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People in Portsmouth are being asked to help create a plan that will bring jobs and prosperity to the city, and make sure everyone benefits.

Portsmouth City Council is drawing up the plan, and it needs the views of residents, businesses and local organisations to ensure it meets the needs of the city as a whole.

Portsmouth City Council 2011The plan – the city's economic development and regeneration strategy – will enable businesses and organisations in the city to work to a common, agreed goal for the next decade or more.

By having an agreed strategy, the city will also be in a stronger position to claim funding from government and regional bodies aimed at boosting economic growth.

Residents and businesses are being asked to fill in an online survey that takes less than 15 minutes. It asks for views on subjects including:

  • what kind of businesses will provide jobs in the future
  • how the city should deal with changes in technology
  • what barriers could hold residents back from getting jobs
  • what the strengths of the city's economy are, and what threats it faces
  • what infrastructure and buildings are needed
  • how to make sure the benefits of growth are shared fairly

Cllr Ben Dowling, the council's Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: "I firmly believe that it is only by listening to our communities, residents and businesses that we can deliver a dynamic new economic vision and strategy for Portsmouth that is long-term, inclusive and achievable."

To comment, people should complete the survey here.

The deadline for comments is 14th September. A draft strategy will be written, which will be consulted on before it is finalised.

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