Green light for Changing Places

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Angus Council has backed a campaign to install a specialised ‘Changing Places’ toilet in Arbroath with funding of £32,000 to give greater freedom to those with profound and multiple disabilities.

The decision to finalise funding for the facility was confirmed at the Communities Committee meeting last week and will hopefully see completion at the Harbour Visitor Centre by the end of the year.

Dundee based Profound and Multiple Impairment Service (PAMIS) supported the local Speed family as they raised over £10,000 to ensure a Changing Places toilet would be installed in Arbroath.

The Council reported that the estimated cost of a facility in Arbroath would be £42,000 of which £6,000 will be incurred in 2014/15 and the remaining £36,000 in 2015/16.

The money raised by the Speed family will be added to the pot with a further Council funding going towards the final total.

Lois Speed, mother of Kein and Kelsey, who suffer from profound and multiple disabilities, is delighted the facility has got the green light. She said: “It is fantastic. We only started with the campaign in 2014 and raised a brilliant amount. We are happy things are now moving forward.

“I would like to highlight that this facility is not just for those with severe disabilities but will be meet the needs of a wide variety of people with different health conditions.”

Designed to be bigger and better than a conventional accessible toilet the changing places loos are large enough to accommodate a wheelchair and up to two carers with added fixtures such as an overhead hoist and adjustable changing bench.

Julie Taylor, PAMIS said: “The proposed location is only open through the day but discussions are underway to allow access for people to go out in the evenings and enjoy themselves without worrying about facilities.”

Angus Council said the next step would be to identify opportunities in Carnoustie and supplement the early generation facility in Monifieth which would complete a network across all the Burgh towns.