Tag Archives : environment


North Cross wildflower meadow planting this weekend!

Volunteers and Council staff will be rolling up their sleeves to extend the North Cross wildflower meadow this weekend. Building on the huge success of the wildflower display last year, this year’s display will be even bigger and better, by bringing the flowers closer to the public walking and cycling routes through North Cross. The […]


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 […]


Collings Park comes up roses with community asset transfer

Disused tennis courts at Collings Park in Higher Compton are to be turned into a community garden, thanks to a community asset transfer by the Council. Councillor Chris Penberthy is today (Friday) signing off a decision to transfer the freehold of the land to the Collings Park Trust, a local community group. The land had […]


Site owners fined

Owners of an eyesore site have been ordered to pay a fine of £8,000 for consistently failing to take action to stop fly tipping on their land. Newton Abbot-based Samara Investments Ltd, which owns an area of land at Ernesettle Lane, were found guilty in their absence of failing to comply with the requirements of […]


‘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 […]


Getting the nuts and bolts of business right

Teams from the Council will be at an event next week to highlight the support available to Plymouth’s small businesses. Council staff will be offering advice to new businesses as well as existing ones looking for tips on how to make their company grow. The event takes place at Plymouth Science Park’s Baylis Suite on […]


Council acts to force sale of derelict Devonport building

The Council is taking action to force the sale of a derelict and unsafe Grade 2 listed building which has been empty since a fire nine years ago. Plymouth City Council is starting enforced sale action under the Law of Property Act 1925, a former snooker club Pot Black – also known as the Former […]


Plymouth Plan wins national award

Plymouth’s innovative approach to planning for the future has won a national award for planning excellence. The Plymouth Plan was last night recognised as the best approach to plan making practice in the country by the Royal Town Planning Institute – the professional body that represents 23,000 planning professionals worldwide and promotes spatial planning, shapes […]


Schools asked ‘what’s in your woods?’

Schools around Plymouth will be heading to city woodlands, beaches and local parks for a day of fun and educational activities with a host of Plymouth organisations and volunteers. The events taking place on Wednesday 8 July have been organised by Plymouth City Council as part of the Natural Connections project that it hosts in […]


Plymouth’s new recycling facility now running

A new facility that will help Plymouth’s residents recycle more of their rubbish into high quality materials is now operational. The new Material Recycling Facility, which is operated by Viridor, is now taking recyclables from Plymouth homes recycling green bin scheme. It uses some of the most advanced automated materials sorting equipment available, including sensor […]


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. […]


Tip run on the cards? Prove you live in Plymouth

People using Plymouth’s household waste and recycling centres will be asked to prove they live in the city before being allowed on site. From 1 July staff at Chelson Meadow and Weston Mill will be asking all those who use the sites for a photo-ID driving licence with a Plymouth address before being allowed to […]


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 […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


Get sowing wildflowers in the city centre

Work to transform North Cross roundabout into a wildflower haven continues with a mass seed sowing session. Last week parts of the grassed areas were cleared, leaving the city centre site looking more like a ploughed field. On Wednesday 8 April, people of all ages are being invited to come and help sow wildflower seed […]


Plymouth Plan shortlisted for national award

Plymouth’s plan for the future is in the national spotlight after being shortlisted for a prestigious accolade from the Royal Town Planning Institute. The Council has this week learnt its innovative Plymouth Plan is a finalist for the Excellence in Plan Making Practice Award for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2015. The plan was […]


Full steam ahead for CCTV and Civic basement work

Plans to keep Plymouth’s shoppers and visitors safer under the watchful eye of a new state-of-the-art CCTV control centre have taken a major step forward. The Council has today announced the contractor who will be responsible for the work, which includes separating the Civic Centre from the Council House as well converting the basement for […]


Education hub brings the countryside to Plymouth

Careers in countryside skills, animal husbandry and horticulture will open up to Plymouth’s young people, thanks to exciting plans to bring Duchy College to the city. Duchy College, part of The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) and Plymouth City Council plan to create a ‘Derriford Environmental Education Hub’ in the 140-hectare community park planned for the […]


Operation Restore orders historic building owners to sort it!

The owners of run down historic buildings in Plymouth are being targeted as part of an initiative to make them carry out immediate urgent repairs. Operation Restore is being launched this week with the aim tackling the worst maintained historic buildings in Plymouth. The five historic buildings being targeted are; • Palace Theatre and former […]


Plymouth’s City Market to get £3 million makeover

Plymouth’s City Market is to get a £3 million makeover as part of a major investment to help the city’s West End business. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets today announced the massive investment at Full Council. The Council would be investing in the listed building, which is one of the busiest […]


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 […]


Final stage in the transformation of Careswell Avenue

The final stage in the transformation of a neglected patch of green land has taken place. For years local residents had been asking for something to be done to tidy up a very large grassy central reservation in Careswell Avenue.  Work started last year with the planting of a 112 metre strip of spring flowering […]


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 […]