New tailored toilet facilities open at Wellingborough Library for people living with disabilities
10 January 2024
This week North Northamptonshire Council has opened brand-new, fully accessible 'Changing Place Toilet’ facilities at Wellingborough Library.
Accessible on the first floor via the lift, everyone, regardless of their access needs or disability, or reliance on the assistance of carers or specialist equipment, can use this facility hygienically and with dignity.
The new network of ‘Changing Place Toilets’ are part of a government-led initiative, designed to provide widespread accessibility and inclusivity. They are different to standard accessible toilets with additional equipment and more space.
Each Changing Place Toilet provides:
The right equipment:
- a powered height adjustable adult-sized changing bench
- a movable tracking ceiling hoist system
- adequate space in the changing area for the disabled person and up to two carers
- a centrally placed toilet with space either side for wheelchairs.
- a screen to allow for privacy
A safe and clean environment:
- a paper couch roll to cover the bench
- a large waste bin for disposable pads
- a non-slip floor
They also have modern features including a height adjustable sink, grab rails and alarms.
Unlike standard accessible toilets, 'Changing Place Toilets’ also meet the requirements of people with a range of needs such as spinal injuries, muscle-wasting conditions, and multiple sclerosis.
A lack of accessible facilities can become a source of anxiety and stress for people with a disability, making it difficult to leave home or stay out for long periods of time.Councillor Matthew Binley, Executive Member for Highways, Travel and Assets
I am delighted to see a new Changing Places toilet installed at Wellingborough Library and recognise the difference it is going to make to many within the community.
Other locations in North Northamptonshire with Changing Places facilities already in use are, Stanwick Lakes and Barnwell Country Park, The Corby Cube, East Carlton Park, Rushden Lakes, Wicksteed Park, Waendel Leisure Centre and Corby Swimming Pool.
Our vision is one where North Northamptonshire is a place where everyone has the best opportunities and quality of life and, once again, I am a delighted to hear the announcement today.Councillor Jason Smithers, Leader of North Northamptonshire Council
Everyone has the right to access facilities that meet their needs and this news today means that more people have greater access to the things that enable them to live better lives.
The facilities across North Northants have been funded from £497,000, from the Council’s Capital Programme, which includes a £330,000 contribution from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).
Once installed, the Changing Place Toilets are registered and added onto the national website to help people locate them and plan their visits.