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Little Stoke Sort it Centre now Open

The Little Stoke Sort It recycling centre will be open from  (Monday 6th July) 6am to 4:30pm. This site cannot accept accept any plastics which can be included in household recycling collections, as well as cans, glass bottles or jars, paper, tyres, plasterboard, hardcore or rubble. There is also a 1.8m height barrier at in place and trailers cannot be used at the site at any time.

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Have you changed your food habits?

The coronavirus pandemic has meant lots of changes to how we live and work. We would really like to know how you buy, store and cook food and whether this has changed over the last few months and if you'll keep any of your new food habits going.So whether you're making more of your leftovers, planning meals or just doing what you normally do with food, please tell us by completing our short survey at The closing date is Wednesday 15 July.

Sort It recycling centre update

Sort it Centre hours to change back to normal times, says South Gloucestershire Council

"We have been reviewing the visits to our Sort It Centres and from this Monday (15th June) we will be closing at 4.30pm in the evenings, reverting to the usual closure times prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

"The operating hours from Monday 15th June will be 6am to 4.30pm. We are also now taking all types of most waste, including garden waste at our Sort It Centres, the only exception is that we cannot accept clothing and textiles at the moment."

30 Day Challenge

Parents have been put under increased pressure in recent weeks, juggling feelings around social isolation, working from home, home schooling and entertaining children. With only a few year groups returning to school at first these pressures will continue.

Why not try our 30 day challenge as a family to help manage some of those stresses.…/…/04/30-Day-challenge-resources.pdf

For more ideas and support, visit

Diamond Card – 9am start time reintroduced from Monday 15 June

Diamond Card concessionary travel will start at its usual time again of 9am on 15 June.This is essential so that those who need to use public transport to travel to work and have no other option can get priority at peak times. Social distancing means capacity on buses will be just 25 per cent of normal levels. Government advice is to avoid travelling at peak times, and to walk, cycle or use the car if you have to.

If you’re a holder of a Diamond Travelcard bus pass, you will still be able to travel on any local bus for free after 9am Mondays to Fridays and all day at weekends. This scheme is still more generous than the statutory programme which starts at 9.30hrs.

The West of England Combined Authority relaxed the time restriction for use of the Diamond Travelcard (concessionary pass) in March, on a temporary basis. Its constituent councils, Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and us, as well as

Bulky Household Items collection

Our waste collection service for bulky household items such as furniture, large domestic appliances and mattresses has now been reinstated after being temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

We can collect up to three items for £29.00. There is a concessionary rate of £14.50 for those on certain benefits*. To book, call 01454 868000.

You can also take large items to the Sort It recycling centres if it is unsafe to store them at home. Social distancing measures are in place at the sites and temporary extended opening hours from 6am to 6pm will continue until further notice.

We are not able to collect items like fixtures and fittings, building waste, fence panels or sheds. For more information about collections for large household items visit

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*Income Support, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance or, if you are not working and receiving Universal Credit. When booking you will need to provide your National Insurance number to have the reduced price applied).

Vulnerable People 

Remember to look out for vulnerable people in your community at this time.
We all have a responsibility to keep children safe, spot the signs of abuse and report concerns. This is even more important at a time when children aren’t being seen by a range of professionals or their wider family and friends on a daily basis.
If you are concerned about a child, contact our Safeguarding team:
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm: 01454 866000
Out of hours and at weekends: 01454 615165
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, text ‘EDT’ followed by your name and message to 60066.*
Visit the South Gloucestershire Children’s Partnership website for more information.
*Texts will be charged at your standard network rate. You will be sent an immediate reply to confirm that your text has been received. An Emergency Duty Team Officer will contact you by text to discuss your concerns. This should happen within 30 minutes, although during busy periods it may take longer.

We all need to play our part by checking in with families and reaching out for support and advice if we have any concerns.

If you are worried about an adult visit

Walking Routes on Public Rights of Way

Walking routes on public rights of way are open for you to enjoy 🏞

For information and suggested routes see the website

Tick Season

It is tick season, if you are out exercising and your home is near woodlands, grasslands or moorlands, please check for ticks regularly and remove them safely. And remember to follow government guidance on social distancing #BeTickAware

Staying safe in Open Spaces

If you are planning to visit one of our parks or open spaces .please follow these guidelines and help keep everyone safe.

Help for Businesses

Businesses - we have so far approved over 2,000 claims and have issued over £24 million pounds.
We are writing to all businesses who are likely to be eligible and following relevant checks, payments will be processed however, you don’t need to wait for the letter. If you meet the criteria you can apply via our online form now and read the criteria under 'Business support grants' at
If you meet the criteria you can apply via our online form now and read the criteria under 'Business support grants' at


Remember fly tipping is illegal and we will take action
We know more people are at home at the moment and this will result in an increase in your household waste.
We are doing everything we can to maintain essential collections of black bin waste and recycling while protecting our staff and residents.
This is a challenging situation but we would like to remind everyone that fly tipping is illegal and we have a zero tolerance approach to dumping rubbish in this way. Do not use public litter bins for your household waste either.
Please do not fly tip your waste – our resources are already stretched and fly tipping blights communities. We are continuing to collect evidence of fly tipping and will follow this up with enforcement.

 School Admissions Information 

Due to the coronavirus situation we have received the following update from our school admission team that we would like to share with you.
Primary school admissions: On-time applicants will receive an offer of a place on 16 April 2020 either via the online portal or by email. If you do not receive your offer, please contact us on 01454 868008 or
Secondary school admissions: Applications being dealt with as part of the second round continue to be processed. Details of second round offers will be sent to parents/carers via email during early May 2020.
Primary/secondary admission appeals: The council is monitoring government guidance for managing admission appeals. It is likely that alternative arrangements will be made in order to hold admission appeal hearings. Details to follow as soon as they are known.

Foster with South Gloucestershire Council 

During the COVID-19 pandemic we need people who are interested in fostering to come forward.
Children and young people in care across South Gloucestershire need you more than ever. We currently have a shortage of foster carers for the numbers of children in care and we predict this shortage will only increase during this pandemic.
We are using the technology available to us to continue carrying out assessments to prevent any delays. You have the chance to make a difference during these very difficult times, please get in touch today!
Call 01454 866423 and a friendly member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch.

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Covid -19 Community Pack

This pack, produced by South Gloucestershire Council, is to support you and your community during the period of disruption that the measures to combat the impact of COVID-19 will cause. It includes resources that you may find helpful, including lists of key contacts, resources and information, which we hope you can share with your community to support each other as much as possible during this time.

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Concessionary travel – now any time any day

February 11, 2023

As a result of coronavirus and the news that some supermarkets are opening for older people or those with a disability, for their first hour of the day, we and our partner councils have extended the hours when concessionary bus passes can be used.Time restriction for use of the Diamond Travelcard (concessionary pass) has been amended (as of 23 March), so that people can travel free at any time on journeys starting in the South Gloucestershire and the West of England (WECA) areas. This will be reviewed at the end of June.

WECA covers the following council areas, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and North Somerset Council.

As a result of coronavirus and news that some supermarkets will be opening just for older people or those with a disability for their first hour of the day, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is extending the hours when concessionary bus passes can be used.


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