Liberal Democrats on the Borough Council will call tonight for the Council to work to encourage all public-space developments in Northampton to include "Changing Places" disabled toilets, and to require them in any developments they are directly involved in.
"Standard disabled toilets are not adequate for everybody they are supposed to serve" commented Sally Beardsworth, leader of the Lib Dems at the Guildhall. "We build them because we want to make sure that everybody has access to necessary facilities and can therefore enjoy what local public spaces have to offer - given that, we should make sure they actually do provide this option to everybody, not just a portion of the population."
Changing places toilets have:
The right equipment
- a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench
- a tracking hoist system, or mobile hoist if this is not possible.
- adequate space in the changing area for the disabled person and up to two carers
- a centrally placed toilet with room either side
- a screen or curtain to allow some privacy.
A safe and clean environment
- wide tear off paper roll to cover the bench
- a large waste bin for disposable pads
- a non-slip floor.
More information can be found at http://www.changing-places.org/ - where the above details and pictures were also sourced.