Why is only the roof being removed at Sergei Skripal's house?

Decontamination of Sergei Skripal House Christie Miller Road Salisbury

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:44pm 8th January 2019.

We've been getting some details from Wiltshire Council about the ongoing decontamination at Christie Miller Road in Salisbury.

The work at the home of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, to ensure it's completely safe of the nerve agent novichok, is starting up again this week (from Monday 7th January).

It's been confirmed that the roof will need to be removed and replaced over the next few months.

That's because the timber work within the roof is more difficult to clean than other interior parts of the house.

Decontamination Underway at Sergei Skripals House on Christie Miller Road Salisbury
The work's being carried out on weekdays and Saturdays over the next few months

Alistair Cunningham, the chair of the South Wiltshire Recovery Group, has been explaining more to Spire FM:

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE HOUSE AFTER CLEANING'S COMPLETED?

The rest of the house has been cleaned, with much of the interior gutted and rebuilt to make sure its declared safe.

Wiltshire Council tell us they intend to eventually have the house in a state that makes it 'fit for habitation'.

They've also said their focus is getting the house 'returned to its owner'.

Christie Miller Road
Residents on Christie Miller Road are being kept updated about the work throughout

SERGEI SKRIPAL STILL OWNS THE CHRISTIE MILLER ROAD HOUSE:

There had been speculation that the Government had purchased the site during the decontamination process.

Wiltshire Council has confirmed today that Mr Skripal is still the owner of the house.

They're also in regular contact with him about the progress of the work there.

If he chooses to sell the property, the authority will help with that too.

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