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.


A Healthy and Active City


One in four people in England 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.

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.

Our integrated approach to leisure, health and wellbeing, in partnership with Live and Move, the Sport England Local Delivery Pilot, has supported the Council’s key priorities of promoting active and healthy lives and communities, while working to reduce health inequalities across the city& wellbeing post COVID-19.


What we will do next

  • We are developing a transformational low traffic neighbourhood in Newtown, improving access for walking and cycling, and improving connectivity to St Sidwells Point and the city centre
  • We will develop and launch an introductory 12 week wellbeing programme for residents to improve their health and wellbeing and take up their first leisure membership with Exeter Leisure.
  • The Isca Centre gym will provide a rehab facility for GP and social prescribing referrals.
  • We will deliver a Playing Pitch Strategy and invest in local pitch improvement and playing fields.
  • We will continue to work with local residents of Wonford to develop a detailed design and business plan for a new Community Wellbeing Hub. £750,000 is committed toward the next stage of work which will see the redevelopment of the existing sports centre.
  • We will work in partnership with Devon County Council to engage with residents and communities to deliver a 10-year Local Walking and Cycling Infrastructure Plan to improve walking and cycling networks across Exeter.
  • Working with local communities, we will identify and improve shorter walks connecting neighbourhoods to the 13-mile Exeter Green Circle.
  • We will deliver a refurbishment of paddling pools in parks across the city.
  • We will work with the University of Exeter through the Exeter Creative Arc to deliver support for the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM).
  • The newly formed Harbour Board will be working to develop the Exeter waterway as a vibrant and attractive asset for both residents and visitors to the City.
  • We will introduce a Green Travel pilot scheme for local companies.
  • We will continue to protect our valley parks in partnership with Devon Wildlife Trust and work on ‘rewilding’ the city to improve appearance and bio-diversity.
  • We will continue with the Exeter and Cranbrook Live and Move programme, encouraging and enabling more active happy lives.
Active and Healthy Lifestyles
Active and Healthy Lifestyles
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