Two more councillors quit in Woodhall Spa Jubilee Park storm

Jubilee Park in Woodhall Spa
Jubilee Park in Woodhall Spa

Two more councillors have quit Woodhall Spa Parish Council as the fall-out from the Jubilee Park fiasco continues.

The council has confirmed Tim Peacock and Joanna Nelstrop resigned in the aftermath of controversial votes about the future running of the park.

The latest development follows the resignation of former councillor David Hill that was also linked with the park controversy.

Mr Hill alleged he had been “threatened, bullied and intimidated” after an emotionally charged parish council meeting two weeks ago.

The Jubilee Park saga has split the village and led to a series of rows.

The parish council had planned to hand over control to a charitable company, headed by five interim directors.

Those directors included Mr Peacock - a highly respected figure in Woodhall Spa.

The handover looked certain to go ahead after councillors voted to remove a clause regarding any influence on future planning applications at the park.

That decision sparked outrage among some residents who formed a campaign group, calling for the park to be returned to either council or community control.

At a meeting two weeks ago, councillors reversed the vote amid a storm of protests.

The interim directors immediately called off negotiations which had been on-going for more than 18 months.

Four parish councillors then announced they planned to form their own company.

They stress they will have no ties with the parish council although they have no plans to resign.

In a statement, they said: “We, the new interim directors, drawn from the parish council and community, have started the legal process of setting up a community run charitable company to manage Jubilee Park.

“We would welcome anyone with an interest in the future of the park to come forward and assist with the project.

“We will consult with the community on plans to take the park forward and an election for directors is planned for the autumn.

“We are committed to safeguarding the future of the park and will work with the community to achieve that goal.”

The directors were due to outline their plans at a parish council meeting last night (Tuesday).

There has been no official comment from the former interim directors - or from the Friends of Jubilee Park.