Our manifesto states that we will continue to lead a well-run council working to three key priorities:
- A Net Zero Carbon City
- Our Communities and Homes
- A Healthy and Active City
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.
Our Communities and Homes
Protecting Our Green Ridgeline
Exeter City Council – retrofit for energy efficient homes
Prince Charles visits our new bus station and views St Sidwells Point
Progress towards ending Rough Sleeping in Exeter
City Council Allotments proving ever more popular
Our Communities and Homes
As residents and stakeholders in Exeter, we will build on the strong foundation of Labour values, fabulous Exeter communities and our work so far as a Labour-led council to keep Exeter a great place to live, work and visit.
We are immensely proud of the amount of important and inspirational work that takes place led by community groups and organisations in the city. The Voluntary & Community Sector is a key part of the city’s fabric and it delivers extraordinary value for the funds allocated from the Council and other sources. Their value is also in the social capital brought to communities demonstrated through the fantastic things that people achieve in and for their communities.
Inclusivity is key to bringing everyone together to take pride in Exeter a great place to live and thrive.
Alongside our strong community of city residents, we continue to tackle the housing crisis which has an impact on everyone in the city. We are proud of being a council which has maintained and developed our number of social housing homes, insists on affordable housing as part of any new commercial housing developments and works tirelessly to address homelessness within the city.
What we will do next
- We will continue our plans to increase council housing stock built to high energy-efficient standards benefiting our tenants with lower fuel bills and sustainable homes.
- We will continue the retrofitting of our existing 4,000 council homes reducing carbon emissions and fuel costs.
- We will create a business case for our own new Residential Property Company to build and acquire rented homes with the security of an ethical landlord and secure tenancies not seen in the private sector.
- Working with key partners and stakeholders in the city, we will develop a strategic approach to tackling homelessness and complex-issue housing needs.
- A revised Community Grants programme will ensure there is still a focus on supporting local community initiatives, supporting community buildings with overheads and refurbishment to help our amazing community-led resources be resilient into the future.
- We will review and improve the provision and infrastructure of the Corn Exchange.
- We will be consulting on the draft of the new Local Plan, involving communities in planning for the future of Exeter growth and neighbourhoods.
- We will work with community networks and trustees in Pinhoe and Whipton to explore the development of new Community Wellbeing Hubs.
- Through a new Community Asset Transfer Policy we will continue to address how the Council can support community organisations to take on and manage buildings and resources to benefit their local communities.