Tag Archives : Plymouth


Water refill points planned to help reduce single use plastics

New drinking water fountains could soon be available in Plymouth, as part of the city’s ongoing work to tackle plastic pollution and reduce single use plastics. Plymouth City Council is working with South West Water to review how tap water refill points could be made more freely available in public places, and the plan is […]


MTV Music Week turning up the volume in Plymouth

MTV is returning to Plymouth this summer with an unforgettable four-day music extravaganza. Running from Wednesday 5 to Saturday 8 June, MTV Music Week will see a huge range of acts perform in the city at live evening shows, along with inspirational daytime events targeted at young people with a passion for music.  Supported by […]


Celebrating apprenticeships at Plymouth City Council

Apprentices at Plymouth City Council are showcasing what they do as part of National Apprenticeship Week. Throughout the week, the council will be showcasing videos of their apprentices made by apprentices in the communications team, ranging from digital marketing and social media, to farm and land management. You will get to learn first-hand from apprentices […]


Plotting a course for visitors beyond Mayflower

Plymouth’s vision to bring more visitors flocking to the city over the next decade are being outlined in a high level plan to be discussed at Cabinet. With a stacked programme of events lining up for Mayflower 400 in 2020 including the opening of the city’s Box cultural attraction, the city’s tourism leaders are now […]


Council invests in future of city

Two development schemes that will revitalise Plymouth city centre and lever in £55 million of private investment are to get crucial support from the Council. Cabinet papers are being published today (Wednesday) which recommends the Council helps fund the first phase of a project to transform the upper end of Old Town Street and New […]


New powers used to improve life for tenants

A Plymouth landlord could end up £7,500 out of pocket for failing to install a handrail. Plymouth City Council has sent a formal ‘Notice of Intent’ to the owners of a Peverell property warning a civil penalty notice could be issued for failing to comply with an Improvement Notice. The Council has this week served […]


iMayflower project given £2.4 million funding boost

A huge boost has been given to Plymouth’s iMayflower project, which now has funding totalling around £6 million thanks to an additional £2.4 million in match funding from the project’s delivery partners. iMayflower was awarded £3.5 million from the Cultural Development Fund (CDF) last month and will now receive further funding from the six delivery […]


Fund to help Plymouth’s co-operative economy grow

A new fund is being set up to help Plymouth people to take more control of jobs, livelihoods and to keep more money in the city. The Co-operative and Mutuals Development Fund worth £1.259 million is being launched by Plymouth City Council as part of its plan to help its co-operative economy grow. A co-operative […]


Leader seeks reassurance over search and rescue cover

 Plymouth’s Council leader has written to the Transport Minister asking for urgent reassurances over the future of Search and Rescue Services across the region. Council leader Tudor Evans OBE said he was deeply concerned about the current financial difficulties facing the Bristow Group which runs the Maritime and Coastguard Search and Rescue contract. In a […]


More funding for lifesaving lifejackets

We’re looking to keep more fishing crews safer at sea by extending our successful lifejacket scheme. The Council has won more funding through European Maritime and Fisheries Fund for 60 more E250 lifejackets with personal locator beacons. The Council was awarded £77,000 from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Maritime Management Organisation last […]


Trailblazing schemes up for national planning awards

Two pioneering schemes that are changing lives in Plymouth have helped Plymouth City Council reach the final of the Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Excellence. The Council’s City Change Fund – which uses an online crowdfunding platform to distribute funds – and DataPlay – which works with local talent and tech companies to explore how […]


Landing the right person for top fishing job

The hunt is on for someone to help one of the city’s biggest industries to grow and flourish. Plymouth City Council is looking to appoint a fishing industry development manager to fight the industry’s corner at a national and local level and help the city’s fishing industry thrive. Fishing is an important business sector in […]


Update on Sutton Harbour Footbridge

The organisations involved in repairing Sutton Harbour Footbridge are working towards the bridge being back in action in time for Easter. Plymouth City Council, the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Company are putting in over £250,000 into the repair of the custom-built footbridge which crosses Sutton Lock, with the repairs being coordinated and commissioned by […]


iMayflower gets £3.5million from DCMS to make Plymouth more amazing

An ambitious project to build Plymouth’s creative industries and nurture creative people power for Mayflower400 and beyond has been awarded a massive £3.5 million from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. An additional £750,000 has been awarded to Mayflower400 and £2.75 million for exciting new creative sector initiatives that could see over 4,000 […]


More details unveiled about care leavers support

Young people leaving care in Plymouth could get a helping hand to lead an independent life under proposals discussed at Cabinet today (15 January). The proposals recommend 18 to 24-year-olds who live in Plymouth and are leaving the care of the local authority are exempt from Council Tax until their 25th birthday. Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet […]


We’ll keep on caring pledges Council’s finance lead

The man in charge of the city’s finances vowed to continue caring for Plymouth’s children and elderly and to campaign for a better deal – despite the Government’s support grant shrinking to just £9 million. The revenue support grant has been cut from £76.6 million in 2013/14 to only £9.5 million in 2019/20, leaving local […]


Care leavers to get help with bills

Young people leaving care in Plymouth will not have to pay Council Tax until they reach the age of 25 under plans being announced as part of this year’s budget. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance said: “Some of these young people have had an extremely difficult start in life and we want to […]


Broadening Bath Street for Boulevard

Moves to make Bath Street wider will get underway this week as part of the council’s regeneration plans to make Millbay happen. A service ramp on the Pavilions site is to be ‘shaved off’ as part of a complex demolition programme that will enable the boulevard between the city centre and the sea to be built. […]


Campaign for city’s children is working

A campaign for more funding for children with special education needs has been partially successful, with an extra £350 million promised over the next two years. Councillor Jon Taylor, Cabinet member for Education, Skills and Transformation today gave a cautious welcome to this week’s announcement from Nadhim Zahawi MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children […]


New blue plaque honours Plymouth’s first female doctor

A new blue plaque honouring a pioneering female medic has been unveiled on the University of Plymouth’s campus. Dr Rosa Bale was born in Barnstaple in 1864. She became Plymouth’s first female doctor, and possibly the first one west of Bristol, in either 1895 or 1896, having qualified at the London School of Medicine for […]


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, […]