Oxford council forks out £20k to install Changing Places facility

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A new Changing Places facility has been installed in Didcot following £20,000 of funding from South Oxfordshire District Council.

The installation makes Didcot one of just a handful of places in the UK where there are two such facilities, which include an array of specialist equipment.

The facility, installed as part of a shopping centre extension, includes a height-adjustable changing bench, hoist and space for up to two carers to help support people that require assistance.

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The council worked in partnership with Orchard Centre developers, Hammerson, to change the original construction design of the toilet area to accommodate the facility and Hammerson will provide ongoing maintenance of the room.

The district council installed a Changing Places toilet inside its own Cornerstone Arts Centre when it opened 10 years ago, which is only available while the centre is open.  The new Orchard Centre toilet and facility will be open during shopping hours for people with a special access key.

Tony Harbour, cabinet member for Didcot Garden Town said: “Didcot continues to be an exciting place to live and work and we are pleased an additional changing places facility will help provide a fully accessible shopping experience for everyone coming into town.”

Meanwhile, Thomas Cochrane, development manager at Hammerson said: “We are delighted to have helped South Oxfordshire District Council deliver Didcot’s second Changing Places facility as part of the new Orchard Centre expansion.

“As part of our Positive Places strategy we are committed to ensuring that the Orchard Centre is a retail and leisure destination that is accessible to all.”

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