WITH reference to Sue Duncalf’s letter on proposed car parking charges at Queenswood (Queenswood cafe threat, Letters, March 12), may I correct a couple of issues?

My late wife and I ran the cafe from 1985 until 2002 and the first charge was introduced in 1999 and lasted for nearly two years.

While it did make a big difference to the turnover, we did not go out of business. Luckily trade returned to previous levels by the time we left, but this, I think, would not have been the case had the charge remained. So I support the current owners 100% in their protest.

Also the charge was very difficult to police given the location.

What the council never appreciate is that the cafe leaseholders are the only people with a large personal investment at Queenswood.