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Pleas for pharmacy on estate

By Warren Wilkins 20th February 2019

Pleas for pharmacy on estate

A community is making a stand after plans to open a pharmacy within Newquay’s urban extension were refused without residents being given the opportunity to put forward their views.

Nansledan Community Association has launched an online petition on the website Change.org so that the community can feed into Kayes Ltd’s appeal after it was refused permission to open a pharmacy at Chy Tennyson at Nansledan.

Residents were dismayed the proposal was rejected by NHS England’s South West Pharmaceutical Services Regulations Committee as it had failed to ask the public what they thought.

The committee concluded it was not satisfied a pharmacy would provide significant benefits following objections from Boots the Chemist and Day Lewis as Newquay already has five pharmacies. 

It also stated residents could walk, take a bus or drive to the nearest chemist 1.5 miles away, but Nansledan Community Association believes the estate should be permitted to have a pharmacy due to its ever-increasing population and there being no time-frame for a doctor’s surgery opening.

They also argue the ethos behind Nansledan is that facilities will be within walking distance, but most residents would have to make a car journey to the nearest pharmacy at Chester Road.

More than 500 people have so far signed the petition titled ‘Nansledan community not consulted in decision as new pharmacy application is rejected’, which the appeals panel has agreed to take into account before making its decision.

Theresa Ferguson, chairman of the Nansledan Community Association, said: “The Nansledan community is dismayed and disappointed in the recent decision to reject an application for a local pharmacy on the estate.

"No consultation took place with the community before the decision was made, which we believe would have made a difference in the final outcome. We want our voice heard in the appeal process. The pharmacy would not only benefit our community at Nansledan but also our neighbouring communities at Quintrell Downs and St Columb Minor.

“Our estate is being built and designed to have all amenities local, within walking distance. This is to ensure we have an impact in reducing our carbon footprint and help the
environment. We hope that the decision-makers will listen to the community that this pharmacy was supposed to serve.

“They suggest waiting for a local health centre to be built. However, there is no time frame for this centre and, with anything up to 300 to 400 residents moving in year on year, it won’t be long before the current pharmacies see the impact of this decision as their workload increases on their already heavy demand.

“It is only right that a development of this size should have a pharmacy, especially so when it is locally run and owned by a company with a good track record.”

Residents who have signed the petition have commented that consultation about services should include the communities they serve. They also stated rural communities need access to pharmacies and that infrastructure is needed when more houses are built.

Robin Kaye, from Kayes in East Street, who is behind the proposal to open a pharmacy at Nansledan, is pleased he is receiving community support.

He said: “It is very pleasing and is appreciated to have public support through this petition, which has been launched independently.”

To sign the petition online search Julie Hancock on Change.org

Hard copies of the petition can be found at The Little Cornish Pantry at Nansledan, The Co-Op at St Columb Minor and the Spar in Quintrell Downs. 

By Warren Wilkins 20th February 2019

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