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Second Changing Places facility opens in Mendip

2 July 2018

Wells City Council have officially opened a Changing Places facility at the town hall in Wells.

Changing Places logo

The facility in Wells, which has been installed by and will be managed by Wells City Council, is the second Changing Places facility to open in the district.

Changing Places is a national campaign which aims to see new public toilet facilities introduced across the country for people with acute physical and learning disabilities

Wells City Councillor David Swain, who led on the project said: "On being made aware of the need for such specialist facilities in the area, Wells City Council took up the challenge and immediately began working towards its very own Changing Places room. The support has been amazing from councillors and the public alike. Special thanks to Mendip District Council for their contribution. Thanks also must go to all the town hall staff, in particular the Town Hall Manager Kevin Westwood who has worked tirelessly to make this project possible. Hopefully, those who use and rely on these fantastic facilities will no longer feel excluded and will be able to enjoy this wonderful city of Wells as we do."

Last year, with cross party support, Mendip District Council backed the campaign to encourage a partnership approach to opening Changing Places facilities across the district. Taking the lead Mendip District Council opened the first Changing Places facility in Frome with the support of Frome Town Council, the local community and campaigners.

The Frome facility was partly funded through the use of Section 106 money earmarked for the town with match funding from Mendip District Council and Frome Town Council.

Cllr Phillip Ham, Portfolio Holder for Transformation at Mendip District Council, said: "We are delighted to see a further Changing Places facility open in Mendip today, congratulations to Wells City Council for backing the Changing Places campaign and providing this facility in Wells. We were pleased to be able to support the implementation of this facility with a contribution of £6,000 towards the project.

"Providing these specialist toilets in public places will make a dramatic difference to the lives of thousands of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities as well as others with disabilities that severely limit mobility.

"Wells attracts a high number of visitors each year, as one of the main tourist attractions in Mendip, by providing such a facility the city council is enabling local people and visitors to our district, to get out and enjoy the day to day activities so many of us take for granted.

"The campaign for Changing Places facilities in Mendip has been a great example of councils and communities working together with cross party support."

Any organisations within Mendip that are interested in opening a Changing Places facility can contact Mendip District Council for further guidance or visit the website www.changing-places.org

For more information on the Wells Changing Place facility, please visit: www.wells.gov.uk to learn more about the Changing Places campaign visit: www.changing-places.org

Last modified: 30 July 2018