Well-run pub can be vi­able and pop­u­lar

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

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,

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