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New disabled toilet facility available in Bexleyheath

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 December 2018

Cllr Brad Smith at the official opening of the new Changing Place. Picture: Bexley Council

Cllr Brad Smith at the official opening of the new Changing Place. Picture: Bexley Council

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A new, accessible toilet facility is now available for disabled and vulnerable people visiting Bexleyheath town centre.

The borough’s first ‘Changing Places’ facility was officially opened by Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, cllr Brad Smith, on Friday Friday November 30.

The new Changing Place includes a peninsular toilet (providing space either side for wheelchair transfers and carer assistance), grab rails, an adjustable changing bench, hoist, wash basin and non-slip flooring.

It has been created by modifying the inside of Central Library and adding a new outside entrance from Townley Road.

Cllr Brad Smith, cabinet member for adults’ services, said: “We want to encourage people to make the most of their lives, have fun and socialise, without having to go back home.

“We have planned it carefully and hope it will make a positive difference to people’s lives.”

The Council plans to provide similar facilities elsewhere in the borough in the future, along with another in the Broadway Shopping Centre.

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