Council chief to support tree couple

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The chairman of Woodhall Spa Parish Council will appeal to planners next week to rule a couple’s health is more important than three trees.

Councillor David Clarke will speak in support of pensioners Chris and Bill Wainhouse at a meeting of East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee.

As revealed in the News, the couple claim their lives are being ruined by tree roots which have caused subsidence at their home in Gorse Close.

The heartbroken couple have applied for permission to fell three ‘problem trees.’

However, Parish councillors believe planning officers have recommended refusing their request although the matter will be decided by a full meeting of the planning committee on April 16.

Parish councillors debated the issue at a meeting of their own planning committee last week.

Committee chairman Roger Webb said he thought is was a ‘humanitarian’ matter - rather than a straightforward planning issue.

Coun Clarke said: “I strongly believe the health and future safety of people far outweighs the value of trees.”

Coun Clarke added he was happy to speak at the ELDC meeting as he felt it would be a difficult experience for Mr and Mrs Wainhouse.

Ward district councillor Craig Leyland is also believed to be speaking in support of the couple.