Community Development Alliance Scotland

Benches are beautiful

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A report, ‘Benches for everyone: solitude in public, sociability for free’ by The Young Foundation finds that benches in our towns and cities, though easily overlooked, play a crucial role in social life. They foster inclusion and help diverse communities to interact. However, increasingly associated with attracting ‘antisocial behaviour’, benches are currently being removed from public spaces. This will disproportionately impact groups for whom other social spaces, such as coffee shops, are not available due to their cost or social codes. Instead of removing benches, people should be encouraged to use them through good planning, design and management of spaces.

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