PLANS for a new pharmacy in Petworth have divided the town.
At a Petworth Town Council meeting, mixed views met plans for a new pharmacy next to the doctors’ surgery.
Chairman of planning, Neville Fox said there had been an application to put a new pharmacy in Grove Street, Petworth.
“It’s not yet a planning application, it is notification by the Primary Care Support Service of the NHS and it would be in the house next to the doctors’ surgery in Grove Street.
“Obviously it would have to have a change of use application.”
He said the existing pharmacy in the doctors’ surgery was there just for the use of patients who lived out of the town.
“This would be in direct competition with Lloyds chemists in Market Square,” he said.
“You could look at it in two ways as a healthy thing or unhealthy competition.”
Town councillor Tony Sneller said: “It could have a negative impact on trade in the town.
“It’s one less reason for people to stop in the town.”
Chichester District Councillor for the town, Janet Duncton, welcomed a new pharmacy and said it ‘might be good’ for the town.
Richard Chandler, a town councillor, thought the plans were a good idea and would save people the journey into the town to pick up their prescriptions.
“It could be good because there is nothing more frustrating than having to walk into the Square from the doctors’ to get a prescription.
“It would be good if you could just pop over the road.”
There is currently a pharmacy in the doctors’ surgery for patients who live more than three miles out of the town.
The current pharmacy in the town is Lloyds Pharmacy in Market Square.