Cllr. Josh Newlove and the Tranby Labour Party team yesterday took to the streets of Anlaby to listen and act on constituents concerns regarding Boots the Chemist’s plan to desert Anlaby Square in favour of a large unit on Springfield Way Retail Park.
Tranby Labour Party’s Local Government Chief of Staff Daniel Palmer said, “Whilst we welcome Boots desire to open a bigger store on the retail park thereby bringing much needed jobs and revenue to the local economy, the Primary Care Trust who are responsible for ensuring that the community has access to a Pharmacy, must take on board what the local community are telling our elected representative Cllr Josh Newlove and his team. We received a number of emails outlining people’s fears and yesterday we conducted a listening exercise in Anlaby Square, which resulted in 120 people and hour signing a petition asking boots to think again and maintain a facility for the community in Anlaby Square.
Cllr Newlove said, “Residents who don’t drive are especially worried by the proposed move as the retail park is a considerable walk and is not very pedestrian friendly. In addition those who live in the majority of the residents cannot access the new site by bus as the 154 barely enters the Ward until Anlaby Common roundabout. The only alternative is a four bus return journey. At the Woodland Drive and Tranby Lane part of the area local people only have one bus an hour to Willerby Square which means that if they use Boots there, a wait of 55 minutes would be required for the return trip.”
In addition Mr. Palmer pointed out that the Boots Chemist in Anlaby Square in one of only a handful of Pharmacies that is open on a Saturday afternoon emphasising it’s importance to the local community.