Changing Places toilet available in Soham

Cllr Bill Hunt is pictured sitting on the drop-down changing bed in the Changing Places toilet

A new Changing Places toilet is now available at the Fountain Lane car park in Soham.

These toilets are special because they contain a hoist and a changing bench enabling people who need personal assistance to use the toilets or get changed without having to lay on the floor of a public toilet. This can include people with profound and multiple physical and learning disabilities, spinal injuries and people living with stroke.

East Cambridgeshire District Council successfully applied to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities for a grant to install the toilet.

The new facility will help open up East Cambridgeshire to disabled people and their carers, enabling them to spend more time in local communities. It is estimated over 17% of people living in these areas have serious physical disabilities and 16% have moderate physical disabilities. Two disabled parking spaces have been positioned in front of the toilet.

There are existing Changing Places toilets located at The Hive Leisure Centre, at Ely Leisure Village and at Ely Railway Station.

Cllr Bill Hunt, assets champion for East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “We want to welcome everyone to East Cambs. This really is a fantastic facility, which, along with free parking, helps ensure the district is more welcoming and accessible to as many people as possible.”

For more information about public toilets and Changing Places toilets in the district visit East Cambridgeshire District Council’s website.

Cllr Bill Hunt standing outside the Changing Places toilet