A community in Somerset is campaigning to have accessible toilets that meet Changing Places standards installed in its town.
People in Frome have voiced a desire for a facility that features a hoist, changing bed and supportive toilet and claim that the current accessible toilets available do not meet the needs of all people with a disability.
Mendip district councillor, Adam Boyden, told Somerset Live that he has raised the issue with several different organisations.
He told the newspaper: “Mendip district council owns the public toilets in the town centre, and there does seem room to expand it to provide a full Changing Places facility, although there may be other options, so I’m asking how the council could possibly help.
“I’m hoping to put in a motion to examine and debate the issue at the next council meeting in February. We’ll need to agree the location, examine costs and find the funding. But I am determined to help the campaign, because councils do have a responsibility to provide facilities so that the town is accessible and can be enjoyed by everyone.”
Meanwhile, environmental officer for Frome Town Council, Christ Stringer was reported by Somerset Live as saying: “In the event that the town votes for refurbishing or re-building the toilets in the park, we’ll be looking into the possibility of a new toilet to meet the Changing Places standards.”
Image: Clos-o-mat’s Changing Places install at a Leicester community centre