THE council has responded after a member of the public expressed frustration over the length of time that had elapsed since a children's play park was vandalised.

The site in Stanley Road, Barrow Island, was hit by an arson attack in May of last year. 

Pictures showed billowing smoke and fire-damaged play equipment. Barriers were subsequently erected around the park and remain in place.

A member of the public contacted The Mail to say a new park had been promised but that residents of the area 'keep getting fobbed off' by the council. 

Leader of Barrow Borough Council Ann Thomson said the council was 'making plans' to reinstate the play park and replace the equipment. 

"We are committed to providing a nice environment for our residents of all ages, and it's always disappointing when we hear that the children's play park has been deliberately damaged," she said.

"This means that work has to be done to ensure the play park is a safe area and a place for our residents and their families to enjoy." 

Barrow Island councillor Allison Johnston said: "It's a very important part of that area because there's been a park there for a long time.

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"There's a lot of children round there and it is a well-used facility, so obviously it needs putting back to how it was, or better."

Resident Jo Milson said at the time of the arson attack last year: "I looked out of my window and saw the billowing black smoke.

“I couldn’t believe it – I called the emergency services straight away and they told me that fire engines were already on their way here.

“There were children playing in the park just before the fire. It’s really shocking, it’s a quiet area around here and things like this don’t usually happen."

The attack came just a week after Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) attended 23 deliberate fires in a single week.

A CFRS spokesman said at the time: "When someone starts a fire deliberately, they’re not only putting firefighters’ lives at risk, but also local people.

“Fires can easily spread and even a slight change in wind can pose a serious risk to life and property."