Councillor Mike Sargeant, Labour City Councillor for West Chesterton, has welcomed the news that the Tivoli pub looks set to be restored as a pub by new owners and highlighted the importance of the landmark building for the whole Mitchams Corner area. The Tivoli, which was owned by Wetherspoons, was destroyed by fire in 2015 and residents and councillors objected strongly to redevelopment plans put in which reduced the space to operate a pub and added significant residential development.
Councillor Sargeant, who is also the Chair of the City’s Planning and Transport Committee, said: “It is great news that the Tivoli is going to be restored as a pub. Previous proposals to turn it into flats were just a business led decision and ignored the needs of Mitcham’s Corner which local people want to have with a good balance between residential, leisure and retail.
Longer term we want to remove the dominance of the area by road traffic and especially the gyratory system which is why residents worked with planning officers to develop the vision for Mitchams Corner Development Framework The reinstatement of the Tivoli will help in showing people that Mitcham’s Corner is far more than a roundabout that you have to navigate. The building itself is a real feature in the street and in a good location by the river looking out over Jesus Green. “
Councillor Sargeant added: “The City Council has strong policies in place to protect pubs and it is also good to see the growing confidence in the pub trade that providing pubs with character and a strong community feel is also good business.”