Wiltshire Council is ready to put to bed and clear the air of the Salisbury and Amesbury poison scandal in March and June last year.

Alistair Cunningham, chair of the South Wiltshire Recovery Coordinating Group, said: “Salisbury and Amesbury are looking ahead to a positive 2019. The Christmas market and ice rink in Salisbury brought many people into the city centre throughout the Christmas trading and school holiday period. The free parking after 3pm in Salisbury and Amesbury council car parks, and at the five park and ride sites, has been extended until Easter, April 23, to continue to encourage shoppers and visitors into south Wiltshire.

“This year Salisbury will welcome the popular OVO cycle tour in May for the second year running, and in June the city hosts the Armed Forces Day national event which will bring around 250,000 people into south Wiltshire over the three days of June 28 to 30, boosting the local economy and putting Salisbury and South Wiltshire into the international spotlight for all the right reasons.

“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 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 (January 7). It has been a thorough and complicated process . While there is still work to be undertaken, the end is in sight, which I’m sure everyone will welcome.”

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