Tag Archives : environment


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 […]


Talking rubbish and recycling near you

Council staff are out and about in the next few weeks to spread the ‘New Year new bin day’ message. A number of community events are being organised across the city so that people can chat about the new arrangements that will come in on January 19. The roadshows are a chance to ask questions […]


Historic Devon hedge gets a facelift

An historic Devon hedge from the old Ham estate is being restored to its former glory by Plymouth City Council. Local ward councillors asked for improvements to the stone bank in Buckfast Close after residents complained it had become overgrown and was making the road dark and unsafe. Teams have removed self-seeded trees from the […]


A glimpse into Plymouth 2031

Plymouth residents and businesses can get glimpse into the future in a groundbreaking plan that sets out what life in Plymouth could be like in years to come.   For the first time ever, a single plan setting out the direction for the entire city has been put together after extensive conversations and events involving […]


Plymouth’s first public electric car charging points go live

Plymouth’s first public electric car charging points are now live. Charge points have been installed in the Regent Street, Theatre Royal and Western Approach car parks, as well as the Coypool, George Junction and Milehouse park and ride sites and at City College Plymouth. They have also been installed at Midland House and Prince Rock […]


Grow Wild goes wild! Last call to cast your vote for Plymouth

Wow! Plymouth’s Grow Wild campaign has gone wild on the web, on twitter and in the streets but time is running out as voting ends on midnight of Tuesday 4 November. Now the Council and its partners are asking for one last push to get the City to Sea the votes it needs to get […]


Businesses told to declare their nuts…and eggs and fish

Food business are being reminded about new rules which will affect the way they give information about the food they sell or provide. From 13 December all businesses must verbally explain or signpost food which are known allergens. Food allergies can cause life-threatening reactions and the number of people affected by them is growing. The […]


Trial lighting for landmarks

Plymouth’s much loved landmarks are coming a step closer to being permanently lit. Charles Church and Smeaton’s Tower will be in the spotlight for one night – 11 November – as part of a trial lighting scheme. The Council wants the landmarks to be better lit at night, but is looking at making sure this […]


Sea of Poppies for City to Sea in Plymouth?

A sea of poppies could be planted on the walk towards the Hoe’s war memorial as part of the exciting City to Sea project to bring wildflowers into the heart of Plymouth. More details and images of what could be a spectacular wildflower tribute to Plymouth’s proud military past are being unveiled as support for […]


Lighting up Plymouth streets in a greener way

Plymouth City Council is lighting up the city but saving energy and running costs at the same time.   Around 3,500 LED lights have now been installed so far as part of the Council’s £8 million street lighting replacement programme.   Streets in in the north-west of the city have been the first to receive the […]


Vital Sparks brings Hindu festival of Holi to Mutley

Six more projects have been given received Vital Sparks funding to put art and creativity into the heart of the community. The Plymouth Culture project, led by Plymouth City Council and funded by Arts Council England has awarded bursaries to groups that promise to create a buzz in their own communities. All these new and […]


Student guide to being a good Plymouth neighbour

Students arriving in Plymouth are being given a welcome back with top tips on how to be a good neighbour.   A leaflet giving the low-down on how to be a good neighbour is being handed out by Council staff at Fresher’s Week and will be distributed to all students through the university and the […]


Smashing! 20 per cent more glass collected

Glass recycling in Plymouth has increased by nearly 20 per cent, thanks to the glass recycling scheme that is now available to all Plymouth residents. From May everyone in Plymouth could put empty glass bottles and jars into their green recycling bins or bags for the Council’s crews to pick them up. Now statistics for […]


Plymouth businesses waste welcome at Chelson Meadow

Businesses will be able to dispose of their waste at Chelson Meadow Recycling Centre as part of a move to make the Council more commercial. From September 1 the household recycling centre will be opening its gates to companies that need to get rid of items such as stone and soil, bonded asbestos, wood, electrical […]


Clean Vehicle Technology Fund – Proposals from Potential Partners

Plymouth City Council is seeking proposals from potential partners interested in improving the city’s air quality and people’s health as part of the Department for Transport’s Clean Vehicle Technology Fund. Up to £500,000 is available to local authorities and Plymouth City Council has recently submitted a bid to the fund for £484,921 in order to […]


Plymouth leader sets tone with new Government Ministers

Plymouth City Council’s leader has wasted no time in working to establish a relationship with the new Government Ministers following the recent cabinet reshuffle. Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of the Council, has written to all the Under-secretaries, Ministers, and Secretaries of State, congratulating them on their appointment and making them aware of the priorities for […]


Action to help keep our air clean

Plans to help Plymouth make its air even cleaner and help improve the health of all the city’s residents, wherever they live, are being unveiled. Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet is to declare a citywide Air Quality Management Area to tackle pollution – particularly nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – as part of its ongoing efforts to improve […]