Woodhall Spa councillors on a collision course with Tree Group

Chris and Bill Wainhouse in front of one of the problem trees at their home in Woodhsall Spa
Chris and Bill Wainhouse in front of one of the problem trees at their home in Woodhsall Spa

Parish councillors in Woodhall Spa have pledged to support a couple who claim their home is under threat - from the roots of an oak tree.

The News revealed last week how heartbroken pensioners Chris and Bill Wainhouse are battling to secure permission to fell three problem trees near their home in Gorse Close.

They say roots from one particular oak tree are responsible for subsidence which has effectively rendered their bungalow “worthless.”

East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee are set to consider the application to fell the trees - which are protected - at a meeting on April 16.

And, it is likely Woodhall Spa Parish Council will send a representative in support of Mr and Mrs Wainhouse.

That, though, would put the parish council in direct opposition to the Woodhall Spa Tree Group who are against felling the trees.

Parish clerk Amanda Bushell told the News: “We are supporting Mr and Mrs Wainhouse.

“We are aware of the Tree Group’s views but it (The Group) is not part of the parish council.”

Parish councillors met yesterday (Tuesday) to decide whether to send a representative to the ELDC committee meeting.

Mr and Mrs Wainhouse have already praised the parish council for its “help and support” during what they have described as months of turmoil.

An initial application to fell the tress was deferred by ELDC 12 months ago.

Since then, the subsidence has become worse but 
the couple say their insurers won’t repair any damage - until the trees have been removed.

At a meeting last month, several parish councillors - including chairman David Clarke - expressed their support for Mr and Mrs Wainhouse.

However, there was opposition from a councillor who is on the Tree Group.