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Ambitious Plymouth art project gets first funding

The festival would fill Plymouth with art. Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

Plans to carve a pair of mythical figures into Plymouth Hoe look to have been resurrected.

The giant chalk figures would form the centrepiece of a new art festival set to come to the city in 2016.

The first batch of funding, believed to be around £30,000, has been secured for the project, which would see Plymouth's streets filled with public art.

RFA Argus helps feed 16,000 people in Sierra Leone

More than 220 tonnes of food were delivered for the United Nations Credit: RNAS Culdrose

More than 16,000 people in Sierra Leone have a month’s supply of food after a three-day mission by the British Armed Forces to reach islands cut off from the rest of the country by the Ebola outbreak.

The RFA Argus, which set sail from Falmouth in October, joined the operation to bring supplies, with helicopters delivering more than 150 tonnes of food inland.

These couple of days were the best and the most rewarding that I’ve had in the Royal Navy. It was a fantastic experience to be able to work side by side with the people who will benefit from this aid. Storing it centrally will allow the food to be distributed to those who need it.

– Leading Airman Dave Jackson
Merlin helicopters from RFA Argus delivered food inland Credit: RNAS Culdrose

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Travel: problems on trains between Plymouth and Totnes

Train services between Plymouth and Totnes are being disrupted while engineers are checking out a problem on the line.

First Great Western are organising replacement buses, but at the moment passengers are having to make their own way between the two stations.

Trains from Totnes to Plymouth are not affected.

It's hoped that the situation will be resolved by midday.

Plymouth City Council to fire and re-hire 200 staff

Plymouth City Council plans to sack nearly 200 staff and then take them back on under flexible hours contracts. Unions are balloting members over strike action and is considering legal action on behalf of some members.

The council says it needs to provide customer services outside normal office hours. 140 staff have accepted the new contracts which will require them to work some weekends and up to eight o'clock at night.

The council deputy leader, Cllr Pete Smith, has accused the unions of being inflexible. The unions, Unison, Unite and the GMB, say their members are prepared to be flexible, but the city council has rejected their proposals and negotiations have broken down for the first time in twenty years.

140 council staff have accepted the new contracts

Milestone for Derriford

Derriford has gone a year without the MRSA superbug Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Derriford Hospital has reached a significant milestone this week - a year without any patient having an MRSA infection.The hospital has introduced measures to reduce the number of cases, like screening patients before they have an operation.

100 jobs created by haulage depot in Plymouth

100 jobs created by haulage depot in Plymouth Credit: ITV News

More than 100 jobs could be created when a major haulage firm builds a new depot in Plymouth. Gregory Distribution plans to build a centre where the Toshiba factory used to stand in Ernesettle.

The warehouse would form part of the £40 million Plymouth Enterprise Park. The company which is based at North Tawton, near Crediton, would look to employ around 85 daytime and 20 night shift workers at its new base.

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Sutton Harbour Boardwalk plans scaled back

Artist impression of the Boardwalk

The latest plan to build a £3 million Boardwalk at Plymouth's waterfront has been unveiled - and has been scaled back from previous proposals.

The Boardwalk is a key part of the Sutton Harbour Vision for its entire waterside area, that aims to create more than 1,300 jobs by regenerating sites around the harbour during the next 5 to 10 years.

Artist impression of the Boardwalk from the opposite viewpoint

New owners of Pannier Market unveil plans

New owners of Pannier Market unveil plans Credit: ITV News

The new owners of Plymouth's historic Pannier Market plan to restore the building and create a new gallery. The Grade II listed building dates back to around 1860 and was home to several small traders. Plymouth artist Robert Lenkievwicz had a studio here and there are now plans to build a gallery to celebrate his work. There will also be a shop and new apartments.

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