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Council leader praises people of Salisbury for their response to nerve agent attack

Councillor Jeremy Nettle - picture credited to Salisbury City Council

The leader of Salisbury City Council says local people have done themselves proud in the way they've supported each other in the past year.

Councillor Jeremy Nettle says he's been impressed with the response to the nerve agent attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March 2018, which closed off parts of the city for months.

In a statement, the council's leader thanked the people of Salisbury for supporting each other in the time since the incident, which is approaching its year anniversary:

"As we approach the anniversary of the Nerve agent incident last March we should think of not only of the individuals that were directly affected, but also the families, emergency services, businesses and residents (especially those in Christie Miller Road) and the huge impact of those events.

"Looking back we have a lot to be thankful for, our Police, Ambulance crews, Salisbury NHS Trust, Public Health England, Porton Down and Wiltshire Council have all responded with speed and professionalism.

"What I have been most impressed with is the way that everyone has drawn together to ensure that there is a sustainable recovery programme for Salisbury.

"Businesses, agencies, charities, Wiltshire Council and Salisbury City Council are actively working together to maximise opportunities to develop and revitalise our city and its environs enabling the City Council to provide the best quality services to our residents and visitors as Salisbury prospers and thrives.

"On behalf of the Salisbury City Council I would like to personally thank all those that have been involved in not only the recovery process but also supporting local residents and businesses and I look forward to an exciting future for our city."

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