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Portsmouth City Council invites residents to have their say in how we shape services for local people and communities.

Residents in Portsmouth are invited to have their say in The Big Portsmouth Survey on how the rising cost of living is affecting them, in research being undertaken by Portsmouth City Council. Residents will be able to share their experiences and views through an online survey, via a telephone consultation service or community events.

The survey is now open to residents aged 16 and over. The closing date is Tuesday 27 September 2022 at 11:59pm.

The survey also asks about views on how the city should be responding to the climate crisis, around sustainable travel and about things to do and opportunities get involved in cultural activities. By taking part, residents will help the council and its partners to shape services for local communities now, and as we work towards our shared vision for 2040.

The quickest and simplest way for residents to take part in the survey is online. Alternatively, residents can call Portsmouth City Council’s dedicated team on 023 9261 6708 and take the survey over the phone. Paper surveys will also be available at community events being held throughout September.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader at Portsmouth City Council, comments:

“We know things are tough. The Big Portsmouth Survey helps us to understand how the rising cost of living is affecting local residents and what our city needs now. By telling us the impact the crisis is having on you, you will help shape services for local people and communities.

“We also need to know your views on how we shape the city for the future. We welcome your views on easy and active travel, our response to the climate crisis and the city’s cultural activities on offer. Your responses will help us and our partners make plans as we work towards our shared vision for 2040.

“I urge everyone to complete it; take 15 minutes to have your say to help make sure your views are counted in decisions on services.”

The findings from this consultation will also be compared with those from similar pieces of research conducted in 2020 and 2021. This will allow the council to track the impact of services on residents and see how things may have changed since the height of the pandemic. The results from the previous resident surveys can be found at:

How to have your say:

The digital way

If you have internet access, this is the easiest way to have your say. You can also sign-up for email alerts, so you’ll be the first to know about new consultations.

The telephone way

If you prefer to take the survey over the phone, call 023 9261 6708 to take part in The Big Portsmouth Survey. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm.


Residents will also have to opportunity to complete paper surveys at the following events:

  • Party for Cosham, Cosham Park, Saturday 10 September, 12pm to 2pm.
  • Party for Somerstown, Gibson Centre, Sackville Street and Atherstone Walk, Saturday 17 September, 12pm to 2pm.
  • Party for Hilsea, Gatcombe Gardens, Tuesday 20 September, 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
  • Live Well in Somerstown, King’s Church, Somers Road, PO5 4QA, Friday 23 September, 11am-1pm.
  • Live Well in Landport, Landport Community Centre, Charles Street, PO1 1JD, Tuesday 27 September, 9am-11am.