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Residents determined for pharmacy

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

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A DECISION to refuse plans for a new pharmacy in Benhall has angered campaigners.

Councillor Jacky Fletcher (C, Benhall and the Reddings) has spoken of her frustration at a decision blocking proposals for a pharmacy in Benhall Avenue.

It comes after bosses at NHS Gloucestershire stood by a decision made in August to refuse permission for a chemist, despite an 850-signature petition from residents in favour of the plan.

Mrs Fletcher told the Echo she would carry on campaigning for a pharmacy in the area until someone took notice.

She said: "To say I am angry at the dismissal of the appeal by the PCT is not a true reflection of how I and all the others feel.

"They have not taken into account the need issue and the local proximity of a pharmacy which would be available to all both young and not so young on the doorstep.

Travelling

"No consideration was given of the travelling to both the other pharmacies mentioned, which to some people seem miles away when they do not have cars.

"There is no public transport available either."

"Residents do not want to cross the busy A40 and do not want to cross the busy Hatherley Road to access chemists."

She added that the decision not to permit plans for the pharmacy flew in the face of all the available evidence.

She said: "Both the Benhall Residents' and Granley Residents' Association, along with myself and Peter Badham, collated surveys all across the area which overwhelmingly showed that a pharmacy was needed. However, we will not give up, we will go on.

"The battle is lost but the war is to be won and everyone involved will ensure that the views of the local population are heeded."

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