Memo­rial benches ‘to be re­lo­cated’

Coun­cil moves to re­as­sure con­cerned res­i­dents

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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

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