Changes to Council Services on Day of Queen’s Funeral

Published: 13th September 2022

Stuart hirst mayor official

Residents in Ribble Valley are advised that there will be some changes to council services on the day of the Queen’s funeral.

Monday, 19 September, has been declared a public holiday, so council services, including refuse collection, will be suspended.

Households whose refuse is collected on Mondays will receive a double collection on Monday, 26 September.

All council services, including refuse collection, will resume as normal on Tuesday, 20 September.

The Council Offices and all council facilities will close on the day of the Queen’s funeral and reopen on Tuesday, 20 September.

A number of arrangements are in place for public observance in Ribble Valley following the death of the Queen.

Books of Condolence have been opened in the main reception at the Council Offices in Church Walk, Clitheroe, and the Old Station Buildings in Berry Lane, Longridge.

The Council Offices are open from 8.45am to 5pm and the Old Station Buildings from 10am to 4pm, except on the day of the Queen’s funeral.

Ribble Valley Mayor and Mayoress Stuart and Elaine Hirst laid flowers of remembrance at the entrance to Clitheroe Castle in Castlegate on Friday.

Members of the public are also invited to lay flowers at Clitheroe Castle, or Vale Gardens in Whalley and Towneley Gardens Longridge.

Flowers will be kept neat and tidy daily by the council’s grounds maintenance staff and removed in accordance with Royal protocol following the Queen’s funeral.

During the period of national mourning, all mayoral engagements and Ribble Valley Borough Council meetings will not take place.

Ribble Valley Mayor Stuart Hirst said: “The Queen was a truly remarkable monarch, who demonstrated extraordinary dedication and commitment to duty throughout her reign, providing leadership and continuity for over 70 years.

“She was admired and loved across the world and our sadness is shared by the global community, as we remember with affection and gratitude the lifetime of service given by our longest-reigning monarch.”

The Queen visited Ribble Valley on several occasions and was the Duke of Lancaster, a Duchy that encompasses much of the borough.