Test Valley Borough Council has just installed a brand new Changing Places facility in Andover ahead of another installation in the town’s leisure centre in the near future.
Local resident, Amy Attrill, cut the ribbon to open the new facility, which will benefit those with multiple and complex disabilities and is fully accessible with a height adjustable changing bench, basin and hoist.
Attrill contacted the council as she struggled to find suitable facilities to change her son when away from home and set up a petition which attracted almost 2,000 supporters.
This prompted the authority to look at options to deliver a new Changing Places toilet in Andover.
It is the first facility of its kind provided by the council in the town and is much larger than a standard disabled facility to help accommodate one or two carers.
Attrill said: “This facility affords greater freedom to those with complex disabilities and their families and carers, and that is invaluable. It is also in the perfect location right next to the bus station.”
Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Cllr Phil North, said: “It is fantastic that the new facility is finished and open. Amy came to us to express the difficulties she faced when out with her son and I am so pleased that we have been able to deliver a facility that will make a real difference to their lives and others like them.”
Chris Dixon, CEO from Mencap, commented: “Andover and District Mencap are so proud of Amy Attrill, who has worked tirelessly to make her vision of another Changing Places facility in Andover a reality.”
Unity chief executive, Terry Bishop, added: “It is wonderful that the Changing Places toilet is now open and I am once again delighted that we were able to accommodate it here in the Unity offices, particularly as our mobility service is such an important one for disabled people locally.”