Council chiefs agree to new disabled toilets in Preston

New facility: The Changing Places loo will be similar to that in the Space Centre
New facility: The Changing Places loo will be similar to that in the Space Centre
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A new toilet is to open in the centre of Preston for people with disabilities.

Following a call from campaigners, council bosses have agreed to open a Changing Places toilet facility in the Chapel Yard car park.

It’s good that we’ve got it, and I think it’s a very good idea to have it next to the Mobility Centre.

Coun Robert Boswell

Leaders at Preston Council have agreed to the installation of the new loo, provided by Lancashire County Council.

The new facility is larger than standard disabled toilets, with bigger rooms including a changing bed and lifting equipment.

Speaking at the latest cabinet meeting, council leader Coun Peter Rankin said: “It is hugely important to some severely disabled people who need to get out and about and we need this facility,

“We did have a resident, Rosemary McLean, who came to the council and put forward a case.

“We’ve tried to find some way of doing this ever since, so I’m very pleased that we are going to be able to do it.”

Coun Robert Boswell, cabinet member for community and environment, added: “It’s good that we’ve got it, and I think it’s a very good idea to have it next to the Mobility Centre.”

Coun John Swindells, deputy leader, who had initially been approached by campaigners to provide the toilet, said: “Things always take longer than you hope, but we’ve got there in the end.

“It will allow profoundly disabled people not only to come to Preston in the day, but also to enjoy the night time economy as well.”

A report to cabinet said the facility would be offered to Preston Council from Lancashire County Council free of charge, and said: “The County Council would look to the City Council to undertake the on-going maintenance of this new provision.”