Following the recent novichok incident affecting Salisbury and Amesbury a further £2.8 million has been made available to support the local community. Taking the total support figure since March to £5.3m.
Baroness Jane Scott, the Leader of Wiltshire Council said: “I welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding the £2.8m support package for Sailsbury and Amesbury from the government.
“Support is urgently needed to assist our local communities and businesses. Since the first incident in March the city of Salisbury has shown its resilience and had started to get back to normal and footfall was slowly increasing. The second incident has inevitably hit hard and everyone is devastated at the tragic death of Dawn Sturgess.
“We recognise that recovery and the return to normal business will take time. This additional funding of £2.8m to support the council is vital. We will continue to allocate the resources needed, both people and funding, to assist the communities and the businesses directly affected by these extraordinary events. Working closely with those impacted we can continue to allocate grants and Business Rate Relief and do all we can to make sure they can sustain this difficult period.”
The new support package includes:
- £997,000 to support Wiltshire Council’s response and recovery costs
- £927,000 to provide immediate support to local businesses and to counter their loss of earnings
- £870,000 to boost the vital tourism industry in the region, including £570,000 for free parking and park-and-ride services in the South Wiltshire area.
In addition, the Home Office has approve a further £2.5 million in special grant funding to cover extra costs incurred by Wiltshire Police, taking the total provided to the police since March to £4.1m.
Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub manager Jo Minnaar added: “Wiltshire Council, Swindon & Wiltshire LEP and partner business support organisations are working to help businesses in the area affected by the major incident access advice, support and information including financial assistance, insurance claims and business rates relief. Advisers from The Enterprise Network (TEN) and the Growth Hub have been out visiting businesses to ensure they have the right information and support. We would encourage anyone who would like to talk to us directly to contact the Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub on 01225 402096 or email email@example.com“