Fear over drowning danger 
at ponds

Youngster’s mum raises concerns

Jago Worrall suffered critical brain injuries in March 2012 after falling into an ornamental pond at the family home in Welton. Now his mother Lyn has warned of the dangers of including ponds in and among housing.

Mrs Worrall said: “I went to have a look at Monksmoor a few weeks ago and I was a bit surprised how the model showed there are ponds in and around the housing.”

She added: “They are certainly a potential deathtrap.

“Even if they did put a grill just under the water or other safety measures, a child can still drown in an inch of water.”

Plans for phase two of the estate also include at least three overflow ponds on the southern boundary between housing and the country park, while two more are planned for central areas of the estate.

A spokesperson for Crest Nicholson said the company takes health and safety issues extremely seriously: “The pond is a permanent water feature at the development and has been designed by expert external consultants.”

A safety audit is due to take place in November at which the developer and the managing agent will be present.