PUBLIC SEATING AND DONATION POLICY
One way to remember the life of a friend or loved one after their death is through the arrangement of a long-standing tribute, a reminder they are not forgotten.
A memorial seat has always been a popular choice. You can visit the memorial seat at a loved one's favourite viewpoint, either in a park or some other place where they liked to relax and let time pass by.
Alternatively, the donation of a seat could also be made to promote a business or organisation.
Gillingham Town Council is currently seeking offers of sponsorship to provide public seating.
1. Public Seating – General Areas of Public Open Space with good access including the Town’s Cemetery and Garden of Remembrance.
Only seating which has been described as public seating and manufactured in a traditional style made of FSC® certified hardwood, similar to the photograph below, will be considered. Seats manufactured for the domestic market are not suitable.
This type of seat is comfortable, practical and durable and can be easily maintained. It is suitable for areas where there is good access. Seat height should be between 450mm and 475mm with arm rests placed approximately 200m above seat height. This type of seating can be used by those who require more conventional seating. The style of seat specified is available in different lengths with a starting price of around £600. The Town Council is unable to recommend a specific supplier; however, more information can be obtained from the following companies:
- Chris Nangle Furniture, Unit 8, site a, Rednal Industrial Estate, Weston Felton, Shropshire SY11 4HS. Tel: 01691 611864. www.chrisnanglefurniture.co.uk.
2. Public Seating – Public Open Space with limited access
In public open spaces with limited access it is preferred that rustic benches or picnic tables are provided. These items of furniture are usually made in-house by our own grounds staff using pressure treated timbers. This type of seating is not Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant. It is possible to donate a seat of this type for £150 but is not suitable for a dedication plaque to be affixed.
3. Public Seating – Hardings Park (the Recreation Ground), Hardings Lane
Contemporary style seating has been chosen for this site using steel for durability. The exact style of this seating has not been agreed; however, it is likely that each seat will cost £1k to supply and install.
4. Plaques and Promotions
Seats can be dedicated, at the donors expense, with an engraved plaque. If a dedication becomes vandalised or goes missing it will be the responsibility of the person who donated the seat to make good or replace. The wording of the dedication will need to be approved by the Town Council to ensure that it is appropriate for a public place.
5. Delivery and Installation
The seat will need to be delivered to the Town Council’s Workshop and will be installed by the Town Council’s grounds staff on a concrete base. The cost of providing a concrete base and installation of the seat is £150.
6. Maintenance of Public Seating
Donated seats will only be maintained by the Town Council for a period of ten years. After ten years the donor will be contacted to renew their donation by way of a new seat or to have the existing seat refurbished for a further five year period. If no contact is made after six months the seat will become the property of the Town Council. All public seating is covered under the Town Council’s insurance policy. If a seat is deemed in a dangerous state of repair it will be removed immediately for health and safety reasons and where possible the donor contacted.
7. How to register to donate a seat