Councillor Nick Childs, Labour’s opposition spokesperson for adult social care and member of the Council’s Black Rock working group, has written to the Green Chair of the environment, transport & sustainability committee. He has asked for an adult changing room with a hoist to be built as part of the regeneration of Black Rock area.
Current plans for the area include an amphitheatre, playground, cafes and classroom as well as new toilets, but no provision for adults with disabilities who need a changing area and appropriate toilets. Despite requests, by Labour, who sit on the Black Rock Working Group, a facility has not been agreed.
The call for more Changing Places facilities is part of a national campaign for better facilities and Labour are calling for an increase of such facilities across the City.
Commenting on the situation, Cllr Childs said:
“Standard accessible toilets as planned do not meet the needs of all people with a disability.
“People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.
“These needs are met by Changing Places toilets equipped with hoists and full size changing platforms.
“The plans for Black Rock are exciting, but the new facilities must be open to all our residents and visitors to enjoy.”
Image: Brighton & Hove City Council