New bench for Hamble

Hamble bench

Local people and visitors to Hamble-le-Rice can now enjoy new seating on the foreshore as they look out across the Hamble river.

The design of the new seat was inspired by Hamble’s long established boat building heritage and based on the hull of a boat.

The project, that cost £8000, was funded by Bursledon, Hamble and Hound Local Area Committee. The sculpted seat was designed and produced by artist Tim Norris whose great-grandfather was a Hamble shop owner and baker, as well as one of the first Parish Councillors and Parish Clerk.

The seat is made from a mixture of air dried and green oak timber that has been sealed and waxed. It sits on a sandstone wall base and the design incorporates carvings produced by students at Hamble college.

Chair of Bursledon, Hamble and Hound Local Area Committee Cllr Tonia Craig said

“We were pleased to provide the funding for this fantastic new seating and hope that local people and visitors will enjoy this new facility and the views across the river.”

  2 comments for “New bench for Hamble

  1. John Renard
    August 8, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    It’s a lovely design and well executed – but are the seats actually within the ‘bowl’? If so, from the photo it appears that far from providing somewhere to “enjoy views across the river”, one’s view would be severely curtailed!

    And when we read that the £8,000 project was funded by Bursledon, Hamble and Hound Local Area Committee, presumably that means the local taxpayers. When the council says it cannot presently afford to maintain certain essential welfare services, some of us scratch our heads to understand how they justify this expense, however attractive the seat.

  2. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    August 8, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    My guess is the money came out of developers 106 contributions and that pot is for community stuff like street furniture and public art – this project is a bit of both

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