On the 21st May 1953, an estimate was submitted to the Council for repainting of the Districts 58 benches. This was priced at £42 9s 0d.
In 2004 at an open forum meeting of the Council and other dignitaries, a question was posted asking why seating around the borough of Hyndburn were not being maintained or replaced as deemed necessary.
Councillor Britcliffe, the then leader of the ruling Conservative Council responded by saying that funding was not available. This was at a time when the ruling Labour Government, led by Prime Minister Tony Blair, was trying to promote healthier lifestyles to beat obesity and the Countries lack of exercise, so in retrospect, this was possibly a poor answer from the local council, as seating can lead to promoting walking, and a healthier lifestyle.
Rishton Prospects put together a 64 page document and map showing where benches have previously been in Rishton, and have disappeared over the years, as well as the existing benches that are still available in the town.
Costings were found, and worked out, and a walk arranged around the locations chosen for new benches to be placed. The document can be read here - Leisure/Benches/List of Benches.pdf (You may need to download a PDF reader to open this file, there are many different ones available on the internet.)
Funding was raised through the lottery funding scheme, local sponsorship and Rishton Area Council. and the project was completed in October 2008. 22 new recycled plastic benches were fitted throughout the district of Rishton, with the total cost being around £8,000.