Two new assisted, accessible toilet facilities are opening in Leicester, making it “perhaps the most accessible in the UK in terms of the toilet facilities”, according to Clos-o-Mat.
There are 15 Changing Places in the city with a further seven across the county, in venues ranging from community centres to major new developments such as the city’s new Haymarket Bus Station.
Under current regulations, it is desirable for Changing Places toilets to be installed in any building to which members of the public have access. The Changing Places in Leicester are part of an investment by the City Council that is approaching £1m to improve disabled access to community facilities.
The latest two, again supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat, on behalf of local contractor F Stimpson, have been opened at Leicester Leys Leisure Centre and Aylestone Leisure Centre. Each features more space than a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet, and extra equipment including a hoist, height adjustable adult-sized changing bench and a height-adjustable washbasin.
Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat’s Away from Home project manager, said: “Potentially up to 14 million people need some or all of the additional features delivered in a Changing Places*; without the space and/or equipment, they cannot access appropriate toilets away from home.”
Meanwhile, deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer, who is responsible for adult social care, said: “We have come a long way in just three years, with 22 Changing Places toilets now available in Leicester and the surrounding area, but we know there is still more that needs to be done.
“Each Changing Places toilet we complete is another step towards ensuring that the city’s attractions are welcoming and accessible to all visitors.”