Memorial benches plan for Preston Docks

Posted on - 19th June, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - People, Politics, Preston Council, Preston News
Preston Docks Pic: @_wherethecitymeetsthesea
Preston Docks Pic: @_wherethecitymeetsthesea

Preston City Council will be providing an opportunity for friends and family of loved ones to support the installation of a memorial bench on its parks and within its cemetery and crematorium.


A recent report seeks permission to extend this opportunity to the Riversway estate. Memorials come in all different shapes and sizes and are an important part of every culture.

They allow people to remember a deceased loved one or an important public figure. In recognition of the importance of memorials, the City Council provides a number of opportunities within its parks, cemetery and crematorium by way of benches and other features, particularly within the latter locations.

The Riversway estate is proved to be a quiet and scenic location. The proposed plans are to introduce new bench locations and replace existing benches around Riversway with a higher quality bench product that will carry an engraved plaque.

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Sun setting over Preston Docks Pic: Tony Worrall
Sun setting over Preston Docks Pic: Tony Worrall

Some benches will be located on land owned by, and the responsibility of, the city council. Several benches that are to be replaced are located on the public highway, particularly around the dock walkways, and the permission of Lancashire County Council will need to be sought to establish that they can be replaced with memorial benches.

There will be an option to renew the plaque after the 10 year agreement, based on the condition of the bench at that time.

A new fee and charge for this will be agreed through the 2023-24 budget setting process. Memorial bench seats are subject to a 10 year agreement from the date of installation, and can be renewed after this period if the applicant so wishes.

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Following installation, the bench seat and plaque will fall into the ownership of the City Council, who will need to carry out a programme of repairs and maintenance to avert any claims for injury or damages.

At the end of the 10 year period the plaque will be returned to the applicant if it is not to be renewed, and the bench if it is in a good, safe, condition can be utilised by other applicants

A meeting will be held on June 22, 2022 to discuss further plans.

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