million in creating jobs, supporting new homes, better schools and making Plymouth a better place to live. The additional funding is outlined in a report on the Council’s outturn position for the last financial year to be considered by the Cabinet on 9 June. It shows that […]


New lights to shine on Charles Church

Plymouth’s memorial to the Blitz will be seen in a different light from next week. From Tuesday night (June 2) Charles Church will be illuminated by a new set of lights which have been installed on the monument at the top of Exeter Street. The church, which dates back to the 1600s, was entirely burnt […]


PCC apprentices are regional winners

Yesterday a team of apprentices from Plymouth City Council took a huge leap towards becoming the Brathay national apprentice team of the year. At the House of Commons, the Council’s team of dynamic young apprentices were announced as one of eight teams (out of an original 47) to make it through to the final. This […]


Bringing Guildhall boilers up to date and up to the job

Plymouth’s Guildhall is to get new boilers as part of an ongoing programme to make the Council’s buildings more efficient. Old, inefficient oil-fired boilers are to be replaced with gas boilers and the heat they generate will also heat the Council House, once it has been disconnected from the main part of the Civic Centre. […]


Full steam ahead for CCTV and Civic basement work

Plans to keep Plymouth’s shoppers and visitors safer under the watchful eye of a new state-of-the-art CCTV control centre have taken a major step forward. The Council has today announced the contractor who will be responsible for the work, which includes separating the Civic Centre from the Council House as well converting the basement for […]


Plymouth is at the forefront of the Self-Build revolution

Plymouth is at the forefront of the self-build housing revolution, with more than 100 custom and self-build homes on city sites in the pipeline, as the Government announces it as a priority. Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, has written to all local authorities informing them that the Government is working […]


Plans to light up Charles Church have now been submitted

A planning application for listed building consent to install LED lighting in and around one of Plymouth’s most historic monuments has now been submitted. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets said: “Just a week after the plans for Smeaton’s Tower we now have the detailed plans for Charles Church and I’m really pleased […]


New factories take shape at Langage

  New high spec factories and workspace are taking shape at the hugely successful Langage Science Park.   The giant steel frames of two  large building blocks have now been erected as the expansion plans for the science park steam ahead.   The Council is investing around £2.7m to develop and build high quality employment […]


Symbol of Britain’s Ocean City to be in spotlight?

Plans to light up the Smeaton’s Tower have now been submitted. A planning application for listed building consent to install LED lighting in and around the historic lighthouse together with spotlights from the ground as well as around the balcony has now been submitted. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets said: “I […]


Facelifts for city centre shops and buildings on cards

City centre shops and businesses will be able to apply for facelifts under an innovative scheme to help businesses keep customers coming through the doors. The Council is announcing a £400,000 fund to help business owners carry out shop front improvements, such as new windows, doors and signs or cleaning building facades and cosmetic improvements. […]