A £60,000 skate park has opened in Broughton providing youngsters with plenty of chances to improve their skills.

The wheeled sports area has opened on Brookes Playing Field after two skateboarders wrote to the community council asking for one to be built.

The project took just two years to go from the initial idea to its completion.

Cllr Susan Stevens, chair of Broughton Community Council, said the site was vital to provide youngsters with things to do and put a stop to anti-social behaviour.

She said: “There is not a lot for them to do apart from the youth club. The kids wrote a letter two years ago asking for this. They probably thought the council is a bunch of old fuddy-duddies that don’t care, but we do.

“They came along to the meeting and talked about it. We decided if we could raise the money we would do it.”

The community council contributed funds towards the park form its budget as well as funds received from a new housing development on Brookes Avenue.

Cllr Stevens said: “This is for wheeled sports, so it is bikes, scooters and skateboarders. I am amazed at the skill that they have. It would frighten me to

“The park has been well used. The kids are thrilled and they take it very seriously."

The site has not been floodlit in a bid to stop anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance for nearby residents.