Rob Butler, MP – September 2020

This has undoubtedly been an unusual summer in Wendover. Coronavirus has continued to dominate our lives. Sadly, people are still suffering from Covid-19, although together we have made huge progress to slow the spread of the virus. While this has allowed many family, friends and colleagues to be reunited, we are still a long way from normality – holidays have been cancelled or changed at the last-minute, A-level and GCSE results have been based on assessments rather than exams, and we now carry a face covering everywhere we go.

Despite the challenges of coronavirus, I know the community spirit in Wendover endures. When I was in the village recently it was fantastic to see several local cafes and restaurants offering the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme and making the most of the relaxed restrictions on outdoor seating. Up and down the high street, from Tres Corazones and No. 2 Pound Street down to Whitewaters and Rumsey’s, there was something for everyone making the most of the offer.

My summer has been spent helping constituents in whatever way I can. Whilst my team and I continue to support local people with the effects of the coronavirus crisis on their lives and livelihoods, we have dealt with a wide range of other issues including visas, housing and schools.
Of course, HS2 remains a dominant focus as my staff and I fight to get the best possible mitigation and compensation for Wendover residents. Having had a very constructive meeting with your local Buckinghamshire councillors in recent weeks, I know they are equally determined to hold HS2 Ltd accountable. We are committed to working together on your behalf in the months and years ahead, whether in Parliament, at Buckinghamshire Council or in Wendover itself.

As summer draws to a close, more people are able to return to work and school. This is an important step in our road to recovery, especially for children who will again be able to learn together. Naturally, some local people still need help from their neighbours, and I pay tribute to the Wendover support group who maintain their tireless efforts. As we all look towards a “new normal”, the role of our communities will remain crucially important. Wendover has much to be proud of, and will, I am sure, continue to rise to the challenges ahead.