ADEL PHARMACY RELOCATION NEEDS YOUR HELP!

As many of you are aware the Adel Pharmacy hopes to relocate to the land off East Moor Lane and Sir George Martin Drive. 

The Adel Pharmacy has provided letters to their customers for you to sign.

Alternatively you can register your support by accessing the Council’s Planning portal at https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk and then enter the planning application number 21/00867/FU.  You can also download the provided letter here for you to sign and return to Leeds City Council, Planning Department, Merrion House, 110 Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8BB

If you value the excellent service provided by the Adel Pharmacy and their staff then please complete the form now.  

Please feel free to cascade this information to your friends and family as some may not have access to the internet.  

Thank you. 

BILLY FLYNN – WARD COUNCILLOR NOTES – DECEMBER 2020

STOP PRESS – SPECIAL EDITION – ADEL PHARMACY SAVED

Excellent news. The surgery and pharmacy site on Long Causeway has a new owner and the pharmacy is staying where it is. The news is less clear on the future of the surgery building but it is hoped it will be used for wellbeing purposes to complement healthcare in Adel although it is still early days. More on this when the future is clearer.

This really is very welcome news for everyone in Adel and really emphasises the importance of retaining and saving all our local services, whatever they are. We must use them or lose them. It is particularly important during these awful times with the Covid -19 pandemic.

On the back of this really good news I hope you all have a safe, happy and joyful family Christmas. With the even better news of the vaccination programme already started let us all hope for a much better and safer New Year and a return to normal family life.

Councillor Billy Flynn: contact details Email : billy.flynn@leeds.gov.uk

Telephone numbers : home 0113 2613896 mobile 07810 640282

Adel Neighbourhood Forum – 2020 Annual Report

We have received the attached report from the Chair of the Adel Neighbourhood Forum Via Cllr Barry Anderson which may be of interest to you. If you would like to pass this on to anyone who is not on the email list please do so. Unfortunately due to Covid it is not possible to hold an AGM this year but hopefully this report will keep you updated as to the activities of the Forum.

If you have any comments or queries about the report or about the Forum in general please feel free to email the co-chairs on anf.chair@gmail.com

TREE PLANTING SCHEMES IN THE AREA

We have received notification from Cllr Barry Anderson after he attended a recent virtual Zoom briefing from one of the Parks & Countryside officers in respect of the current tree planting schemes that are being designated for the area.

Please see below maps for the two Adel schemes.

Map 1 Bedquilts Recreation Ground

Map 2 Tile Lane

If you wish to read more, please follow the link to Cllr Barry Anderson’s website: https://bit.ly/2E7Xzci

 

 

CLOSURE OF ADEL SURGERY AND ADEL PHARMACY – 31 MARCH 2021

       Cllr. BILLY FLYNN – WARD COUNCILLOR NOTES

      CLOSURE OF ADEL SURGERY AND ADEL PHARMACY – 31 MARCH 2021

I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Just two items this month, the closure of the surgery and probable closure of Adel Pharmacy.  This constitutes a real loss for Adel residents.

I attended a meeting of the CCG Primary Care Commissioning Committee on 5 August at which the closure of Adel Surgery on 31 March 2021 was confirmed.  I have learnt since that this will probably mean the closure of the pharmacy which will come as a shock to all of us because this had not been mentioned as a possibility prior to the meeting, quite the reverse in fact.  However, I understand that the current owner wrote to the CCG last February and again in early July emphasising that the Adel site was available for the provision of primary care services for the foreseeable future but if the surgery was closed the terms of the lease would mean the pharmacy would have to close too.  Despite the correspondence above, the potential loss of the pharmacy was not made known to members of the PCCC prior to the meeting.  I pursued the matter following the meeting and the CCG advised me on 10 August that they will take up future pharmacy provision in Adel urgently with NHS England and Community Pharmacy, West Yorkshire.  I have made known my views on the importance of maintaining a pharmacy presence in Adel.

The closure decision did not go through on the nod and was hotly debated for the majority of the meeting with the future of the pharmacy and transport to Alwoodley also discussed at length. Many patients had emphasised the difficulty of getting to Alwoodley Medical Practice by public transport and the CCG are exploring the possibility of an access bus to the surgery with the council and bus companies.  I suspect many of us anticipated the closure decision but it is, nevertheless, still very sad news after so many years.  I fought as hard as I could but was unsuccessful and I am sorry I could not have done more. I sent a letter to the committee as a last throw of the dice and the contents were discussed at considerable length during the meeting. A copy of the letter can be found elsewhere on the Ade Crag website. The surgery closure and potential closure of the pharmacy will be a disaster for Adel and, as I am also a patient at Long Causeway, I feel it as much as most patients. It is the end of an era for Adel residents.

Dr Martin Sutcliffe from the practice also attended the meeting and was clear that collaboration between all the various parties, and particularly patients, would be at the forefront of practice priorities over the next 8 months, right up to the closure. This will ensure that every patient knows well in advance what the future holds for them, whether they intend to stay with Alwoodley which is what Dr Sutcliffe would like or prefer to move to another practice.  The point was made several times during the meeting about the exceptional quality of clinical, nursing and ancillary services provided at both surgeries.

The meeting highlighted yet again the lack of communication between planning officers on Leeds Council and local GP surgeries regarding the impact of new housing developments.  This is something I consistently raise at planning meetings without conspicuous success.  There should be close collaboration between developers, planning officers, Public Health professionals and other interested parties as well as ward councillors, it is to everyone’s mutual advantage.  I have taken this up with the new Director of Public Health for Leeds and hope I will be pushing at an open door.

It is very disappointing news, but I will keep you regularly updated on progress.  If you would like to know more about the CCG meeting and the closures please do get in touch, my contact details are below.

Billy

Cllr. Billy Flynn
Adel & Wharfedale Ward
Email: billy.flynn@leeds.gov.uk    Phone: 0113 2613896 or 07810 640282