Agenda item

Cabinet Member Updates


Councillor Sue Dann (Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Sport, Leisure and HR & OD) provided the following updates:  


a)    Social media posts had been shared on mental health support, community food access map (helping people to find their local food bank), debt advice (directing residents to face to face services and also online support), healthy starts, and promoting social broadband and phone tariffs for people on benefits; 

b)    Newer leaflets which were more family focused which had been distributed via community midwives, libraries and DWP; 

c)    There had also been promotion of things to do with welcoming warm spaces throughout the winter, advising what residents could do to reduce their energy costs and free activities during half term; 

d)    Household Support Fund Awareness Week, given £4.5m to use across the city to help people and more than £1.7m of this had been used to provide food vouchers for families who had children who were eligible for free school meals; 

e)    Working with Citizen’s Advice to distribute £750k of food and fuel vouchers and essential household goods to vulnerable people in need; 

f)     There was a sport and Leisure conference at the life centre which hosted Active Devon and showed Sport England and Active Thrive how we have linked sport with active aging, promoting a thriving lifestyle; 

i. Rhys from Plymouth Active Leisure went to London to Swim England conference and promoted how much Plymouth used swimming to improve mental health.  

h)    She had written to Government to ask for a social tariff for energy to help struggling households; 

i)     Shared information with Councillors and staff about cyber security; 

j)     Planning permission had been granted for a Community Hub for Brickfields; 

k)    Sports Development Unit co-ordinated 84 holiday clubs providing 23,950 free spaces for benefit related free school meals children aged between 5-16 years.  

Councillor Tom Briars-Delve (Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change) provided the following update:  


l)     Rolled out new Climate Impact Assessment tool to ensure that all key decisions consider their climate related impacts including biodiversity, Green House Gas emissions, renewable energy, ocean and waterway health, air quality, materials and waste, climate change adaptations and education, engagement and enabling conditions; 

m)  Gordon Miller Award won for Plymouth Natural Grid Partnership project;  

n)    5 people involved in kick-starter programmes went to work in a green space management sector, one for PCC and two working for The National Trust.  



Councillor Mary Aspinall (Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care) provided the following update:  


o)    A resuscitation unit had been agreed to be put in the Guildhall; 

p)    She visited the Clinical Diagnostic Centre and had positive feedback around not having to wait for Derriford, a video was played at this point to demonstrate this.  

Councillor Mark Lowry (Cabinet Member for Finance) provided the following updates:  


q)    Planning application had been completed and had been scheduled for submission before Christmas for the work to start in Spring for £25m development in Colin Campbell Court;  

r)    Old Town Street and New George Street development outside House of Fraser had been scheduled to be completed before Christmas and the contract for the next phase has been issued;  

s)     Stonework restored in the bow-tie pattern in the Civic Square, the paving around the pond had been re-laid, new turf had been put down and new soil with nutrition in had been laid for the trees, the pond had been agreed to be refilled this week; 

t)     Urban Splash have signed a service agreement to undertake structural work on the Civic Centre; it had been agreed that the cladding and roof replacement would start at the end of this year and would be forecast to be completed in Autumn 2024; 

u)    Agreed undertaking works inside the building including 144 new apartments and 50,000 square feet of commercial space. 

Councillor Mark Coker (Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport) provided the following updates:  

v)    Had been awarded £1.6m from Department for Transports Bus Service Improvement Plan for a two year period;  

w)   Seasonal bus to Bovisand return confirmed.  


Councillor Jemima Laing (Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Care, Culture, Events and Communications) gave the following updates: 


x)    Confirmation of Bonfire night on Plymouth Hoe 5 November 2023 with sponsorship from Plymouth Waterfront Partnership; 

y)    Autumn show opened in The Box including the Dutch Flower Exhibition and the End of Empire Exhibition;  

z)    Attended the switch on of Love is the Highest Economy of Life installation at the Civic Centre;  

aa)  Rosemarie Corlett had been announced as the new Plymouth Laureate 2023-25.