Saturday, 15 December 2018

MP makes ‘peace time’ tour of villages in eight days

JOHN HOWELL concluded his village tours on Friday.

JOHN HOWELL concluded his village tours on Friday.

The Henley MP spent eight days visiting 30 villages across his constituency as well making specific visits to follow-up on NHS issues.

He also visited the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance at RAF Benson and the Henley food bank at the d:two centre as well as chairing a meeting about Challenge Henley at Henley town hall.

Mr Howell said he had aimed to go to the least visited villages and at some he had prearranged meetings while at others he found time to call on villagers and discuss issues.

He said: “As in previous years, it was a good exercise to reach out to people in ‘peace time’, i.e. when an election was not on the horizon, and to listen to their views. Interestingly, there appeared to be no common theme to the issues people wanted to raise with me.

“There were a lot of local issues such as the state of the roads and planning, both of which are dealt with by our local councils. Generally, people expressed contentment with the direction in which the Government was taking them, especially when it came to the economy.”

Among the villages Mr Howell visited were Binfield Heath, Shepherds Green, Christmas Common, Brightwell Baldwin, Whitchurch and Sonning Common.

He plans to organise a separate event in Henley itself.

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