Sadiq Khan’s new plan could see Changing Places sweep London

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Changing Places toilets could soon be sweeping across the capital if London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s new action plan comes to fruition.

The ‘London Plan’ is set to be published this week and is designed to make the city more attractive to visitors and to better reflect its diverse inhabitants.

It will argue for more Changing Places facilities to be included after Khan said he was concerned Londoners and visitors were put off visiting places because they don’t have appropriate toilets.

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The Mayor is hoping businesses in London will soon be investing in the facilities which include height-adjustable changing benches, hoist and adjustable sinks.

Paul Goulden, chief executive of Age UK London, told the Guardian that the commitment to building more Changing Places toilets is “especially encouraging”.

“We look forward to the provision of the new free, publicly accessible toilets across the city.”

Meanwhile, Robert Meadowcroft, chief executive of Muscular Dystrophy UK, said: “The mayor has rightly recognised that we need Changing Places toilets so that profoundly disabled people won’t face a choice between exclusion or changing on the floor of a public toilet.

“Muscular Dystrophy UK and the Changing Places Consortium welcomes this positive move and are keen to work with London’s train stations, shopping centres, cultural institutions and attractions to get more facilities built and make sure the city is accessible for all.”

Earlier this year a government advisory body urged ministers to make it a requirement that all large builds open to the public include Changing Places toilets.

Recommendations from The Commons Women and Equalities Committeewhich was appointed to examine the government’s performance on equalities issues, stated that the accessible toilets should be a minimum requirement for large developments like large shopping centres.

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