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Second pharmacy could be prescribed for Stansted

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Stansted could get a second pharmacy now that villagers are being given the chance to argue the case.

Essex County Council’s health and well-being board has agreed to further investigate the need for an additional dispensary in the village following pressure from councillors and residents.

Parish council chair Maureen Caton revealed the news at the April 3 full council meeting, which was met with cheers from members, who declared it “excellent news”.

Mrs Caton said afterwards: “Our needs as a village have never been properly assessed and we are a growing population which needs two pharmacies in the village, particularly because we are divided by Chapel Hill. It’s about meeting the needs of people in the north and south.”

There is currently only one pharmacy with a dispensing licence – Boots in Cambridge Road –with the doctors’ surgery located at the bottom of the village at Castle Maltings in Lower Street.

Mrs Caton said it was particularly difficult for the elderly to travel up Chapel Hill to collect prescriptions.

“It's been a long, hard slog with plenty of discussions between us and the Essex health and well-being board, but they've recognised that our needs have changed and agreed to talk to us.”

The parish council will set up a meeting with the board to show members around the village, highlighting the division between north and south, and residents will get the opportunity to share their views.

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