Leeds sufferer’s hot tub misery

Jan Adkin from Kippax, near Leeds, with the hot tub her terminally husband uses. The trees pictured behind are clogging up the filter when it sheds leaves and bark.
Jan Adkin from Kippax, near Leeds, with the hot tub her terminally husband uses. The trees pictured behind are clogging up the filter when it sheds leaves and bark.
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A SICK man who relies on a hot tub to relieve excruciating aches and pains is missing crucial therapeutic treatment because of overgrown trees.

Stephen Adkin, 54, who was last year diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, tries to spend two hours a day in the warm waters of the outdoor bath at his home in Kippax.

But his palliative sessions have been interrupted when filters and waters have become clogged with bark, cotton-like threads and leaves shed by the trees on land owned by Aire Valley Homes next to the family’s back garden.

The water has to be drained and filters cleared before it can be refilled.

His wife, Jan, wants the giant woody plants that tower twice the height of their house, cut back – or permission to take ownership of the troublesome spot.

She said: “I have been fighting for change for three years. The trees shed bark, fluffy white stuff and then leaves, causing difficulties with the hot tub.

“With Stephen being so sick, it’s very frustrating when he can’t use it as he gets into so much pain.

“I ring and email [Aire Valley Homes] but at the end of the day we are just nobodies.

“It isn’t happening in their back garden so they don’t see it and they just leave it.

“They need to cut the trees down to a height of six or eight foot – I am not asking them to fell them.

“The land is obviously of no use to them so if they are not going to keep on top of it then give it to us and we’ll sort it ourselves.”

Jan says she also spends several days a week tackling plant-strangling bind weed that migrates from the Aire Valley Homes-owned land.

A spokeswoman for Aire Valley Homes apologised for the length of time it had taken to resolve the issue, but was “confident” contractors would be able to eradicate the weeds and cut back the over hanging branches.

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