Falmouth MP joins protest against Penryn Asda pharmacy

Falmouth Packet: MP Sarah Newton, town councillors and residents wield their petitions. MP Sarah Newton, town councillors and residents wield their petitions.

Penryn Town Council joined forces with the local MP this weekend to protest against a supermarket’s attempts to open what they say is an unauthorised pharmacy.

Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton has launched a petition, which has already received more than 1,000 signatures, calling on Cornwall Council to take enforcement action against Asda’s Penryn store.

Last year, the council refused an application submitted by Asda to open a pharmacy inside their Penryn store, on the grounds that any such facility would drive trade away from independent retailers in the town centre and reduce the service for patients at the Penryn GP surgery.

Despite this, Asda went ahead and opened a pharmacy anyway - located inside a temporary building in the supermarket’s car park.

So on Saturday Mrs Newton was joined by the mayor of Penryn, Gill Grant, for a “day of action” to raise awareness of the issue and garner signatures for a petition.

As many as 50 Penryn residents attended the event, including “people from the GP surgery and people from shops all along Penryn’s high street,” Mrs Newton said. Leaflets were distributed throughout the town in an effort “to make sure as many people in Penryn that wanted to could sign the petition."

“I think it will make a difference because we just want to show Cornwall Council that they were right to make the decisions that they made. They were right to turn down the application and there’s a huge amount of popular support for their decision,” Mrs Newton added.

Mrs Grant was equally enthusiastic, describing the day as “brilliant.” “We had a huge turnout,” she said.

Asda have always maintained that the pharmacy was opened “within the terms of their contract,” despite not having planning permission.

A spokesperson for the supermarket said: “Customers can rest assured we have a full pharmacy licence at Penryn and we know people are keen to start using the service, so we have opened the pharmacy whilst we are waiting for the outcome of our planning appeal decision.”

The company’s attitude concerns Mrs Newton however. She said: “What worries me is that large companies come to Cornwall and they think that Cornwall Council won’t stand up for their planning decisions and that’s simply not fair.”

“Let's all help Cornwall Council do the right thing. Let’s show them how much support there is for the correct planning decision they have made and ask them to follow through for the sake of patients of the surgery and the businesses and residents of Penryn.”

Packet readers can sign Mrs Newton’s petition online by visiting surveymonkey.com/s/LWF2NR9

 

Related links:

Vow to fight Asda pharmacy bid as council planners slammed

Penryn supermarket opens makeshift pharmacy

Investigation into Penryn supermarket's car park pharmacy scrapped as 'not expedient'

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4:26pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Wave says...

A there links/sites where we readers can show support for the new pharmacy?
It's disheartening to hear the morals of the MP are governed by manipulative trade protection and denial of trade freedom rather than the possible health benefits of a large supermarkets' pharmacy capabilities.
Such reviews should be conducted by a scientific panel to determine the best interests of a local population.
A there links/sites where we readers can show support for the new pharmacy? It's disheartening to hear the morals of the MP are governed by manipulative trade protection and denial of trade freedom rather than the possible health benefits of a large supermarkets' pharmacy capabilities. Such reviews should be conducted by a scientific panel to determine the best interests of a local population. Wave
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6:38pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Alistair Campbell says...

Wave I agree entirely with you , the pharmacy at Asda is serving the community , without paying high car parking charges and easily accessible for the ageing population of this County with buses hourly
Wave I agree entirely with you , the pharmacy at Asda is serving the community , without paying high car parking charges and easily accessible for the ageing population of this County with buses hourly Alistair Campbell
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8:05am Thu 24 Jan 13

ucsweb says...

This is so stupid. If over a thousand people support their (?) chemist why are they worried about Asda. Is the Penryn chemist going to open the same hours as Asda?
What will the residents of Falmouth and other areas do? You can't park in Penryn.
Does Mrs Newton shop in Penryn to support these shops? Will it affect her at all. This is about the health and welfare of a larger community!
This is so stupid. If over a thousand people support their (?) chemist why are they worried about Asda. Is the Penryn chemist going to open the same hours as Asda? What will the residents of Falmouth and other areas do? You can't park in Penryn. Does Mrs Newton shop in Penryn to support these shops? Will it affect her at all. This is about the health and welfare of a larger community! ucsweb
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9:12am Thu 24 Jan 13

Poldark says...

I agree Wave, why would SN support the Penryn pharmacy when Asda would serve far more people from outside Penryn, did she bother to listen to others concerns? wrong move there Sarah?
Just down the road form Asda is Trescobeas surgery I didn't see them protesting?

There is room for all and I shall be sorry if County takes SN protest into account., if that is what all penryn people want and , then let them support their chemist but give other s the choice.
I agree Wave, why would SN support the Penryn pharmacy when Asda would serve far more people from outside Penryn, did she bother to listen to others concerns? wrong move there Sarah? Just down the road form Asda is Trescobeas surgery I didn't see them protesting? There is room for all and I shall be sorry if County takes SN protest into account., if that is what all penryn people want and [only 50 turned up], then let them support their chemist but give other s the choice. Poldark
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4:02pm Thu 24 Jan 13

falmouthbred says...

Sarah Newton is no more use than the Falmouth councilors. And until Penryn pharmacy is prepared to open longer hours it has no right to complain.
Sarah Newton is no more use than the Falmouth councilors. And until Penryn pharmacy is prepared to open longer hours it has no right to complain. falmouthbred
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