Memorial Plaques & Benches

South Swindon Parish Council recognises the wish for memorials and will consider a memorial on land owned or managed by them- particularly Parish Council managed parks. Memorials will be limited to benches & plaques.

The below objectives has been set when considering memorial applications:

  • To be respectful and sympathetic to those seeking to install a memorial
  • To establish responsibility for the maintenance, repair and replacement of memorials
  • To ensure that memorials are not out of place in the area in which they are situated

When considering applying for a memorial bench, please note:

  • The memorials must be paid for by the applicant prior to purchase and installation by the Council.
  • The Parish Council reserves the right to remove memorials at any time.
  • Applications for pets will not be allowed.
  • Benches must be of the type specified by the Parish Council.
  • The Parish Council will maintain the bench within its maintenance programme.
Memorial Benches – Town Gardens
10 Year initial lease

(includes exclusive lease of bench: bronze plaque and inscription)

£1637.70
Renewal for a further 10-years
£1027.94
Replacement plaque

(does not extend lease)

£186.43
Bench Plaques – Town Gardens

A maximum of 5 plaques per bench will be allowed. Only on benches where the lease has not been exclusively purchased.

10 Year initial lease
£408.91
Renewal for a further 10-years
£186.43
Replacement plaque

(does not extend lease)

£186.43
Memorial Benches – Queens Park
10 Year initial lease

(includes exclusive lease of bench: bronze plaque and inscription)

£1112.40
Renewal for a further 10-years
£702.46
Replacement plaque

(does not extend lease)

£186.43
Bench Plaques – Queens Park

A maximum of 5 plaques per bench will be allowed. Only on benches where the lease has not been exclusively purchased.

10 Year initial lease
£303.85
Renewal for a further 10-years
£140.08
Replacement plaque

(does not extend lease)

£186.43
Memorial Plaque/Bench Terms and Conditions
  1. The memorial plaque must be purchased from South Swindon Parish Council. Once purchased the plaque becomes the property of the lease holder.
  2. The lease is granted for a period of ten years.
  3. The lease may be renewed on expiry by payment of the appropriate fee ruling at the date. Any application for an extension of the lease period must be writing to the Parish Council, at least one month before the expiry of the original lease period.
  4. It is the responsibility of the Grantee to ensure that the lease is renewed. Although the Parish Council will endeavour to contact the Grantee before the expiry of the lease, no responsibility can be accepted for action taken in the absence of the renewal of the lease, or alternative instructions from the Grantee.
  5. If the Grantee chooses not to renew the lease, after the expiry period, then the Parish Council will remove the plaque, which may be taken away from the park by the Grantee.
  6. The plaque inscription will not exceed 4 lines with 40 characters per line. Characters include spaces and punctuation marks. The plaque may also commemorate more than one person. The Parish Council will approve the wording.
  7. The inscription may only be altered or amended with permission of the Parish Council, if a written application is made, a person authorised by the Council only may carry out the alteration.
  8. A member of the Parish staff will fix the plaque on the agreed park bench.
  9. The Grantee is responsible for maintaining the memorial plaque in good condition. If the plaque is removed, damaged or displaced, then it must be replaced within six months at the cost to the Grantee, through the Council.
  10. No other forms of memorialisation can be placed on the bench or any surrounding area.
  11. The Grantee shall comply with the rules or regulations which may be made by the Parish Council, relating to the memorial within the park.
If you need some help please call us on 01793 317410 or e-mail admin@southswindon-pc.gov.uk