Tag Archives : Plymouth


Arts, Heritage & Tourism Minister visits Plymouth and the Mayflower 400 team

The Minister’s visit recognises the importance of the 2020 Mayflower commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims’ historic journey across the Atlantic, and the celebration of Plymouth as Britain’s Ocean City. With Britain’s Ocean City planning big things for the commemoration year, the Tourism Minister conducted a tour of key areas in the […]


Channel swimmer highlights importance of tackling plastics pollution

Plymouth got a high profile boost for both its Plan for Plastics and a potential bid for National Marine Park status when Lewis Pugh, UN Patron of the Oceans, stopped by in Britain’s Ocean City as part of The Long Swim. Lewis, who was born in Plymouth but now lives in Africa, is swimming the […]


Shopkeepers warned over sales of e-liquids to minors

An operation by Plymouth City Council Trading Standards found that six out of the seven shops visited sold multiple bottles of e-liquid containing nicotine to a 16-year-old volunteer. The team sent the young test purchaser to visit seven Plymouth shops and was sold e-liquid in six of the stores. Trading Standards regularly carry out test […]


More industrial units, more jobs, more prosperity on cards for Plymouth

More jobs are on the horizon for Plymouth thanks to new factory space being built in Belliver. Council leader Tudor Evans announced that the Council would be investing £2.4 million into creating brand new facilities at Broadley Park Industrial Estate. He said: “We have land lying empty on an industrial site, we have businesses clamouring […]


Plymouth to be first compassionate city?

Plymouth could become the first accredited Compassionate City. Councillor Ian Tuffin, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care announced the city would work together to become more compassionate towards people near the end of their life as well as those who are left behind grieving. A steering group is to be set up to look […]


Cross and unimpressed by Cross Country franchise consultation

Council leader Tudor Evans is calling on commuters, businesses and ‘anyone who is proud of Plymouth’ to respond to a rail consultation that suggests fewer trains from Cornwall coming into Plymouth. A motion on notice is to be considered at Full Council today in response to the Department for Transport’s consultation on its plans for […]


Plymouth in strong position with broader city centre offer

Plymouth is in a strong position and has anticipated the changing shape of city centres, Council leader Tudor Evans says. He said: “We have said for a long time that we need to broaden the city centre offer so that people come in to Plymouth to spend their money and their time in different ways. […]


City to back campaign for support ships to be built in UK

Plymouth is to join a campaign to call for the next generation of ‘solid fleet support ships’ to be built in the UK. A campaign will be launched in the city on 13 July urging that vessels which supply and support the Royal Navy are built in this country rather than contracts being tendered to […]


Plymouth supports Refugee Week 2018

Launch event at the Plymouth Hope Festival and Family Fun Day, Brickfields Sports Centre, on Saturday 16 June 2018, 10am to 5pm. Partners in Plymouth are holding a series of events to celebrate Refugee Week (16-22 June) 2018. Led by Plymouth Refugee Communities Forum with help from a network of volunteers, Plymouth City Council, the […]


Team to tackle rough sleeping in Plymouth to be set up

A new team is being set up to tackle rough sleeping in Plymouth. A multi-agency rough sleeper team is being created as part of a concerted effort to help people sleeping rough off the streets and into more permanent, settled lifestyles. Plymouth City Council together with Shekinah, the Salvation Army, Plymouth Access to Housing, BCHA […]


Wellbeing Hubs launch in Plymouth

People in Plymouth will be able to get advice on how to be happier and healthier as part of a new approach to health across the city. A dozen wellbeing hubs will open across neighbourhoods over the next two years as part of an initiative designed to focus on prevention and make services easier to […]


A-Level statement 2017

Students across Plymouth will be collecting A Level and other Post-16 results today and early indications look like a slight improvement on last year’s results. Plymouth’s schools, colleges and training provides offer a wide range of courses to students including; A Levels, technical courses and apprenticeships. Successful students will now find there are routes into […]


Japanese media visit dementia-friendly Plymouth

Journalists from Japanese national newspaper Asahi Shimbun and a representative from the Asahi Social Welfare Organisation visited Plymouth to report back to Japan on the wide-ranging dementia-friendly initiatives in and around the city which have earned it an international reputation for world-leading dementia-friendliness. After meeting Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society on a visit […]


