Vic Chapman (Letters, February 7) thinks The Brighton Society is confused about plans for the Pavilion Gardens.

He writes that he thought The Brighton Society existed to preserve the best of Brighton’s heritage and history. It is just because we are concerned about Brighton’s heritage that we have supported the plans for the Royal Pavilion, the Museum, the Dome, the Corn Exchange and Pavilion Gardens.

The Brighton Society also welcomes the proposal to build the Orangery designed by John Nash to run parallel with New Road but never built. We understand that the garden cafe could be offered space in this building. This could also provide a patio and the possibility of running all the year round.

The Orangery would provide the new entrance to the gardens, a shop and space to store student backpacks. It would be a transparent glass building opening up the view of the Royal Pavilion from New Road. There would need to be some felling of green growth to reveal the view of the Dome from the gardens, as seen in early prints.

These are some of the ideas behind the changes to Pavilion Gardens but everything depends on receiving Lottery funding and the approval of English Heritage.

Selma Montford, hon secretary, The Brighton Society

The Pavilion Gardens Cafe is ideally placed for customers to benefit from the gardens and is not intrusive to its surroundings.

So it has no indoor space – Brighton is full of cafes where you can sit inside if it is raining.

Indeed, the ideally-placed Information Centre closed to make way for what may be yet another cafe.

When Pavilion Gardens was last redesigned, a large chunk was lost to make a roadway at the back of the Dome. We do not want to lose more.

It is lovely that the gardens run straight to New Road, making that road much more attractive.

We have such little open space. Why do our councillors view the little we have as prospective building plots? So the “powers that be” want a “welcome centre”; what a pity they leased out the property by the south entrance. Hands off our garden.

Mary Hughes, Waterloo Street, Hove