Category Archives : Tudor Evans


Council demands continued funding post-Brexit

Council Leader, Tudor Evans, has called for the government to put in place a clear statement for how schemes funded under various European Union structural programmes will be delivered under the proposed UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UK SPF) post- Brexit. The EU structural funds seek to address inequalities and economic disparities between different regions of […]


ACE chair applauds Plymouth’s culture

Some of the country’s leading arts figures were in Plymouth this week to see the amazing work going on in the city to make culture happen.  The entire governing body of the Arts Council of England – including Michael Eakin of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director of Royal Shakespeare Company and Tessa […]


Next phase of Oceansgate development takes shape

The planning application for the second phase of Plymouth’s pioneering Oceansgate project has been submitted. Oceansgate, based in Devonport Dockyard’s South Yard, is transforming disused Ministry of Defence land into a hub for marine businesses. The first phase of the development, which was formally opened in March this year, saw the creation of 2,600 square […]


Major milestone for The Box as giant steel installed at topping out ceremony

Structural completion of The Box has been celebrated with a ‘Topping Out’ ceremony which saw the final steel work installed. The milestone event for the building, which is now just 18 months away from opening to the public as part of Plymouth’s Mayflower 400 commemorations, saw a giant piece of steel signed by attendees hoisted up to […]


This is what Plymouth railway station could look like

This is what the Plymouth railway station could look like following a major regeneration project that has now been given the green light. Plans to improve the city’s welcome for rail passengers and regenerate the area around the station are moving forward now the Council has given approval for a £26 million funding package. Under […]


Volunteers needed for Plymouth’s biggest ever beach clean

Plymouth is looking for volunteers this month to take part in the biggest ever beach clean as part of the city’s ongoing work to tackle plastic pollution and reduce single use plastics. Beach clean organised by a range of community groups take place in Plymouth throughout the year but the UK’s leading marine charity, the […]


Plans to create new gateway for Plymouth at railway station set for green light

Plymouth’s plans to improve the city’s welcome for rail passengers and to regenerate the area around the station are under starter’s orders. The Council’s plans to support the area’s transformation are to be given a green light with Cabinet being asked to approve a £26 million funding package when it meets on 11 September. Building […]


Tourism targets smashed as work on new Visitor Plan starts

  An organisation set up to promote Plymouth’s potential as a destination has smashed its own targets.  Destination Plymouth, a private-public partnership set up in 2008, commissioned the city’s first visitor plan in 2010 and has seen numbers of visitors grow over the past few years from just above four million in 2008 to 5.1 million […]


Plymouth to apply for funding to be UK’s first Marine Park

Plymouth’s ambition to be the UK’s first National Marine Park is taking another step forward with a funding bid now being worked up following a successful meeting between Council leader Tudor Evans OBE and Government representatives. Plymouth City Council is developing a preliminary Expression of Interest bid for EU and DEFRA funding to help progress […]


Standing up for Far South West in Cross Country response

Plymouth is standing up for the far South West in the city’s formal consultation to the Cross Country franchise. The Council is submitting its response to the Department for Transport today and it sends a clear signal that any suggestion of withdrawing Cross Country services from areas currently served including Plymouth to Penzance should be […]


Council uses pioneering power to seek Brexit clarity

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans is pioneering the use of new legal powers to force the Government to reveal the truth about the impact of Brexit on Plymouth. Councillor Evans is invoking the Sustainable Communities Act to make the Government share what it knows about what Brexit will mean for the city, even if […]


Sutton Harbour walkway to reopen this afternoon

Good news – the temporary walkway over the Sutton Harbour lock will be open again from today (Friday). The repairs are complete and we’ve updated the timetable to let people know the best time to cross. It does depend on tides and how much marine traffic is going through the lock, so there may be […]


Successful life-jacket scheme to expand

A scheme to keep fishing boat crews safer at sea has proved so successful the Council is hoping to expand the project. A total of 250 life-jackets with personal locator beacons have been given to people who earn their living at sea and contribute to Plymouth’s economy as part of a scheme to help reduce […]


Building on the foundations of The Range’s success

The steels have gone up on site at the new headquarters for one of Plymouth’s best-known brands. Work is progressing on the new office block for CDS (Superstores International Ltd), the firm behind The Range Stores. The company, which started here, now has 158 stores across the UK and Ireland, and has invested up to […]


Keep Cross Country services for Plymouth argues council

Plymouth travellers deserve better rail services from Cross Country, Council leader Tudor Evans says. Councillor Evans says thousands of people who travel into the city for work, education and leisure could be impacted by the train company’s proposals in its Passenger Rail Franchise Public Consultation. Services from the South West should be maintained to at […]


