Birmingham Museum pulls plans for improving disabled access

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Plans worth £18m including disabled access improvements at Birmingham Museum have been shelved.

The improvements would have included new toilets and better access but now mobility providers and installers will no longer be sought for their services for the project.

The museum currently has four sets of accessible toilets, one on each level, but has no Changing Places facility. At present, toilets have a door width of 97cm and there are lift facilities for wheelchair users.

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In recent weeks there has been growing pressure on the Government to improve access in public buildings, including some museums.

Last month a Government advisory body urged ministers to make it a requirement that all large builds open to the public include Changing Places toilets.

New recommendations from The Commons Women and Equalities Committee, which was appointed to examine the government’s performance on equalities issues, stated that the accessible toilets should be a minimum requirement for large developments like large shopping centres.

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