The furniture at some of our local bus stops is looking somewhat the worse for wear. Whilst the bus shelters have to put up with unnatural damage (vandalism), the outdoor seating is suffering from years of wear and tear from the elements. A lot of seating is starting to look like the one below, on Hampden Rd in Abbotsford.
The concrete frame is fine, but the wooden slats are rotten and splitting, and the bolts holding them on are rusting away.
The seat in the foreground is in pretty good condition - the photos above are of the seat in the background. Most bus stops also have a bin - many have been sprayed with graffiti, or show signs of having been set on fire (blistered paint that has peeled off, allowing the bin to rust).
Here we have an example of the new seating that Council installed when the Wareemba shopping strip was recently upgraded - it's a fine bit of furniture.
Replacing and repairing street furniture costs money - no doubt about it. However, I wonder how regularly the seating is being looked at by Council? I can handle shabby, so long as it's safe to sit on. However, some seating is starting to look like it is ready made for a personal injury lawsuit.