Published on 19th January 2017

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Standard disabled toilets don’t always meet the needs of all people with a disability.

That’s why Cheltenham Borough Council has successfully secured funding for two ‘changing places’ accessible toilets.

One of the new toilets will be located at Pittville Park, at the site of the popular new, fully accessible play area.  The other location is still to be determined but will be town centre based.

Cheltenham Borough Council applied for funding from the Gloucestershire County Council ‘disabled children and young people special breaks’ capital grant and the bid for £136k has been approved.

People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably. These needs are met by ‘changing places’ toilets. 

‘Changing places’ toilet facilities provide the right height adjustable equipment, enough space for the disabled person and up to two carers with a curtain for privacy and a safe and clean environment. 

Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment said: ‘’I am delighted with this news; these fully accessible toilets are something we’ve wanted to be able to provide for a very long time.  The next step is for us to engage with those who would use the facilities to make sure that they have the opportunity to share their thoughts and tell us what they need.’’

Councillor Kathy Williams, cabinet member for long term care at Gloucestershire County Council added: ‘It’s fantastic that we’re able to support Cheltenham Borough Council’s work with this funding.

“These new accessible toilets are a great step forward and will make a massive difference to disabled people in the town.”

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