After a decade in the making, Tisbury has finally got its new skatepark.

The £105,000 state-of-the-art facility was officially opened this month by former Tisbury Parish Councillor Pam Chave.

She was joined by local resident Jonathan Jones who as a youngster, pitched Pam the idea of building a new community skatepark.

The new facility with its 1.2m Whippy quarter pipe, sloped wall-ride, pocket-to-pocket jump box and Matterhorn roller-coaster escalator, is proving to be a big hit among teens, the council says. Skateboarders and scooter riders from across the village were on site to try out the new poured concrete skate bowl inset between Nadder Leisure Centre and the swimming pool on the King George V Playing Field.

“I’m really happy that they built it, it’s good fun and a great way to keep fit,” says Ben Phillips, 16.

"It's an awesome community space with a great design which works for all skills levels whether you’re a beginner like me, or an advanced rider,” adds Maisie Camp-Sorensen, 14.

Tisbury Parish Council funded the scheme with R2 money including £70,000 from the Wyndham Place, Hindon Lane development, Tisbury Youth Group and Wiltshire Council Area Board.

Tisbury Youth Club worked with Parish Clerk, Sandra Harry, Tisbury Parish Council and a working group of older, experienced skatepark users from the village to help design and deliver the scheme.

The project was also supported by a community engagement forum of local young people who gave the project team a good understanding of what the community wanted.

Cllr Gerry Murray said: “We’re grateful to Pam who championed the project during her time as a Tisbury Parish Councillor and Jonathan, who got the ball rolling 10 years ago when he knocked on her door as a youngster and asked her to take up the cause.

“The Parish Council has listened to the local riders and everyone involved should be very proud of the end result."