Requesting a bench

How to request a bench 

If you would like a bench to be placed on the pavement in a specific location please provide your name, address and the reason why the bench is required at that location (for example: a disability which means you have a need sit down at regular intervals). The location will then be assessed to see whether the location is suitable. 

Please see the Council’s procedure for dealing with requests for benches on the highway below. You can contact us by sending an email to benches@rbkc.gov.uk, or calling Ayesha Flemming on tel: 020 7361 3858. 

Procedure for processing requests for benches on the highway

 

Sponsoring a bench

We welcome contributions towards the cost of installing a new bench or sponsoring of an existing bench. 

The cost of purchasing a new bench or sponsoring an existing bench is currently £2,000, increasing to £2,400 (the addition of a maintenance charge of £250 and an administrative charge of £150) from 1 April 2020. 

We consult on the placing of benches and may have to remove them, so any acceptance of funding is under the condition that the final decision on the bench rests with the Council. If for any reason the bench does need to be removed, efforts will be made to relocate it in a nearby position but the Council retains the right to replace or permanently remove the bench if necessary, and the property rights to the bench will belong to the Council. 

Sponsorship will be on a first come, first serve basis, but we will endeavour to place the bench as close as possible to the sponsor’s preferred location. Sponsorship of a bench would mean that a small plaque would be placed on the bench which reads 'This bench has been sponsored by [name of sponsor].' 

If you are interested in sponsoring a bench please email us at: benches@rbkc.gov.uk, stating your interest and preferred location (if any). We will contact you with confirmation of the request and details on how to make the payment.