COMMUNITY leaders are surprised and annoyed a Wrexham man has lost his battle to open a town centre chemist.
Three national UK pharmacy chains – Rowlands, Alexanders and Boots – have won an 11th hour appeal which has stopped chemist Rob Evans opening premises in the King Street area of the town.
Mr Evans has tried for several years to get a licence with appeal following appeal until recently he earned the backing of Wrexham Health Board and the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board for his proposed venue but the National Assembly health minister, Mark Drakeford, has ruled in favour of the of the big threes’ appeal.
Acton, Offa and Rhosddu and were among community councils to back Mr Evans, of Chatsworth Gardens, Pandy, Wrexham, who had promised a special drug service if he was successful.
Offa councillors, in particular, welcomed this idea as it would take the strain from the Chapel Street chemist which provides the drug service at the moment.
County Cllr Steven Wilson told Rhosddu council he was surprised Mr Evans had lost the appeal and Cllrs Mollie Beresford and Brenda Roberts said they, too, were baffled by the Welsh Government decision.
In a letter published in the Leader on April 22, Mr Evans thanked those who had supported his attempt to open the chemist which he which thought would have been ideally situated for members of the public using the King Street bus station.
Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths, the Assembly’s local government minister and former health minister, said: “Welsh Government officials have produced a very detailed document explaining the reasons for their decision to uphold the appeal.
“Although Mr Evans hasn’t contacted me directly, I believe it is vital we support local independent businesses and would be happy to correspond with the necessary department to pursue the matter further.”