KCDC to talk to community, again, re fluorideBy Alan Tristram
The fluoride controversy looks set to re-ignite on the Kapiti Coast as the KCDC moves to re-open the topic for public input.
Kāpiti Coast District Council (KCDC) says it will begin consulting with the community early next year about whether to continue adding fluoride to local water supplies.
Fluoride is currently added to public water supplied to Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati, but not Ōtaki or Paekākāriki.
Last June, as part of Annual Plan discussions, Council received a number of submissions from residents who want fluoride removed from drinking water because of concerns about health effects.
Council resolved to initiate a special consultative process under the Local Government Act early next year to canvass community opinion for a second time. The community was consulted on the issue three years ago. Council voted in favour of retaining fluoride, at a reduced level.
Mayor Ross Church says the new consultation round will involve submissions and public hearings, similar to the Long Term Plan (LTP) process.
“It is clear the issue is not going to go away and given that this is an important public health issue, Kāpiti, like other Councils, is going to have to revisit it with their communities,” he says.
At the June meeting councillors expressed frustration that local councils are being left to make decisions about fluoridation and Council resolved to seek the support of Local Government New Zealand in making the issue the responsibility of health authorities.