Tag Archives : Britain’s Ocean City


Green light for tower to be lit up

Plymouth’s Mount Batten Tower is the next landmark to have its moment in the permanent spotlight as part of a Council project to light up the city’s monuments. Historic England has recently given the go-ahead for listed building consent to have LED lights installed around the tower of one the city’s oldest fortifications. They described […]


Rainbow over Smeaton’s Tower this weekend

Red and yellow and orange and green – the colours of the rainbow will be shining out across the city tonight and tomorrow night in support of the city’s Pride Rally. From sunset until 2am, a chasing rainbow effect will be around the tower on the Hoe. Plymouth Pride parade is taking place on the Hoe and […]


Marine consultants to look at economic case for cruise terminal

Leading marine consultants have been appointed to look at the economic case for a cruise terminal for Plymouth. Specialists GP Wild International are compiling a report which will examine in detail the current cruise market, its future trends and the city’s possible place in this growing market. The company is a leading authority on passenger […]


Unveiling of the Michael Foot Memorial

A memorial is being unveiled to one of Plymouth’s most famous sons – Michael Foot. The unveiling to the memorial for the former Plymouth MP, journalist and one time leader of the Labour Party, is taking place at Freedom Fields in Plymouth today at 3.30pm, followed by hot drinks at the nearby Freedom Fields Café. […]


‘Charming’ new bridge for Barne Barton and St Budeaux

Kinterbury Creek is to get a charming new footbridge, thanks to an exciting project led by Barne Barton young people. Local residents will be making wind charms to hang on the low-level bridge which will span the creek that provides the only access to the shoreline in this part of Plymouth. A planning application has […]


Reynolds’ links with Devonport explored through ‘Art in the Park’

An outdoor exhibition running in Devonport Park until 26 July is highlighting the work of one of Plymouth’s most famous artists and exploring his links with a part of the city that is often forgotten. ‘Art in the Park’ is an arts and health project organised by ‘One Red Dot’ in association with Community Health […]


South Yard gears up for delivery

Specialists are to be hired to support the transformation of South Yard from historic naval dockyard to a thriving Marine Industries Production Campus. The call is out for technical and design contactors to take on the enormous and complex task of preparing and developing the site for its new future. A delegated paper has been […]


Letting the grass grow for bees

Selected areas of Plymouth will see meadows created as part of a city-wide scheme to support bees and other pollinators. Ten areas, which are open tracts of land, are to be cut only three times this year instead of nine as part of a trial to encourage wildlife to thrive in and around housing estates. […]


New lights to shine on Charles Church

Plymouth’s memorial to the Blitz will be seen in a different light from next week. From Tuesday night (June 2) Charles Church will be illuminated by a new set of lights which have been installed on the monument at the top of Exeter Street. The church, which dates back to the 1600s, was entirely burnt […]


Making better use of the Guildhall

A new project has been launched to make better use of Plymouth’s Guildhall as part of an ongoing drive to make the most of council-owned buildings. Plymouth City Council has started a soft market test to gauge interest in use of the Guildhall, and is holding a two day event for interested parties. Those who […]


Unsung Plymouth scientist honoured at Langage

Plymouth’s newest employment space is to be named in honour of one of the city’s unsung scientists. Major progress has been made on the construction site which is transforming into over 30,000 feet of high spec factory and workspace at Langage Science Park. The site is to be called Hearder Court in recognition of Jonathan […]


Water good idea – bathing water quality on Twitter

Swimmers, kayakers and paddleboarders will be able to check the quality of Plymouth’s bathing water every day. Plymouth has two EU designated bathing waters at East and West Hoe, which are monitored by the Environment Agency. From Friday 15 May, the start of the bathing season, the agency will tweet the water quality prediction via […]


Every little thing’s gonna be a-light! Smeaton’s Tower turns green

Plymouth’s famous Smeaton’s Tower will be shining green tomorrow in support of Plymouth Argyle. The lights around the iconic tower will be glowing green as the team and the Green Army head off to Buckinghamshire to take on Wycombe Wanderers in the second leg of the play off. Deputy leader Councillor Peter Smith said: “We […]


Hoping to ‘a-tractor’ great apprentice farmer …

One of the most unusual apprenticeship opportunities in the country is up for grabs in Plymouth – to be an apprentice farmer. Plymouth City Council and Duchy College are looking for an apprentice farmer to run a farm within the city as part of an exciting project to create a 100-acre country park. The successful […]


More community groups get Vital Sparks funding

Vital Sparks, a city-wide initiative designed to inspire arts, culture and creativity, has awarded bursaries to five new exciting projects. This unique Plymouth Culture initiative is led by Plymouth City Council and supported by Arts Council England. Councillor Peter Smith, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “There are some lovely projects that will get a […]


More loos with sea views

Two new sets of loos with sea views are on the cards for Plymouth’s waterfront. A business case has been approved to build a new toilet block at Richmond Walk and to reconfigure and update tired toilets at Devil’s Point. The Council has allocated £59,770 from its capital programme to demolish toilets at Richmond Walk […]


De-lightful! See Smeaton’s Tower in a new light ….

