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Giant chair will be legacy

A 14ft wooden chair is being planned for Broxbourne to mark its role in this year’s Olympics.

The chair sculpture is just one of the items being put in place before the Games come to the region on July 29.

Broxbourne Council has been given £270,000 by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to give the area a facelift before the slalom event takes place at the Lee Valley White Water Centre.

The council has also added £50,000 to the fund to add some commemorative features to the area.

The large wooden chair sculpture will be placed in the Lee Valley Regional Park on the route between Cheshunt Station and the white water centre.

A spokesperson for the council said: “From the outset, the borough council, and the other relevant authorities and agencies, have been anxious to ensure that the part of the Look and Feel funding is used to purchase some bespoke items and special items which can be retained after the Games as permanent legacy features to be enjoyed by local residents and businesses.

“As the pedestrian route from Cheshunt Station runs through attractive open countryside there are limited opportunities to formally dress this area.

“Features such as the proposed large chair are designed to contribute to an enjoyable and fun day out.”

A commemorative shield is also being proposed for the Highbridge Street roundabout in Waltham Abbey, and a floral display will be created near the white water centre.

The work will also include installing lamppost banners, information boards, bunting, fencing and barriers. There are also proposals to light up the council offices in Olympic colours.


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