SWINGS from a children’s playground have been removed after damage rendered them dangerous.
Seats from seven swings at a play park on North Street in Shotton have been taken out after they became weakened by the loss of large chunks of the rubber construction.
Static play equipment has also been taken away after they were damaged at some point during the weekend of March 22 and 23.
The damage, which is expected to cost over £1,000 in replacements, was found by contractors on a routine inspection on March 24.
Such was the damage incurred, the swing seats were deemed dangerous with sharp edges proving hazardous to young children who use the park.
Noel Barnes, of Hawarden Community Council, is dealing with the play area as part of a contract with Shotton Town Council.
He said: “It appears the seats have been chewed by a dog and they have been removed because they were dangerous.
“With bits of metal showing from the swings, it wasn’t safe for children. We found the damage on a routine inspection.”
Councillors in Shotton have condemned the damage done to the play park equipment.
Town council chairman Cllr David Evans said: “I’m not sure if it really is a dog bite or if somebody is wrecking these things on purpose. Damage has taken place and whatever has happened, it’s simply just mindless vandalism.
“I’m a little sceptical as to the real cause of the damage.”
Shotton east councillor Doreen Mackie said: “There is no other playground in the Shotton east ward and it’s important that these swings are replaced quickly.
“I agree with Cllr Evans, it’s a real shame that people are so thoughtless to the children of the area. It looks like the swings have been deliberately vandalised. It’s a real shame for the area.”