Issue - meetings


Meeting: 22/11/2021 - City Council (Item 4)


(a)        To receive announcements from the Lord Mayor, Chief Executive, Service Director for Finance or Head of Legal Services;


(b)        To receive announcements from the Leader, Cabinet Members or Committee Chairs.

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The Lord Mayor made the following announcements to members:



Thanked Dave Walsh for his long service to the Council. Dave retired in September following 43 years and 3 months of service.



Thanked Dave Milford who had also retired following 32 years of service with the Plymouth RNLI.



Julian Mouland had won the Lifetime Champion Award at the Safeguarding Adults Board Excellence Awards.



Plymouth City Council had won Local Authority of the Year award at the 2021 Municipal Journal awards.



The Lord Mayor proposed to suspend the rules of procedure to allow the Director of Public Health Ruth Harrell to provide an update on COVID-19 to Council and answer any questions that were submitted by Councillors to Ruth.


Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Mrs Bridgeman seconded the proposal and went to a vote.


Members voted unanimously in favour of the motion.


Ruth Harrell, Director of Public Health presented a video to Council.


Councillor Nick Kelly, Leader of the Council made the following announcements to Council:



Plymouth City Council had been working alongside other agencies in Recovery efforts across Keyham and more broadly across Plymouth. In the immediate aftermath of the shootings, partners from across all agencies had come together with Plymouth City Council, the OPCC and the Police to provide immediate support to all affected and start the long-term work to rebuild confidence of the community and its capacity to recover from this tragedy.


Collective efforts continued to focus on supporting the local community and ensuring that partners had been able to maximise services and opportunities for the Keyham community and asset victims’ families to recover from the violence and tragedy.


Community policing had been providing a visible neighbourhood presence to provide community reassurance.

Safer Keyham had been restoring a feeling of safety through physical prevention measures such as improved CCTV.

Victims support had been commissioning services to provide additional services to support the victims and witnesses and ensure that they received the specialised support required to recover.


Councillor Nick Kelly updated members of the media reach that The Box had garnered since Songlines.


The campaign had generated over 150 pieces of coverage to date and it is estimated that there had been an audience reach of 28 million people which would have an advertising value equivalent of £1.5 million. 


Plymouth had coverage in the US, Canada, Australia and Spain and had been extensively covered on the BBC including the BBC2 Culture show and BBC Radio 4 Front Row.



Plymouth had been awarded £1.2 million for two projects as part of the Creative Development Fund which was one of the biggest allocations in the UK. The National Marine Park had been awarded £655,000 to support businesses to make the journey to net zero. Stonehouse Union had been awarded £542,000 to bring the millennium back to life.



Plymouth City Council had secured a major new inward investment from Marks and Spencer on the Council’s land on the former Seaton Barracks site. The new Marks and Spencer foods store  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4