Category Archives : Tudor Evans


ACE funding news for Plymouth’s History Centre

The good news about Plymouth’s History Centre keeps coming. Project partners have just learned that Arts Council England (ACE) has given the green light to a full funding request of £4,175,000. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council said: “This is yet more brilliant news – news that will really help us to achieve […]


Statement on vandalism of Michael Foot memorial

Joint statement from Councillor Ian Bowyer and Councillor Tudor Evans on vandalism of Michael Foot memorial Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, and Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of the Opposition, said: “We utterly condemn this appalling act of vandalism on this memorial to one of Plymouth’s most famous sons, Michael Foot. “The graffiti […]


Plymouth gears up to market cruise in the autumn

Plymouth will be marketed as an international cruise destination from this autumn. ABP, owner of Millbay Docks, is to promote Millbay as a cruise destination to an international audience, with vessels to be berthed alongside on the ferryport side of the dock. Talks have been taking place with ABP, Brittany Ferries and the Council over […]


Unmanned Mayflower Voyage to be key event in 2020

A pioneering project that marries the city’s past and its ambition to be a global centre for marine technology is to form part of the official Mayflower 400 commemorations. Plymouth City Council and the Plymouth-based Mayflower Autonomous Ship Ltd have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on the ‘Mayflower Autonomous Ship’ – the […]


Agents appointed to market Oceansgate across the globe

Property agents have now been signed up to sell South Yard as a major global player in the marine sector. Jones Lang Lasalle has been appointed to market the site at Devonport which has already attracted over 100 expressions of interest from marine businesses wanting to relocate there. The appointment comes as the Council unveils […]


One of the children from Cathedral School of St Mary getting a special sneak peek at the new Central Library

New chapter for Central Library

Youngsters from the Cathedral School of St Mary were given a special sneak peek at Plymouth’s new Central Library today, ahead of its opening next week. The new library, which opens its doors to the public at 8.30am on Tuesday 29 March, provides a more modern and flexible space in the heart of the city […]


All change at Pennycross school

Plans for major improvement works worth over two and a half million pounds have been drawn up for Pennycross Primary School to create much-needed space for growing pupil numbers. Architects Stride Treglown have now been appointed to work with the school and the Council to put together the designs. The improvements are needed to cope […]


Council supports more than 2000 people into employment

In the last two years more than 2,000 people have been helped back into work or an apprenticeship in Plymouth. In June 2014 the City Council pledged to support 2,000 more people into work or an apprenticeship, and working through the award winning and successful 1000 Club this ambitious target has been reached. Council Leader […]


Contractor appointed and demolition starts at South Yard

A contractor has been appointed by the Council to design and build the first phase of employment development at Devonport’s South Yard. Following a procurement exercise, Midas Construction, part of the Midas Group, has been awarded the pre-contract agreement for Phase 1 direct development at the yard that will include new offices and industrial units […]


Progress on Quality Hotel

Check out this view! Cabinet members and representatives from Devon and Cornwall’s emergency services got a bird’s eye view of the Hoe and the Sound from the top of the Quality Hotel. Demolition contractors Gilpin have been on site since mid-January to prepare the building for demolition after the eyesore was bought by Plymouth City […]


Winner of Plymouth’s first construction apprentice of the year announced

The winner of the very first construction apprentice of the year was announced at the Building Plymouth Apprenticeship jobs fair on Saturday. Leader of Plymouth City Council Tudor Evans presented Matthew Evans with the award, to acknowledge and celebrate his exceptional contribution to the workplace, and to recognise his commitment to the apprenticeship experience as […]


Contractor appointed for Derriford Transport Scheme

Major transport improvement plans for the north of the city have taken a major step forward, with the appointment of the main contractor for the Derriford Transport Scheme. The contract has been awarded to Amey LG Ltd following a competitive tender process and construction work is expected to begin in July. The Derriford Transport Scheme […]


First students receive their employability passport awards

Three Plymouth students are the first in the city to receive their employability passport awards. The passports, which were rolled out across city schools last year, give employers more information about students other than just their qualifications, including attitude, punctuality and communication skills. Developed by schools working in partnership with Plymouth City Council, they are […]


