23 Sep 2011

Lymington Times - City council joins anti-fluoride fight

City council joins anti-fluoride fight
CAMPAIGNERS against fluoride being added to Southampton's water supply, which would affect thousands of Totton residents, have gained the support of the city council.
Hampshire Against Fluoridation held a demonstration outside the council offices before a meeting on Wednesday in last week and handed in a 6,000-name petition against the scheme.
The South Central Strategic Health Authority (SHA) gave its approval in 2009 for the chemical to be added to Southampton's supply after the local 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 High Court challenge to the scheme earlier this year was rejected by a judge.
Members of the city council had originally supported the scheme, but have now voted against, Hampshire and New Forest councils have also objected.
However, city councilleader Coun. Royston Smith said it was powerless to reverse the decision to fluoridate water without further legislation.
Hampshire Against Fluoridation chairman Stephen Peckham told the ' A&T he planned to write to the SHA to request a halt to the scheme now that it was not supported by any local council or MP.

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