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18 April 2018

Bourne Hill services relocated whilst decontamination work carried out

This clean-up work at Bourne Hill will bring the two potentially contaminated locations in the building back into use

Alistair Cunningham, chair of the recovery coordinating group

Salisbury's Bourne Hill offices (the new extension) home to Wiltshire Council services, and the police station, will close to staff and public from Friday 20 April for up to eight weeks as part of the decontamination plans announced yesterday.

The decontamination work will focus on two locations in Bourne Hill which were sealed off following the incident on 4 March. These locations; the evidence store and two lockers are potentially contaminated and will require testing and the removal of items and cleaning.

Other areas of the building will be cleaned as a precautionary measure.

A first point of contact to access council services will be located in the old part of Bourne Hill (where the registration office is based).

A first point of contact to access police services will be located at Salisbury Library, Market Walk, Salisbury SP1 1BL.

Plans for the relocation of teams and some services will be at a number of locations. These include Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre for council services and at Amesbury, Alderbury and Wilton Police Stations for police teams. There will be a slight reduction in police services at the temporary front desk, primarily related to surrendering firearms.

Alistair Cunningham, chair of the recovery coordinating group, said: "This clean-up work at Bourne Hill will bring the two potentially contaminated locations in the building back into use.

"The process will take up to eight weeks, and during this time, the building will be closed to staff and the public. The old building, including the Registrar Office will remain open and will act as the main reception for all council business."

Deputy Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police Paul Mills said: "Our number one priority is to bring the potentially contaminated sites back into use as soon as possible. This has been an unprecedented situation in Salisbury and working with the council and other local and national agencies we are supporting the work that's required to help Salisbury recover and return to normal.

"We are continuing to work to ensure that any impact on the delivery of frontline policing services in the city as a result of this temporary relocation is kept to a minimum.

"Alistair and I would like to thank staff and customers for their patience during this time."

Last updated: 20 April 2018 | Last reviewed: 20 April 2018

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