Tamworth Castle opens town’s first Changing Places facility

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Tamworth Castle is now home to the town’s first ever Changing Places facility, following an extensive refurbishment of the attraction’s public toilets.

The facility, which opened on Friday August 23, features an assisted accessible Closomat Palma Vita wash and dry toilet with a height adjustable changing bench, a hoist that moves across the room and its own coded door access.

The new toilets have also been improved in a number of other ways, with individual unisex cubicles, baby changing and disabled access toilets, as well as longer year-round opening hours.

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The refurbishment was carried out by Healthmatic, which specialises in the provision of smarter public conveniences for local authorities, ensuring that facilities are truly accessible for everyone.

Cllr Robert Pritchard, deputy leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: “The new toilet facilities are a truly amazing transformation of the previously dated facilities we had in the Castle Grounds.

“The project is something we have wanted for some time and I am delighted to say they are now open every day and provide modern facilities that everyone can use.

“The Changing Places room has been fully fitted by Healthmatic and we are very proud to have this in Tamworth.”

Cllr John Chesworth, cabinet member for culture and operational services, added: “The provision of Tamworth’s first Changing Places facility is really important for the older children and adults in our community with additional needs who need full changing conveniences.

“The lack of such a facility can actually prevent some disabled people and their carers from being able to go out and visit a certain place. Having a Changing Places facility in Tamworth will remove that particular barrier and will hopefully enable everyone to come and enjoy our wonderful park and town.”

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