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Runner’s petition for fountains along Portsmouth seafront dismissed

Claire Baker, from Southsea, has set up a campaign to get drinking water fountains in the Portsmouth and Southsea. 

Picture: Sarah Standing (142403-6147)

Claire Baker, from Southsea, has set up a campaign to get drinking water fountains in the Portsmouth and Southsea. Picture: Sarah Standing (142403-6147)

CALLS to install water fountains along Portsmouth’s seafront have been dismissed.

Runner Claire Baker wants to see water fountains put in so people can use them instead of water bottles.

But a senior councillor has told The News it cannot happen due to health and safety fears over Legionnaires’ disease transmission.

Claire, 38, from Southsea, said: ‘There should be drinking water fountains in recreational and seafront areas of Portsmouth and Southsea.

‘This is a request to the council to put them in.

‘But the council thinks there would be issues with water-born bacteria and infections.’

Ms Baker said other councils are adopting the idea and fountains are being set up in Belfast and Bristol.

She believes they could be connected to the water supply used by public loos, such as ones near Canoe Lake and Eastney Point.

She added the drinking place in Southsea at the D-Day Museum isn’t enough.

‘I have proposed that there should be four along the seafront,’ she added.

She has concerns over the environmental effect of plastic bottles.

Tory councillor Linda Symes, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport at Portsmouth City Council, said it was not possible.

She said: ‘We would love to do that but health and safety takes a very different view.

‘As much as we would like to, I don’t think we have the possibility.’

Opposition Lib Dem councillor Lee Hunt said the council should look at the places that have fountains installed. He said: ‘If that’s what people want they should try and find a way to do it.’

 

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