The full sentence is not available at this time.
The following statement has been provided to Campaign against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation/ LKP by FirstPort chief executive Nigel Howell.
“We are sincerely sorry for and deeply regret the fire in Gibson Court in 2011 that had the most tragic of consequences. Our thoughts remain with the family of Mrs. Cockerton through what must have been a very difficult time. Now that the case is concluded, I will be writing to them personally.
“As a company, we have co-operated fully with the investigations, accepted our responsibility and entered guilty pleas.
“We would like to reassure all our residents and their families that FirstPort Retirement is a very different company compared to six years ago.
“We have new owners, a completely new management team and, as the judge has acknowledged, a much-improved approach to safety including policies, procedures and training.
“Again we are sorry for the fire, have applied the lessons, and safety is our number 1 priority.”
Background Information from FirstPort:
The incident took place at a Peverel managed independent retirement living development at Gibson Court, in Woking, Surrey during September of 2011. At the time the company was being run by Bank appointed Administrators following the global financial crisis.
Whilst the legal entity still exists and is being sentenced today, FirstPort Retirement Property Services is a considerably improved company with new owners, a completely new management team who have a dedicated and focussed new approach to health and safety.
This was an isolated incident and whilst today’s management are unable to speak of the detail from the events of almost six years ago, it can assure customers and their relatives that Strong Health & Safety is FirstPort’s number one priority. The company now has a culture driven by its leadership team of keeping people who interact with FirstPort safe. Significant changes have been made in the way in which the company operates health and safety policies, processes and standards.