I AM pleased to see that Public Health England (PHE) has scrapped plans to add fluoride to the water supplies in south Hampshire.
The plan was opposed by more than 70 per cent of local residents and all the local authorities in the area. Among the councils against the plans was Test Valley and I am proud to have taken a lead in that opposition.
The pros and cons of fluoridation were discussed in great detail by councillors. The debate was free of personal and political animosity and concentrated on representing the wishes and best interests of local residents.
Our conclusion was that fluoridation was an unproven, costly and unsafe over-reaction to a localised medical problem. What was, and still is, required is a targeted campaign to improve dental health where needed.
This decision by PHE is really important because it signals to health officials across the country that fluoridation cannot be imposed.
Congratulations to everyone who campaigned. You have shown that common sense and public opinion can take precedence over bureaucracy.
Len Gates Linton Drive