Jobs at risk as pharmacy set to close doors in September
PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 August 2017
Several jobs are at risk after a Weston pharmacy confirmed it will close next month.
Lloyds Pharmacy in Waterloo Street will close in late-September, which has been deemed a ‘premature’ decision by a town centre councillor.
A Lloyds Pharmacy spokesman said: “We can confirm that the Lloyds Pharmacy store in Waterloo Street is in the process of being closed.
“The process is expected to be complete by September 30 and in the meantime we will continue to support our colleagues during the transition.”
The Mercury asked Lloyds to comment on the ramifications for employees, but the spokesman said the firm cannot comment further ‘at the moment’.
Lloyds has multiple other pharmacies across Weston, including in Whitecross Road and at Weston General Hospital.
Weston town centre is already marred by a ‘lack of health services’, according to Central ward councillor Richard Nightingale, who is disappointed by Lloyds’ decision to close.
He said: “I have highlighted again and again the lack of health services in the centre of town.
“Also North Somerset and Weston Town Council have both called for better health and community services for the town. It is my hope that over the next few years Central ward will be transformed by additional investment.
“A private commercial decision for Lloyds to close its pharmacy is in my view premature, given the need and the level of investment the town centre is due to receive.
“I very much hope another private business will seize the opportunity to fill the gap.”
But fellow Central ward councillor Mike Bell believes the closure ‘is not all bad news’.
He said: “While it is disappointing Lloyds Pharmacy is to close, an inevitable consequence of Government cuts to pharmacy funding, it is not all bad news.
“Weston town centre is fairly well served by pharmacies at present, and I would certainly hope the new town centre health and community hub, which I’ve been campaigning on for several years, will include a pharmacy service alongside a modern, new GP practice.
“This isn’t going to appear overnight, of course, but progress is being made and I am optimistic of further developments in the future.”