Spring clean for Plymouth city centre in advance of torch arrival
THE ANNUAL spring clean of Plymouth is to take place next week – timed to beat the arrival of the Olympic Torch.
'Clean week' will start on Monday and areas earmarked for attention include Bretonside, West Pier and the Barbican.
Thousands of people are expected to flock to the city on Saturday May 19 when Plymouth hosts not only Lord Mayor's Day and the P1 Powerboat Championships, but also the Olympic Torch Relay and evening celebrations on the Hoe.
Clint Jones, Plymouth City Centre manager said: "Clean Week is a great chance for everyone in Plymouth to come together and show how proud we are of our city by helping to make it look as good as possible for the summer.
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"We have lots of exciting events coming up, including the Olympic Torch Relay and Armed Forces Day, where people from across the country will be coming to Plymouth and seeing it on television, so we want to make sure we make a good impression."
Volunteers and teams of workers from Plymouth City Council will be cleaning and painting street furniture on Armada Way, planting flower beds on New George Street, power-washing Bretonside, giving the benches and bollards on West Pier a lick of paint as well as replacing the missing railings.
A new decorative planting scheme will be instilled across the Barbican including a landscaped boat feature on Barbican Ope. Tourism signs across the waterfront will be cleaned and repaired.
The spruce up has been jointly organised by Plymouth City Centre Company and Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, the new Waterfront Business Improvement District.
As well as the spring clean programme event organisers are urging people to plan their journeys and use public transport where possible for the Olympic Torch celebrations.
Live entertainment for the Olympic evening celebration on the Hoe will start at 7pm. One of those to perform will include Plymouth Dance who have been commissioned by the council to perform a piece choreographed by Jules Laville, dance director at the Barbican Theatre.
The Torch Relay reaches Devonport at 7.40pm and will arrive at the Hoe at about 8.50pm.
There will be an extended park and ride service for Saturday evening with buses running every 20 minutes from the George Junction, Milehouse and Coypool park and ride.
The last park and ride service will be at 10.15pm.
Clive Perkin, assistant director for transport, said: "We are expecting large crowds for this fantastic event so I would urge everyone to plan their journeys and allow plenty of time to get to their chosen vantage points on the torch relay route and up onto the Hoe."
Bretonside bus station will be unavailable for coaches and lorries between 11am on Saturday May 19 and 11am on the Sunday for anything other than scheduled passenger pick ups and set downs.
All lorries and coaches requiring layovers of more than 10 minutes, including overnight parking, will need to make alternative arrangements.
To view the relay route visit: www.plymouth.gov.uk/olympic-torch-relay.
See Tuesday's Herald for a free guide to what's happening this summer in Plymouth.
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