Future of adult education secured

The future of a major provider of adult and community education in Plymouth has been secured through the transfer of On Course South West to Plymouth City Council at the end of this academic year. From 1 August, the service provided by On Course South West CIC (Community Interest Company) will transfer to the Council, […]


School backs city efforts to tackle dog mess

A local school is backing Plymouth City Council’s ongoing efforts to tackle the issue of dog mess in parks. Pupils at Marlborough Primary Academy have made their own dog poo bag dispensers out of recycled plastic bottles, which they are placing in Devonport Park (fixed to fences), filled with dog poo bags for people to help themselves, […]


Plymouth in the top 10 for Engaged Cities Award

Plymouth has been recognised for its work alongside residents to create and implement solutions that improve lives and communities Its groundbreaking crowdfunding ‘City Change Fund’ has helped Plymouth become one of 10 cities to reach the finals for the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award. Over 100 cities submitted bids for the award which has […]


Yealmpstone Farm Primary School expansion completed

A major school expansion project totalling £2.8 million has just been completed at Yealmpstone Farm Primary School. The City Council identified Yealmpstone as an ideal candidate to receive government basic need funding in order for it to grow and provide much needed additional places to cope with an increase in demand. The expansion works mean […]


Jessica’s Armed Forces Day badge design a winner

11-year-old Jessica Horton from Widewell Primary Academy has created the winning design for this year’s Plymouth Armed Forces Day badge. Pupils from schools across Plymouth have been competing to create a badge which represents the spirit of Armed Forces Day. Jessica’s winning design shows the iconic Smeaton’s Tower with the Mayflower ship in the centre, […]


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 […]


Update on Mount Batten beach

Beaches around the Mount Batten peninsula have been closed for the past few weeks as a precautionary measure after small pieces of low grade asbestos were found, and while we carried out some tests. Asbestos is only an issue if fibres become airborne, and one of the priority actions was to test sand samples to […]


Massive project to engineer change

Every young person in Plymouth between the ages of 7 and 18 will be getting a special workshop as part of a citywide initiative designed to engineer change in attitudes. A total of 15,680 pupils – all in Key Stages 2 to 5 – will attend specially tailored workshops aimed challenging perceptions and to show […]


Charles Cross: Exeter Street lane closures

We’ll get straight to the point; this isn’t good news. We’re going to have to restrict the Exeter Street entrance to Charles Cross roundabout to just one lane from Monday for a period of three weeks. As you may have seen, we’ve been doing some work on a short piece of pavement outside of Buzz […]


Council backs exciting Barden plans

New owners, new plans and a new direction for one of the city’s key engineering firms – that’s what the Council leader heard when he met the new owners of the saved Barden factory. Council leader Tudor Evans and the Council’s Economic Development team met the new Managing Director at The Barden Corporation, Damian Dunne […]


Plymouth’s D-Day75 commemorations

Plymouth will be honouring the memory of thousands of British and Allied Servicemen who were based in the city as part of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings this week. The Lord Mayor will lead a delegation of Civic Leaders together with the Royal Navy and ex-service personnel in a ceremony at the American War […]


Mount Batten beach update

We have completed an initial cleaning sweep of the beach at Mount Batten but as a precautionary measure the beach is still closed for now. We understand this may be frustrating and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but we must emphasise that the health and safety of our residents is our top priority. […]


Clarification regarding student registration

We have received clarification from the Electoral Commission who highlighted a procedural error which we have now corrected. We’d like to be clear to everyone that no-one who was ineligible to vote was able to cast a vote and no one who was eligible to vote was deprived of their franchise. The Electoral and Registration […]


Plymouth Live story about student voter registration

Plymouth Live is currently running a story saying the Electoral Commission has begun an investigation into claims Plymouth students were illegally registered to vote. We would like to make it clear this is not the case. The Electoral Commission has received a query about student registration in Plymouth and has asked for our help in […]


New Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor for Plymouth

Plymouth’s new Lord Mayor Councillor Richard Ball and Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Terri Beer have officially taken up their roles. Councillor Richard Ball has been Compton ward councillor since 2008 and was Deputy Lord Mayor in 2015/2016. Councillor Ball was born and raised in Plymouth and apart from occasional absences due to his naval career, […]


Closure of beaches around Mount Batten

Dr Ruth Harrell, Director of Public Health for Plymouth City Council, said: “Access to all beaches around the Mount Batten peninsula is currently closed for health and safety reasons, following the discovery of asbestos containing materials on Mount Batten beach. “Asbestos is an issue if the fibres become airborne, and so, as a precaution, we […]


Plymouth Herald story on Forder Valley Link Road

The Plymouth Herald ran a front-page headline on Saturday 18 May, warning that the ‘route between Marsh Mills and Estover’ would be closed during work on the new Forder Valley Link Road. We would like to make it clear that the section of Forder Valley Road that will be closing next year is the stretch between […]