Memorial Benches

Freshford Parish Council welcomes proposals for memorial benches in public open spaces owned or managed by FPC - including the cemetery, the village green and other areas by agreement - where appropriate opportunities exist. Such benches enhance the environment and provide a welcome public amenity. 

FPC has to take responsibility for the purchase and installation of any new bench, for cleaning and maintenance, for insurance and for the removal of the bench at the end of the contract period.

For this reason, and to ensure a consistent visual approach, FPC must give approval for: the bench style and materials, its location and base – if appropriate – and the wording and style of any memorial plaque. 

On application to the Parish Clerk, FPC will provide a quotation for its standard solid oak bench. A sample quotation is shown below. FPC needs to recover initial expenses but must also ensure that ongoing costs do not place a burden on residents in the future. If an applicant wishes to specify a bespoke bench, in any respect, it is still subject to approval by FPC and must be installed and maintained by FPC. A quotation will be provided.

Sample bench quotation

Bench purchase and delivery £950
 Memorial plaque  £80
 Installation £150
 Base/paving, if required £350
 Sanding, re-oiling every 5 years £350
 Removal £200
 Insurance, administration £350

Standard bench manufactured from FSC oak – width 150cm, height 90cm, seat height 41cm.

Period – 15 years, renewable for 5 year periods by agreement if bench remains in good condition.

At the end of the agreed period, the plaque will be removed and returned to the last known address of the applicant. FPC may, if it so decides, leave the bench in place for a further period – at no additional charge to the applicant - before final removal.