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Welsh Government Ministers to decide fate of Saltney Morrisons pharmacy bid

THE decision over whether a Saltney supermarket can install a pharmacy is to rest with the Welsh Government.

Last year Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board granted Morrisons permission to build a pharmacy in the High Street superstore.

But an appeal has been lodged against that decision and it will now be up to Welsh Ministers to deliberate whether approval can be given.

Those who have supported the pharmacy include Saltney Town Council, Morrisons Supermarkets, Stonebridge residents and Tenants Association and Flintshire county councillor Klaus Armstrong-Braun.

Those against include Boots UK and Community Pharmacy Wales.

In addition, Saltney councillors Peter Jones, Edith Greensmith and Veronica Gay collected nearly 2,000 names on a petition to call for a pharmacy in the town.

Cllr Gay said: “The petition has been done and I am going to get together with the town clerk to get this submitted.”

Cllr Derrick Beddow said: “I strongly support this application on behalf of our residents. Without a pharmacy, they have to go on the Chester side of Saltney to get their prescriptions, which are not free unless you claim back for them, or go all the way to Broughton.”