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I have every sympathy for the residents of Chipping Close, I really do, but I do believe that the building of this hotel is a good thing for the wider area.

As a customer of hotels like this I can tell you that yes, I have left the hotel and ventured into the local area. This has mainly been to eat out as hotel restaurants are normally pretty dire. The fact that this hotel is so central and close to the spires and high street means it’s far more likely that hotel patrons will venture out.

I also think that having investment like this does send out a positive message and encourages further investment. The economy in High Barnet needs to evolve or it will die.