ROOMS at a state-of-the-art community centre in Tisbury remain empty a year after it opened.

The Nadder Centre opened in August 2016 with the latest gym equipment, library, sports hall, spin-bike studio and café.

But Wiltshire Council’s decision to lease some community exercise rooms to businesses as office space without consulting residents proved controversial.

Now, one year since the centre opened, Tisbury Parish Council chairman Patrick Duffy said some of the rooms previously used for fitness classes remained vacant.

He said: “We are still very concerned that some of the original services promised haven’t been followed through.”

And he said promises that the community would be involved in running the centre had not been fulfilled.

“The parish council have the general feeling that it is being run from Trowbridge,” he added.

John Thomson, deputy leader of Wiltshire Council, hailed the centre’s first year a success.

He said: “This superb community campus offers a wide range of facilities and services, and it is great to see an increase in the number of library volunteers and local community groups and charities using the centre.”

However, the council said rooms were still available.

Cllr Thomson added: “We are extremely keen to welcome new groups to the centre and would invite anyone who hasn’t yet visited to have a look and talk to the centre team about membership and opportunities for meetings, events and activities.”