Category Archives : Peter Smith


Boost for major Plymouth building

Plymouth’s plan to restore and reopen its Elizabethan House for Mayflower 400 has been given a welcome boost from the Coastal Revival Fund. The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government today announced a grant of £44,208 for the project. The Council is fully restoring the building so that it can play a key part […]


Plymouth to host the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race

Plymouth City Council and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) have confirmed that Plymouth will host the finish of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet race. Plymouth has marked the end of the biennial yacht race since its inception in 1925. Starting in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, competitors cover a course of 608 nautical miles […]


(l-r): Councillor Pete Smith, Deputy Leader; Ky Cheal, Project Manager for Currie Brown; Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for Street Scene and the Environment; Nick Ford, Project Manager for South West Highways and Andrew Clanfield, Associate Project Manager for the Council, on the site of the new Central Park café

Work on much awaited café begins

Work has started on the new Central Park cafe. The café will be one of the flagship projects of the overall Central Park improvements project, located adjacent to the clock tower, at the busiest and most visible point of the park. It will overlook the recently re-opened Play Space, and will be in easy reach […]


New library will be Budeaux-ful!

A new chapter for St Budeaux got underway this week with work starting on a brand new library and 24 new homes. Local developers Land Developments (SW) started on the old library site in Victoria Road to build the complex which will provide affordable homes for Plymouth people as well as a fantastic new library. […]


Top team to fit out The Box

An internationally renowned company which helped Belfast showcase the Titanic and the Science Museum to tell the cosmonaut’s story has been selected to fit out The Box in Plymouth. Specialist fit-out contractors The Hub are expected to be awarded the contract to transform the interior of The Box on North Hill into a place of […]


Three major artworks secured for The Box, Plymouth’s collections

The Box, Plymouth has acquired three major contemporary works of art for its permanent collections, including a work by Kehinde Wiley – the artist who recently painted Barack Obama’s portrait and the final ever commissioned portrait by and of Michael Jackson. The works were acquired through the Contemporary Art Society’s prestigious Collections Fund Prize. Founded […]


New library challenge for Plymouth’s children

Our library service is introducing a new all year round library challenge for children. The Findalots Library Challenge will launch in all Plymouth libraries during National Libraries Week (8 to 13 October). Aimed at 4 to 11-year-olds, all children who sign up will receive a special Findalots library card and an activity journal. Each month […]


Next step to restore key historic house

The regeneration of Plymouth’s Elizabethan House in the heart of the Barbican is moving on to its next phase. After carrying out a detailed investigation to understand the extent of the deterioration of the building, the first phase of work on the Grade II listed property is complete and consultation has begun on the plans […]


Central Park Play Space: an update

We’ve got some good news! The Central Park Play Space will be open in time for October half term. On Saturday 20 October, we’re going to host a big celebration at the park with food and games. But 20 October is the very latest date that the park will open. If we can open it […]


The Box – helping to make Plymouth proud

Family raves, Beryl Cook and memories of Maker camp are helping the team behind the Box change what Plymouth people think about culture – long before the city’s exciting attraction opens its doors. A staggering 41,500 people have enjoyed a wide range of events designed to draw out memories and stories since January this year […]


Steel framework of new pavilion at Manadon

Work progressing well at Manadon

Work to create a brand new football, cricket and outdoor sports centre for the Manadon and Honicknowle communities is progressing well, with phase two underway and phase three about to start. A Football Association-standard all-weather pitch opened at the site in May and is already proving popular with players of all ages and abilities, both […]


Illusion Fireworks crowned British Champions

Illusion Fireworks from Wallingford in Oxfordshire have been crowned the 2018 British Firework Champions following an explosive two-day showdown between six of the UK’s top pyrotechnics specialists. Tens of thousands of spectators gathered on and around Plymouth Hoe to see six spectacular ten-minute displays set off into the night sky in this year’s British Firework […]


Nancy Astor to be honoured with blue plaque

A plaque to commemorate the life of Nancy Astor is to be unveiled at her former home on the Hoe on Friday. Nancy Astor was the first female MP to take her seat in Parliament. She served as MP for Plymouth Sutton from 1919 to 1945. She also served as Lady Mayoress of Plymouth during […]


