I think I can safely say that most of us will be glad to see the back of 2020. We have had to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic, moving into Tier 4 and strict social distancing guidelines, the uncertainty surrounding us leaving the European Union, and now, we have seen flooding over the Christmas period. I was able to visit some of the flooded areas and speak with residents, one whose house had become flooded; it was heart-breaking seeing cars half-submerged in one car park. We were relatively lucky in Huntingdon, our neighbouring towns along the Great River Ouse had been hit hard, my thoughts go out to those who have suffered water damage throughout this time. One thing all our towns can be proud of is the community spirit in rallying around to help those at risk, we are so lucky to have residents looking out for each other in a time of crisis.
The New Year is a time to reflect on the past and make plans; we still have a long way to go but we now have real hope for a better time in 2021. The vaccination programme has started to protect our wonderful NHS staff, key workers and the most vulnerable amongst us. A Brexit deal appears to have been agreed. Flood risks still exist but we are better prepared with teams of volunteers watching the river levels.
Our next steps will be to support local businesses that have struggled due to being closed or limited on the services they provide, we need to look at those whose wellbeing has suffered, and to get our children’s education back on track. It will take time, but we do have light at the end of the tunnel; so, with that in mind, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.