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Southwell Town Council stop the rot as benches come under scrutiny

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Replacing rotten and broken benches is one of Southwell Town Council’s priorities.

The town council will open discussions with Nottinghamshire County Council as it looks to raise standards.

Steve Perry, who has led the project, said it was an important issue as some benches were falling apart.

STOCK image of wooden bench. Pic: Vikki Lince. (48824894)
STOCK image of wooden bench. Pic: Vikki Lince. (48824894)

“Some are comfortable but some are extremely uncomfortable and almost falling part,” he said.

“There are two sections of benches that we need to be aware of.

"One section we own because they are on our land, therefore, any not on our land belong to Nottinghamshire County Council so we must be careful with what we do.

“We can maintain them but do we do that or do we ask the county council to maintain them? It is a problematic area with the benches and, as with many things, Nottinghamshire County Council do not seem to know what they own.

“I reported one which was in danger of falling down two months ago but it is still there.

“If we did anything, as the bollards taught us, the county council would take an interest in it so that is a problem.”

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