Agenda item

Leader's Announcements


Councillor Nick Kelly (The Leader), highlighted the following in his announcements:



(a)  Congratulated our city-born and city-trained athletes who had competed in the Tokyo Olympics. In particular, a mention Tom Daley on him winning the Gold Medal in the men’s synchronized 10m diving and for winning the Bronze in the 10m diving. His performance had been simply outstanding, competing in diving championships over three decades in not only the Olympics, but World, European and Commonwealth Games and also his inspiring work as a role model for young people and for the LGBTQ+ community;


(b)  Announced that through our Lord Mayor we had offered to award him the Freedom of the City of Plymouth. This was the highest honour that as a council we could bestow. Tom has accepted to receive this honour and an EGM has been called ahead of the next Council meeting on 13th September to confirm this;



(c)  We are yet to realise the full extent of the economic impact SailGP had but with over 30,000 spectators and a global televised reach of over 125 million, It was safe to say this event had a positive impact. The scenes on The Hoe were incredible and Plymouth showed itself off in all its glory;


(d)  Following on from this successful event and with thanks to SailGP’s Inspire programme we were continuing to support local youth sailing initiatives. It was so important that this event had a wider, long-lasting impact on Plymouth. It was great that this partnership had formed to deliver such a fantastic programme of activity which would enable more young people to get out on the water, try sailing and learn new skills;


(e)  Special thanks to all those involved in securing this race for our city and also to all our staff who went above and beyond to make sure The Hoe looked its absolute best;


(f)   Had now installed a swimming pontoon located just off Tinside Lido for our wild swimmers. This was a pilot scheme to see how well it was used and if it proves popular we will look to make it a bigger and more permanent feature. This was the latest of new facilities coming to the Waterfront thanks to a grant of £625,000 from the Getting Building Fund;


(g)  This was all part of this administration’s commitment to improve our amazing waterfront and help people to make the most of this location by investing in maritime facilities;

(h)  This weekend would see the outdoor theatrical performance of The Hatchling. This would take place over two days – 14th and 15th August on The Hoe. This was one of the highlight events from Mayflower 400 and would take the form of a giant puppet dragon which would hatch and roam through the city, before taking flight from the coast in a unique feat of artistry and engineering. This had been made possible by funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It will be a brilliant live performance bringing a universal myth to life in Plymouth;



(i)    A reminder to everyone about the Firework Championships taking place on the 18th and 19th August which you will be able to watch from The Hoe. Sadly this didn’t take place last year, but we are thrilled to see it once again in Plymouth.