Well-run pub can be viable and popular
It is sad to see the continued assertion by Adam Phillips that the only pub in a village the size of Charing cannot be viable (‘Former Oak owner says village should accept coffee shop plan’, May 26).
Charing Parish Council will be responding fully to his assertions when we comment on the planning application for the change of use.
Meanwhile we would simply say that there is plenty of evidence – nationally, in Kent and in the Charing area – that a well-run pub, offering its clientele quality and convivial surroundings, can be both popular and viable.
In contrast, where is the evidence that a Costa Coffee, normally found in the high streets of busy towns and suburbs, would be viable in a rural village like Charing? Jill Leyland,