Council leader slams police merger

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans has attacked plans for the biggest ever shake-up of policing in the Westcountry. Councillor Evans said a merger of Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police, to make it the biggest geographical force in England, is being decided behind closed doors without properly consulting residents or knowing what the […]


Unlocking the walk across the harbour

Fences are up, metal plates have been installed and signs are now in place for the temporary walkway across Sutton Harbour Lock while the pedestrian footbridge is closed for repairs. Council staff have been working with Sutton Harbour Holdings plc on a temporary solution to help people get from A to B across a stretch […]


Arts, Heritage & Tourism Minister visits Plymouth and the Mayflower 400 team

The Minister’s visit recognises the importance of the 2020 Mayflower commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims’ historic journey across the Atlantic, and the celebration of Plymouth as Britain’s Ocean City. With Britain’s Ocean City planning big things for the commemoration year, the Tourism Minister conducted a tour of key areas in the […]


Apprentice to show committee inside of The Box

 A construction apprentice will be showing a special group of visitors around The Box building site this week to help tell another important side of its story – creating jobs and opportunities. Dylan Gilbery will be leading a hard hat tour for the city’s Brexit, Infrastructure and Legislative Change Overview and Scrutiny Committee around the […]


Grants to help make life that little bit easier

Imagine not being able to get in and out of the bath, and having to wash at the kitchen sink because you can’t get upstairs. That’s life for some of our residents – but we are trying to help them make it easier to carry out essential day to day living tasks that we all […]


Council backs campaign to build navy support ships in UK

Plymouth City Council is backing a campaign to ensure a new generation of Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ships are built in the UK. The campaign launched in the Council House in Plymouth today (Friday 13 July) aims to persuade the Government to protect dockyard jobs and skills by restricting bids to build the fleet Solid […]


Closure order granted for anti-social behaviour

A pair of nuisance neighbours have been evicted from their property by Plymouth Magistrates after a sustained campaign of anti-social behaviour. Plymouth City Council’s Community Connections Team applied for a closure order on Flat 5, 32 Grand Parade after work in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police, which the Magistrates granted on Wednesday for a […]


Major improvements completed at Pennycross Primary School

Staff and pupils at Pennycross Primary School celebrated the official opening of their newly expanded school building on Thursday. Almost three million pounds worth of improvements have been carried out at the school which included a brand new two-storey extension with eight classrooms (four to each floor), stores, toilets, group rooms and a new hard […]

Councillor Tudor Evans in the new sensory garden with (l-r) Tia Harris, Makayla Cross and Summer Owen

More industrial units, more jobs, more prosperity on cards for Plymouth

More jobs are on the horizon for Plymouth thanks to new factory space being built in Belliver. Council leader Tudor Evans announced that the Council would be investing £2.4 million into creating brand new facilities at Broadley Park Industrial Estate. He said: “We have land lying empty on an industrial site, we have businesses clamouring […]


Plymouth moves against anti-Semitism

Plymouth is playing its part in standing up to anti-Semitism. A Motion on Notice will be presented at Monday’s full council meeting which proposes that the Council sign up to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. The code gives unequivocally clear and internationally approved guidelines on what constitutes as anti-Semitism and was […]

Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council

Cross and unimpressed by Cross Country franchise consultation

Council leader Tudor Evans is calling on commuters, businesses and ‘anyone who is proud of Plymouth’ to respond to a rail consultation that suggests fewer trains from Cornwall coming into Plymouth. A motion on notice is to be considered at Full Council today in response to the Department for Transport’s consultation on its plans for […]


Plymouth in strong position with broader city centre offer

Plymouth is in a strong position and has anticipated the changing shape of city centres, Council leader Tudor Evans says. He said: “We have said for a long time that we need to broaden the city centre offer so that people come in to Plymouth to spend their money and their time in different ways. […]


City to back campaign for support ships to be built in UK

Plymouth is to join a campaign to call for the next generation of ‘solid fleet support ships’ to be built in the UK. A campaign will be launched in the city on 13 July urging that vessels which supply and support the Royal Navy are built in this country rather than contracts being tendered to […]


A city to be proud of

Local people are at the heart of the Council’s proposed Corporate Plan. The new plan places priority on delivering consistent, high quality frontline services while reducing inequality to deliver a fairer city that everyone can be proud of. Councillors will be asked to adopt the new Corporate Plan 2018-2022 at the Council meeting on 25 […]