The Big Conversation Panel

The Big Conversation Panel – have your say! 

The Big Conversation has been used in the past to give residents the opportunity to give their views on a range of issues and public services. This helped us to develop the Big Plan for Ards and North Down – our 15-year plan for the borough. 

You can find more information on the Big Plan at

We want to hear from you again! 

The Big Conversation Panel: 

The Big Conversation Panel has been created to find out how COVID-19 has affected you, your family and your local community.  By signing up to the Big Conversation Panel you will be asked to take part in three surveys spread over 12-months. 

  • Online Survey one – open 14 September 2020 – 31 October 2020 - the summary report from this survey can be downloaded from the list below
  • Online Survey two – open 1 February 2021 – 28 February 2021 
  • Online Survey three – open 1 June 2021 – 30 June 2021 

You can complete the survey here:

Why taking part in these surveys is important? 

This has been a difficult and challenging time for everyone in our borough. The answers to the survey questions will help us to understand the impact of Covid-19 and the initiatives that are needed to help communities and individuals recover.  

By participating in these surveys, you are also helping Ards and North Down Borough Council and its Community Planning Partners design and deliver better services that will have a positive impact on your personal wellbeing.  

Do you need to complete the survey online?

 If you would prefer a hard copy of the survey or you are an individual with additional needs, we would love to hear from you.  We can post you a hard copy to your home with a free post envelope for you to return the survey to us.  We can get in touch with you via telephone, hold virtual meetings, or we have an easy read survey available. 

Please get in touch with us either by: 

Telephone: 0300 013 3333 or Email:  

Survey responses and what we did next

For more information on the survey responses received and how we used the information, please see the Summary Reports below.

*The Big Conversation is managed by Ards and North Down Borough Council on behalf of Ards and North Down's Strategic Community Planning Partnership.