Category Archives : Peter Smith


Selstar Fireworks winners of 2019 British Firework Championships

Selstar Fireworks from Chichester, West Sussex, have been crowned the best in their field, winning the 2019 British Firework Championships. Tens of thousands of visitors and locals gathered along Plymouth’s waterfront to watch the competition, which took place over Wednesday and Thursday this week (14 and 15 August). The five professional fireworks companies that competed […]


Whitleigh play parks get makeovers

A Plymouth play park has had a complete overhaul thanks to a partnership with a community group. Having joined forces with the Whitleigh Community Trust, the Council they have been able to replace all of the equipment in Milford Lane play area and make significant changes to the neighbouring play park in Norwich Avenue. A […]

Children enjoy the opening of the Milford Lane play area

Free festival of blues and jazz music in Plymouth this weekend

This weekend, Plymouth’s Barbican will be filled with the sounds of smooth blues and swinging jazz as the Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival returns for its fourth year. The festival, organised by Plymouth City Council, runs from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 August and starts at 12pm each day. The main stage on The […]


Everything you need to know about the Rolex Fastnet 2019

This August, the historic Rolex Fastnet race will once again finish in Plymouth. Starting in Cowes on 3 August, sailors travel 605 challenging nautical miles, rounding the Fastnet Rock off the south west coast of Ireland, before returning to Britain’s Ocean City via the Isles of Scilly. The race has finished in Plymouth since it […]


Children keeping fit and getting fed this summer in Plymouth

Fit and Fed, the great holiday activity and food programme, is running in Plymouth this summer holiday to support families with children who receive free school meals. Organisations across the city are supporting the programme, giving children the chance to take up activities at Plymouth Albion RFC, Plymouth Raiders and the Life Centre, to name […]


iMayflower project to boost creative sector

Plymouth’s innovative iMayflower project could be i-mazing for the city’s flourishing creative sector. The exciting programme received £3.5 million from the Government’s Cultural Development Fund and the Council has been working with six partners, Creative England, Crowdfunder, Plymouth College of Art, Real Ideas Organisation, the University of Plymouth and Destination Plymouth to increase this investment to […]


Thinking outside the Box – plans to win Plymouth hearts and minds

The team behind Plymouth’s Box project have been outlining plans to inspire and involve the city’s residents in history and culture – far beyond the walls of the Box. Members of one of the Council’s key scrutiny committees toured the construction site on North Hill to get a progress report on the hugely ambitious project […]


Children invited to join Space Chase at Plymouth libraries

Our libraries service is calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer for the Summer Reading Challenge 2019. The theme this year is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Every child who signs up to read six books over the summer holiday will get a […]


Construction work to begin at historic Elizabethan House

The restoration and reinterpretation of Plymouth’s historic Elizabethan House moves into an exciting phase next week when building work begins in earnest. Led by Plymouth City Council, with additional funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, the Coastal Revival Fund and The Pilgrim’s Trust, it’s one of the key legacy projects for the […]


Plymouth City Council response to Transat move announcement

A Plymouth City Council spokesman said: “Two years ago we won a bid to host the Transat and have been working with OC Sport on the race programme since, so we are massively disappointed to see that these two years of planning – and a tradition spanning almost 60 years of hosting this race – […]


Future-themed fun for the whole family at Lord Mayor’s Day

Lord Mayor’s Day returns to the city centre on Saturday 25 May welcoming the new Lord Mayor of Plymouth to the role. This year, the family-friendly event is themed around science and the future, with a world of discoveries to be made and lots of scientific, technological happenings. The star of the show this year […]


Councillor Tina Touhy, Ward Councillor for Ham; Councillor Pete Smith, Deputy Leader; Becky House from Earthjump; Councillor Tudor Evans, Council Leader and Ward Councillor for Ham and Councillor Gareth Derrick, Ward Councillor for Ham.

Plymouth profits from Pocket Park funding

Three Plymouth community projects have been boosted by significant government funding. Over £55,000 has been awarded from the Pocket Park fund to help revamp play areas in Carlton Terrace and How Street and also to help establish a wildlife-friendly green space in Eggbuckland. The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government money was bid for […]


New blue plaque honours Plymouth’s first female doctor

A new blue plaque honouring a pioneering female medic has been unveiled on the University of Plymouth’s campus. Dr Rosa Bale was born in Barnstaple in 1864. She became Plymouth’s first female doctor, and possibly the first one west of Bristol, in either 1895 or 1896, having qualified at the London School of Medicine for […]


Contract awards set final phase of works at Elizabethan House in motion

The final phase of design works to the historic Elizabethan House has been given the green light with the appointment of two internationally experienced companies to lead on the interpretation design and installation. The overall design and installation contract has been awarded to The Hub Limited. The specialist contractor has already been appointed to lead […]


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 […]