A PROBE into the involvement of local officers and councillors with business deals involving the Cotswold Water Park has still left questions unanswered.

An internal audit report into the matter left councillors frustrated as it was published with several blank pages.

They related to the on-going fraud case involving former Water Park Society chief Dennis Grant and a coroner’s investigation into the death of 15-year-old Kajil Devi, who drowned at the Park last summer.

Speaking at the audit committee meeting last Friday where the report was discussed, chairman Cllr Sir Edward Horsfall said it was "frustrating".

The investigation was called by the Liberal Democrats and leader Cllr Paul Hodgkinson said he was disappointed the full report was not available.

"Until we see these very important parts of the report we cannot tell whether this is the substantial inquiry we called for," he said.

Key recommendations considered by CDC members as a result of the report included tightening up procedures regarding councillors and officers' declarations of interest, gifts and hospitality, Officers spent several months compiling the 30-page report which has so far cost £31,500 and interviewed 11 councillors and 15 officers.

The inquiry was called because of Lib Dem concerns about business connections between Cotswold Media Ltd and the CWPS. Cotswold Media is run by Tory leader Cllr Lyndon Stowe and cabinet members David Fowles and Sue Jepson.

But the report said members had behaved appropriately when declaring interests and that "the abilities of the councillors to deliver the objectives of the council outweighed the perceived risks."

The full report will be published once all current investigations are closed.