Plymouth’s iconic Smeaton’s Tower is to be lit up in all its glory for the first time on Wednesday evening. The lighthouse on the Hoe will be in the spotlight as the new LED lights get switched on. From Wednesday night, a white light will shine on the lighthouse whose design became the template for […]


Liner Lookout serving up Plymouth pasty

The original Plymouth Pasty is to be brought back to life for tasting in an historic building that is also being brought back to life. Dave Morrish has opened the newly-restored Liner Lookout on the Hoe as part of the Plymouth Your Space project. And he’s now serving up a recreation of the original pasty from the […]


Emergency repairs to run-down waterfront property

Emergency repairs were carried out by Council building control officers today during an inspection of a prominent run-down property on Plymouth’s Waterfront. Officers had to make good loose lead flashing on the turret of 18 Grand Parade during a survey to assess the condition of the building, which has been the subject of legal action […]


Techies take over the tower to let there be light

The countdown to Smeaton’s Tower lighting up gets underway on Monday 13 April with technicians taking over the tower to begin the installation. The symbol of Britain’s Ocean City will be lit up by the end of the month, if the installation programme goes according to plan. LITE ltd, supported by Hydrock and Hyde Park […]


Plymouth UK to meet with Massachusetts Senators to discuss Mayflower 400

Plans for the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower are underway as representatives from the Plymouth UK Mayflower 400 Leadership Group meet with key US Senators. Plymouth has been nationally recognised by the UK Government as the UK lead city for the celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the […]


Symbol of Britain’s Ocean City to be in spotlight?

Plans to light up the Smeaton’s Tower have now been submitted. A planning application for listed building consent to install LED lighting in and around the historic lighthouse together with spotlights from the ground as well as around the balcony has now been submitted. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets said: “I […]


Wildflower haven for city centre roundabout

A slice of the countryside will soon be springing up at North Cross roundabout in Plymouth city centre as work starts on creating a wildflower haven. Grassy banks and verges within the roundabout area are to be tilled to plant an mix of seed including cornflower, corn marigold, poppies, ox-eye daisy, red campion and white […]


A historic tonic for Plymouth Gin

Senior figures at Plymouth Gin came face to face with their own history in the city recently. Two beautiful parchment deeds dating back to 1668 were on show at the Plymouth City Art Gallery and Museum at an event to mark the launch of the Open for Business exhibition. Staff at Plymouth and West Devon […]


Let there be light – testing for one night

Historic city landmarks will be getting a glimpse of life in the spotlight tonight with trial lighting tests.  Technical trials are taking place at the Mayflower Steps, Mount Batten tower and Charles Cross.  The trials are being carried out to check the effect of the lamps proposed and the intensity of the lighting from the […]


Plymouth gets better connected for free with BT Wi-fi

Planning permission has now been given for wi-fi transmitters to be installed on lamp posts as part of the roll-out of free BT Wi-fi in Plymouth. Engineers will begin installing transmitters on lamp posts and buildings in preparation for a free wi-fi network going live this Spring across a wider area of the city centre […]


City businesses in the frame at exhibition

Key businesses from Plymouth and the surrounding area were in the frame as part of an exhibition to showcase interesting manufacturing companies The exhibition is the end result of a project led by UK arts organisation, Multistory and world famous photographic co-operative, Magnum Photos. The images were taken at over 100 workplaces across the UK […]


Carry out a check-up of the Plymouth Plan

Residents, businesses and organisations are being asked to see if their views have been taken into account in the first draft of the Plymouth Plan. The plan sets out an ambitious agenda what Plymouth could be like in 2031 and covers a range of subjects such as health, transport, homes, jobs and the economy, arts […]


New coach station plans now submitted to planners

Plans for a brand new coach station in the heart of Plymouth city centre have now been formally submitted to planners. New and updated images are now available showing the latest detail for the £4.17 million project new destination for long distance coaches and a surface-level car park on the former Mayflower West car park […]