• Exeter Quay


Exeter City Council has joined Key Cities, the network of 21 other member cities, along with Bath, Lincoln and Wrexham.

The new members will further strengthen the network’s ability to influence national policy, share and scale new ideas, and drive economic and social growth.

Key Cities’ work will also play an important role in the UK’s post-Covid recovery, particularly on issues relating to ports, housing, culture, climate, levelling up and devolution.

Cllr John Merry, Key Cities Chair and Deputy Mayor for Salford, said:

“Our collective voice is more powerful in demonstrating the opportunities and challenges our cities face. The enthusiasm of these four cities to join Key Cities is testament to the value of our network in bringing about positive change, and we very much look forward to working with them.”

Cllr Phil Bialyk, Leader of Exeter City Council, said:

“Key Cities delivers. By working together, we will be able to unlock things for residents we simply wouldn’t have been able to do on our own.

“In the city the public and private sector are already working hard together to deliver Exeter’s recovery and things residents have said are important to them. This is a much welcome boost to be able see those results more quickly.

“These include overcoming our infrastructure challenges and capitalising on opportunities to drive the levelling up agenda for the South West.”