Wonford Health and Wellbeing Hub
Exeter City Council is working with the local community to support health and wellbeing in Wonford. In 2019 they asked what changes local residents would like to see in Wonford. Based on the result of this consultation, it was proposed that a new Health and Wellbeing Hub be built, replacing the existing Community Centre and Sports Centre.
This year, CAG Consultants and the architects Space and Place have been working with the community to develop a draft design for a new Centre. This is a community-led design process working through a Sounding Board of local residents, reflecting the interests of different groups in Wonford.
To develop a design, we surveyed local people about the priorities for the Hub. This survey was done in August 2020. There were responses from over 350 households, representing over 1000 people. More details on the survey results can be found here Survey Results
The architects used this information to come up with four options for these plans . More information about the options can be found here Options
December 2020 update
Consultation on the four options was held in October and November with covid-secure drop-in events and an online survey. The results of the consultation can be found here. Presentation.
While there was strong support for option four from local people who responded, the issue that received the most comment in the survey was a concern about the potential loss of existing sports facilities at Wonford. This concern was most strongly stated by existing users of the facilities.
So the community Sounding Board met with the City Council and the architects to come up with a fifth option. Option 5. This option provides an enlarged activities hall that is big enough for sports activities such as five-a-side football. There is no loss in provision for community activities, in fact there is additional dedicated community space including a large studio and extra storage. This is a larger building than option four, so to make it work, the new skate park will be located beside the existing BMX track. A comparison of the space provided in each of the options can be seen in the accommodation schedule.
In this discussion, the Sounding Board and the Council were both keen to make sure that this change would still ensure that priority is given to local community use. It was agreed that this will rely on how the Hub is managed, and therefore the Council has committed to closely involving local people in the future management of the Hub.
Based on this approach, option 5 was recommended by the Sounding Board, and was agreed by the Wonford Stewardship Group (the Council’s project management group). The next step is to develop a financial business plan which will go to a Council committee for approval in April. There will be more chances for the community to get involved in the development of the Hub in 2021.
- 2019 Consulation report →
- Exeter City Council 2019 report about the next steps for the Hub (pages 15-192) →
- Sounding Board minutes →
- Reports on August online consultations about priorities for Hub
- Information on four options and report on October and November consultation on the options
Ways to stay up to date and have your say…
To find out what is going on, and have your say, keep an eye on this page, the What Wonford Wants Facebook page and Instagram. There is a new mailing list managed by the reprsentatives of the sounding board from What Wonford Wants and we aim to keep subscribers up to date on developments wiuth the hub as well as activities organised in response to the consultation carried out. Please sign up on the form below.