Tag Archives : Plymouth


Contract to help vulnerable Plymouth mums awarded

Plymouth mothers caught in a cycle of care proceedings are to get tailored support under a project to be run by Trevi House, a Plymouth women’s charity. Plymouth City Council has agreed to award a contract to run the Pause programme in the city, programme which works with women who have experienced, or are at […]


Dates for demolition and dismantling of Union Street bridge

The bridge across Plymouth’s Union Street looks set to come down on 7 November. Huge cranes are to arrive in Plymouth to help dismantle the footbridge which weighs an estimated 60 tonnes. A pair of 250 tonnes will be positioned on either side of Union Street ahead of the demolition and will be lifting the […]


Companies line up as keys are handed over to Council

The keys to a key site at Plymouth’s newest business park have been handed over. The next phase of Hearder Court is now ready for business and was handed over to the Council following a 10-month building project. The 2,830 square metres speculative scheme was being handed over by Mark Wildman, Managing Director of Ryearch […]


£250,000 funding bid submitted to move forward Plymouth’s National Marine park plans

Plymouth’s plans to be the first National Marine Park in the UK moved forward today with a funding bid being submitted for a feasibility study. The bid – which was sent to the EU and DEFRA today along with a covering letter to Hilary Florek, Chair of the Marine Management Organisation – was developed by […]


Geothermal energy rocks!

Something hot and heavy is happening in the city centre. Contractors Dunelm Geotechnical have started drilling a trial borehole up to 100m deep to begin the investigation for renewable heat from the limestone seams on land outside the Civic Centre. This geothermal energy source has the potential to heat and cool buildings at lower cost […]


Operation Rogue Trader results

Rogue traders and aggressive doorstep sellers were targeted this week by Plymouth Trading Standards working with Devon and Cornwall Police and partner agencies as part of Operation Rogue Trader. Officers from Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards worked on a week of activity including a joint enforcement day with counterparts from Devon and Cornwall Police, the […]


Pledge to continue support for Operation Encompass

Plymouth City Council has pledged to continue supporting a scheme which was set up locally to support children witnessing or experiencing domestic abuse. Operation Encompass is already running across 33 police forces but has recently secured Home Office funding of £163,000 to enable the scheme to be introduced across all 43 police force areas in […]


Spice should not be reclassified

Plymouth City Council will not be supporting the Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s call for the synthetic drug ‘spice’ to be reclassified from a Class B to Class A. Council leader Tudor Evans has written on the advice of the city’s Director of Public Health to the commissioner Alison Hernandez arguing that reclassification […]


Three major artworks secured for The Box, Plymouth’s collections

The Box, Plymouth has acquired three major contemporary works of art for its permanent collections, including a work by Kehinde Wiley – the artist who recently painted Barack Obama’s portrait and the final ever commissioned portrait by and of Michael Jackson. The works were acquired through the Contemporary Art Society’s prestigious Collections Fund Prize. Founded […]


Plymouth confirmed as host city for British Art Show 9

The UK’s largest touring exhibition of contemporary British Art will be heading to Plymouth again in 2021, following the official announcement by London’s Hayward Gallery that the city has been selected as one of the four host locations for British Art Show 9 (BAS 9). Plymouth will join Manchester, Wolverhampton and Aberdeen for the ninth […]


Warning over illegal puppy breeders

Plymouth residents are being warned to look out for the signs of illegal importation when buying a puppy. The warning comes after a puppy – illegally imported from Romania, was found by a vet in the city who alerted Trading Standards officers.  The dog had not been vaccinated against rabies. The Shih Tzu puppy was […]


Next step to restore key historic house

The regeneration of Plymouth’s Elizabethan House in the heart of the Barbican is moving on to its next phase. After carrying out a detailed investigation to understand the extent of the deterioration of the building, the first phase of work on the Grade II listed property is complete and consultation has begun on the plans […]


Litter dropping leads to court fines for 17 people

Seventeen people were fined for littering offences at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday. The offenders were all given fixed penalty notices by the Environmental Enforcement Officers, working for Kingdom Services Group on behalf of the Council, having been witnessed dropping litter on the city’s streets. However, despite several reminders, the fixed penalty notices remained unpaid, […]


Next phase of Oceansgate development takes shape

The planning application for the second phase of Plymouth’s pioneering Oceansgate project has been submitted. Oceansgate, based in Devonport Dockyard’s South Yard, is transforming disused Ministry of Defence land into a hub for marine businesses. The first phase of the development, which was formally opened in March this year, saw the creation of 2,600 square […]


Sutton Harbour walkway timetable

Heading to the Seafood Festival this weekend? We’ve got the latest opening times for the temporary walkway across Sutton Harbour lock.   These times are subject to change as they depend on the tide and the amount of marine traffic going through the lock, but here are the planned opening times for the next week. […]


Sutton Harbour walkway timetable

We’ve got the latest opening times for the temporary walkway across Sutton Harbour lock. These times are subject to change as they depend on the tide and the amount of marine traffic going through the lock, but here are the planned opening times for the next week. Saturday 8 September 7:30am to 2:30pm Sunday 9 September 7:30am to 3pm […]


The Box – helping to make Plymouth proud

Family raves, Beryl Cook and memories of Maker camp are helping the team behind the Box change what Plymouth people think about culture – long before the city’s exciting attraction opens its doors. A staggering 41,500 people have enjoyed a wide range of events designed to draw out memories and stories since January this year […]


Tourism targets smashed as work on new Visitor Plan starts

  An organisation set up to promote Plymouth’s potential as a destination has smashed its own targets.  Destination Plymouth, a private-public partnership set up in 2008, commissioned the city’s first visitor plan in 2010 and has seen numbers of visitors grow over the past few years from just above four million in 2008 to 5.1 million […]


Standing up for Far South West in Cross Country response

Plymouth is standing up for the far South West in the city’s formal consultation to the Cross Country franchise. The Council is submitting its response to the Department for Transport today and it sends a clear signal that any suggestion of withdrawing Cross Country services from areas currently served including Plymouth to Penzance should be […]


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 […]