Over 100 comments on Facebook have been mostly critical of a Sleaford GP surgery and its ongoing battle with a neighbouring pharmacy.
Sleaford Medical Group, on Boston Road, was given planning consent last year to expand its pharmacy on site.
There were concerns from the neighbouring pharmacy run by Ramesh Gohil and his family that it would cause yet more overspill of patients parking in the private car park designated for his customers and neighbouring businesses.
But things have escalated since the medical practice blocked a cut-through linking the two sites with a locked gate, allegedly citing safety concerns for ambulances collecting patients close by.
Mr Gohil’s daughter Minel told The Standard they had written repeatedly to the practice without success raising the issue, concerned about the increased risk to patients and customers leaving the surgery on foot forced to run the gauntlet with cars using the main driveway – especially those with eyesight and mobility problems.
Miss Gohil said there had been an agreement with the original partners 21 years ago to build the path for safety. Finally, the Gohils wrote warning they would be removing the gate as the wall was theirs.
No sooner were the gates removed than the practice blocked the gap up with a piece of fencing propped up by a bin.
Miss Gohil said: “They say it is for health and safety because of the ambulance bay but the path has been there for 21 years.”
She said it had already had an impact on business because some patients were too nervous to walk around.
The Standard contacted the medical group for a comment but none has been forthcoming.
An NKDC spokesman said the authority’s health and safety team tried to broker a solution: “Our advice to the medical practice was to review pedestrian and vehicle movements in a risk assessment and make sure that all suitable controls were taken to ensure the safety of people in these areas.”