Memorial benches ‘to be relocated’
Council moves to reassure concerned residents
Scarborough memorial benches inscribed with family dedications and left piled up at the Filey Road sports centre for months are to be re-sited.
Scarborough memorial benches are to be restored and replaced, says the borough council.
A number of benches have been left stacked messily behind buildings at the abandoned Filey Road Sports Centre for months.
People living in the area spotted the bench graveyard and contacted The Scarborough News because each bench carries heartfelt messages from friends and family members and with no indication that they would be cared for and relocated. Some of the benches look in fair condition – but all left at the derelict site, including broken ones.
Martin Pedley, Scarborough Borough Council asset and risk manager said: “Memorial benches and other types of benches are subject to both periodic maintenance and ad-hoc repairs.
These works are carried out in conjunction with the Probation Service in a very sensitive manner and provide an opportunity for the Payback Team to contribute towards the community.
“Unfortunately, a number of benches have been subject to vandalism and have been moved from their normal location prior to being repaired and returned to use. If a bench is beyond repair and has to be replaced with a new bench, then the old bench is used for parts to assist the repair of other benches.
“The workshop that is used for these activities is located at the old Sports Centre where the benches are also stored as they await repair or reuse.”
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The benches at Filey Road Sports Centre. Inset, just one of many messages at the memorial bench graveyard