Protest launched against Henderson Hospital plans in Belmont ahead of key planning decision by Sutton Council

Sutton Guardian: Belmont Traders has handed a petition against the application signed by all 23 businesses in Station Road to Sutton Council. Belmont Traders has handed a petition against the application signed by all 23 businesses in Station Road to Sutton Council.

Protesters have come out against plans to open a new medical centre in Belmont.

Neighbours, businesses and councillors fear plans to open a new medical centre and a pharmacy on the site of the old Henderson Hospital in Homeland Drive will have a negative effect on village trade.

The Henderson Hospital site

Almost 200 letters and three petitions against the plans have been sent to Sutton Council ahead of a meeting that will decide the fate of the planning application next week.

Among the concerns raised is the fear that the new pharmacy will take trade away from the existing pharmacy in Belmont, which could have a knock on effect for businesses in the area.

Belmont Traders has handed a petition against the application signed by all 23 businesses in Station Road to the council.

It reads: "As Belmont Traders, we are concerned regards the pharmacy in the proposed medical centre on the site of the Henderson Hospital.  80% of the local chemist’s business is prescriptions through the doctors.  If he loses this business, the shop is likely to close.

"We lost the post office; if we lose the chemist, Belmont will die."

Sutton Council's development control meeting will make a ruling on the application, which is being made by medical developer Assura, at a meeting at Sutton Council's Civic Offices from 7.30pm on Wednesday, December 18.

 

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6:17pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Michael Pantlin says...

Henderson was a world class hospital for the treatment of psychopathic disorder. Where do the patients go now it is closed?
Henderson was a world class hospital for the treatment of psychopathic disorder. Where do the patients go now it is closed? Michael Pantlin

12:26am Thu 12 Dec 13

CPN says...

"We lost the post office; if we lose the chemist, Belmont will die." Well said; Belmont pharmacy is a vital part of Belmont village, and Mr Amin is a well respected and liked member of the community.

In addition, with regard to a suggestion for a surgery on the site of the old Henderson hospital, how are people to get there? - No bus goes anywhere near. The present surgery is served by numerous bus routes, and the train station, and it accessible to the village. A surgery at Henderson hospital will not be able claim any of those advantages. No thanks, refuse the application, please Sutton Council.
"We lost the post office; if we lose the chemist, Belmont will die." Well said; Belmont pharmacy is a vital part of Belmont village, and Mr Amin is a well respected and liked member of the community. In addition, with regard to a suggestion for a surgery on the site of the old Henderson hospital, how are people to get there? - No bus goes anywhere near. The present surgery is served by numerous bus routes, and the train station, and it accessible to the village. A surgery at Henderson hospital will not be able claim any of those advantages. No thanks, refuse the application, please Sutton Council. CPN

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