26 Feb 2012

Romsey Advertiser - New bid to halt fluoride

New bid to halt fluoride
10:13am Friday 24th February 2012 in News
PROTESTERS are stepping up their campaign to stop fluoride being added to Hampshire’s tap water supplies.
Bosses at South Central Strategic Health Authority are behind the controversial plans that include households in Southampton, Eastleigh, Totton, Nursling, Rownhams and Chilworth.
And there are fears that, once introduced, the scheme will be rolled out across the rest of Hampshire.Despite petitions to Downing Street, the SHA and locals councils, health officials have refused to drop the idea.
Now, three years on from when the plans were first mooted, Hampshire Against Fluoridation is launching a Postcard Protest Campaign tomorrow afternoon at the Solent University Conference Centre in Southampton.

At the 2pm launch, there will be a discussion and the panel will include the chairman of Hampshire Against Fluoridation, Stephen Peckham, New Forest East MP, Dr Julian Lewis, county councillor, David Harrison and Arshad Sharif, from the Muslim Council of Southampton.

The postcards carry an: “I do not consent to having my water medicated” message to health chiefs, who took the decision to add the industrial-grade fluoride to drinking water.
Chairman of HAF, Stephen Peckham said: “It’s now time for the SHA to admit that this scheme is unworkable, unpopular and unethical. The money already wasted on attempting to impose water fluoridation could have been better spent on targeted schemes such as Childsmile, which is proving successful elsewhere.”

Romsey’s MP, Caroline Nokes, has made it clear she is against the proposals. Acknowledging some parts of her constituency were likely to end up with fluoride in the water, Mrs Nokes said: “From my perspective, the views of local residents should be adhered to.
“Over 70 per cent of people who took part in the consultation process were opposed to fluoridation. The South Central SHA should not leave as its legacy to this area a fluoridation project the vast majority did not want.”

Report of yesterday's meeting
May only be available for today

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