Tag Archives : Plymouth


West Pier response

The amount of comment and debate about the plans to restore West Pier shows just how much people in Plymouth care about the Barbican and the city’s heritage. But there is some misinformation and misunderstanding about the scheme which is leading to unnecessary anxiety about the plans. We’re as proud of our heritage, including the […]


Plymouth at the forefront of tackling the effects of childhood trauma

Plymouth will become one of the first cities in the country to try an innovative new approach to tackling the effects of childhood trauma. The City Council’s Cabinet are going to be making a commitment to support the work of a Trauma-Informed Network to understand the impact of childhood trauma on people’s behaviour in adulthood. […]


Plans to preserve, protect and transform historic pier submitted

Plymouth’s West Pier could be transformed as part of an extensive rejuvenation programme designed to preserve, protect and strengthen it for next 100 years. The historic pier, which is home to the Mayflower Steps, looks set to get a major makeover which will shine a spotlight on the globally significant space as well as enable […]


New Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor for Plymouth

Plymouth’s new Lord Mayor Councillor Richard Ball and Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Terri Beer have officially taken up their roles. Councillor Richard Ball has been Compton ward councillor since 2008 and was Deputy Lord Mayor in 2015/2016. Councillor Ball was born and raised in Plymouth and apart from occasional absences due to his naval career, […]


First look at detailed plans for Forder Valley Link Road

Residents and businesses along or near the Forder Valley will this week hear about how one of the city’s biggest ever infrastructure schemes will affect them. A series of public information events is taking place to give people the low down on the Forder Valley Link Road and how it will be built. The new […]


Future-themed fun for the whole family at Lord Mayor’s Day

Lord Mayor’s Day returns to the city centre on Saturday 25 May welcoming the new Lord Mayor of Plymouth to the role. This year, the family-friendly event is themed around science and the future, with a world of discoveries to be made and lots of scientific, technological happenings. The star of the show this year […]


Could you be a foster carer?

Could you provide a loving home for someone who needs fostering? Councils across Devon are working together on a mission to find people with time, energy, motivation and a spare bedroom who are able to care for some of Devon’s most vulnerable children and young people as part of this year’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign […]


Calling all Plymouth choirs! Mayflower 400 needs you

Do you lead a choir or singing group? Your group could be part of a momentous, global event on Plymouth Hoe for the Mayflower 400 commemorations. 2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage, one of the most influential journeys in global history and a defining moment in the shared history of Britain, the […]


Plymouth City Council shortlisted in national awards

Plymouth City Council has been shortlisted in the Co-operative Council of the Year category at the Co-operative of the Year Awards. The Co-operative Council award, sponsored by the Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network, recognises the best practice demonstrated by local authorities and celebrates the great work delivered at a local level. Plymouth is a co-operative council, with […]


Public events planned for Forder Valley Transport Improvements

Residents living in or near the Forder Valley are being invited to a series of information events to get the latest update on the Forder Valley Transport Improvements. Plymouth City Council’s project team, along with the contractor Balfour Beatty, will be on hand to explain the scheme, answer questions and to outline the schedule for […]


Bearing good news for Good Friday about lock footbridge

The Sutton Harbour lock footbridge is expected to reopen tomorrow Good Friday – 19 April. The one tonne bearing has been successfully fitted by a local company.  Following installation, full testing has been carried out by expert teams effectively and safely, with the lock remaining open to marine traffic for the majority of this time. […]


Council will now take tough action on shabby Union Street sites

The owners of five run-down buildings in Union Street who failed to comply with untidy land notices could now face legal action. The Council issued eight improvement notices last November as part of an initiative to make the owners carry out immediate urgent repairs. Since the notices were issued three owners have complied and carried […]


Bad weather and emergency repair works delay A38 clean-up

The City Council are responsible for clearing the rubbish that builds up along an eight mile stretch of the A38 from Deep Lane to the Tamar Bridge, which also includes 18 slipways and six laybys. The rubbish builds up for a variety of reasons including; being blown from the back of lorries, people throwing rubbish […]


Toilet block set to be removed

The unsightly toilet block on Mutley Plain is set to be removed. Following consultation by local councillors with residents and business owners on the Plain, the toilets will be demolished and replaced with street furniture in time for the Mayflower commemorations in 2020. It is hoped that the removal of the toilet block will encourage […]


