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Following the prosecution brought by Cotswold District Council, WM Active, the company responsible for managing health and safety at the Cotswold Water Park swimming area where the death of Kajil Devi occurred in 2010, entered a guilty plea at Gloucester Crown Court on 14 July in relation to an offence of failing to ensure the health and safety of non-employees, contrary to Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. A sentence hearing will take place on 30 October.
WM Active Ltd is to be prosecuted for health and safety failings following the death of a 15-year-old schoolgirl in 2010.
The long awaited City of London Police report has been published.
Correspondence continues following the unprecedented distribution of the Max Thomas letter prior to the recent County Council election:
A public letter from Cllr Esmond Jenkins supporting Lib-Dem candidate Mike Evmey containing criticisms of Cllr Shaun Parsons, and an unprecedented public letter in response from Mr Thomas of Watermark, continue to cause debate about the Water Park saga.
As the City of London Police and the Crown Prosecution Service advise Gloucestershire Constabulary that further enquiries not justified, in a letter copied to local councillors, Cllr Esmond Jenkins seeks disclosure of evidence and witness statements.
Esmond Jenkins brought the case claiming Cotswold District Council should have provided him with legal cover during his Standards for England hearing in January 2012, but the judge at Oxford County Court said it had little chance of success.
Gloucester Crown Court, having ruled that Grant had defrauded Cotswold Water Park Society of £770,291.25, has ordered that his assets - rules to be worth £318,949.71 - must be paid to the Cotswold Water Park Trust. If he fails to pay by November 2013, he is to serve an extra three and a half years in prison, to run concurrently with his current four year, four month sentence.
As the ongoing management of the Cotswold Water Park Trust is still regarded with concern, assurances are given by Matthew Millett, and new Trustees are being sought:
CWP Society has obtained a judgement for recovery of around £1m, but the Matthew Millet, Managing Director of CWP Trust anticipates that only a small proportion of this will be recovered from Mr and Mrs Grant.