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Doctors' surgery bid is up for discussion in Merriott

By Western Gazette - Crewkerne  |  Posted: November 10, 2012

LOCAL BOON: Dispenser Katie Hagerty and owner of Merriott Pharmacy Max Punni are supporting an application for a new village surgery

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A decision on whether to allow a doctors’ surgery to be built in Merriott could be made later this month.

South Somerset District Council is currently drawing up the agenda for its area west meeting on Wednesday, November 17.

It hopes to make a decision on the application submitted by Adrian Coots which seeks to build a surgery and attached pharmacy at Moorlands Farm, Moorlands Road.

The application would also see existing farm buildings converted into 12 homes and the building of 12 additional homes.

The owner of Merriott Pharmacy, Max Punni, says bringing a GP surgery to the village will meet the needs of hundreds of people in the Crewkerne area.

He said: “I’ve been a supporter of this since day one.

“It’s my ambition that a medical centre would emerge in Merriott. With the buses being cut, the ways for elderly Merriott residents to access Crewkerne’s health centre have only got worse.”

A petition in Merriott has gathered hundreds of signatures in support of a new surgery.

Residents have expressed concerns over the housing plans. The parish council has supported the surgery scheme but has concerns about the overall development of Moorlands Farm.

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