Dear Friends,

It is hard to believe that six months have passed since we received the order to stay home and the lockdown began. So much has changed during this time, and although restrictions have begun to loosen and many of us have celebrated being able to see some of our friends and family again, this virus is still around us and our journey is not yet over.

The last six months have meant changes for us all, and for most of us that means working from home. I had to move my office from County Hall to the landing at the top of the stairs, and that’s where I am for County Council meetings and all other meetings – everyone seeing each other on the computer screen and seeing a bit more than we should from time to time in the background! This is where I’ll probably be if you contact me. For months now I have not been able to hold my monthly surgeries like I used to do, but I’m still here for you, you’re welcome at the door of my home any time, by phone or email.

Many of you have contacted me about broadband provision in your homes, and I have personal experience of having to move around the house to find the best signal many times! The County Council is keen to improve the situation and you will see an advertisement from the County Council in this edition of Clecs urging you to register an interest in being part of the Government’s plan to improve supply in our rural areas. The scheme is aimed at residents and businesses. Take the opportunity to read the ad and go on the web to register an interest – the more that register, the more likely we are to receive an additional supply. If you want to register to declare an interest – you must do so before the end of this month. If you would like further details, please do not hesitate to contact me or the County Council.

Continuing to use local services is important in sustaining our community. It is pleasing to see that the bus service is steadily improving in terms of timetable -and please – don’t forget to wear that mask wherever you are!

I’m still confident after the lockdown that the sense of togetherness will continue; I think it’s taught us all the true meaning of community.

Remember I’m here and I’ll do my best to help you.

You can contact me on – 07792 199161 or

Stay safe!

Kindest regards,

Linda Evans (County Councillor)