A PLAY area in Kings Worthy has finally re-opened but is still without its highly anticipated play tower.

After being hit with a series of problems, Eversley Park re-opened the refurbished playground in Loader Close this week.

Kings Worthy Parish Council confirmed on social media that the glass and broken ceramics found on the site four weeks ago was “not the work of vandals”.

In a statement the parish council said: “The glass and broken ceramics have now been cleared but unfortunately this took longer than expected, requiring replacement topsoil.

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“I can confirm that this work has now been completed and the park re-opened on Monday, July 17. We would like to thank parishioners for their patience and understanding whilst this work was carried out.

“We will provide an update on the proposed tower installation once a date has been selected. We are aiming to keep the rest of the play area open while these installation works take place, to minimise disruption to parishioners.”

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The playground was initially planned to be closed for approximately five weeks for Ava Recreation Ltd to carry out the renewal project in time for the Coronation

However, “snagging issues”, vandalism of the site fencing and planning permission for installation of the main tower caused delays.

The play tower was approved at the end of May despite concerns over its height but is still yet to be set up.