A week of fireworks and festival fun

It’s one of the biggest weeks in Plymouth’s events calendar as the British Firework Championships return on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 August, followed by the Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August. The British Firework Championships offer two nights of spectacular pyrotechnics that are completely free to enjoy. […]


Artist's impression of new St Budeaux Library (exterior)

New library and homes for St Budeaux

Planning permission has been granted for a brand new library and 24 new homes in St Budeaux.  The go-ahead means redevelopment work can now get underway at the site of the current library in Victoria Road, in the heart of the neighbourhood. As well as a more modern and welcoming library, the environmentally friendly building […]


Ocean City Sounds – the morning after the night before

Spotless! This is the morning after the night before. What a night, what a line-up, what a spectacle – thousands of people had a great night out last night at  MTV presents: Ocean City Sounds but when the music stopped the hard work began. Our crews were up until the small hours cleaning the Hoe […]


National Lottery support to unlock stories of Elizabethan House

Plymouth’s Elizabethan House has been awarded initial support for National Lottery funding to help the city tell its important story as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations. The project has been awarded a development grant of £142,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable the project plans to progress. A full National Lottery grant of […]


Help Plymouth tackle plastics at Ocean City Sounds

Music fans will be able to support Plymouth’s Plan for Plastics as well as their favourite acts this summer by taking their own reusable plastic cups and bottles to MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds. The rules around taking liquids into the arena remain the same – water will only be allowed through the gates if […]


Britain’s Ocean City to give warm – and wet – welcome to Lewis

A package of sea and swimming-related events is being organised in honour of Plymouth-born Lewis Pugh’s arrival into Britain’s Ocean City. Lewis Pugh is UN Patron of the Oceans and is currently on The Long Swim, an attempt to swim the full length of the English Channel. He started in Land’s End on Thursday 12 […]


The show must go on

Despite England’s exit from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Argyle have agreed to leave big screens inside Home Park until the competition has finished. More than 2,000 England fans watched the Three Lions take on Croatia from the Lyndhurst stand on Wednesday night. Although the result was a tough one […]


It’s coming: Home Park

Plymouth WILL host a public screening of England’s once-in-a-generation clash with Croatia on Wednesday evening. The Council have teamed up with Plymouth Argyle to swiftly erect big screens at Home Park so that families and friends can enjoy the occasion together. Entry will be completely free of charge and should England be victorious, the event […]


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Calling all Mischief Makers!

Young ‘Mischief Makers’ in Plymouth can sign up for another fun-filled Summer Reading Challenge from Saturday 14 July. This year’s theme is inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. Every child who signs up to read six books over the summer holiday will get a collector’s map of Beanotown […]


The Box, Plymouth secures major contemporary art award

The Box, Plymouth has been selected for this year’s Contemporary Art Society’s prestigious Collections Fund Prize. Founded in 2012, the Collections Fund is one of the highest valued contemporary art awards in the UK and is given to only one member of the Contemporary Art Society each year. It enables the successful museum or gallery […]


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Becky Hill to perform at MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds

A new name has been added to the line-up for Plymouth’s biggest music event, with just over four weeks to go. Singer-songwriter Becky Hill will be joining Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra during their Ibiza Classics show at MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds on Friday 27 July, as well as performing her own set. […]


Veterans’ Village returns to Plymouth Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day returns to Plymouth Hoe on Saturday 30 June with parades, displays and ‘villages’ showcasing the armed forces. Over 75 charities and organisations will be represented in the Veterans’ Village, supported this year by military charity Help for Heroes, which helps the region’s wounded veterans and military personnel, and their loved ones, from […]


New artificial pitches open at Manadon

Work to create a brand new sports facility for the Manadon and Honicknowle communities reached a major milestone yesterday as young footballers took to its artificial playing pitches for the first time. The Football Association-standard third generation pitch, which also boasts new floodlights and security fencing, is now open for use – marking the completion […]

Young footballers use new all weather pitches at Manadon for the first time

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Thrilling air display planned for Plymouth Armed Forces Day

More details have been released about the air display planned for Plymouth Armed Forces Day, taking place on Plymouth Hoe on Saturday 30 June. Aircraft including a Spitfire XIV, Calidus Gyro and Catalina will take to the skies above Plymouth Sound to entertain spectators, who will also be able to enjoy dramatic aerobatic shows. The […]