THE dream of a new skate park and climbing centre for Chippenham at Westmead recreation grounds has been revealed in detail, now a planning application has been submitted to Wiltshire Council.

Chippenham Borough Lands charity wants to build the climbing centre, with interior and exterior climbing walls, bouldering, changing areas and a café, alongside the skatepark. The plans also include landscaping and an outline bid for a community hub and wider development of the Westmead recreation ground and open space.

Chief executive Phil Tansley said: “Climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in popularity, with a challenge for all ages and abilities. This will be a superb custom-made all-weather facility for young and old, beginners and experts and perfect for schools, clubs and individuals.

“The world-class design for the climbing centre includes both interior and exterior walls that are reconfigurable to keep it both challenging and interesting. It will help to really put Chippenham on the map as will be the only climbing centre of its kind for miles.”

Leader of Chippenham Town Council, Cllr Sandie Webb, said: “It is fabulous to see the skatepark becoming reality at last. It is a case of the right project in the right place at the right time, and that has seen this over the line, together with the backing of our Borough Lands charity. Well done to all concerned.”

The town council's planning, environment and transport committee will discuss the application tonight (January 3) and offer their views to the planning authority.

The new skate park will be welcomed by the town’s children and young people, after a decade of waiting. Chippenham Borough Lands charity have used specialists Canvas to design the park, and are confident it will meet the expectations of local skaters.

An environmentally-friendly wooden-clad design places the essential buildings above potential flood levels. Any noise from the skate park should be shielded by buildings and masked by existing levels of traffic noise from Avenue La Fleche. Closing the skate park at night, with security fencing and CCTV is intended to help prevent anti-social behaviour.

A wildlife trail and bird hides will be built on the fields and more than 1,000 willow trees will be planted to help prevent flooding.

Wiltshire Council is contributing £200,000 towards the cost. The Borough Lands say the response to last year’s consultation on the plans was hugely positive.