Category Archives : Tudor Evans


Council Leader calls on government as rail service fails again

Council Leader Tudor Evans has called upon the government to get a grip in the light of yet more weather disruption to the Cross Country service to get a service which is resilient and reliable. “Yet again we are seeing rail services cancelled because of severe weather affecting the line at Dawlish, “said Council Leader […]


Budget fails to help councils deal with austerity

The Chancellor’s Budget Statement has completely ignored the desperate need to help councils deal with the impact of a decade of austerity, Council Leader Tudor Evans says. There’s no immediate help for councils such as Plymouth that are urgently trying to plug funding gaps this financial year caused by cuts in Government funding while demand […]


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. […]


Council becomes first to pledge support for the manufacturing sector

Plymouth City Council has become the first council in the UK to sign up to GMB’s ‘Making It’ campaign, committing to support the manufacturing sector. Plymouth is home to the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the South of England, with around 13,000 people employed in the sector. Leader of the Council, Councillor Tudor Evans, […]


Temporary walkway comes to end

Plymouth City Council, Sutton Harbour Company and the Environment Agency worked together to enable the temporary walkway to be set up during the peak tourist season while repairs were progressed on a long-term solution to the main pedestrian footbridge. A new replacement bearing for the footbridge has now been ordered from a specialist manufacturer and […]


Plymouth City Council signs UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter

Plymouth City Council has become the latest local authority to sign up to UNISON’s ethical care charter. Council leaders joined UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis to formally sign the charter. The charter commits the Council to continue working with the city’s care companies to help them end zero-hours and reflect travel time between home care visits in […]


All Year One children in Plymouth to be given a library card

This October our library service is giving all year one children in Plymouth their very own library card. The card which has been created for the new children’s library challenge the Findalots, will be given out in assemblies, libraries and classrooms over the next month with the aim being that all children in Year One […]


Companies line up as keys are handed over to Council

The keys to a key site at Plymouth’s newest business park have been handed over. The next phase of Hearder Court is now ready for business and was handed over to the Council following a 10-month building project. The 2,830 square metres speculative scheme was being handed over by Mark Wildman, Managing Director of Ryearch […]


£250,000 funding bid submitted to move forward Plymouth’s National Marine park plans

Plymouth’s plans to be the first National Marine Park in the UK moved forward today with a funding bid being submitted for a feasibility study. The bid – which was sent to the EU and DEFRA today along with a covering letter to Hilary Florek, Chair of the Marine Management Organisation – was developed by […]


Task Group welcomes basing of Royal Navy’s new frigates in Plymouth

The Devonport Task Group has welcomed news that its campaigning has helped secure the baseporting of the Royal Navy’s new generation frigates in Plymouth and saved the city’s amphibious assault ships from defence cuts. The Fly the Flag for Devonport Campaign, run in partnership with The Herald, was launched in December last year to fight […]


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 […]


Spice should not be reclassified

Plymouth City Council will not be supporting the Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s call for the synthetic drug ‘spice’ to be reclassified from a Class B to Class A. Council leader Tudor Evans has written on the advice of the city’s Director of Public Health to the commissioner Alison Hernandez arguing that reclassification […]


Plymouth confirmed as host city for British Art Show 9

The UK’s largest touring exhibition of contemporary British Art will be heading to Plymouth again in 2021, following the official announcement by London’s Hayward Gallery that the city has been selected as one of the four host locations for British Art Show 9 (BAS 9). Plymouth will join Manchester, Wolverhampton and Aberdeen for the ninth […]


Green light to work up transport plans

A multi-million pound package of schemes to help people get to and from work in Plymouth and the wider travel to work area more easily and more quickly has been shortlisted for funding by the Department of Transport. Plymouth is one 10 cities to be given the green light to work up more detailed plans […]


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 […]