Local councillors this week slammed the proposal of Boots, the chemists to shut down its North Kenton pharmacy branch in North Kenton from March 2024.
Worried local residents and traders at Kenton Retail have contacted Kenton councillors Stephen Lambert, Ged Bell and Paula Maines objecting to the planned closure of Boots pharmacy on Halewood Ave. And now a petition asking Boots to reconsider has been presented to this week’s meeting of Newcastle City Council.
The petition was received by full council on Wednesday 6 December.
What the councillors say
Coun Stephen Lambert, chair of the Kenton Committee, said:
”This potential closure of Boots in North Kenton is very bad news for the local community. This is not just a case of a local shop closing. This pharmacy plays a vital role in the delivery of health care, and many older and disabled residents will be deeply concerned as to how they will obtain essential prescriptions and medicines.
”There are two established GP surgeries in North Kenton – Betts at the Kenton Centre and the Hillsview surgery which serve the neighbourhood. If this closure goes ahead and another chemist can’t be found to replace Boots, older and disabled residents will have to travel over a mile away to Gosforth High Street and Fawdon to get their meds. This can’t be right, ” he added.
Coun Lambert pointed out that the proposal was another body blow for the local retail economy in Kenton and nearby areas.
”At the end of the day residents need assurances that a pharmacy service will continue to be provided in North Kenton,” he said.
The councillors believe that that this closure proposal in Kenton comes after Boots, an international American company, plans to shut down a further 300 branches across the UK.
Coun Lambert has contacted both MPs for the area – Chi Onwurah and Catherine McKinnell requesting that they raise the issue in Parliament.