I am hugely disappointed by the continuing campaign to close Starbucks in Pinner.

I understand the importance of planning regulations, but even the council admits that this is a grey area.

In such cases the council should listen to all Pinner's residents rather than simply respond to pressure from the otherwise wholly admirable Pinner Association.

Starbucks has been a godsend to the many parents with young children in Pinner,who do not have the time to get involved with organisations such as the Pinner Association.

Unlike some of the alternatives, it is extremely pram-friendly. It is also a meeting point for the many professionals who don't just live, but also increasingly work in Pinner,helping to support the local economy.

As multinationals go,Starbucks is generally responsive to the local needs and supports local charities.

The High Street is changing because people's shopping habits are changing.

The sad truth is that there is not a long list of bookshops and grocers waiting to snap up the unit, if only Starbucks can be moved on, let alone able to afford the rents.

Instead, I fear,especially in the current economic climate,we will be left with another empty unit, which serves nobody's interests.

I urge Starbucks to appeal the decision and urge residents who might more typically be quiet to ensure their voice is heard.


Cecil Park Pinner