Citizens' Assembly

What is a Citizens' Assembly

In a Citizens’ Assembly, members of the public are invited to join the assembly through a 'civic lottery' and are randomly selected to be invited to take part. Assembly members are brought together to consider a public issue and make a recommendation on what action should be taken on that issue.

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly learn in depth about an issue, hearing from expert witnesses and people with experience of the issue. Together, they then discuss the issue and reach a collective decision on what they think should be done. The discussions are supported by trained, neutral facilitators. Their role is to make sure everyone can be heard and feels comfortable. The Assembly’s recommendation is then given to decision makers who decide what will happen next.

Why have a Citizens' Assembly in Romsey?

The Romsey Future Partnership, through previous consultations, knows that improving the area around Crosfield Hall and the Bus Station is important to many local people. The Citizens’ Assembly will bring together a diverse group of people, from across the area, to discuss and recommend ways to do this that helps and supports all the communities in and around Romsey. This will include looking at how the area around the south of the town centre could be used as a place to live, work, and have fun. The question the Assembly will help to answer is:

How do we improve the area around Crosfield Hall and the Bus Station to deliver the maximum benefit to Romsey?

The recommendations from the Citizens' Assembly will be presented to the Romsey Future Partnership and Test Valley Borough Council and will help shape major planning documents for the area, which set out what we want to achieve and guide developers.

Organisations involved


Test Valley Borough Council has been awarded funding and support from the UK Government as part of the Innovation in Democracy Programme, announced as part of the UK Government's Civil Society Strategy in summer 2018. It was jointly commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

The programme is also supported by a team from Involve, The Democratic Society, mySociety and The RSA to deliver the deliberative processes and maximise the impact of the project.

Get involved

A call for evidence.

We are asking residents, and those who visit Romsey town centre, to share their views on what they like and what could be improved. This information will be considered by our advisory panel and may be part of the evidence presented to the Citizens’ Assembly.

The Citizens’ Assembly will be held over two weekends at the Royal British Legion in Romsey:

9 and 10 November 
10am to 5pm

23 and 24 November
10am to 4:30pm


If you have any further questions on the Citizens' Assembly, please don't hesitate to contact us by emailing


Romsey Future sets out a long term vision for Romsey. It is an active partnership of many groups and organisations working together to build consensus and deliver on shared ambitions. We work together to deliver projects, to attract funding, and to guide future policies and strategies.

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