Bank holiday announced for the State Funeral of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Bank holiday for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Waste services not operating over bank holiday

A bank holiday has been declared for Monday 19th September 2022 as the country comes together for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral. Due to this, Chichester District Council’s offices will be closed on this day as a mark of respect.

Waste and recycling services will not be operating across West Sussex during this bank holiday. Chichester District Council is putting additional resources in place to collect any excess waste or recycling on the next fortnightly collection date (Monday 3rd October) for those affected in its area.

The council is asking residents affected to place any additional waste in a bag at the side of their bin on this date. The council apologises for any inconvenience this causes and thanks residents for their cooperation in these exceptional circumstances.

Anyone who needs to contact the council in an emergency on the bank holiday can call the emergency out of hours number on 01243 785339.

The Government has announced that a one-minute silence will be held across the UK at 8pm on Sunday. People can mark the silence privately in their own homes, on the street with neighbours or at community events and vigils.

How residents of West Sussex can pay respects

There are many ways people can pay their respects. A book of condolence is available at the council’s East Pallant offices, which can be signed during normal opening hours, which can be found here: www.chichester.gov.uk/contactus.

Residents can also contribute to the Royal Family’s online condolence book at www.royal.uk. Those who do not have online access can send a message of condolence to the Chairman’s Office, Room 102, West Sussex County Council, County Hall, Chichester, PO19 1RQ.

For those who wish to lay flowers in The Queen’s memory, Paradise, the green space within the Cathedral’s 600 year old Cloisters, has been set aside as a space of reflection. Chichester District Council ask that non-organic material or wrapping is removed before laying flowers. Any decayed flowers will then be composted separately and places at the base of memorial trees.

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