Over the past two years a number of applications for a licence to operate a pharmacy at a site in Castle Hill have been made, unsuccessfully.

The decision to grant a licence was the result of a recent appeal to NHS England. The successful application was made by pharmacy chain Delmergate who are a multi-award winning family run chain of pharmacies based in Kent.

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation were approached in Spring 2020 to support the appeal and using feedback from the ‘Learning from Lockdown’ residents survey, a Facebook poll by local residents and some letters of support from local residents we were able to represent the voice of local residents who are keen to see more local amenities.

Mary Rouse, the corporation’s Project Manager for the Health and Wellbeing Hub said:  “We are really pleased to have been able to deliver a practical and physical response to the feedback from the resident’s survey.

“We know that residents want to see more local facilities and we have been able to represent these views to those making strategic decisions for local services. This effort forms part of our placemaking and community infrastructure work that aims to deliver a range of facilities as the Garden City develops. ”

The pharmacy will open near the existing Co-Op store that opened recently in the heart of Castle Hill.

There is still work to be done before the pharmacy will open, including agreeing the contract and licence with NHS England and fitting out the shop but Delmergate hopes that it will be ready to serve residents early summer 2021.

Jayesh Patel, Managing Director of Delmergate said:  ‘This is the result of 3 years hard work and we are delighted with the outcome. We hope that we will have the full support of local residents when we open next year and look forward to serving the community of Ebbsfleet.’