The Education and Childcare Minister has written to six Plymouth schools who have raised aspirations and ensured disadvantaged pupils can fulfil their potential. To launch the Pupil Premium Awards, Sam Gyimah MP has written to all the schools to congratulate them on their efforts to boost achievement and raise aspirations among their disadvantaged pupils. The […]
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Think before you ink! That’s the message to young people in Plymouth who may be thinking about getting a tattoo. Plymouth City Council have just launched a joint campaign, which warns that anyone who gets a tattoo under the age of 18 is breaking the law and could be putting their health at risk. The […]
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Plymouth’s historic Mount Batten Tower could be open to the public more often as part of the Council’s ongoing campaign to make the most of the city’s amazing waterfront. A feasibility study is underway to see if the tower, which was built in 1652 to protect the entrance to the Sound, can be opened up […]
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Councillor Pauline Murphy, a Labour Councillor for the Efford and Lipson ward, will take over the reins from the current Lord Mayor, Councillor Dr John Mahony. The ceremony took place today in the Lord’s Mayor Dining Room at the Council House. Councillor Murphy said: “I am extremely honoured to have been selected for the position […]
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Tree lovers, incurable romantics and nature lovers are being invited to get mucky on Valentine’s Day… planting trees. The first of 12,000 new trees to be planted in the city’s new country park will go into the ground as hedgerows, as the city’s new country park starts to take shape. Plymouth City Council, together with […]
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Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has a busy programme of family events and activities on offer during February half term. On Tuesday 16 February there’s a chance to make art and craft creations inspired by the thousands of objects in the Museum’s collections. The ‘Colour and Collage’ drop-in session will run from from 10.30am to 1pm with […]
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Statement from Council Leader Tudor Evans: on funding announcement for a new study into improvements to the railways between London and the South West. “I would personally like to thank Great Western Railway for stepping in to fund this study that we so badly need to look at line speed improvements in the South […]
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An £80million plan for 5,000 new homes and over 2,000 construction jobs is to be considered by Plymouth City Council. The second phase of Plan for Homes, covering 2016-2021, will be discussed at the Council’s next Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 16 February. The Plan includes 20 new initiatives which, if approved, will: Help Plymouth address […]
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A campaign to get a million people out and about cleaning up their communities is being backed by Plymouth City Council. Clean for The Queen aims to give the country a spruce up ahead of The Queen’s 90th birthday in April. The event runs from March 4 to 6 and the Council is looking for […]
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The fight to stamp out illegal tattoo artists, sometimes known as “scratchers” in Plymouth has taken another step forward. Barbican based tattoo studio Dust n’ Bones has become the first in the city to be a member of both the Tattoo Hygiene Rating scheme and Trading Standards Buy with Confidence scheme. The new rating scheme […]
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Work to improve walking and cycling links between Plymouth’s rail station and Central Park will soon get under way. The scheme, which will complement improvements already made around the station, will address many of the challenges faced by cyclists and pedestrians, including those with visual impairments. Improvements, which have been agreed following consultation with more […]
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Plymouth City Council has been recognised in the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list, sponsored by City and Guilds, which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices. The list was announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards, which took place last month in London. After a tough […]
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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 […]
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A new eco-village on the outskirts of Plymouth – which will provide jobs and homes and is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK – is moving a step closer to reality. Bickleigh Down, which off Tavistick Road and can be accessed from Towerfield Drive, is the name of the planned […]
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Early preparation works for the Derriford Transport Scheme will get under way tomorrow. The scheme will help to reduce congestion along Tavistock Road and create more road capacity for the extra traffic that will be generated by proposed developments in the area. It will also include better facilities for public transport, walking and cycling. Derriford […]
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A new exhibition opening at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 6 February explores the role of warfare in children’s play from 1800 to the present day. ‘War Games’ is a nationally touring exhibition from the V&A Museum of Childhood and will be on display until 18 June. The show, which is designed […]
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Plymouth’s City Market is to get a £3.5 million makeover as part of a major investment to help the city’s West End businesses. Market traders are being invited to an event next week to talk to the project team and see some of the proposed designs for the revamp that will secure the long term […]
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Now that the Government’s new Universal Credit scheme has been introduced the City Council is hosting a special event to explain the changes for private landlords. Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people in or out of work, which merges together some of the benefits and tax credits that people currently receive. Universal […]
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It’s National Libraries Day on Saturday 6 February and we’re celebrating with a programme of free events to show off what’s on offer at your local library. Gadget help, computer coding, family history and rhymetimes are just some of the activities taking place in libraries across the city. North Prospect Library is hosting its first teddy […]
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People now have the opportunity to celebrate the life of a family pet by purchasing a 5-year memorial plaque at one of the new community orchards. For £210 people can have a memorial plaque on a granite plinth set within one of the newly planted orchards and meadows. The new orchards at Central Park, Plympton […]
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Firefighters were called to a Plymouth park in the early hours if this morning after a Staffordshire Bull Terrier got its head stuck in a fence.
