Councillors are preparing to vote on the whether the health authority should ask residents if they want fluoride in their water. A referendum on the controversial plans to fluoridate Hampshire water supplies could be a step closer.
Next Wednesday councillors will vote on whether to call on South Central Strategic Health Authority (SHA) to ask residents if they want fluoride added to their water supplies. The scheme will affect nearly 200,000 homes in parts of Southampton, Eastleigh, Totton, Netiey and Rownhams. The move follows complaints from anti-fluoridation campaigners that the public opinion was ignored when the SHA approved the scheme. However, they insist they are following Government guidelines who say that whilst they had to consider public opinion- they aren’t tied to it.
The plans are currently on hold while the High Court considers a judicial review of the decision, as 72% of people from the affected area who responded to a consultation told the health authority that they are against fluoridation.
Royston Smith, deputy council leader is behind next week’s vote and believes it is essential the people have a definitive say on such an emotive issue he maintains that having a referendum once and for all on what is put in the water is the right thing to do.