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Salisbury decontamination work completed

The Government will now hand back the Christie Miller Road site back to the South Wiltshire Recovery Coordinating Group.

In the past year, about 190 UK military personnel have worked with contractors to undertake specialist decontamination work across 12 sites in Salisbury and Amesbury.

The final property to be decontaminated – the Christie Miller Road site – will now be refurbished, with local residents consulted on its future use.

The novichok incident has taken a heavy toll on the locality with many local businesses and tourist operators reportedly suffering financially as a result of the incident. While some have reported that house prices have taken a hit, the Salisbury area doesn’t seem exceptional in that respect.

According to property search website Zoopla, house prices in Salisbury have risen by 2% in the past year. In the same time frame, house prices have risen by 2.75% in nearby Southampton and fallen by 4.7% in Winchester.

"It is good news that the site at Christie Miller Road has been handed back following extensive cleaning by specialist teams," says Alistair Cunningham, chair of the South Wiltshire Recovery Coordinating Group.

"This is a significant moment for Salisbury, Amesbury, and south Wiltshire as this property is the final site to be completed as part of the complex and extensive clean-up operation. South Wiltshire can look to the future now the short-term recovery work has been completed.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Christie Miller Road, and the wider community, for their resilience and stoicism during what has been an extremely difficult and challenging time for them and their families."

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