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I totally agree with all the criticisms of the decision to go ahead with the hotel. I have objected to it since I first heard about it. ( I do not live in Chipping Close as is the case with many objectors,). I have resigned from the Residents Association. I cannot understand why the Council accept evidence from such a group. How can they be said to represent residents' interests when they are a self selecting, undemocratic organisation who, as I realised when I spoke to them about my objections to the hotel, have no wish to be democratic and simply push the views of the minority leading the group. And like Barnet's partnership with Capita, where an employee has stolen £2million pounds from the Council, it is the residents and local businesses which will suffer and pay the costs.