Accessible bathroom specialist Kingkraft has installed a motorised rising bench at a public convenience in Henley.
The £4,500 solution will allow easier changing for disabled people in the area. The bench is designed so that carers can pull it out and then use a handset to operate it.
The Sheffield-based firm supplied and installed the solution based on an estimate it provided three years ago.
Henley Town Council owns the toilets and wanted to install the bench in 2014 as part of a £100,000 refurbishment but it ran out of money. Instead the solution was funded by the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge and Rotary UK’s Thames Valley district office.
Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak and former councillor Jeni Wood were at the official opening of the new facility.
Mrs Wood told the Henley Standard: “Before this was installed, people had to be changed on the floor which isn’t particularly dignified. This is the only public bench of its kind for at least 50 miles so hopefully it will make Henley more accessible to visitors and encourage other towns to follow suit.”
Meanwhile, the Mayor for Henley told the newspaper: “Toileting provision is something that people take for granted, and rightly so, but of course there are disabled residents and visitors who need extra special facilities. These are sometimes provided at special events but it’s the everyday need that often isn’t considered.”