Update from Rob Butler, MP – February 2021

As I write in mid-February, we have just recorded 15 million vaccinations against Covid-19, an absolutely tremendous achievement in such a short period. After our earlier frustrations at the delay to the rollout of vaccinations locally, several centres are now operating in the area, and from what I have seen first-hand, they are certainly making up for lost time.

It was a pleasure to speak to some of the volunteers supporting the vaccination programme earlier this month, including residents of Wendover, who are playing a vital role helping our local inoculation efforts. Thank you for giving your time and expertise to help fight the virus.

The vaccines are a critical part of our road back to normality, and I urge everyone to attend their appointment when invited to do so by the NHS. The jabs meet extremely strict safety and effectiveness criteria and have been thoroughly tested by the regulator.

Despite the scaling up of local vaccination efforts, the restrictions on our everyday lives remain severe and our local hospital is still under pressure. Most children are trying to study at home and our favourite bars, restaurants and shops remain closed. I am grateful to everybody in Wendover for continuing to follow the rules, staying at home, and stemming the spread of the virus.

Whilst coronavirus has dominated much of my work at Westminster, I continue to fight on your behalf over HS2. I know that many Wendover residents have signed the petition for a rethink of the whole project, and I hope we will be able to have a debate on it in Parliament. But with the government still firmly committed to its construction, my current priority is to ensure that we get the best possible mitigation for the village. In late January, I had a productive meeting with members of Wendover Parish Council’s HS2 Action Group, and my team has also joined meetings with Wendover HS2 to consider further mitigation solutions to the consented scheme. We are in regular contact with HS2 Ltd about mud on Bowood Lane and have urged the company to increase road cleaning to ensure local thoroughfares are kept safe. As always, I am determined to hold HS2 Ltd’s feet to the fire to ensure they live up to their pledge to be good neighbours: like you, I want to see action, not just words.