"There is still much more to do to ensure Salisbury recovers"

The Maltings reopening night

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 1:14pm 13th June 2018 (Updated 1:17pm 13th June 2018)

£1.7m committed to support the recovery of the city in the wake of the nerve agent attack.

The chair of Salisbury's recovery group, Alistair Cunningham, has stressed "there is still much to do"  to ensure our city recovers after the nerve agent incident.

Yesterday (12th June) marked 100 days since Sergei and Yulia Srkipal were found poisoned  by Novichok on a bench in the Maltings.

As the lead agency for the recovery programme, Wiltshire Council working with local and national agencies says its 'doing everything possible' to help businesses affected following the incident.

So far, more than £310,000 in rate relief has been granted to local businesses, with more in the pipeline.

An emergency fund of £100,000 has been allocated to keep businesses operating and a £200,000 package has been allocated to help promote the city to national and international visitors.

Wiltshire Council took the decision following the incident to make parking and the park and ride sites free in the city to help attract visitors and shoppers and increase footfall.

The local authority later reinstated charges in the morning following concerns commuters were taking advantage of the spots.

So far free parking has cost the local authority £726,000 to date.

Wiltshire Council also forked out £85,000 to host the OVO Energy Tour Series cycling Grand Final on 31 May , the free event attracted 8,000 people to the city.

£1.7m SPENT TO GET CITY BACK ON ITS FEET:

Alistair Cunningham, chair of the recovery coordinating group has been explaining more about the amount of money involved in helping the city not only return to normal but "come out the other side stronger and even more resilient."

"Making parking and park and ride free has undoubtedly helped visitors numbers and footfall recover after the incident. If you add the cost of this to the rate relief, hardship grants and tourism promotion, the Government and council has committed more than £1.7m to support the recovery of the city.

"Wiltshire Council and Salisbury City Council continues to incentivise visitors with a range of free cultural and sporting events throughout the clean-up process and as part of a longer term strategy.

One of those events could be the Armed Forces Day NEXT year, the local authority is awaiting a bid to host the celebration in 2019.

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