People have an amazing passion for Portsmouth

OUR CITY Hampshire coast from the air looking east over Gunwharf Quays, the Spinnaker Tower and HMS Warrior into Portsmouth
OUR CITY Hampshire coast from the air looking east over Gunwharf Quays, the Spinnaker Tower and HMS Warrior into Portsmouth
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WE asked you what you love about our great city – and now the results of our Passion for Portsmouth survey are in.

Thousands of you got in touch to tell us what makes Portsmouth a great place to live after we launched our campaign to celebrate all that is great about our city.

Whether it was by post or using the internet, more than 2,500 people took part and the responses were overwhelmingly positive.

A whopping 85 per cent of you said you had recommended the city to someone who doesn’t live here, and 65 per cent told us it 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 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.

Leader of the council, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said the information will now be put to good use promoting and improving Portsmouth.

He said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted that people are so proud of this great city.

‘It is a wonderful place to visit and has something for everyone.

‘Of course there are things we could be doing better, but people do have a real passion for the city and that is amazing to see.’

You also told us what changes would improve the city’s image; listing cleanliness, shopping facilities and cultural activities as the areas most in need of attention.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson added: ‘We should be intolerant of anyone dropping litter or making a mess of the city.

‘It is all part of having pride in where we live.’

Tourism and visitors services manager for the council, Drusilla Moody, said the survey was designed to get people talking about the city’s highlights.

She said: ‘I think our shopping is top notch: we have the Gunwharf Quays complex, Commercial Road and all of Southsea’s unique and diverse shops.

‘And from our annual BookFest and the Dickens 200th anniversary celebrations next year, to our two wonderful theatres and the free bandstand shows on Southsea Common, I think the city is awash with culture.

‘Our job is to get people raving about the things they love about Portsmouth.’