Cheltenham scores Changing Places hat-trick

Example of a Changing Places toilet supplied by Closomat.

Three new Changing Places toilets will have been installed in Cheltenham by the time the summer is out after the local council pledged £88,000 of funding to support accessibility.

Work on the latest toilet, which will feature top-of-the-range kit such as a hoist, adjustable bench and specialist WC, will begin this month.

Another facility is planned for the town centre and department store John Lewis announced in April its Cheltenham store would be fitted with a Changing Places toilet.

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Changing Places toilets feature additional equipment to standard disabled toilets and they present an expanding market for providers and installers.

Cheltenham Borough Council hopes the new facilities will 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.

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.”

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