Stoke & Staffordshire

Stoke-on-Trent City Council reveals Waterworld payout

Stoke-on-Trent City Council paid more than £44,000 to settle a legal dispute with a businessman, it has revealed.

Last month the council said it had reached a settlement with Mo Chaudry's company Waterworld Holdings Ltd over an alleged contract dating back to 2008.

It followed discussions that could have seen Waterworld aqua park used as an alternative if the council-owned Dimensions Splash Pool had closed.

Councillors have since been calling for the details to be made public.

'Transformation agenda'

The Labour-led authority said that, following mediation, it had paid Mr Chaudry's company almost £22,000 and its own legal fees amounted to about £22,500.

In a joint statement, Mr Chaudry said: "In order to reach a settlement I have written-off considerable investment in time and money.

"I am reassured that Waterworld and the city council can now move forward focusing on improving the future of our city's sports and leisure facilities."

The council said it looked forward to "engaging with Waterworld as with all other businesses in pursuit of the city's regeneration and transformation agenda".

Opposition councillors have called for a discussion on the matter next week.

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