Pittville Park to have Changing Places facility

Published on 13th June 2018

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Work will begin shortly at Pittville Park to install a new toilet facility which will help meet the specialised needs of people with complex disabilities.

The decision to develop two Changing Places facilities was made by Cheltenham Borough Council in March 2017 to enable disabled visitors and their carers to have appropriate facilities to support extended access to activities and amenities within Cheltenham.

A grant of £88,000 was secured through the Gloucestershire County Council’s disabled children and young people’s short breaks capital grant to install the first of the two facilities at Pittville Park, supporting disabled visitors of the adjacent, fully accessible, play area.

The development of the facility has the support of a number of stakeholder groups, including Bettridge School, Carers Gloucestershire, Leonard Cheshire and St George’s and St Vincent’s Association.  The council have also been engaging with these and other organisations to identify a second location within the town centre.

Councillor Chris Coleman, the council's cabinet member for clean and green, said: “The council has worked closely with local disability support groups to ensure that the facility meets the needs of these vulnerable people.  This is a much needed facility within the park to assist a number of adults with personal care needs and children with disabilities. We are delighted that work will soon be underway to develop a much needed facility in Cheltenham’s glorious Pittville Park."

Work is expected to be complete by August 2018.

For media enquiries: Jemima Lawson, communications officer 01242 264332 or email communications@cheltenham.gov.uk