Statement made by the Chair of the Council

Following the announcement 8 September 2022 of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Chair of the Council, Councillor Sanjay Shambhu, has issued the following statement of condolence on behalf of the council.

“On behalf of all councillors and staff of South Gloucestershire Council, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the Royal Family at this very sad time.

“Her Majesty The Queen was a much loved and respected leader who will be remembered with great fondness. Her dedication to the nation and to the Commonwealth was both unstinting and inspirational.

“We were fortunate to receive Her Majesty into the district on several occasions, including her visits to Badminton Horse Trials which she enjoyed for the first time in 1952 and on official engagements such as when she opened the Severn Bridge in September 1966 and on visits to the aerospace works at Filton, home to the assembly line of the British-built Concorde.

“I know the people of South Gloucestershire will want to pay their own personal tributes to someone who has done so much for our country and books of condolence will be opened in the council’s Badminton Road Offices, Yate and the Civic Centre, Kingswood, at 9am on Saturday 10 September for anyone who would like to pay their own personal tribute to Her Majesty. The books will remain open every day from 9am to 5pm until Tuesday 20 September. There will also be an online book of condolence on the council website.

“Also, the Union flag at our Badminton Road and Kingswood offices are being flown at half-mast as a mark of respect.

“We are currently reviewing planned formal council meetings and other corporate events scheduled during the official period of mourning, to ensure we are conducting ourselves appropriately at this time of sadness.”

Books of condolence

You can sign the book of condolence on the Royal Family website.

For anyone who would like to pay their own personal tribute to Her Majesty there will also be books of condolence open at:

  • the Civic Centre, Kingswood every day between 9am and 5pm from Saturday 10 September to Tuesday 20 September
  • our Badminton Road offices, Yate until 5pm on Friday 16 September. It will then be moved to the foyer of Yate Library and will be open there from 9am to 5pm on Saturday 17 September to Tuesday 20 September

You can also sign our online book of condolence until 5pm on Tuesday 20 September.

All messages will be retained in local archives for posterity. The online messages will remain on our website for viewing until 5pm on Friday 23 September.

For other books of condolence available around the district, please check your local Town or Parish Council’s website for details in your area.


Anyone wishing to offer donations may consider the Queen’s charities and patronages.

Disruption to council services

All our offices and standard services were closed on Monday 19 September, for the bank holiday that was declared.

Waste and recycling collections

There were no waste and recycling collections on Monday 19 September.

To minimise further disruption to the service, we will not run catch up collections.

If your black bin was due for collection on the 19th you can put out up to 2 extra bags on your next black bin collection day, if you need to.

If your green bin was due for collection on the 19th your garden waste subscription will be extended by two weeks. You do not need to contact us to request this.

Check your waste and recycling collection dates.

Changes to council meetings

Community Engagement Forums (CEFs) cancelled:

  • Yate area 7pm Wednesday 14 September 2022 – Cost of Living
  • Severnside 7pm Thursday 15 September 2022 – Promoting Positive Mental Health
  • Hanham and Longwell Green 7pm Tuesday 20 September 2022 – Cost of Living

The CEF meetings will be re-arranged and the new dates will be added to the Community Engagement Forums page.

Monday 19 September

Meetings postponed:


The official Proclamation of King Charles III was made on Saturday 10 September at St James’s Palace in London.

A local reading of the Proclamation was made on Sunday 11 September at Kingswood Civic Centre. You can watch the ceremony of the local Proclamation.

Local tributes and memories

We have published a selection of photos capturing local tributes and memories of HM Queen Elizabeth II in South Gloucestershire.

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