Category Archives : Tudor Evans


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 […]


Public plaza to be named after one of the greatest engineers

Plymouth’s train travellers will be walking out of the station onto Brunel Plaza. The multi-million regeneration scheme proposed for the area around the station will be named after the great engineer, who was not only the chief engineer for the Great Western Railway, but also built the iconic Albert Bridge over the Tamar and Plymouth’s […]


Plymouth to work with Music Venue Trust to support grassroots music

Plymouth City Council are working with the Music Venue Trust, a national grassroots music charity, to support and develop live music in Plymouth. Following consultation with venues, promoters and musicians involved in the local music industry, the Council has teamed up with the Music Venue Trust to discuss and identify the problems faced in Plymouth […]


Council agrees new city centre conservation area

More of Plymouth’s unique post-war architecture will enjoy more planning protection after Plymouth City Council approved plans for a new conservation area in the city centre. The new designation places Royal Parade and Civic Square at its heart of a new conservation area. It will take in New George Street to the north; Raleigh Street, […]


Plymouth’s lifejacket scheme goes national

Plymouth’s trail blazing lifejacket scheme is to be rolled out across the country. Fishing crews based in Plymouth were all offered free E250 lifejackets with personal locator beacons, thanks to an innovative project set up by Plymouth City Council. Now the scheme will be rolled out in fishing ports up and down the country as […]


Masterplan for Plymouth railway station unveiled

Plymouth’s rail commuters are getting the big picture of the city’s exciting plans to create a better welcome for rail passengers. A masterplan is on show at the station today (Tuesday) and gives a bird’s eye view of what buildings could be going up, what’s coming down and how this vital entrance to Plymouth could […]


£75 million commitment to city by top law firm

Plymouth City Council has secured transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson as key tenants for its headquarters at Millbay. The company has signed a new lease committing to Ballard House – and to the city and region – until at least 2035. Council leader Tudor Evans said: “What a great day. This is a company […]


Smart Sound Plymouth to support next generation of marine technologies

The Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC) has officially launched Smart Sound Plymouth, a proving area for designing, testing and developing cutting edge products and services for the advanced marine sector. Using the facilities and expertise available within the MBTC, Smart Sound Plymouth is the first of its kind in the country with a wealth of […]


West Pier response

The amount of comment and debate about the plans to restore West Pier shows just how much people in Plymouth care about the Barbican and the city’s heritage. But there is some misinformation and misunderstanding about the scheme which is leading to unnecessary anxiety about the plans. We’re as proud of our heritage, including the […]


Plans to preserve, protect and transform historic pier submitted

Plymouth’s West Pier could be transformed as part of an extensive rejuvenation programme designed to preserve, protect and strengthen it for next 100 years. The historic pier, which is home to the Mayflower Steps, looks set to get a major makeover which will shine a spotlight on the globally significant space as well as enable […]


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 – […]


Plymouth City Council shortlisted in national awards

Plymouth City Council has been shortlisted in the Co-operative Council of the Year category at the Co-operative of the Year Awards. The Co-operative Council award, sponsored by the Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network, recognises the best practice demonstrated by local authorities and celebrates the great work delivered at a local level. Plymouth is a co-operative council, with […]


Council leader responds to Barden announcement

The Leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Tudor Evans has welcomed news that Plymouth’s Barden factory has been saved after its parent company. Schaeffler sold the Plymouth plant to HQW Holding (UK) Ltd. The plant in Estover will remain open and continue to manufacture bearings. He said: “This is a great day and great news […]


Ultra-fast broadband coming to Plymouth

Improved ultrafast ‘Fibre to the Premises’ (FTTP) broadband will be rolled out to over 220 public buildings across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon over the next two years, thanks to a successful bid to a UK Government fund. The buildings include council offices, GP surgeries, hospitals, schools, colleges and many others. This investment will […]


Council backs new bank

Plymouth City Council has pledged support for the development of a new local bank. The bank, known for now as South West Mutual, will be the first ever member-owned, high street bank dedicated to the residents and small businesses of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. The bank will provide a full range of services to […]

