Last week we had the good news that The Mill pub has been handed back to its owners and is likely to reopen this autumn, which is another great step forward in Salisbury’s return to normality.
The Mill is central to the city and highly visible, and I’ve missed seeing locals and visitors alike enjoying this riverside location especially given the glorious summer we’ve had. Its reopening will be significant, removing one of the last indications of what occurred back in March. With only Queen Elizabeth Gardens and Zizzi remaining under cordon in the city centre, the clean-up process in these central locations will hopefully soon be behind us and history.
From what I hear people are keen to focus on the future and how we bring even more life into our beautiful city. Over the coming months a programme of events and activities will help to attract visitors and boost local businesses – and, that will be most welcome!
Just as a taster of what’s to come, this bank holiday weekend sees the launch of Wiltshire Creative’s first season. This new organisation is hosting a programme of events throughout the city that they’ve called Lift Off! From Friday 24 to Monday 27 August there is a great range of events and they are all free – you can find out more at Wiltshire Creative.
And, on Sunday (26 August) Rock the Square event will be in the Market Place, presented by Salisbury Live. Bands will be playing live music, and a barbecue, beers and ciders will be on offer – a great way to enjoy the August Bank Holiday and support Salisbury.
Every week as I write this blog, life is slowly but surely getting back to normal and the sense of positivity grows. It will take time, but it’s already underway and with everyone’s support we can make our city even better. I’ve never shied away from a challenge and am looking ahead to what’s needed and where I can help to make a difference and turn the past negative incidents into a positive future. I hope you will join me in this quest as it’s not just about the place – it’s about the people that make the place – vibrant, unique and well worth a visit!