Council sets aside £40k for new Changing Places facility in West Midlands town

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Authorities of a West Midlands town have agreed to fund a Changing Places room in a local shopping centre.

Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council will provide £40,000 which will be used to purchase specialist bathroom equipment for the Gracechurch Centre.

A recent council meeting decided the facility we much needed in the town centre. The council says it is the result of the high profile national Changing Places campaign, which is pressing for more specialist toilets around the country.

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The facilities are larger than usual disabled toilets and feature equipment such as a height adjustable changing bench, accessible toilet and hoist.

Gracechurch Centre Manager Angela Henderson said: “We were approached over a year ago about installing a Changing Places room and at the time we did not have any adequate space.

“We have since investigated possibilities and we propose to alter our Customer Services Office to accommodate the Changing Places facility which is sited on level one of our car park next to our Shopmobility scheme and parking for the disabled. It is an ideal space for anyone needing these facilities and will be easy to access on this level.”

Meanwhile, Councillor Louise Passey commented: “I have been working exceptionally hard on this project during the past year for Sutton Coldfield to have a Changing Places toilet. I’m very excited that residents and visitors to the town will now be able to benefit from this very important facility.

“I have spoken to many families recently for whom this will make a significant difference. This is yet another fine example that our Town Council is committed to being inclusive and accessible to all regardless of need or disability.”

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