Latest survey shows adults in care in Plymouth feel safe and secure

The latest survey on adults in care in Plymouth says the service they received makes them feel safe and secure. 93% of respondents to the annual survey, which Plymouth City Council participated in earlier this year and was published by NHS Digital last week, said the services they receive make them feel safe and secure. […]


PR – Global success for Plymouth’s first Marine Tech Expo

Experts in marine research and technology from across the globe, including USA, Europe and the UK, were among more than 100 delegates attending Plymouth’s first ever Mayflower 400 Marine Tech Trade Expo last month. The event, which took place on 14 September 2016, was organised by Plymouth City Council to promote the city as a […]


New Interim Director of Public Health for Plymouth

A new Interim Director of Public Health has been announced for Plymouth City Council. Dr Ruth Harrell will take over the reins in the autumn when Professor Kelechi Nnoaham leaves the Council after two and a half years, to take on a new role in South Wales. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, […]


Plymouth’s newly qualified social workers celebrated

The latest group of newly qualified social workers from Plymouth City Council Children’s Services, have been presented with certificates of completion by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Dr John Mahony, at a special ceremony. The certificates mark the successful completion of the social workers’ assessed and supported first year in practice. Newly Qualified Social Workers have […]


Compulsory Purchase Order on Widey Lane as Council tackles empty homes

Plymouth City Council has served a Compulsory Purchase Order on a house that has been a derelict eyesore for years. The Secretary of State has approved the Council’s application for a CPO on the house in Widey Lane which has been subject to vandalism and anti-social behaviour. The site was where the Council launched its […]


2016 South West School chef of the year winner

Four chefs have battled it out in a cook-off to be crowned a South West School Chef of the Year. This is the second year in a row that CATERed and Plymouth’s own Sharon Cundell, from St Edward’s Church of England Primary Academy in Eggbuckland has claimed the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA), […]


Correction on school catchment article

The Herald article regarding school places is completely misleading and inaccurate. The story states that under the catchment system to attend two Plymouth primary schools you have to live within a certain distance. This is simply wrong. Neither school operates a catchment system so there is no such thing as a catchment area in this […]


Plymouth’s young people talk about mental health

Young people from across the city have been helping to design a new emotional health and wellbeing service for Plymouth’s secondary and special schools. Over 60 young people from ten city schools, ranging from age 11-18 took part in a special workshop event organised by Sarah Staples and Josh Pope, Plymouth’s Member and Deputy Member […]


Major expansion approved for Cann Bridge School

Work will get underway this year on two new classrooms at Cann Bridge School on the Tor Bridge Site in Estover, to help cope with the increased demand for school places with pupils with Autisim. The funding totalling £630,000 will come from the Council’s Capital Investment Programme. Cann Bridge school was originally built to accommodate […]


Council helps young people speak out

Plymouth City Council’s youth services team have been working with young people in Southway to produce a series of videos to showcase a number of exciting projects that they have been involved in.  One of the videos, produced in partnership with Foto Now, a Plymouth based company who specialise in photography and videography will now be […]


Plymouth hosts the South-West Regional International School Awards

55 schools from across the South West were in Plymouth on Thursday 12 November for the South-West Regional International School Award presentations. The schools have all been awarded the British Council International School Award. The award encourages schools to make educational links with schools in other countries and help broaden the horizons of children and young […]


Award ceremony to celebrate newly qualified social workers

The latest group of six newly qualified social workers from Plymouth City Council Children’s Services, have been presented with their certificates of successful completion by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Dr John Mahony, at a special ceremony. Newly Qualified Social Workers have made a significant contribution to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young […]


Plymouth’s young people set to ‘sparkle’

Young Plymouth learners who’ve gone the extra mile were celebrated at a special ceremony as part of the Plymouth’s Children’s University graduation celebration. Over 300 young people between the ages of five and 14 graduated with the Children’s University (CU) – a national organisation that recognises the efforts of young people who learn outside the […]


Conference for parents of children with SEND

Parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are being invited to a special advice event next month. On Tuesday 10 November, the Plymouth Information Advice and Support for SEND are hosting a conference and an exhibition of support services in the Guildhall where families can see what support is available […]