Day Lewis propose to open pharmacy in temporary building in Owers Road, Witham

PUBLISHED: 11:47 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:43 17 February 2017

Day Lewis Pharmacy in Bury St Edmunds.

Day Lewis Pharmacy in Bury St Edmunds.


Security fears have been raised by Witham residents as plans for a mobile pharmacy are due to be considered by Braintree District Council.

The fully functioning dispensary, proposed for Owers Road in Witham, would be able to do all the things a normal pharmacy can, and is a temporary measure while Day Lewis pharmacies seek permanent home.

The pharmacy chain are seeking permission to site the portable buildings for a period of 24 months, and hope that in that time they can find residence elsewhere.

Some residents have objected however, with one woman saying: “We feel that this portable building would be located too close to local residencies and have strong concerns over the security, signage and lighting.

“There appears to be little thought given to parking and whether this will cause additional nuisance to residents.”

Another man said: “With the crime problem seemingly growing at an alarming rate in Witham and the known drugs problem we feel that having a cabin full of drugs sitting just metres from our houses and schools is only going to attract unwanted attention.

“I say this knowing and having fully read the security measures that are planned for the cabin.”

Day Lewis say there are no problems with security and a similar arrangement has been successful in central London.

Building project manager at Day Lewis, Addie Thomas, said: “We are indeed very excited about opening a new pharmacy in Witham.

“We are confident that the services we are able to provide will be extremely beneficial to the community. We have been working very closely with Braintree Council to address local concerns surrounding security and I can assure you that we have discussed a very comprehensive security detail.

“Our proposed opening date is Wednesday 5th April 2017.”

Solutions discussed include guards for closing hours, a Redcare Intruder Alarm, panic buttons linked to the police, a locked gate and fencing, and perimeter lights.

She is waiting for a meeting with Braintree District Council on March 14 and for a final planning decision.

For more information, visit the council website with the planning application reference 16/01951/FUL.

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