Wealden District Council has recently announced the opening of a brand new Changing Places facility in Pevensey Bay, UK. The new facility is designed to cater to the needs of disabled individuals who require assistance while using the toilet. The Changing Places toilet was officially opened on Monday, March 13, by council dignitaries, and it is located next to the existing council-run toilets in the Sea Road Car Park.
The new unit, which cost over £78,000 and was funded by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ Changing Places Fund, offers a height-adjustable changing bench, a peninsular toilet, and a ceiling hoist, in addition to space for carers. The construction of the toilet was supported by an appointed delivery support worker from Muscular Dystrophy UK, a charity that supports individuals and families living with muscle-wasting conditions.
The official opening of the Changing Places unit was performed by Ian Westgate, a disability rights campaigner who represents the Eastbourne Access Group. Westgate praised the new facility as a game-changer for disabled individuals, who can now plan days out confidently, knowing that vital facilities like these exist.
The new Changing Places facility aims to provide an accessible and inclusive environment for individuals with disabilities. According to statistics, over a quarter of a million people in the UK require Changing Places toilets to enable them to participate in daily activities, which many of us take for granted.
Councillor Ann Newton, Wealden council’s leader, expressed her satisfaction with the new facility and hopes that it will encourage more people to visit and enjoy Pevensey Bay and the beach. The council has received positive feedback from visitors and residents who have appreciated the provision of an accessible toilet facility.
Overall, the new Changing Places facility in Pevensey Bay is a significant step forward in promoting accessibility and inclusivity for all individuals, regardless of their physical abilities.