Eastbourne Borough Council's winning bid secures £140K for ''changing places toilets''

A Cabinet councillor has welcomed an Eastbourne Borough Council funding bid that successfully secured £140,000 for three new changing places toilets at Langney Shopping Centre, the Congress Theatre and Sovereign Harbour Community Centre.

The £140,000 that resulted from a winning bid to the government by the council will create up to three new changing places toilets that provide more room than standard sized facilities.

A changing places toilet is a larger accessible toilet for people who cannot use standard disabled facilities, with equipment such as hoists, curtains, adult-sized changing benches and space for carers.

Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Cabinet Member for Direct Assistance Services, said: "This funding announcement follows a great deal of work by a number of people and I'm thrilled that those efforts have paid off.

"I've been working with the Eastbourne Access Group and pay tribute to them for their relentless campaigning for improvements.

"It's great news for people who live or shop in Langney, theatre goers and people living in and visiting the harbour area, especially for those with disabilities, parents with young children and babies, as well as the more elderly.

"The Langney scheme will provide accessible toilets at ground level inside the centre, which have been desperately needed for a long time."

An interactive map showing the location of all Changing Places toilets in the UK is available at www.changing-places.org/find