THIS week a public inquiry was launched into the legitimacy and future of coffee giants Starbucks in Pinner - in what we can only hope brings the saga to an end.
It has been a threeyear debacle fraught with controversy but those who have opposed the multinational's presence in the high street should be proud.
The coffee shop, which opened in 2007, has frothed up debate in the village as Starbucks attempted to use its status as an excuse to bypass planning laws.
But true to community spirit and unity in Pinner people have refused to lie down and allow Starbucks to steamroller them.
Pinner has long been crammed with coffee shops that have made a name for themselves there legitimately.
This is a sign to other major companies that they can't take over small high streets just by throwing their weight around like latte louts.
GORDON Brown's announcement this week that the general election will be held on May 6 will hardly have come as a surprise but campaigning can now begin in earnest for the three seats in Harrow.
It is the first time since the 1960s that people in Harrow will vote in the general election on the same day as for their ward councillors. This is likely to create a far greater turnout for our council elections - making the result more representative.