Second pharmacy licence granted on appeal

Site for new chemist
Site for new chemist

A LICENCE to open a second pharmacy in Newton Stewart has been granted on appeal is was announced this week.

The National Appeal Panel sat last month and after hearing new evidence took the decision to uphold the appeal lodged by Michael Rodden, the applicant, to grant him permission to open the Creebridge Mill Pharmacy.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway originally blocked plans for a second pharmacy stating that the Boots outlet in Victoria Street was sufficient for the needs of the area but complaints received from residents and elected members that is was not adequate let to the appeal.

Yesterday a spokesman for NHS D&G said: “ NHS D&G acknowledge the decision by the appeal panel and look forward to there being a second pharmacy in Newton Stewart.”

The new business will be run by the pharmacy partnership of Mr Rodden, Dumfries, Keith and Fiona McElrea, Whithorn and Mark Boult, Kirkcudbright.

Mr McElrea said: “The application to grant an additional pharmacy contract at Creebridge Mill, Minnigaff, Newton Stewart has been approved at a sitting of pharmacy’s National Appeal Panel on 15th February. The Panel overturned the original decision in light of the overwhelming volume of additional support and new evidence presented by Mr Rodden at the hearing. The partners, Michael Rodden, Mark Blount and Keith and Fiona McElrea are delighted with the outcome and are looking forward to adding to the current pharmacy provision within the town.

“Timescales for the opening of the new pharmacy are, as yet, unconfirmed but they are keen to get up and running as soon as possible. The new pharmacy as mentioned, will be sited in the Cree Mill building which currently houses Lochcarron Woollen Mill. This is convenient for the GP surgeries, and town centre and will have space for private discussion areas and treatment rooms as well as plenty of room for customers to enter and move around freely.”

Cree Valley Community Council Chairman Bill Marshall said: “I am delighted at the news. Hopefully it will speed things up a bit and be handy for the health centre and stop people having to come over into the town.”

A spokesperson for Loch Carron declined to comment at this time.