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Upper Hutt Leader : July 6th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 6, 2011 LETTERS I hold regular constituency clinics throughout the electorate. To book an appointment, please contact my offices. 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They should be no longer than 250 words. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters and also decide whether letters are suitable for publication. Letters must include the writer's name for publication. Pen names are not accepted. The writer's address and phone number must be supplied for our records. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 528 3021 or P O Box 40001, Upper Hutt. Thanks letters for grants to groups are not accepted. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. CONTINUED Page 13 I think we really need some big picture thinking and a bit more creativity when considering the plight of our city. We also need to celebrate what we have that makes us different from the other cities in the region. We should not be trying to compete as a retail centre over and above serving the needs of the community. I have no problem with some of the buildings having other uses which bring people into the street. How about good quality apartments above the shops? There are great amenities for inner city living -- public transport, a great library, arts centre and movie theatre. More people living in the CBD would benefit the restaurants and bars. More night life would attract other Upper Hutt citizens into town. Retail would follow. I liked the conceptual sketch of an upgrade to the area around the railway station. Our group of civic buildings are great and they would benefit from being set off within a properly planned landscape. Our real point of difference is as a destination for outdoor activities. The regional parks are wonderful for tramping, walking and cycling. We have a great children s play area and other great city parks. Our swimming pool is one of the best in the region for all ages. What else could we provide to tempt visitors out here from the rest of the region? Grass skiing maybe? The river is lovely. We used to take it for granted until we sent one of our sons a postcard once when he was living in London. The Hutt River photo was chosen with our tongues in our cheeks but on the other side of the world this postcard was pounced upon by a group of young expats who had spent their summers by the river. There must be some creative ways we could maximise this natural advantage. Maybe we could have a riverside market of some sort. Get thinking, people of Upper Hutt. Think laterally, think creatively, but most of all, think positively! LINDA CAMPBELL, Trentham Lights out over Trentham Over the Queen s Birthday Weekend various parts of Trentham were without street lighting from Friday, June 3, until Tuesday, June 7, inclusive. This was not the first time the area has suffered from a power outage. Contacting the Upper Hutt City Council s after hours number you are told that the call will be logged and passed on to the lines company. The call centre does not have any information as to the extent of any breakdown, if the lines company is attending, and if there is an estimated time of the restoration of the supply. A great deal of help! When contacting the Wellington Lines company over the same holiday period I received a voice message informing me of the office hours and please call back then. Another great deal of help! Calling the lines company during office hours I was advised that you need to contact your local council who will pass the message on. The call does not seem to invoke any immediate reaction from the lines company. Another great deal of help! It would seem that when the power companies were privatised the accountability seems to have been lost in the rush. The council does not seem to have the power to request that action be taken by the lines company, and there seems to be no penalty for a breakdown of supply. Calls are forwarded to the lines company who seem to act when they feel like it. Another great deal of help! Is there a contract for supply between the council and the lines company? And if not why not? I was considering holding a candlelight vigil with the neighbours, but a penny has been shoved in the meter somewhere and we are now out of the dark. As a ratepayer I ask what are our city leaders doing to address the issue of power outages and response times. We need assurance that robust systems, and contracts are in place to improve the security of supply and reduce the frequency and duration of any future power outages. This would be a great help. D STAINES, Trentham Lachlan Wallach, director asset management and operations at UHCC, replies: The relationship between council and the energy companies is probably confusing to residents. Council owns the street lights and is responsible for replacement of bulbs but not the cable network. We have a contract with Meridian for the electricity supply. Ownership and management of the cable network is with Wellington Electricity who contract with Meridian to transport the power over their network. Cable faults are the responsibility of Wellington Electricity. Because of past delays, an arrangement is now in place for council to approach Wellington Electricity direct if a cable fault occurs. In the first instance streetlights that are not working should be reported to council as the owner and we will instruct our own contractor to make repair. If the reason for the fault is determined to be a power supply/ cable fault, council logs the problem with Wellington Electricity. In many cases if it is a cable fault (and particularly for underground networks) locating the fault is a matter of trial and error and unfortunately can take days. In this particular case, crews were dispatched following notification from council and it took some considerable effort to investigate and perform the necessary repair work as there were multiple causes contributing to the fault. The level of service is not what council practises and we can understand the frustration of residents but we are stuck with a system set up by central government. Fluoride debate Those criticising our council s decision regarding the cessation of water fluoridation should remember that the UHCC was also responsible for the initial decision to begin adding fluoride to our water supply. Since then, much research has been carried out on its benefits, or otherwise, on human health. Scientific studies have proven that fluoride: Is known to cause dental and skeletal fluorosis. Is more toxic than lead. Is a neurotoxin, accumulates in brain tissue, and harms pineal and thyroid functions. Has been linked with osteoporosis. Also, new evidence has emerged that fluoride is a principal trigger for bone cancer. And, while those blinded by the old science (funded by the promoters of this toxic waste product) call for its continued use, much of the world is rejecting fluoride and instead crediting oral health to education and an increase in the consumption of calcium-rich foods, ie milk, cheese, etc. Meanwhile, people would do well to research the fluoride issue for themselves and make their own decision as to whether or not they really want this poison in their water. Those interested in their family s health should read principal dental officer for Auckland, Dr John Colquhoun s paper, Why I changed my mind about water fluoridation, which can be viewed at: fluoride- journal.com. KATE WINTERS, Birchville I applaud our council for their courage to lobby WRC to remove fluoride from our water. People have long thought that this fluoride is necessary in our water to help prevent dental decay. I have a few points to offer which many people would not know. Many studies have now shown that fluoride works best topically which means that it has to have contact with the teeth to be of any use. This does not happen when you drink water -- toothpaste is the best way. Studies have shown it may help to prevent half to one dental filling -- hardly worth it. Many studies have been linked to the possibility that fluoride leads to other negative health issues regarding thyroids, bones, mental health, etc. They put fluoride into 1080 poison, anaesthetics etc -- do we want to drink this, no matter what the dose? Children who are bottle fed on this water are getting far more fluoride than is recommended -- to what detriment later in life? The country that we buy this waste from does not even use it in their own water -- what does that tell us! (most countries do not have fluoridated water). The council has done the right thing. If there is any doubt let s get rid of it until we can guarantee that this is not causing us greater harm than good. MRS L GREALLY, Akatarawa I am appalled at the amount of ignorance out there with regards to the raging fluoride debate in our water. Let s be reasonable here and logical for one moment, please. The rise of tooth decay is not for lack of fluoridated water. Tooth decay is caused by, among other things, sugar. Full stop. Do not pass go. Those cheap fizzy drinks, flavoured milk products and yes, even fruit juice that you feed your kids is loaded with sugar or fructose -- which is sugar. Sugar rots your teeth. You don t have to be a dentist, a fluoride expert or a panel from the British Fluoridation Society to know that it s what we choose to eat and drink that is causes our tooth decay. If you didn t already guess, I am all for the council getting rid of fluoride in our water. Keep fluoride in toothpaste where it belongs. T J HOEKSTRA, Totara Park The Ruapehu-Taumarunui District Council confirmed their decision to stop fluoridation in Taumarunui. The council decided to stop fluoridation in the district s only fluoridated town after hearing submissions from the public and overseas expert, Professor Emeritus Paul Connett. Taumarunui had been fluoridated for more than 30 years.
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