1.Fish Legal and Emily Shirley v ICO and United Utilities, Yorkshire Water and Southern Water, was heard at the Upper Tribunal (UT) in London on 10th January 2012.
A report appears on the Angling Trust Website
– However this does not mean the case is over – first paragraph of the report appears next
Following a 3 year battle and concerted attempts by water companies to prevent an appeal, Fish Legal has finally managed to get the case referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The Judge at the Upper Tribunal (UT) in London has prepared some legal questions to ask the CJEU to help decide whether water companies are “public authorities” under European legislation, and therefore subject to public scrutiny.
for more follow this link on the » Angling Trust Website
END of UPDATE
below was originally posted 2011-12-27
I noticed a link to this on another rivers trust site so decided to add a similar post here and will be watching for the result.
The matter under appeal is whether the water companies are public authorities (and therefore subject to the Environmental Information Regulations 2004) and have to release details of sewage releases, rather than as at present, we have to rely on the goodwill of the companies. The case is listed as
Fish Legal and Emily Shirley v ICO ((Information Commissioner’s Office)) and United Utilities, Yorkshire Water and Southern Water so Yorkshire Water is one of the companies the case is against.