Temporary seating

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Temporary seating

New seating in the centre of Dover, a town in Kent in southern UK, has been deliberately designed to be uncomfortable, council bosses have admitted. The wave-shaped benches were...

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Temporary seating

New seating in the centre of Dover, a town in Kent in southern UK, has been deliberately designed to be uncomfortable, council bosses have admitted. The wave-shaped benches were designed expressly to deter "extended sitting". The benches don't have a back or armrest so shoppers only sit on them for a few minutes. Councillor Sue Jones, said: "If they were too comfortable, we would have the gentlemen and ladies of the day lounging on them. They discourage antisocial behaviour." One local said: "What's the point of having benches if they are not there to be sat on? They might as well put an electric fence up so everyone keeps out."

wave-shaped/en forme de vague, ondulé – bench/banc – to deter/dissuader – extended/prolongé – armrest/accoudoir – councillor/conseiller municipal – to lounge/se prélasser, paresser – behaviour/comportement – point/ici intérêt – fence/clôture

Publié le 13/05/2014

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