A FRESH decision on plans for a new pharmacy could be taken next month.
Saltney Town Council wants an end to the current situation that means some residents are unable to access free prescriptions.
Free prescriptions are available to everyone who lives in Wales but for people living in Saltney, the nearest Welsh pharmacy is the Boots store on Broughton Shopping Park, a round-trip of about four miles.
Many instead choose to use the much nearer pharmacy on Chester Street but that lies across the border in England, where there is a charge for prescriptions.
Supermarket chain Morrisons has a store on Chester Street which lies in Wales and has been trying to get permission for an in-store pharmacy.
But the Welsh Government vetoed those plans last summer despite 1,000 people signing a petition in favour of the new counter.
Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant confirmed the decision to turn down the pharmacy plans had been quashed and could be revisited in October.
He said: “A bid by Morrisons to set up an in-store pharmacy was rejected last year, but after I and other community leaders made representations to the then Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths AM, the decision was quashed.
“The application will now be re-examined and a fresh decision is expected to be made in October. I have asked Saltney residents who feel strongly about the proposals to send their letters of support to my office, so these can be passed on to those who will make a final decision.
“I know many residents are frustrated that they either have to travel to Broughton to pick up their medicine, or to Chester, where they miss out on free prescriptions.
“A pharmacy would be a welcome addition to the town and I hope the views of residents will be taken into consideration.”
North Wales AM Mark Isherwood last month wrote to health minister Mark Drakeford AM demanding to know what action he plans to take.
He described the current situation as “ludicrous”.
Mr Isherwood said: “These patients live in Wales and are therefore entitled to free prescriptions, but because they live on the border and their nearest pharmacy is in England they are missing out.”
Welsh residents who have to pay for prescriptions can claim the money back but Mr Isherwood said he had been told that people in Saltney are encountering difficulties when claiming.
He said: “There are approximately 5,000 residents in Saltney so the need for a pharmacy in the town is vital, yet local wishes have been consistently ignored.”