Agenda item

Questions by the Public

To receive questions from and provide answers to the public in relation to matters which are about something the council is responsible for or something that directly affects people in the city, in accordance with Part B, paragraph 11 of the Constitution.


Questions, of no longer than 50 words, can be submitted to the Democratic Support Unit, Plymouth City Council, Ballard House, West Hoe Road, Plymouth, PL1 3BJ, or email to Any questions must be received at least five complete working days before the meeting.


There was two questions submitted by the public.


This question was submitted by Mr Mark Peters and was responded by Councillor Mark Lowry.

Sir John Hawkins Square appeal continues to the High Court. The road sign has been missing since June 2020. The missing sign contravenes the Public Health Act 1925 Sec 8(3) Will the Council be reinstating the road sign, as the matter awaits determination in the High Court?

It would be inappropriate for the council to respond to this question in light of the further appeal in connection with the court proceedings relating to Sir John Hawkins Square. The council will respond following the conclusion of the court proceedings.



This question was asked by Nicholas Demeranville and answered by Councillor Sue Dann

When determining planning application 19/02038/FUL, Installation of sustainable drainage system, wildflower meadow and associated public realm improvements, Central Park, Council Officers commented that the “masterplan approach was not the most appropriate”.  What is the Council’s vision for the park’s future development and how will it be realised?

Councillor Sue Dann provided the following response which would be provided in writing:


A masterplan for Central Park was created after extensive consultation in 2013.  Over the past 3 years, the Council has carried out a huge amount of investment in the park to meet the aspirations in that plan to deliver a premier destination for the people of Plymouth. 


We have completed £4.4m worth of improvements - including a new play area, extended skate park, new sports plateau, new café, refurbished and extended Sports Hub, new events field, 4 new tennis courts, and park-wide upgrades to paths, signage, seating, and heritage and nature-based interventions such as tree planting and repairing dry stone walls.


We have also supported over 300 hours of free nature based activities and volunteering for adults, families and school children; sent out regular park newsletters to keep people informed; engaged with sports clubs and businesses in the park and facilitated free public events.


We remain committed to the park - we know it has been a critical place for our residents’ health and wellbeing over the past year and we want it to remain that way.  The recently approved plans to improve the drainage in the Barn Park area are in line with the 2013 masterplan to create a larger body of water there, but what they also do is create new spaces for people and wildlife to enjoy. 


We are going to be opening our new Community Sports Hub this Spring, with a range of activities and events planned over the summer to help people get out and active into nature safely. 


As we come out of COVID, with our Green Minds and Future Parks projects we are going to be working on site with communities, schools and students to develop a tree-planting scheme, which helps the park be climate resilient, alongside trialling new digital tools to help people learn about nature and contribute to national citizen science efforts. This is a park for now and for the future.