Welcome to the Area

We have compiled this information for residents who have recently moved in to our area – we hope you find it of interest.


The Residents’ Association would like to welcome you to our neighbourhood, one of the most attractive and conveniently situated areas in Exeter. Set up in 1997, the Association covers five streets: Thornton Hill, West Avenue, Waverley Avenue, Hillside Avenue and Highcross Road. Our main aims are to maintain and,wherever possible, improve the quality of life for all local residents. We do our best to achieve this in a positive way and, whenever time allows, we consult residents on issues, to ensure that we are putting forward their views and not just our own.We have achieved a number of our objectives recently, including the following:

Conservation status  –   We have successfully persuaded Exeter City Council to include our streets in a designated conservation area.

Play area – We initiated the installation of a children’s play area at the top of Thornton Hill.

Speed restrictions – Following discussions with Devon County Council, our five streets have been designated a 20 mph zone. Together with new parking arrangements in our area, this should result in a safer environment for both pedestrians and motorists.

Noise and disturbance – On the whole our streets are quiet, but there can be problems with noise from young people returning from nightclubs in town. We are in touch with adjoining residents’ associations, the University, the local police and the City Council to attempt to minimise disturbance to residents.

Maintaining the balance of our community – In the interests of maintaining the integrity and lifestyle of our long established community we are pressing for our area to be included in Exeter City Council’s ‘Area of Restriction’ – a scheme which restricts the number of houses converted to multiple occupation (HMOs).

Events – We hold occasional informal social events, usually in the Cricket Club pavilion (on the County Ground at the top of Thornton Hill and West Avenue) – a Big Bake (with an amzing selection of cakes, large and small) was held in May 2012 and 2013, a Lamb Roast in autumn 2007 and a Hog Roast every year since 2009. A further Hog Roast is planned for September 2013.

Our Annual General Meeting – held usually in September or October – this also takes place in the cricket pavilion.

Membership – is currently £5 a year for each household. For information on joining, please CLICK

The Association would be delighted to see new members involved in its activities and new blood is always welcome on its committee. Let us know if you would like to be involved in our activities. We are also always keen to receive new ideas. Please let us know if we can help you in any way. You can call on any of the committee members (listed in the About Us page) if there is something you wish to raise with the Association.

We very much hope you will join the Association: the more members we have, the stronger our voice will be in promoting the interests of our area.