Want to read more?
We value our content and our journalists, so to get full access to all your local news updated 7-days-a-week – PLUS an e-edition of the Arran Banner – subscribe today for as little as 48 pence per week.
North Ayrshire Council will stop putting memorial plaques on benches at the end of this month.
North Ayrshire Council previously offered to put memorial plaques on existing benches for £70 + VAT which were available in brass or brushed steel with a maximum of 25 words for the inscription.
The decision to cease accepting applications was made owing to an increase in demand and the local authority running out of benches onto which the plaques can be affixed.
The popular method of paying tribute to departed loved ones will be halted, not only on Arran, but across North Ayrshire.
New metal memorial benches with a plaque can still be purchased at a cost of £950 + VAT and – applicable to Arran only – wooden benches with a plaque can also be purchased for £900 + VAT.
Current areas that are no longer able to install new benches owing to location factors are Largs, Fairlie, West Kilbride, Skelmorlie, Cumbrae and Garnock Valley.
A North Ayrshire Council spokesperson said: ‘We appreciate that memorial benches/plaques can provide real comfort for families.
‘Due to an increase in demand we have taken the decision to stop the application process for the time being.
‘We are currently looking at various alternative memorial options for families.’
Costs for the new benches which are still available in some areas covers installation and ground preparation and delivery can take up to 12 weeks. It is the responsibility of the bench purchaser to restore and maintain memorial benches and if they fall below a standard consistent with their surroundings they can be removed if no remedial action is taken.
For more information on purchasing memorial benches from North Ayrshire Council visit their website at https://www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/births-marriages-and-deaths/deaths/memorial-bench-plaque.aspx
Memorial plaques, such as those affixed to benches in Brodick, will no longer be available from North Ayrshire Council. 01_B24parking01