Tag Archives : Plymouth


Contract awards set final phase of works at Elizabethan House in motion

The final phase of design works to the historic Elizabethan House has been given the green light with the appointment of two internationally experienced companies to lead on the interpretation design and installation. The overall design and installation contract has been awarded to The Hub Limited. The specialist contractor has already been appointed to lead […]


New service launched to help people recover at home

More people will be helped to stay at home safely and recover from illnesses and injury thanks to a new service that has started this week.  An average of 150 people a week will benefit from Plymouth’s new Independence@Home service, run by Plymouth City Council with support from Livewell South West. The service is designed to […]


Council leaders joint letter to James Brokenshire calling for increase..

Council leader Tudor Evans OBE has joined forces with the leaders of 76 other councils to demand an end to the cuts that have devastated local councils. Ahead of this week’s local government settlement on Thursday, he has signed a letter to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire MP, […]


Boost for major Plymouth building

Plymouth’s plan to restore and reopen its Elizabethan House for Mayflower 400 has been given a welcome boost from the Coastal Revival Fund. The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government today announced a grant of £44,208 for the project. The Council is fully restoring the building so that it can play a key part […]


Enrolment of Honorary Aldermen

The Lord Mayor of Plymouth held a ceremony for three long-serving ex-councillors honouring them for their decades of public service in Plymouth. Former Councillors Ted Fry, Martin Leaves and Wendy Foster were enrolled as Aldermen at the ceremony held at the Council House on Monday 26 November. Between them they served the city as councillors for 62 years, […]


Plymouth marks 10th anniversary of Climate Change Act

It is 10 years since the Climate Change Act, which commits the UK to an 80 per cent reduction in its carbon emissions by 2050. To celebrate this, Plymouth is renewing its pledge to not only be a carbon neutral city by 2050 but to halve emissions by 2034. Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for […]


Plot to build on business park success

An empty patch of land could become home for new and expanding businesses looking to be part of a highly-successful international business park. Plymouth City Council is to develop an acre plot at the Plymouth International Medical and Technology Park in Derriford so that it can house more small or medium-sized businesses in ready to […]


Plymouth’s 2020 Mayflower 400 programme revealed

Plymouth’s Mayflower 400 programme for 2020 will include a major cultural programme funded by Arts Council England and others, spectacular new events such as the Mayflower Week and Ocean Festival and a wide range of education, arts and culture, sport and volunteering activities that the community can get involved in. 2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower […]


Plymouth leading the way with cooperative economy

Plymouth City Council is the first council in the country to commit to doubling the size of its cooperative economy – helping local people to take more control of jobs, livelihoods and to keep more money in the city. More organisations owned and run by their own staff and customers could be set up in […]


Plymouth to host the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race

Plymouth City Council and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) have confirmed that Plymouth will host the finish of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet race. Plymouth has marked the end of the biennial yacht race since its inception in 1925. Starting in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, competitors cover a course of 608 nautical miles […]


Plymouth leading the way in young carer support

Plymouth is leading the way in providing support for young carers with almost every city school now having a designated ‘carers champion’. The champions are taking steps to ensure all young carers are identified and receive appropriate support and it is proving so successful, other local authorities are getting in touch for advice on how […]


Customer plans under the spotlight

Plans to drive improvement in the experience customers have of using the Council’s services will be in the spotlight at the Cabinet meeting on 13 November. The Council commissioned the Local Government Association to conduct a Peer Challenge in July. A team of eight senior figures from other councils as well as private and voluntary […]


Silhouettes to mark Remembrance Day

Eighteen silhouettes will help Plymouth remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the build up to this year’s Armistice Day. The figures of a traditional British Tommy, an airman, a sailor, a nurse, a munitions factory worker, a Sikh soldier and a suffragette have been bought from the Royal British Legion and have […]


New library will be Budeaux-ful!

A new chapter for St Budeaux got underway this week with work starting on a brand new library and 24 new homes. Local developers Land Developments (SW) started on the old library site in Victoria Road to build the complex which will provide affordable homes for Plymouth people as well as a fantastic new library. […]


Delegation meets Secretary of State for Transport about A38

A modern A38 to support Plymouth’s plans to grow the region’s economy for years to come – that’s what the city, Cornwall and co-signatories of the A38 Case for Action have asked of Government. A delegation of MPs and Councillors, including Plymouth MPs Luke Pollard and Johnny Mercer met Secretary of State for Transport Chris […]


Council becomes first to pledge support for the manufacturing sector

Plymouth City Council has become the first council in the UK to sign up to GMB’s ‘Making It’ campaign, committing to support the manufacturing sector. Plymouth is home to the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the South of England, with around 13,000 people employed in the sector. Leader of the Council, Councillor Tudor Evans, […]


Temporary walkway comes to end

Plymouth City Council, Sutton Harbour Company and the Environment Agency worked together to enable the temporary walkway to be set up during the peak tourist season while repairs were progressed on a long-term solution to the main pedestrian footbridge. A new replacement bearing for the footbridge has now been ordered from a specialist manufacturer and […]


Comment on ‘main modifications’ to Joint Local Plan

People across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon will be getting another chance to comment on changes made to the area’s Joint Local Plan.  A number of ‘modifications’ have been suggested by planning inspectors following the examination hearings between January and March this year. The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan is in […]


All Year One children in Plymouth to be given a library card

This October our library service is giving all year one children in Plymouth their very own library card. The card which has been created for the new children’s library challenge the Findalots, will be given out in assemblies, libraries and classrooms over the next month with the aim being that all children in Year One […]


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 […]