Mill pub in Salisbury won't reopen until Spring 2019

The Mill in the Maltings  (Salisbury Incident March 2018)

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:59am 8th November 2018. (Updated at 9:52am 8th November 2018)

The Bridge Street street venue will have been closed for a whole year following the nerve agent incident.

The pub was of the places former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, visited on March 4th when they were found poisoned with Novichok on a nearby bench.

The Government's Defra department carried out decontamination work at The Mill and the venue was declared safe back in August paving the way for its return. 

It had been hoped The Mill would welcome customers back before Christmas.

A basic refurbishment was initially planned but the pubs owners, Greene King, have confirmed to Spire FM that it will now undergo a "major refurbishment"  pushing back the timescale.

A full development will take place both inside and outside the venue which means the Mill won't now re-open until March or early April, more than a year after police sealed it off as part of the nerve agent investigation.

The Mill New Cordon June 2018

The site's been closed off to the public while the refurbishment's being carried out

As a Grade II listed building the work requires listed building consent and plans will be submitted in the next few days to Wiltshire Council.

Andrea Greenwood, operations manager for The Mill told Spire FM:

"We wanted the Mill to be reopened as quickly as possible for the people of Salisbury. However, on reflection it was decided that the closure gives us an opportunity to make improvements to the pub that we had been looking at making for several years.

"By the time we reopen it will have been around a year since the pub was forced to close, and our thoughts remain firmly with everyone affected over the past few months as well as the Salisbury community.

"We hope the changes we are proposing will allow for The Mill to come back as an even stronger addition to Salisbury city centre, making it the best pub it can possibly be for the city."

The Mill pub in the Maltings is closed by the Police cordon
Police cordons were in place at The Mill while the incident was ongoing

Alistair Cunningham, the Chair of the South Wiltshire Recovery Group ,says the move is understandable:

"They're doing something quite substantial in terms of refurbishing that. This is about a normal practice of the owners looking at (the site) and saying 'actually, we're going to do a complete revamp of this', it will reinvigorate it."

Alistair Cunningham
Alistair Cunningham, Chair of the South Wiltshire Recovery Group, has been speaking to Spire FM.

 TIMELINE OF WORKS: 

  • Listed Building application submitted to Wiltshire Council by mid-November
  • Expected Listed Building decision by the New Year
  • If approved, plan to be on site in January/February 
  • The new and improved Mill pub to reopen in March/April
PM Visits The Mill, Salisbury
The Prime Minister visited The Mill at the height of the incident

Wiltshire Council director Alistair Cunningham says it will be good to have the pub back.

"When (The Mill) opens again, it's another draw, another attraction (to Salisbury). A lot of work's going down and it's really good they're investing in the city. That's what we want to see - businesses having that confidence to invest in the city because it is a wonderful place."

Earlier this week, Salisbury's Zizzi restaurant, which has been closed for the same amount of time, re-opened to the public.

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