Chichester loos made more convenient for people with disabilities

Councillor Roger Barrow, Cabinet Member for Environment at the now fully accessible facilities in Northgate Car Park, Chichester

Councillor Roger Barrow, Cabinet Member for Environment at the now fully accessible facilities in Northgate Car Park, Chichester

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Extra facilities have been created at a Chichester public convenience so that people with learning or physical disabilities can use toilets in safety and comfort.

The accessible toilet at Northgate Car Park now includes an adult-sized bench with a hoist plus a basin, which are both height adjustable.

Councillor Roger Barrow, Cabinet Member for Environment at the now fully accessible facilities in Northgate Car Park, Chichester

Councillor Roger Barrow, Cabinet Member for Environment at the now fully accessible facilities in Northgate Car Park, Chichester

The toilet can be used by people with profound disabilities and people with other physical problems such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis.

Advice on the layout was provided by the Chichester Access Group which promotes accessibility across the city.

The project meets the requirements for the national Changing Places initiative which works with a wide range of organisations and businesses to provide fully accessible toilets.

Changing Places toilets are different to standard accessible disabled toilets because they have more space and a range of equipment to help users.

The toilets are open from 7am until 7pm each day and can be accessed via the national RADAR key scheme.

Councillor Roger Barrow, Chichester District Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “This will make a real difference to the quality of life of people with disabilities and their carers.

“It means they can plan a journey or day out to incorporate stops at Changing Places facilities.

“We hope these facilities will take away some of the worry and enable people to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities that many of us take for granted.”

As part of the work at Northgate, improved baby changing facilities have been added to the women’s and the men’s toilets.

To see a map of more than 850 Changing Places facilities across the country to or plan a journey around them, see www.changingplaces.org.uk

For more information about the Northgate facilities, please see www.chichester.gov.uk/publictoilets

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