Salisbury home of Sergei Skripal to have roof removed

Salisbury home of Sergei Skripal to have roof removed

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 8:47am 8th January 2019. (Updated at 10:10am 8th January 2019)

Wiltshire Council has written to neighbours in Christie Miller Road warning them of further disruption.

The decontamination work is continuing in the wake of the Novichok attack.

This latest phase is expected to take up to four months.

Detectives believe the former Russian spy and his daughter Yulia first came into contact with the poison when it was sprayed on the door handle of their property.

The clean-up has been taking place ever since they collapsed on March 5, but work paused over Christmas.

Decontamination of Sergei Skripal House Christie Miller Road Salisbury
Work's been ongoing at the house since the nerve agent attack last March

The next part of the operation is now getting underway (from Monday January 7th).

A letter's been sent to residents, signed by Wiltshire Council's director of public of health, Tracy Daszkiewicz, explaining how contractors would spend the first month erecting scaffolding to cover the house and garage with a "sealed frame".

A military team will then dismantle and remove the roofs on the two buildings over two weeks.

Everything will be wrapped and sealed before being removed from the site, and then the roofs will be replaced.

The letter said:

"This phase includes the removal of the house roof and garage roof at No 47 (Christie Miller Road). All materials will be wrapped and sealed on site before being removed safely from the premises.

"Once the covered frame is in place, the deconstruction work is expected to take around two weeks.

"This specialist work will be carried out by the military team.

"When that work is completed, contractors will move on site to build a replacement roof for the house and adjoining garage."

Christie Miller Road
Decontamination work has been going on for months at the former Russian spy's house in Salisbury.

Once again it stresses that the risk to the public health remains "low" adding:

"The priority is to make sure that the two remaining sites affected by the 2018 incidents are thoroughly cleaned and returned to normal use as soon as possible."

We're told the work will only be carried out between 8.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday and between 9.00am and 5.00pm on Saturdays.

Wiltshire Council also says there's a possibility that the work could be delayed as a result of any wintry weather, but they've promised to keep us updated on any changes to the work schedule.

Alistair Cunningham, chair of the South Wiltshire Recovery Coordinating Group, said:

“Salisbury and Amesbury are looking ahead to a positive 2019. There are now just two residential sites at Muggleton Road in Amesbury and Christie Miller Road in Salisbury where the clean-up is still to be completed. The work at both of these sites was paused over the festive holiday to enable residents to enjoy a peaceful and undisturbed time with their families.

“We are in regular contact with the residents and they are aware that the clean-up recommenced yesterday (Monday 7 January 2019). It has been a thorough and complicated process and while there is still work to be undertaken, the end is in sight, which I’m sure everyone will welcome.”

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