In past years, by mid-July packed schools would be emptying of their pupils for the summer holidays. Many of our neighbours would be packing suitcases with sunscreen and swimwear before heading off for annual holidays in far flung places. This year has been rather different, as will many of our summer holidays no doubt. The reopening of pubs and restaurants could not have come at a better time for our community. We are still experiencing long warm summer evenings and many are enjoying the time to spend in the green spaces with which our constituency is blessed. Some, like the Lido, have been particularly busy at points, but from Pinner Memorial Park to the bluebell woods in Harefield, there are plenty of lovely open green spaces to be enjoyed. I have appreciated the wildflowers when out on walks on these warm evenings and I know lots of residents will be looking forward to rounding off a walk with a meal out.
The past few months have undoubtedly been extraordinarily challenging for many. My mailbag serves as a constant reminder of those who are experiencing hardship and of the challenges we still face. It is important than we continue to look out for the vulnerable in our community, even as we return to a version of normality. Our constituency has responded admirably with community led initiatives – the compassionate response of so many, as well as the critical work undertaken by frontline and essential workers, represents the very best of us. As our leisure sector opens up, those who have worked so hard will be looking forward to enjoying the hospitality industry once again.
As we all consider ‘staycations’ and venturing out to those businesses and venues which are reopening, please do consider supporting the hardworking local businesses which have been hit hardest by the lockdown. There are countless superb pubs, cafes, restaurants and high street shops which provide employment locally and act as the beating heart of our local economy. We are blessed to call this corner of the world our home and if we want to preserve our high streets, and help our neighbours and their businesses bounce-back, then it is incumbent on all who can, in the words of the Chancellor, to ‘eat out to help out.’
For my part, I will continue speaking with constituents at my weekly telephone surgeries. As always, I encourage you to please make contact at firstname.lastname@example.org if I can be of assistance.
First published: MyLocalNews - July issue