Third 'Changing Places' facility opens in Mendip
A third Changing Places facility has opened in Mendip thanks to a local society. The Royal Bath and West Society has officially opened a Changing Places facility at their prominent showground site, just outside of Shepton Mallet.
This facility has been installed by and will be managed by The Royal Bath and West Society and will be available at events and open to people passing the main entrance gates between the hours of 7am and 7pm 364 days a year.
Changing Places is a national campaign which aims to see new public toilet facilities introduced across the country for people with acute physical and learning disabilities
Paul Hooper from The Royal Bath and West Society, said: "The Society is keen to provide Up-to-date facilities for the visitors to the showground and is pleased that we are able to provide this facility for general community use. The work has been undertaken using local contractors 3 Solutions with support from the national Changing Places and Mendip District Council."
In 2017, with cross party support, Mendip District Council backed the campaign to encourage a partnership approach to opening Changing Places facilities across the district. Taking the lead Mendip District Council opened the first Changing Places facility in Frome with the support of Frome Town Council, the local community and campaigners.
The Frome facility was supported by Frome Town Council, the local community and campaigners. Funding was from Section 106 money with match funding from Mendip District Council and Frome Town Council. A second facility was opened in Wells by Wells City Council in July 2018 with some financial support from Mendip District Council.
This new facility at the Bath and West is the third facility to receive financial support from Mendip District Council. The council contributed £6,000 on the basis that as well as the facility being available during events at the showground, the facility will open longer hours so users can 'drop-by' at other times.
Cllr Philip Ham, Portfolio Holder for Transformation, said: "Back in 2017, we agreed that we should aim to have a Changing Places facility in each of our five towns. This new facility is part of that ongoing plan and is the third one to be opened.
"Being a rural district it's important that we also think about residents and visitors who are out enjoying our beautiful countryside and attending events. Having a facility located at the entrance of the Bath and West Showground site means that we are not only helping to support facilities in our town centres, but across our district, with access available during events at other times."
Details of this latest Changing Places facility in Mendip can be found on the toilet map www.uktoiletmap.org
Any organisations within Mendip that is interested in opening a Changing Places facility can contact Mendip District Council to discuss plans or for further guidance and information about the Changing Places campaign, or visit the website: www.changing-places.org