Crowdfunding for Climate Change

Projects that could help Plymouth play its part in tackling climate change are being asked to pitch for £15,000 in prize funding at an exciting one-off event.

Plymouth City Council  has re-launched its hugely successful City Change Fund and has increased the amount it can pledge on projects to £30,000 and introduced a new climate emergency bonus of up to £15,000 - to help projects trying to make us all greener. 

More litterers punished by the courts

Nine litter louts must pay £688 after appearing before Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The court heard how all of the offenders were given fixed penalty notices by the Council’s environmental enforcement officers, who witnessed them dropping litter on the city’s streets.

However, despite several reminders, the fixed penalty notices remained unpaid, resulting in a summons to court.

The court found the defendants guilty in their absence and ordered them each to pay a fine of £440, legal costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £44.

Ready, set, go! Ticket bookings for The Box go live

The build up to the opening of The Box is in the home straight with ticket bookings due to go live at 10am this Thursday (10 September).

The city’s new museum, gallery and archive opens on 29 September with amazing permanent galleries filled with highlights from Plymouth’s art, human history, natural history, film, photographic and archive collections.

Major commissions by five international contemporary artists, research and learning spaces, a new shop and a Kitchen & Bar are some of the other main highlights.

New loos for West Hoe

The new public toilets on West Hoe are now open for business.

The new toilets have eight unisex cubicles and two accessible toilets, and have a render finish with Plymouth limestone finish to the north and south facade.

These toilets are in the same style as the toilets on the Barbican and are able to be automatically scheduled to open and close to avoid antisocial behaviour.

The new loos also have card readers to allow you to spend a penny even without spare change.

New service to support adults with autism and their families launched

Adults with autism, their families, and health and social care services within Plymouth will now have access to a new specialist support service.

The Plymouth Autism Spectrum Service (P.A.S.S), run by Livewell Southwest and Plymouth City Council, will offer an advice for adults with autism and their families, and a consultation service for professionals working with adults with autism.

The Advice Service is for adults with autism and their families to discuss their challenges as well as their abilities and strengths.

Love Plymouth Parks

Over the past few months our green spaces have taken on extra significance, offering people a small piece of joy and familiarity while the world beyond was so uncertain.

So throughout this year’s summer holidays we’re bringing you Love Plymouth Parks; a celebration of our favourite places to go, coinciding with the national Love Parks campaign.

This year we’re going to have to do thing a bit differently. We won’t be able to do any big celebrations, but we will be offering activities and events that you can do in your households or online.

Plymouth’s children’s centres recognised by UNICEF

The outstanding work of Plymouth children’s centres has been acknowledged for the second year in a row by UNICEF for their work in supporting breastfeeding mothers in Plymouth.

Plymouth’s children’s centres have achieved the ‘Stage 2’ status of UNICEF’s Baby Friendly Initiative following a rigorous two day assessment where staff were interviewed on their knowledge and skills on infant feeding

As part of the accreditation process additional training has been delivered to children’s centre staff and means that they can provide the best possible help and advice.

Funding approved for Disabled Facilities Grants

Plymouth City Council has approved almost £2.5million to improve disabled people’s homes in the city.

Some residents will see their lives get that bit easier with adaptations such as stair lifts, level access showers, ramps, improved wheelchair access and accessible kitchens installed.

Last year we completed over 250 cases often requiring multiple pieces of work to give disabled and elderly people greater independence in their homes, keeping them and their carers safe.