Greene King’s The Mill pub in Salisbury, which was at the centre of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal earlier this year, is set to reopen after decontamination work is completed.
DEFRA announced that the pub which was shut as a precaution following the incident, is ready to be reopened after it completed all work in the pub. DEFRA says it has handed the pub’s keys back to the chain, after confirming it was safe.
Security guards on patrol are set to leave the site, however it will remain closed while Greene King actions refurbishments at the pub which will see a number of furnishings removed in order to ensure public safety.
Andrea Greenwood, operations manager at The Mill, said: “It’s good to get the pub back and we look forward to it being business as usual again at the heart of the Salisbury community. This has been a difficult few months for all of us in the area but we are pleased by this news and will now assess the extent of refurbishment work to be undertaken to get the pub back to its best.
“This is about more than just one pub and our thoughts are very much with everyone affected by events since March. It’s too soon to give a reopening date but we are looking to the future and hope to be able to welcome the community back through our doors before Christmas.”
A DEFRA spokesperson said: “The thorough work to decontaminate The Mill pub in Salisbury has been successfully completed and we have handed the site back to Wiltshire Council, who have in turn passed it back to the owners to begin refurbishment.
“As with other sites in the South Wiltshire area affected by the incidents in March and June, government scientists have carefully examined the clean-up work and are satisfied that the pub is safe to return to public use.
“This is the sixth site to be handed back as part of the ongoing decontamination operation in the area, and it is great news that The Mill will be enjoyed by both Salisbury residents and visitors once again.”
It is expected that the pub will reopen later this year.