South Gloucestershire

South Gloucestershire is a unitary authority area in South West England. It comprises multiple suburban areas to the north and east of Bristol as well as a large rural hinterland. South Gloucestershire was created in 1996 from the northern section of the county of Avon, which was abolished at that time.

South Gloucestershire
Shown within Gloucestershire
Coordinates: 51°28′44″N 2°22′48″W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth West England
Ceremonial CountyGloucestershire
Combined authorityWest of England
Admin HQYate
  TypeUnitary authority
  BodySouth Gloucestershire Council
  MPsJack Lopresti (C)
Chris Skidmore (C)
Luke Hall (C)
  Total191.87 sq mi (496.94 km2)
Area rank91st (of 309)
 (mid-2019 est.)[1]
  Rank50th (of 309)
  Density1,500/sq mi (570/km2)
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code00HD (ONS) E06000025 (GSS)
OS grid referenceST735757
PoliceAvon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western

The area includes multiple towns and population centres, with many of these areas continuing to expand in both population and industry. Many of these towns and population areas are listed under two major subheadings below.

South Gloucestershire took its title for historic reasons, but as a unitary authority it is not administered as part of the shire county of Gloucestershire. It is, however, part of the ceremonial county of Gloucestershire, which means it shares its Lord Lieutenant (the Sovereign's representative to the county) with Gloucestershire.[2] Because of its history as part of the county of Avon, South Gloucestershire works closely with the other unitary authorities that took over when that county was abolished, including shared services such as Avon Fire and Rescue Service[3] and the Avon and Somerset Constabulary,[4] together with co-operation in planning strategy for transport, roads and housing. Chippenham is a near by town.