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By Matthew Bates 21/06 Updated: 21/06 10:05
COVENTRY is being spruced up in time for the Olympics this summer.
Key routes across the area are being lined with plants, while floral footballer sculptures are being installed along the route of the Olympic torch.
Five of the figures will be on the Binley Road island, with two in Greyfriars Green.
Three will be women to mark the Olympic women's matches in Coventry, while all of them will become permanent fixtures in the city after the Games.
Council bosses announced 12 one-metre metal footballers dressed in Olympic colours would also sit on traffic islands between Binley Road and the Ricoh Arena.
It makes up part of a plan to revamp parts of the city before it welcomes thousands of visitors for 12 football matches. Parts of the city centre have already been developed and council teams are set to deep clean main roads and pavements over the next few weeks.
Giant Olympic rings - funded by Olympic chiefs - are also set to go up on the roundabout next to the stadium in July.
Coun Lindsley Harvard, cabinet member for city services, claimed it would be a top summer.
"The planters along some of our major roads always look spectacular - but this year they will be full of flowers in the Olympic colours reflecting the spirit of the games.
"The huge footballers always look good and make people smile - so to have seven more that will return to the city year after year is great. I feel enormously proud of our city and I hope everyone feels as proud as me.
"We want visitors to go away with a good impression of our fantastic city.
"But local people deserve a city they can be proud of too - so we will be making sure we clear up thoroughly elsewhere after games too."
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