The Westmorland GazetteTown councillors to actively seek site to locate public toilet for severely disabled people (From The Westmorland Gazette)

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  • "About time too!! So long as it actually happens, this will make a massive difference to the lives of so many.
    I am Mum to a little boy, who has severe cerebral palsy and epilepsy. He is only 6 yrs old, but outgrew the 'baby' changing facilities years ago. For a while we were forced to change him on dirty public toilet floors, but as he got older and heavier, even that was not an option. After 6, nearly 7 years of having to lift him, I have recently been diagnosed with Arthritis in my pelvis, and I'm only 38 myself. We were promised better facilities when K Village was in the process of being built, but were very disappointed to have been let down. They did provide disabled toilets, but only for those people who can self transfer. The disabled toilets in the shopping centre are terrible, you can't actually get a wheelchair in to them. So this will be an enormous benefit to the locals who need it, and to tourists visiting the area. I wait with baited breath......."
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Town councillors to actively seek site to locate public toilet for severely disabled people

TOWN councillors agreed to ‘actively seek a site’ for ‘Changing Places’ toilets in Kendal for severely disabled people.

Changing Places toilets are for people with ‘profound and multiple learning disabilities’ who cannot use standard disabled toilets’.

They include a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, a tracking hoist system and space for the disabled person and up to two carers.

Changing Places Consortium is a group of organisations, including charity Mencap, who are calling for these toilets to be installed in all large public places including shopping centres, arts venues, motorway service stations and airports.

There are currently 70 in the North West but the nearest one to Kendal is in Lancaster.

Kendal Town Council (KTC) has allocated £5,000 towards the scheme, but a suitable location has yet to be found.

Coun David Evans told a meeting of the town council that proper disabled toilets were ‘essential for the town’ although it is believed the cost will come to at least double the £5,000 allocated.

Councillors agreed to keep the funds allocated and to actively seek premises.

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