Wiltshire Council to help county's Air Ambulance push for novichok money

Wiltshire Council to help county's Air Ambulance push for novichok money

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 3:15pm 28th July 2020. (Updated at 1:05pm 29th July 2020)

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The local authority's unanimously agreed to support the charity as it aims to recover costs from the Government.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance revealed in June this year that they were 'still waiting' for £100,000 of compensation to cover the financial implications of the Salisbury and Amesbury incidents in 2018. 

Now, Wiltshire Council has agreed to work with the life-saving cause to push the Government to that money to come back to them.

Harnham ward councillor Brian Dalton put forward to a motion to full council, with amendments then proposed by the Leader of the Council, Philip Whitehead.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Bell 429
Wiltshire Air Ambulance has been pushing to recoup the costs it faced from the novichok incidents ever since they happened in 2018

Cllr Brian Dalton said: 

"I'm very happy that the council, after a good debate, accepted my motion to continue to support Wiltshire Air Ambulance as it seeks to receive compensation from government. The emergency services who lost equipment were given funding, but Wiltshire Air Ambulance, which is a charity, are still waiting. I hope this comes to a successful ending for Wiltshire Air Ambulance."

The next step is for Wiltshire Council to meet with Wiltshire Air Ambulance to form a campaign and jointly speak to the Government about recovering the costs.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance letter to Gov
A letter signed by all of Wiltshire's MPs calling for the compensation for WAA to be handed over was sent to the Home Secretary

Wiltshire's MP are also backing the charity, writing a letter calling for the money to be repaid.

Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council said: 

"The Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a precious resource which plays a crucial role in responding to emergency events in Wiltshire. This was an important motion which was supported by all councillors at the meeting."


Chief executive of the charity, David Philpott said:

“Wiltshire Council have been extremely supportive to our charity on this matter throughout the last two years, whilst leading on the compensation claim from the Novichok incidents, and we are extremely grateful for all their support.

“We were really pleased to hear that the motion put forward by Cllr Brian Dolton to full council was unanimously agreed, and that Wiltshire Council will continue to make representations directly to government, along with support by our local MPs to recover the costs on behalf of Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

“We will continue to work closely with Philip Whitehead, leader of Wiltshire Council, to hopefully resolve this matter with a successful ending for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.”

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Chief Executive David Philpott
David Philpott from WAA says they're 'really pleased' to have the support of Wiltshire Council in their push to recover compensation from the Government
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