New wildflower meadow locations announced

The locations of four new wildflower meadows in Plymouth, which help local bee and butterfly populations to thrive, have now been announced. Plymouth City Council has identified four new sites across the city to establish new wildflower meadows, which will be prepared and planted this month, when ground conditions are good for sowing, and will […]


Council bids for much needed High Street Fund

Plymouth City Council has submitted an expression of interest for funding to improve the city centre. The £675 million Future High Street Fund aims to renew and reshape high streets by improving infrastructure, accessibility and experience. The fund will contribute up to a maximum of £25 million for a successful bid. With major challenges including […]


Plastics Taskforce Group meeting update March 2019

Partners in Plymouth are continuing to work hard to tackle plastics pollution and reduce single use plastics in the city. The Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City Plastics Taskforce held its quarterly meeting on 19 March 2019. At the meeting, the Taskforce heard updates from all of the theme leads: AVOID – A Plastic free schools event is […]


Plans for the future of Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon receive ringing endorsement

It’s taken three years to shape, publish and consult on, but the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan has now been endorsed by independent Government Inspectors. The ambitious plan for what Plymouth and South West Devon could be like in 2034 covering important issues like health, transport, homes, jobs and the economy, green […]


A helping hand for people with a business idea

Plymouth’s would-be entrepreneurs could get a helping hand, thanks to a scheme designed to help people give business a go. Plymouth City Council is part-funding an enterprise coaching programme which aims to help people develop self-employment opportunities as well as start and sustain micro and small businesses, including conversations around alternative business structures such as […]


Council takes tough action on delayed Plymouth development sites

The Stonemasons Arms is looking much better after the owners complied with an untidy land notice. However, there are five sites across the city that will now face further legal action after failing to clean up. The sites have been left in a poor condition after buildings have been demolished and in some cases piles […]


Yay for Safe Places for adults with learning disabilities

Plymouth is celebrating successfully creating almost 200 locations under the Safe Place scheme. Yay Koffee on Mutley Plain is one of the latest venues to sign up to the scheme which is designed to help people with learning disabilities feel confident and safe when they are out and about in Plymouth. The Safe Places window […]


Big bearing to bring bridge back into business…

Get in! Council leader Tudor Evans checks out the massive bearing that’s going to be fitted into the Sutton Harbour lock footbridge. Contractors have set up the compound and the bearing has been craned into the middle section of the lock bridge so that engineers can start working on the installation. The one tonne bearing, […]


Second phase of Oceansgate given the green light

The second phase of Oceansgate has now been given the green light, having secured funding and planning permission. Based in Devonport’s South Yard, Oceansgate is transforming disused Ministry of Defence land into an Enterprise Zone for marine businesses, with opportunities for research, innovation and production. Phase 1 of the development was completed last year. A […]


The three things we need to help our schools

Plymouth’s Cabinet Member for Education has welcomed news that the city has been shortlisted to receive funding for a new special school – but called for three more key things to help the city’s school children get a better start. Councillor Jon Taylor, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Transformation said: “This is good news […]


Early Years SENCO training pilot scheme

Our education staff are part of a pioneering scheme to improve support for two, three and four-year-olds with special educational needs and disabilities across the city. Plymouth was selected by the Department for Education to be part of a pilot to deliver brand new training for early years’ special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs). The training, […]


Improvements to Plymouth Road getting underway

The much anticipated improvements works on Plymouth Road in Plympton will begin later this month. A key part of the Eastern Corridor Junction Improvement Scheme, works will replace ageing traffic signal equipment on Plymouth Road with the latest technology, whilst providing more road capacity and improving routes for pedestrians and cyclists. Work will begin on […]


Bridge bearing replacement now here

It’s here!  The bearing that’s crucial to reopening Sutton Harbour lock footbridge is now in the Westcountry. The one tonne bearing, measuring 1.5metres in diameter was flown from the United States, where it was manufactured, and has been driven from Luton airport to our contractor’s premises. Now the final preparations are getting under way for […]


Aggie Weston is voters pick in public plaque poll

Aggie Weston was the firm favourite in a recent online poll which asked the people of Plymouth to vote from a list of well-known women with connections to the city. More than 1,800 people took part in the poll, which was run in partnership with Plymouth Live, with the 19th century philanthropist and founder of […]