Council bosses have offered a first glimpse at plans for a new children’s park.

The new site at Swan Mead will replace an old play area which was previously targeted by vandals and firebugs.

When it was first vandalised, contractors were instructed to remove a wooden galleon ship along with other items, as the playground was left in a state “beyond repair”.

But when it happened again at the site in Church Road, Vange, Basildon Council ruled that all the items must be taken out to make it safe.

Following consultations and months of planning, a concept design of the new park has been drawn up and published.

It features a ‘castle fortress’, a lighthouse dome, a ship, swings, a slide, roundabout and jumping map.

The park will have space for up to 90 children and parents and will cater for youngsters aged 14 and below.

Basildon Council revealed the designs on Twitter where it said: “A brand new play area chosen by residents is coming to Swan Mead Park by the end of 2021.

“The new, inclusive play area features 30+ pieces of exciting equipment, and comes after the existing play area’s equipment had to be removed after serious vandalism.”