Our manifesto states that we will continue to lead a well-run council working  to three key priorities:

  • Achieving Net zero Exeter 2030
  • Supporting active and healthy lifestyles
  • Building great neighbourhoods

Below are our commitments under this priority, but first here are some articles which give a flavour of the sort of  work that our Council is doing linked to this priority.


Supporting active and healthy lifestyles


In England, one in four people do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week, while one in six deaths is linked to inactivity. In Exeter, some people are already more physically active than the national average. Exeter is overall a healthy place to live but some areas in the city have poor health outcomes.

Whilst prosperity overall in the city has grown in recent years, the health inequalities gap between the most and least well-off areas has increased. We know that active and healthy lifestyles bring wider benefits to individuals and communities by reducing health inequality, tackling congestion, improving community connectivity and reducing social isolation.

Key additional outcomes we will deliver in the coming year:

  • The ground breaking Passivhaus leisure complex, St Sidwell’s Point, will open in the summer of 2021 with facilities including:
    • 25m competition swimming pool.
    • 20 m community pool.
    • Children’s confidence/play pool.
    • Health &fitness centre (150 station gym and flexible studio).
    • Café.
    • Children’s soft play activity space.
    • Spa (including hydrotherapy pool and treatment room).
    • Rooftop terrace.
  • The long awaited re-opening of the Riverside pool will happen in the summer of 2021, bringing the Riverside Leisure Centre back into full use.
  • With all of our pools in action, the new in-house service, Exeter Leisure, will roll out a Swimming Lesson programme to help get children back in the water after an unprecedented time of closure due to the pandemic. We aim to offer lessons for all and provide an opportunity that will enable catch-up for those who have lost significant lesson time. The swim programme will be affordable to all.
  • Bring together the resources of the new in-house service, Exeter Leisure, and the Live and Move project to create more diverse and flexible opportunities for people to become more active.
  • Build back membership/subscription base which has taken a severe hit during the pandemic.
  • Tackle health inequalities by supporting those most disadvantaged through COVID-19 to lead healthy and active lifestyles.
  • Public re-launch and awareness campaign of the Exeter Green Circle, supporting more people to access walking routes across the city.
  • Citywide active travel programme for workplaces to enable more walking & cycling and improve staff health wellbeing.
  • #ShareYourMoves campaign to get people moving more and active every day to improve health & wellbeing post COVID-19.
Active and Healthy Lifestyles
Active and Healthy Lifestyles
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