13 May 2013

Echo - Fluoride in water: protesters plan new legal battle

PROTEST: demonstrators take to the streets of SouthamtonPROTEST: demonstrators take to the streets of Southamton
CAMPAIGNERS against water fluoridation in Hampshire are planning a fresh legal battle in the courts, the Daily Echo can reveal.
In the latest salvo of their long running battle, Hampshire Against Fluoridation (HAF) claim they have found a loophole which could block plans to add fluoride to tap water.
Despite losing a legal challenge last year, the group claim they could still yet stall plans to add the chemical to supplies for Southampton,EastleighTottonNetley and Rownhams.
HAF campaigner Professor Stephen Peckham said legal advice was now being sought into whether Public Health England (PHE) had to carry through the plans..........

"PHE did not comment on a legal challenge but said it was assuming responsibility for the implementation process of the water fluoridation scheme in Southampton and parts of southwest Hampshire area.
A spokesman said: “The approach used will be consistent with other water fluoridation schemes across the country, all of which will be managed by PHE. The local implementation process is ongoing and PHE will shortly start discussions with Southern Water.
“The technical feasibility study which was carried out before the 2008 consultation is being updated by Southern Water."
“The final report is not yet completed.

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