10:57am Friday 7th March 2014
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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