Spectacular plans for new History Centre submitted to planners

Stunning plans showing how Plymouth’s museum and art gallery will be transformed into a new world class visitor attraction are being submitted to planners this week. The plans include striking new images showing the impressive new building featuring a cantilevered ‘floating’ box with reflective cladding will form the heart of the £34 million History Centre. […]


Jamie Yabsley with Alex Jones and skipper Ian Walker at Plymouth Yacht Haven

Warm Plymouth welcome for sailing challenge celebs

If there’s one thing Plymouth does well, it’s giving a warm welcome – especially when six fundraising celebrities have to take shelter in the middle of a storm. An all-star crew are attempting to sail around the UK in five days as part of this year’s Sport Relief but severe gales forced them to make […]


Plymouth Pledges to Make a Difference for Mayflower 400

Plymouth businesses are being urged to help Make a Difference for Mayflower 400 as the city gears up for the momentous commemorations in 2020. A rallying call is being issued to business of all shapes and sizes to get stuck in and make a difference to their own business, to the look and feel of […]


Hundreds attend Plymouth Health and Care integration conference

More than 200 people attended a conference to celebrate and showcase the groundbreaking work that has taken place to join up health and social care services across the South West Peninsular. The Integration: Making It Real Conference was held at Plymouth University on Monday 7 March 2016. The event was organised in partnership by the […]


More jobs for Plymouth as Phase 2 of Langage Business Park approved

The next phase of the already successful Langage Business Park has been approved with the promise of more job opportunities for the city. Plymouth City Council is investing £3.3 million in Phase 2 of the business park, which will be an area of 30,000 square foot which is expected to generate around 80 extra full […]


Conferment of Honorary Freedom of the City

Angela Rippon OBE, Father Sam Philpott MBE and former city councillors Jean Nelder and David Stark have been presented with scrolls and civic insignia today confirming their Honorary Freedom of the City. They were awarded the honour (which is the highest the city can bestow) last year for their services to Plymouth. The title of Honorary Freeman or […]


RNLI’s historic links with Plymouth celebrated in second Book of Wonder

Did you know Plymouth was one of the first places in the country to have a lifeboat, with the first stationed here in 1803? The RNLI was set up in 1824 and formally took over running the Plymouth lifeboat station the following year. It is the busiest station in the region, with crew members helping […]

Council Leader Tudor Evans and Plymouth RNLI Coxswain David Milford launch the second edition of the Book of Wonder

Places left on 7 March Plymouth Health and Social Care conference – Book now!

There are still some places left on the upcoming Integration: Making it Real Conference, which is being held at the Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University, PL4 8AA, on Monday 7 March 2016. Health and social care professionals or anyone with an interest in this area are encouraged to book on this one day conference, featuring renowned […]


Exploring ideas for Mount Batten Tower

Plymouth’s historic Mount Batten Tower could be open to the public more often as part of the Council’s ongoing campaign to make the most of the city’s amazing waterfront. A feasibility study is underway to see if the tower, which was built in 1652 to protect the entrance to the Sound, can be opened up […]


Plymouth City Council leader’s response to rail funding announcement

Statement from Council Leader Tudor Evans: on funding announcement for a new study into improvements to the railways between London and the South West.   “I would personally like to thank Great Western Railway for stepping in to fund this study that we so badly need to look at line speed improvements in the South […]


Council recognised as Top 100 apprenticeship employer

Plymouth City Council has been recognised in the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list, sponsored by City and Guilds, which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices. The list was announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards, which took place last month in London. After a tough […]


Bickleigh Down Eco-Village moves a step closer

A new eco-village on the outskirts of Plymouth – which will provide jobs and homes and is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK – is moving a step closer to reality. Bickleigh Down, which off Tavistick Road and can be accessed from Towerfield Drive, is the name of the planned […]


Don’t renege on rail promises Council leader warns Government

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans is urging the Government not to renege on promises over funding for investment that is critical to the region’s railways. The prospect of no more funding for key rail projects for the next four years could have serious consequences on the Peninsula Rail’s Task Force ability to deliver vital […]


Plymouth, Devon and Somerset bid for more powers to boost prosperity

Council chiefs and business leaders say they want a ‘devolution revolution’ to boost prosperity in Devon and Somerset. They have agreed to submit a prospectus to Government that would result in higher productivity and better-paid jobs, improved road, rail and broadband links and more homes for the region’s growing population. There would be radical reforms […]