By Tim Ridgway
A historic cherry tree will have to be felled as a “quintessential” English tearoom at Hove Museum is expanded.
Brighton and Hove City Council Planning Committee approved proposal to construct a patio at the side of the Victorian villa in New Church Road.
Despite some local opposition, it was agreed the proposal was needed to make the free museum more financially viable.
When complete, it will be operated by Peyton and Byrne, which also caters at the Royal Pavilion and Dome complex, the Royal Academy of Arts and Kew.
On his blog, ward councillor Graham Cox said: “The preparation work for the patio has now started.
“It has been found that the cherry tree sited close to the museum is diseased and will need to be removed – yes on the dreaded ‘elfensafety’ grounds.
“We know many people will be disappointed by this news so we are happy to report that a cherry tree will be planted in close proximity to the existing tree as a replacement for the diseased tree.
“Even better this will not be a new tree as such. The intention is to source as mature a cherry tree as possible so it is almost a like for like replacement.
“Thank you to the museum team for listening to us on this.”
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