MP & Councillors fight for Whitefield Pharmacy
Ivan Lewis, Besses councillors and community campaigner Mary Whitby are challenging a decision to refuse permission to allow a pharmacy to open on the Hillock Estate in Whitefield.
Plans had been submitted to open a pharmacy at an empty shop unit at the corner of Ribble Drive & Mersey Drive, however the application was rejected by Bury CCG.
From Left to Right: – Cllr Alan Matthews, Mary Whitby, Cllr Ken Audin outside the location of the proposed pharmacy; A local resident signing the petition calling for a pharmacy; Ivan Lewis & Mary Whitby reviewing signatures received so far.
An appeal was made to the Pharmacy’s Appeals Committee however it rejected the appeal stating that there was no evidence that it would improve or better access to services.
Ivan Lewis MP said “This decision takes no account of the fact that theHillock Estate is one of the most socially disadvantaged communities in Bury with significant numbers of older people and young families who want and need access to the range of services now available in modern pharmacies.”
“It also flies in the face of national policy that recognises pharmacies are crucial in reducing pressure on GP practices and hospital A& E Departments. The Local Community, local councillors, a representative of the local Health and Wellbeing Board and myself all backed plans for the new pharmacy because we know its services are desperately needed in the area. “
“I will now be writing to the Chief Executive of Bury Clinical Commissioning Group requesting an urgent meeting to discuss how we can reverse this ill-considered decision and get plans for a pharmacy on the estate back on track.”
Cllr Alan Matthews, the long serving Councillor from Besses Ward said “We are really concerned about vulnerable people, particularly the elderly who struggle to get out and about to pick up their prescriptions and get their medication. A local pharmacy would make a real difference to their everyday lives. We’ve started a petition and will keep the fight going.”