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To: Exeter City Council

Save Clifton Hill Sports Centre

Ensure that Clifton Hill Sports Centre, a vital community hub for the South West's most 'active' city, reopens fully and is run well with minimum delay.

Why is this important?

I have always regarded Clifton Hill sports centre as an asset to the city and understand its importance within the community. The facility has attained excellent user numbers over the years and its closure would not be in the best interests of the city

The centre closed in March due to a roof leak and a burst pipe, but the council won't commit to a reopening.

Help the city get its much loved Clifton Hill sports centre back in service! It has left an irreplaceable void in peoples lives. It was a real community hub used by all ages from toddlers to pensioners and all socio economic groups. Exeter is bidding to be the UK's most 'active city' and so closing the centre is insanity! Come on Exeter City Council tell us it will reopen - it was only some snow through the roof and a few burst pipes!

How it will be delivered



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2018-05-09 14:13:12 +0100

Radio Exe interview coming up!

2018-05-09 14:12:47 +0100

The report is still being written, but the early indications are that councillors are likely to be asked to support the permanent closure of Clifton Hill, due to the extent of the damage and the likely cost of repair. Full details of the reasons behind the recommendation will be outlined in the report

2018-05-09 10:58:00 +0100

Let Sport England know what you think too - tweet!!

2018-05-08 08:08:27 +0100

2018-05-04 16:42:23 +0100

500 signatures reached

2018-05-04 16:38:42 +0100

Elections are 'done & dusted' - time to email or write to your councillor -

2018-05-04 10:28:04 +0100

2018-05-04 09:22:03 +0100
go to about 12 mins in for BBC spotlight feature!

2018-05-03 09:57:56 +0100

2018-05-03 09:57:32 +0100
& the Front page of the Express & Echo

2018-05-03 09:55:25 +0100

We made Spotlight on BBC - go to 12 mins in

2018-04-30 16:19:12 +0100

Dear Cllr Bialyk

I’m starting to think that any news on this is waiting for the elections to pass. Perhaps I’m cynical a read Private Eye too much.

Minutes of your meetings seem to confirm what I knew that CHSC was popular and very well attended. Its closure would be a loss to the city and shaming for its Council – it’s one of very few sports halls available, it hardly accords with the City’s ‘ambition of making Exeter the most active city in the country, delivering on the commitment to encourage 10,000 more people to become active for life’ does it?

2018-04-30 15:41:13 +0100

Email to Exeter's MP
[email protected]
Dear Ben

heard nothing more from you or your office. I have always regarded Clifton Hill as an asset to the City and understand its importance within the community. The facility has attained excellent user numbers over the years and it’s closure would not be in the best interests of the City. Silence from the council seems to suggest that they are simply waiting until the elections are out of the way before given any bad news – if that proves to be the case it’s shameful..

2018-04-30 15:29:17 +0100

Starting to suspect the Council are delaying any bad news of CHSC until after the elections...

2018-04-30 11:55:33 +0100

Minutes from meeting rear CHSC last April with ECC;
Councillor Brimble commented on the future plans for Clifton Hill LC once the new facilities at St Sidwells Point were open, as they would also be able to offer fitness facilities as well as a pool. Jeremy Wright responded stating that Clifton Hill’s biggest asset was the sports hall which would continue to offer a range of sports including five a side and walking football, netball, basketball as well as badminton and exercise classes. He agreed that it would be an interesting time when St Sidwell’s Point opened, and acknowledged that it may present some challenges. Steve Lyon agreed that any new venue resulted in a drift of membership, but Clifton Hill was fairly well placed within an established community including local residents and students.