And the survey says...tell us of your passion for our city by the sea

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WE asked you to tell us what is great about Portsmouth – and you are answering in droves.

For the second year in a row we have asked our readers to take part in the Passion for Portsmouth survey.

It’s your chance to tell us what you like – and what you don’t like – about the city’s infrastructure, culture seafront, sport and education.

Last year, more than 2,500 people took part and the responses were overwhelmingly positive.

It found 85 per cent of you said you had recommended the city to someone who doesn’t live here.

And 65 per cent of respondents told us Portsmouth is a better place to live than it was 10 years ago.

Topping the charts of favourite features were the city’s seafront, maritime history and the Gunwharf Quays shopping centre.

The survey was conducted by Shaping the Future of Portsmouth and supported by a number of businesses and organisations across the area – including Portsmouth FC, Highbury College, Marriott Hotels, Express FM, IBM and Portsmouth City Council.

But now the time has come to see if the improvements you told us needed to be made have actually started to happen.

And the first responses to the survey have been flooding into The News by post and via the internet.

Stella Mbubaegbu, principal of Highbury College, said: ‘This is the first time we’ll actually be able to compare the results and analyse them.

‘This year we really want to increase the number of responses we get from groups which were under-represented last time, so we’re targeting young people a lot more.

‘We’ll have a real focus on those who work in Portsmouth, and those who live in Portsmouth to see if their attitudes have changed since the first survey.’

Last year’s survey showed the thing that needed changing in the city most was its image, listing cleanliness, shopping facilities and cultural activities as the areas most in need of attention.

Ms Mbubaegbu added: ‘One of the things that came out was the lack of awareness of some of the city’s businesses that are here.

‘So we organised the Opportunities Fair, asked businesses to have more involvement with local schools with a buddy system, and the involvement of the Portsmouth ambassadors in raising the profile of the city’s brand.’

There are two ways to give your opinions. Either fill out the form online at surveymonkey.com/s/LZZXGD6 or post the one on p25 of last Saturday’s edition of The News to The News Centre, London Road, Hilsea, PO2 9SX.