Lewes District Council's winning bid secures £155K for ''changing places toilets''

A Cabinet councillor has welcomed a Lewes District Council funding bid that successfully secured £155,000 for three new changing places toilets.

Since 2019 when the Co-operative Alliance took control of Lewes District Council, the renovation and maintenance of public toilets has been prioritised with £150,000 committed to conveniences across the district.

The additional £155,000 that resulted from a winning bid to the government by the council, will create 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 Johnny Denis, Cabinet Member for Communities and Customers, said: "This is terrific news for disabled people and their carers who live in or visit the district. We've made great strides in improving public conveniences in the district in recent times and the addition of these more accessible and well-equipped facilities is incredibly welcome.

"The lack of well maintained and accessible public toilets prevents many people from enjoying the days out that others take for granted, and I'm determined that Lewes District Council will continue to do everything possible to address that inequality."

Lewes district will eventually have three Changing Places toilets - one in Lewes, Newhaven and also in Peacehaven.

Councillor Denis added: "We agreed a council motion in 2021 to make the district as accessible as possible, mindful that current equalities legislation is not as comprehensive as it should be. There is much to do but we are making progress and the development of these new changing places toilets is another step in the right direction.

"I'd also like to thank the council officers who made this good news possible by drafting such an excellent bid and as a consequence ensuring the money will benefit people in Lewes district."

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