A crew from Greenbank was sent to Freedom Fields park on Greenbank Road at 12.15am this morning.
A dog was found with its head stuck in railings.
Crews used hydraulic cutting tools to release the 4-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier from a metal gate.
JUST over 100 years ago the plight of the Suffragettes hit the headlines – as Emmeline Pankhurst was arrested right here in Plymouth.The leader of the British suffragette movement was just five years away from welcoming the Representation of the People Act, giving women over the age of 30 who met certain property qualifications the suffrage, when she was met by police as she arrived into Plymouth.In 1913 Mrs Pankhurst was arrested on board the White Star steamship Majestic on arrival at...
FIRE crews were called to a flat blaze in Plymouth tonight amid concerns there were people still inside.
The fire broke out in a first-floor flat on Budshead Road in Whitleigh shortly before 6pm.
Two appliances from Crownhill were sent to the scene and called for backup from a crew based at Camels Head.
Two firefighters donned breathing apparatus to go inside the property and confirmed there was nobody inside.
They used a hose reel and a safety jet to put out the fire, which completely destroyed
A BUSINESSMAN has launched a campaign to create the UK's first ever pasty museum.
Malcolm Ball, the chief executive of WMC Retail Partners Plc, the company behind the transformation of the historic award-winning Old Spitalfields Market in London, is overseeing the creation of the new 13,000 square-foot St Austell attraction that is designed to celebrate the very best in the region's food and drink produce.
He said: "I started to research whether there's any visitor attractions focussing..
RESIDENTS are being asked for their opinion on the future of Fort Austin - one of the city's dilapidated 19th century military defences.Tory politicians, including Johnny Mercer MP and Eggbuckland councillors Ian and Lynda Bowyer, are hosting a public meeting at 10.30am on Saturday (17 Oct) outside the fort's entrance on Fort Austin Avenue to begin to gather people's views.Mr Bowyer said he was keen to see measures put in place to prevent anti-social behaviour at the historic location.Fort...
A GIANT new development of shops, restaurants, homes and hundreds of student flats on Plymouth's waterfront looks to be two years away from lift-off.
The Herald revealed in June how Sutton Harbour Holdings plc had new plans for the plot once earmarked for a BBC studio.
The company wants to build a block called Sugar House, which would include shops, restaurants, car parking and homes for about 400 residents, and about 300 student flats at Sutton Harbour's East Quays.
Bosses are aiming to have...
MOVES to shut Plymouth police stations has been lambasted by the city's council leader as chiefs are forced to make heavy cuts - but one Tory MP said police stations "do not help fight crime".The Thin Blue Line is due to get thinner as Devon and Cornwall Police bosses announced a litany of stations they plan to close over the next five years in a bid to save £29million from its current budget.Bases in Plympton, Beacon Park and Ivybridge are all under threat, along with Torpoint,.
The 150-YEAR-OLD Napoleonic Tregantle Fort near Plymouth is being recalled into action by the 16th Regiment Royal Artillery in their build up to deployment to the Falklands.
The air defence 11 (Sphinx) Battery unit are using the fort – that was built to guard the Devonport Dockyard – for part of their intense training.
The Regiment are in charge of operating the Army's only short range Rapier surface to air missile system.
Major David Joyce said: "The fort has been here a long...
MOTORISTS may have to be a little more patient over the next two weeks as council staff carry out travel surveys on Plymouth's key routes.
The surveys are set to be to gather up-to-date information on journeys made in the city, which is critical for funding submissions on major transport improvement schemes such as the Forder Valley Link Road.
Council chiefs say the surveys will also provide the essential data needed to ensure that new road schemes meet current and future demand.
PLYMOUTH'S two Apprentice hopefuls are among the favourites to be fired next, according to the bookies.
Neither Charleine Wain or Brett Butler-Smythe are among the top ten candidates tipped to win the latest series of the hit BBC reality show.
Brett avoided being fired by Lord Sugar in the opening show last night, while Charleine shone in the teams' first task.
