Sunderland council funds second Changing Places installation

Changing PlacesChanging Places hope to achieve 1,000 installations soon. Image: Clos-o-mat installed facility

A second Changing Places facility has been installed by Sunderland City Council as part of its £10m seafront regeneration project which includes access improvements.

The accessible toilets have ample room for a disabled person and their carer and include equipment like a height adjustable bench, a ceiling hoist, peninsular toilet with space on both sides for carers, wheelchair access and privacy screens.

Speaking to local newspaper, the Sunderland Echo, cabinet secretary councillor, Mel Speding, said: “We know that toilets are really important to people visiting the seaside and we want everyone to be able to enjoy our fabulous coastline whatever their mobility or access needs.

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“That’s why we’ve spent £500,000 improving and upgrading toilet facilities at both Roker and Seaburn so that more people, whatever their personal mobility or care demands might be, can come and visit the seafront and spend longer there.”

There are now close to 900 Changing Places toilets in the UK and there is increasing pressure on private and public organisations and buildings to install them.

Last week, a new report urged the government to introduce changes to make Changing Places compulsory in large public builds. It has not shot down the proposals as of yet, meaning a large-scale demand for the facilities could appear sometime in the future.

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