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Stay of execution for historic Brighton elm
A historic tree has received a further stay of execution.
The 150-year-old elm in Vernon Terrace, Brighton, was temporarily saved after two protesters camped in it for three days last week.
Brighton and Hove City Council proposed to fell it as part of a wider revamp to make the Seven Dials roundabout safer.
After a behind the scenes meeting between campaigners and town hall lawyers today, a temporary reprieve has been extended until April 2.
After more than 1,250 people signed a petition, this will mean it will be discussed by all 54 elected members of the local authority at a full council meeting on March 28.
Campaigner Millie Ferguson, of Addison Road, Hove, said: “We are more than happy as I did not want them to go back up the tree again tonight.
“It’s good that we are talking and we are pleased that the whole council will be involved in the decision.”
Campaigners said no councillors, only unelected officials attended the meeting.
About 20 people gathered at the tree after it as a sign of support to “continue to share the glory of the tree together”.
Geoff Raw, an executive director of the council, said: “We are listening to concerns and ensuring that the issues surrounding this project are fully understood. Any matters raised will be carefully looked at by council officers.”
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