But despite that she is still an outside bet to triumph at 18/1 according to most bookmakers.
Brett is 16/1, while the current favourite
A MAN who admitted sexually assaulting a young woman in the middle of Plymouth was let off with a fine and no need to sign the Sex Offenders Register.
Marcin Balazy, of Hill Park Crescent, Greenbank was arrested by police following an incident at 4.55am on May 10 near the Student Union bar on the Plymouth University campus.
At the time the victim told investigators she was followed by Balazy from the Cuba bar in North Hill to an isolated area within the campus.
He then grabbed her around the.
A STUDENT in his first year living away from home was found dead in his Plymouth bedroom after taking a 'legal high', an inquest heard.Muhib Ahmed Abbas was discovered on the floor of his dorm room in Discovery Heights halls of residence after friends raised the alarm, saying they hadn't seen the 19-year-old for three days.Plymouth Coroner's Court was told how the Muslim teenager informed friends, not long before his body was found, that he wasn't feeling well and might have to go to...
A PLYMOUTH cafe has set up a scheme which will see generous customers buy the homeless a hot drink.The Stoke Cafe, in Devonport Road, launched a 'suspended coffee' scheme last Friday (Oct 9) to help homeless people this winter.Sue Austin, who opened the cafe three years ago, says she first got the idea from travel website TripAdvisor."Somebody on TripAdvisor asked me if I had done a suspended coffee and I had to look it up to find out what it was," said the 53-year-old, who lives in...
TRIBUTES have been paid to a "happy" Plymouth six-year-old following his sudden death.Sebastian Hibberd, aged six, was rushed to Derriford Hospital on Monday after taking ill at his home in Plympton.Paramedics were called to the home of the Boringdon Primary School pupil following reports that he was unwell, police say.He arrived at Derriford Hospital at about 3pm on Monday but sadly died a short time after.David Maddison, chief executive of Plymouth Learning Partnership, which...
VINCENT BAILEY, aged 34, of Moor Lane, Plymouth: assaulting an officer in the execution of his duty, driving without insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence – fined £70, ordered to pay £150 criminal courts charge, £85 costs, £50 compensation and £20 victim surcharge.
CARL HAMMOND, aged 42, of Corner Brake, Plymouth: assaulting a man by beating and causing criminal damage to a taxi – 12-month community order with 160 hours...
HALF Penny Cottage is a reverse-level detached barn conversion tucked away in a secluded rural location at Venton near Lee Mill. The garden is surrounded by open countryside and enjoys far-reaching views to Dartmoor.An oak stable door opens into a hall with two double bedrooms and a well-equipped modern shower room.A staircase leads to an open plan living area with vaulted ceiling and a wood-burning stove on a slate hearth. The kitchen area has a country style kitchen with a Belfast sink,...
A year after he left Rockafella to focus on training as a teacher, top local vocalist Ollie Hayne has rejoined the band and they are to play their first gig in the original line-up at the Thistle Park Tavern this week."The irony is that the Michael Mochen who took over from me as lead vocalist last year has just started a PGCE in music, so he needs time out for that," explains Ollie. "It was perfect timing really."Ollie had been with Rockafella practically since the formation
Plymouth's very own popstar, Jamie Lawson, had his single made Track of the Day on Radio 1 on Thursday.Jamie was born in St Budeaux, has been signed by superstar Ed Sheeran's label and has had nothing since success since. His first single, Wasn't Expecting That, has already made it to Number 10 in the iTunes chart and on Thursday was played across all the day time shows on Radio 1. The singer has been supported by the likes of Radio 2's Jo Whiley and Radio 1 BBC Breakfast host, Nick Grimshaw....
A NEW children's theatre and arts hub is to be created in Devonport Park after planning chiefs gave the idea the thumbs-up.
Stiltskin Arts CIC brought back to life a former changing room for munitions workers in the park last year.
Now it has been given the formal go-ahead to operate it as a children's theatre and to create an amphitheatre next to it.
Iain Slade, director at Stiltskin Arts CIC, previously told The Herald how the Stiltskin's SoapBox Theatre building has been designed around...
THERE are reports of a two-car collision in Plymouth this evening.A two-car crash took place on Eldad Hill at about 5pm today.A pale blue Honda and a silver Vauxhall Zafira were involved in the incident.Police have put a temporary single file traffic system in place causing slow-moving traffic in the area.No injuries are believed to have been sustained during the crash.Officers remain at the scene.More to follow.