Mystery no more: ‘Lonely benches’ in Bedford put there by request of shopowners


Mount Lawley MLA Michael Sutherland has queried these three park benches that seem to be randomly placed on the corner of Salisbury Street and Walter Road.
Mount Lawley MLA Michael Sutherland has queried these three park benches that seem to be randomly placed on the corner of Salisbury Street and Walter Road.

THE mystery of the “lonely benches” has been solved.

Mount Lawley MLA Michael Sutherland had been curious about a cluster of benches on the corner of Salisbury Street and Walter Road, Bedford that have no shade or a reason to be at the unusual spot.

“Every morning I drive past the “lonely” benches (and) I wonder who decided to site a number of benches in this spot with no cover and no reason to have them there?” he wrote to the City of Bayswater in May.

“Is there some tourist or other attraction there which I have missed? Is it the Harley Davidson shop? They have sausage sizzles on Sat mornings with lots of shiny bikes parked outside.”

A City of Bayswater spokesman said the benches were installed in 2014 at the request of nearby business owners.

“A forum was conducted by the City to consult with local business owners regarding which sites they thought were the most appropriate to install streetscape infrastructure,” he said.

“Landscape architects were also engaged to assist with the site selection.”

He said the City continually looked at new ways of enhancing the local environment to provide a greener, more liveable setting for residents.