Salisbury is SAFE! The city is OPEN!

Salisbury is SAFE! The city is OPEN!

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:40am 9th March 2018.

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Local business leader says: "I understand there may be uncertainties about visiting the city centre right now". Salisbury BID urges you to continue coming into the city.

  • Appeal for shoppers not to be frightened of coming to Salisbury in wake of 'spy attack'
  • Police cordons only affecting small portion of city centre
  • Salisbury BID Chief Exec keen to see remainder of 'Maltings' re-opened,

Local business leader, Robin McGowan, is stressing it's "business as usual" despite the Russian ex-spy poison attack that's gripped the city.

While the investigation into last Sunday's (4th March) 'nerve agent' attack continues, the boss of 'Salisbury BID' (Business Improvement District) is calling on people to continue coming into the city centre as normal and support local businesses.

Salisbury BID's main focus is to promote the city and encourage people to visit, shop and spend.

Its Chief Executive, Robin McGowan, has told Spire FM:

"Salisbury is safe...!"

"The Police advice is that there is no risk to the public, and the fact is that the shops are open, so please do come to Salisbury as you usually would."

Robin McGowan Salisbury BID - Salisbury spy incident

SALISBURY IS OPEN! - BID's Chief Exec Robin McGowan

Robin went on to say:

"I can understand there may be people who have uncertainties about visiting the city centre right now but Wiltshire Police have assured the public that there does not appear to be any immediate risk to public health."

"There are a number of cordons in the area closest to the scene, and there are indeed businesses in The Maltings that are closed at the moment, but otherwise businesses across the city centre are open and trading. It’s business as usual."

Shoppers in Salisbury - Salisbury BID - spy incident

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Shoppers in Salisbury

On Sunday (4th March), Wiltshire Police and declared a major incident after it is suspected that former Russian Spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were exposed to an unknown substance in Salisbury.

They were taken to Salisbury District Hospital where they are currently in a critical condition. Salisbury bid has expressed its thoughts for those who are affected.

  • Several areas of Salisbury, including a large part of The Maltings Shopping Centre have been closed to the public for several days on safety grounds.
  • Specialist officers are trying to locate the source of the nerve agent used in the attack.

Mr McGowan from Salisbury BID added:

"Once the businesses in The Maltings re-open, we will be working closely with them and supporting them as required."

"We would like to encourage any of our members to contact the Salisbury BID team on 01722 658000 if their business has been affected by this incident, and we will do our best to assist wherever possible."

Robin has said it is still too early to predict the scale of financial losses that some Salisbury traders will have suffered. The reduction in footfall and loss of takings at the tills across the shops could run into thousands of pounds, if not more.


Robin has invited local businesses affected by this unprecedented incident to contact Salisbury BID here:

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