A Stevenage mum was left disappointed after she found broken glass and graffiti at her local play area at the weekend (Sunday, August 6).

Chloe Parker took her children to Meadway play area in Symonds Green, but had to abandon the trip after she found that it had been vandalised.

The Comet: Several sections of the play area have been graffitied.Several sections of the play area have been graffitied. (Image: Chloe Parker)

Chloe told the Comet: "It's such a shame as the park is already quite neglected and old, and the one near the shops is also always filthy, full of graffiti, and has loads of litter.

"It wasn't at all safe to play today as there were lots of small pieces of glass everywhere."

The Comet: Chloe found shards of broken glass when she arrived at the play area.Chloe found shards of broken glass when she arrived at the play area. (Image: Chloe Parker)

The incident follows a recent appeal from another Stevenage mum, Emilia, for Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) to repair the "rusty, dangerous and vandalised" play area at Camps Hill Park.

Responding to this article, an SBC spokesperson said: "We inspect and litter pick our play areas on a weekly basis. We remove offensive graffiti as soon as we can, with the remainder programmed into our removal schedule.

"Any reports of damage to play areas are checked as soon as possible.

"We received a report about the Meadway play area yesterday (Monday, August 7), and visited the site on the same day to remove the broken glass. The graffiti has been scheduled for clearance."

SBC recently said that they are currently recruiting an officer to lead their play area refurbishment programme.

The council recently revealed that there are plans for a new play area in the Town Centre Gardens.