Saltney pharmacy delay is a bitter pill to swallow

Published date: 19 February 2014 |
Published by: Romilly Scragg 
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COMMUNITY leaders have expressed their frustration at a lack of action on plans for a new pharmacy.

There was widespread delight in January when the Welsh Government gave the go-ahead for the new facility in the Morrisons store in Saltney.

County councillors Veronica Gay and Richard Lloyd were among those celebrating that residents would soon be able to get their medicines in the town, rather than trekking across the border to the nearest chemist in England –  where prescriptions must be paid for – or travelling further to Boots in Broughton.

But community leaders voiced concern after a communication from Morrisons included no definite plans for the pharmacy to go ahead.

Town councillors in Saltney said they cannot understand the lack of movement.

A short letter from Morrisons pharmacy development manager Clive Jolliffe, written in response to members request for an update on the supermarket’s plans, stated the Saltney store manager was “aware of the opportunity” for having a pharmacy.

Mr Jolliffe said: “We will be considering how this new opportunity might be embraced” – but there was no timeframe given for the installation of the pharmacy.

Cllr Richard Lloyd said: “I just hope that after all the work residents have done, they’ll get a move on and get it installed.”

Fellow county councillor Veronica Gay said she was surprised and disappointed the company was being so vague about any plans.

“I feel we’ve got to get Morrisons to give us a definite date,” she said.

“They applied for that pharmacy, so I don’t understand why they aren’t moving ahead with it.

“If Morrisons want to keep customers, that would be the way to do it. If people have to go to Boots in Broughton for their medicines, they’ll shop in Tesco. That’s how people work.”

She added: “I feel we’ve got to get Morrisons to give us a definite date.”

When approval was given last month, Cllr Lloyd was among those praising the efforts of residents for the part they played in bringing the pharmacy to town.

When the Welsh Government initially rejected an application for the pharmacy two years ago, residents took to the streets collecting more than 1,000 signatures for a petition.

Morrisons was not available for comment regarding plans for the pharmacy in Saltney.

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