(l-r) Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of the Council; Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing Cooperative Development and Tony Greenwood, Executive Director of South West Mutual

Transforming Marsh Mills Roundabout into the Mayflower Forest

The Mayflower Forest has taken another step towards reality with the release of the stunning final designs. Over 1000 new trees for Marsh Mills roundabout are in the plans which aims to create a world-class first impression of the city for visitors and residents alike for years to come. The Mayflower Forest is a key […]


Topping out on top of the world at Drake Leisure

Council leader Tudor Evans enjoyed a sneak peek from the top of the Drake Circus Leisure Development as part of a topping out ceremony in the sky bar. The development is set to open later this year and create a new dining and entertainment destination for both residents and visitors to Plymouth. Council leader Tudor […]


Partners launch Plymouth’s first specialist wellbeing hub

Partners in Plymouth have launched the city’s first Specialist Wellbeing Hub at the Cumberland Centre. Although the new hub is the fourth wellbeing hub in the city it will be the first of two specialist wellbeing hubs which will benefit from additional services over and above what is available in Plymouth’s existing hubs. Services at […]


Council bids for much needed High Street Fund

Plymouth City Council has submitted an expression of interest for funding to improve the city centre. The £675 million Future High Street Fund aims to renew and reshape high streets by improving infrastructure, accessibility and experience. The fund will contribute up to a maximum of £25 million for a successful bid. With major challenges including […]


Flood defences approved for Ham Lane

One of Plymouth’s favourite green spaces is set for some investment to tackle flooding. Ham Lane, a footpath which runs the length of Ham Woods, is often prone to flooding in the winter. In particular, a 60 metre, low-lying stretch of the path can spend up to 50 days of the year under water. Now, […]


Big bearing to bring bridge back into business…

Get in! Council leader Tudor Evans checks out the massive bearing that’s going to be fitted into the Sutton Harbour lock footbridge. Contractors have set up the compound and the bearing has been craned into the middle section of the lock bridge so that engineers can start working on the installation. The one tonne bearing, […]


Second phase of Oceansgate given the green light

The second phase of Oceansgate has now been given the green light, having secured funding and planning permission. Based in Devonport’s South Yard, Oceansgate is transforming disused Ministry of Defence land into an Enterprise Zone for marine businesses, with opportunities for research, innovation and production. Phase 1 of the development was completed last year. A […]


Council buys Ballard House

Plymouth City Council has bought its headquarters at Millbay as part of an investment package designed to save £2.25 million over the next few years in current rent and running costs. The purchase of Ballard House is part of the Council’s ongoing accommodation strategy, a rolling programme of work designed to generate savings, improve the […]

Ballard House

Bridge bearing replacement now here

It’s here!  The bearing that’s crucial to reopening Sutton Harbour lock footbridge is now in the Westcountry. The one tonne bearing, measuring 1.5metres in diameter was flown from the United States, where it was manufactured, and has been driven from Luton airport to our contractor’s premises. Now the final preparations are getting under way for […]


Aggie Weston is voters pick in public plaque poll

Aggie Weston was the firm favourite in a recent online poll which asked the people of Plymouth to vote from a list of well-known women with connections to the city. More than 1,800 people took part in the poll, which was run in partnership with Plymouth Live, with the 19th century philanthropist and founder of […]


Disney sailing into Britain’s Ocean City

Disney will be sprinkling its magic across Britain’s Ocean City in September 2020, with the inaugural visit of the Disney Magic cruise liner. The Disney Magic is over 300m long and can accommodate more than 2,800 passengers, which will make her one of the biggest cruise ships to ever visit Plymouth when she arrives on […]


Historic pier to get makeover

One of Plymouth’s most historically significant waterfront properties is to get a massive makeover as the city heads towards Mayflower 2020. Work is due to start on the former Piermaster’s House and the Phoenix Wharf Pier to restore and open them up once more to the public. The Piermaster’s House is the only remaining part of […]