Portsmouth City Council is holding roadshows where residents can get involved in its citywide debate about public spending.
Council representatives will be at supermarkets, leisure centres and other busy locations next month, to help residents give their views on council spending priorities.
The events are part of a public consultation on the council's 2019–20 budget.
They are as follows:
- Thursday 4 October, 12pm–2pm – Morrisons Anchorage Park
- Monday 8 October, 1pm–4pm – Paulsgrove housing office
- Monday 8 October, 5pm–8pm – Mountbatten Centre
- Friday 12 October, 10am–1pm – Morrisons Victory Retail Park
- Saturday 13 October, 10am–2pm – Pyramids
- Thursday 18 October, 10am–1pm – Somerstown hub café
- Monday 22 October, 10am–1pm – Cosham market
- Tuesday 23 October, 1pm–4pm – Tesco Fratton
There will also be a special event for local companies. They are being invited to a business breakfast meeting at the Guildhall on Wednesday 24 October, from 8.30am to 9.30am. Businesses can register for their free place on Eventbrite.
There will also be special events for voluntary groups and for young people, and there are plans to attend meetings of neighbourhood forums.
Cllr Steve Pitt, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: "This is a chance for people to come and talk face to face, and also a way of reaching people who might not normally get involved in something like this."
At the events, residents will be encouraged to take part in the council's opinion survey on spending.
Cllr Pitt said: "The council has less money these days, so it's important that we understand what services residents value the most and how they think we should spend the money we have.
"We're asking residents how they would draw up the budget if they were in charge. This will help us with next year's budget as well as the direction we take in the future."
Like all councils, Portsmouth is facing a further reduction in the grant it gets from the government. In the coming three years, the council needs to save another £12m from its revenue budget. This is in addition to £77m savings it has had to make in the last eight years.
The budget consultation runs until 28 October, with residents being asked what council services they value the most, how they would allocate money and if there should be a council tax increase.
As well as coming to one of the events, residents can:
- search 'budget consultation' at www.portsmouth.gov.uk and complete an online survey.
- get a paper copy of the survey – from main reception at the Civic Offices, any Portsmouth housing office, any council library, any council community centre, any council leisure centre or by calling 02392 688 073.
- find Portsmouth City Council on Facebook.