Protests over surgery bid to open pharmacy
HUNDREDS of people have opposed plans for a pharmacy in a portable building at a doctor’s surgery.
The Stanground Surgery, in Whittlesey Road, Stanground, wants its own on-site chemist.
It has submitted plans to Peterborough City Council to install a temporary building in its grounds to house a pharmacy.
But at least 142 letters of complaint have been sent to planners and it is claimed 160 more were due to be delivered.
The objections range from traffic concerns to issues about competition.
Some people are worried the plan might lead to the Coop pharmacy switching from Central Square.
Cllr Brian Rush said: “I have asked for the issue to be called in to a planning committee meeting.
“If the planning officers approve it, the committee mem- bers will have to discuss the application.
“My opposition is based on the lack of car parking and road access.
“But I am really concerned about what this could mean for the future.
“Where the Co-op pharmacy is now is the Post Office. If the pharmacy goes then I think the Post Office will probably go as well.”
The surgery has long had plans for a pharmacy and to expand its facilities in preparation for the new Cardea homes development.
The current application is for a temporary building for three years before a permanent building is built.
Nearby chemist Shabhir Damani says he feels the plans are unnecessary.
He runs Halls The Chemist, in Peterborough Road, next to the drive into the Stanground Surgery’s car park.
He said: “If they build a pharmacy then they will be increasing traffic into their car park.
“Peterborough Road is already a dangerous road. When you turn out of there you can’t see up the hill properly.
“I don’t want someone to die and for people to ask why we didn’t do something.
“I am also just part of a family business. I can’t compete with a massive firm like the Co-op.”
In its planning application, the surgery said parking was adequate because it envisaged most people visiting as part of a doctor’s appointment.
The surgery said no decision had been made on which pharmacy would be moving in and it had even been in talks with Mr Damani.
Practice manager Helena Ayre said: “We just want what’s best for our patients, and having a pharmacy on site is surely the best thing we can offer.
“It will mean patients don’t have to go outside into the cold and rain when collecting a prescription.”
Last waltz: Mayor of Peterborough Cllr Paula Thacker and Langford Smith present Dereck and Edna Brown with a surprise retirement gift on behalf of the city. (METP-12-12-11PF011) Picture: PAUL FRANKS.
chemist row: Pharmacist Shabhir Damani who runs Halls The Chemist and opposes the surgery’s plans.