Funding will pay for special toilets

North Norfolk District Council is set to receive £300,000 to fund additional Changing Places accessible toilets in the district, including a second in Sheringham.

The funding will enable the council to develop five new Changing Places facilities, providing further support for those with accessibility requirements and making sure that even more destinations can be enjoyed by everyone, without the worry of finding facilities.

The council already has two Changing Places facilities, one at the North Norfolk Visitor Centre in Cromer and the other in The Reef Leisure Centre in Sheringham.

Two more facilities are set to be constructed in Wells and Fakenham, with further plans to develop them at The Leas, Sheringham, and Vicarage Street in North Walsham.

Changing Places facilities allow people with limited mobility, disabilities or specific care needs who cannot use standard toilets to use a facility with advanced equipment, including moveable hoists and changing benches.

Many visitors have to plan their trip around their accessibility requirements and these facilities allow visitors to have a day out
they may not otherwise have been able to have.

Emma Spagnola, NNDC’s accessibility champion, said: “Inclusive toilets like the wonderful Changing Places facilities are an essential public service.

“They allow those with accessibility requirements to enjoy destinations and days out without worry.

“I’m delighted we will see more facilities in North Norfolk and all the opportunities they will bring for our residents and visitors.”

The Changing Places facilities in Wells and Fakenham are expected to be completed by July and August, with the others to follow.

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