9 Sep 2011

Lymington Times - Anti-fluoride campaign to mount petition protest as fight goes on

Anti-fluoride campaign to mount petition protest as fight goes on
A 6,000-name petition against fluoride being: added to Southampton's water supply, which will affect thousands of Totton residents, is to be handed to the city council next week. . The South Central Strategic Health Authority (SHA) gave its approval in 2010 for the chemical to be added to the city's supply after the city's primary care trust said it was needed to combat child tooth decay.
The plan affects 190,000 people around the city, including 8,000 Totton residents because of the layout of the pipes,.
A two-day legal challenge to the scheme was heard in the High Court earlier this year but a final appeal for a judicial review was rejected by the judge.
Campaign group Hampshire Against Fluoridation is still hoping to overturn the plans and has collected more than 6,000 signatures
asking the city council to reverse its initial vote in favour of the scheme.
Chairman Stephen Peckham said: "We will be presenting this to the'City council at its meeting on September, 14th.
"Before the meeting we will hold a demonstration in Guildhall Square [and] we want as many people as possible there at 1pm — please try and come and let your friends and neighbours know too.
"We need to show councillors that people are concerned about fluoridation and that they must listen to the public."
Supporters are also welcome at a public talk by Professor Paul Connett today (Saturday). Prof. Connett is director of the leading international anti-water fluoridation organisation, the Fluoride Action Network.
The talk and question session will take place at Solent University conference centre in Above Bar Street, Southampton, from 2.30pm.

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