Protests over surgery bid to open phar­macy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

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.

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