Decontamination work complete at Bourne Hill

Bourne Hill Wiltshire Council Wiltshire Police

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 12:52pm 28th June 2018. (Updated at 12:58pm 28th June 2018)

Defra say following extensive testing and cleaning by specialist teams the site is now "safe for public use."

Decontamination work at Salisbury's police station and council offices, carried out after the spy poisoning, has now been completed.

After extensive testing and cleaning by specialist teams Defra have handed Bourne Hill back to the Salisbury recovery group stressing it is "safe to return to public use."

The deep clean focused on two areas of the building, the evidence store used by Wiltshire Police and two lockers.

All other areas of the building were decontaminated as a precautionary measure.

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Police vehicles were removed from Bourne Hill as part of the spy investigation.

STILL A WAIT BEFORE WE CAN USE BUILDING:

We won't be able to use the services at Bourne Hill just yet though that's because Wiltshire Council is using the current closure to refurbish and improve the building over the summer months.

This will include general maintenance, new fixtures and furnishings, and improvement to the office space layout which Wiltshire Council say will result in "a better utilised space for both customers and staff."

Alistair Cunningham, chair of the recovery coordinating group, said:

"We're pleased that Bourne Hill has been handed back as this marks another significant step in the city's recovery and is further proof that the city is open and safe for residents and visitors. The building will now be refurbished over the summer months and will reopen following improvement work for the benefit of both visitors and staff."

Paul Mills, Deputy Chief Constable for Wiltshire Police has also welcomed the news:

"We look forward to resuming policing services from Bourne Hill in due course once the refurbishment work has taken place. However, in the meantime, we continue to provide a police enquiry desk at Salisbury Library in the city centre from Monday-Saturday for the public to contact us.

"Our Community Policing team will continue to work out of the Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre during this time, so members of the public may continue to notice an increased police presence around this centre as officers go about their daily business."

WHERE TO GET HELP DURING THE REFURB

The current arrangements for accessing services will continue and you can access Wiltshire Council services, including customer services and the registrations service, in the old building at Bourne Hill (where the registration office is located).

The first point of contact to access police services will continue to be located at Salisbury Library

FOURTH SITE TO BE HANDED BACK:

Bourne Hill is the fourth site to be handed back by the recovery coordinating group, following the Maltings shopping centre, Salisbury ambulance station and Amesbury ambulance station, marking another significant step in the recovery of Salisbury as it returns to normal.

The Mill and Zizzi, which Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia visited before being found slumped unconscious in the Maltings, are currently being cleaned by specialist teams.

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