October 30, 2020
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Council rejects plans for controversial new pharmacy at county Kilkenny medical centre

Plans to locate a new pharmacy at a Primary Healthcare Facility inThomastown have been refused after locals raised concerns over the future of the town centre.

Westcourt Healthcare Limited had lodged an application to Kilkenny County Council to locate a new pharmacy at the Primary Healthcare Facility on Lady’s Well Street.

However, concerns were raised by local residents and businesses regarding the proposal, which would see part of the medical centre located away from the town centre converted into a pharmacy.

Kilkenny County Council received a dozen objections to the plans, which outlined the number of vacant premises in the town centre.

The objections were made to remind reminded the council the town already has three pharmacists. Some stressed the articles within the council’s Local Area Plan 2019 for Thomastown which underlined the importance of retail to the town centre and the importance of the regeneration of the town centre, within the plan.

The local authority refused permission for the new pharmacy. Westcourt Healthcare Limited can now appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanála.

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