It's not often that people are given the opportunity to design their city's future from scratch - but on Saturday 14 March 2020, that's exactly what 100 Portsmouth residents are going to be asked to do.

It's all part of Imagine Portsmouth, a collaborative project bringing organisations, businesses, people and communities together to create a new vision for the future of the city.

Residents are being asked to apply for a place at the conference in plenty of time, as there are only 100 places available - and, recognising that people's time is precious, event organisers are offering a £75 incentive for people who attend on the day.

The 100 people selected to attend will make up broadly representative sample of the city to make sure that people from all walks of life are included.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Deputy Leader for Portsmouth City Council said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for people who care passionately about Portsmouth to make their voices heard. I was part of the group that helped create Portsmouth's last vision in 2008 - and the beginning of a new decade feels like the right time to come together as a city and talk about our shared aspirations for the future.

"Portsmouth has a vibrant, thriving economy and cultural scene. It is a city that inspires great passion and great pride - and we want to create a shared vision that reflects that."

While Portsmouth City Council is helping keep the project on track, this is by no means a council vision - it's a vision for everyone who lives, works and plays in Portsmouth.

Tim Rusby, Chair of Portsmouth Creates said: "This is a genuinely collaborative process and we're hopeful we can get everybody on board. Our amazing city faces an exciting future with major opportunities for growth and regeneration. Portsmouth Creates is a new organisation committed to being a catalyst in that process, but we can only do that, if many more people, from all communities join in the discussions about what kind of city they want to live, work and play in.  The citizens' conference in March is the next step on our journey to a citywide consultation in the summer so please, apply now and get involved in shaping our city's vision."

The friendly, informal event will be independent facilitated by local company Paraffin and will cover topics like health, wellbeing, social care, transport, the economy, culture and heritage and the environment, asking people to tell us what matters most to them - and why.

To apply, people should visit portsmouth.gov.uk/citizensconference before Sunday 16 February 2020 to complete a short survey about themselves and why they think they should be invited to the conference. If people don't have access to a computer, they can phone 023 9268 8073 to apply.