Survey gives you a chance to make your voice heard

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At the mere mention of the word survey, there are some people who feel like heading for the hills.

The mental image conjured up is of the clipboard army who frequent our high streets, ready to waylay the unwary.

But what if a survey meant you had a real say about where you live and that, by taking the time to answer certain questions, your views could directly influence the way things work and improve your surroundings?

That’s what the Passion for Portsmouth survey is all about – finding out what you think of the city, its strengths and weaknesses, what you want to see changed and improved and what you’d be happy to see stay the same.

Last year the first Passion for Portsmouth survey, conducted by Shaping the Future of Portsmouth and supported by The News and other businesses and organisations across the area, received more than 2,500 responses.

It was hugely encouraging to discover that so many people clearly cared deeply about their surroundings and community and wanted to have their say.

You said you felt cleanliness, shopping facilities and cultural activities were all areas most in need of attention.

But it wasn’t all criticism. Far from it. In fact, 85 per cent rated Portsmouth highly enough to say they had recommended the city to someone who doesn’t live here. Meanwhile 65 per cent told us it was a better place to live now than it was 10 years ago.

Of course, the effectiveness of a survey is lost if the findings aren’t used to inform and effect change.

So this time round it will be interesting to compare the results and see if certain attitudes have shifted.

If you have a passion for Portsmouth and want your voice to be heard, please turn to p25 and spend a few minutes answering just eight questions, then send the form to us. Or, if you prefer, fill it in online.

It’s easy, you don’t even need to give your name and your answers could really help to make Portsmouth an even better place in which to live and work.