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In the news: New Changing Places facility installed to improve inclusivity of Wat Tyler Country Park

A new Changing Places facility has been installed within Wat Tyler Country Park to improve the park's inclusiveness for its visitors.

Changing Places facilities are toilets and changing spaces for disabled people, especially those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis.

Often these visitors will need extra equipment and space to allow them to use toilets safely and comfortably, and Changing Places facilities provide this space.

The facility's introduction compliments the park's brand new inclusive play area, which was opened last Friday and has already proved extremely popular with residents.

Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing, Leisure, Arts, and Culture, Councillor Jeff Henry said: "I'm proud that we've made our facilities at Wat Tyler inclusive for all ages and abilities, to make sure no child is disadvantaged when it comes to play.

"This Changing Places space will be such an important facility for the families who use it, and will compliment our fully inclusive play area within the park too.

"We'll also be installing changing places toilets within Lake Meadows and Laindon Community Centre this year, and we're looking to install more of these important facilities across the borough where possible."

To access the facility, please email wattylerenquiries@basildon.gov.uk for an entrance key application form. Regular visitors to the park can be given a key to access the facility easily.

The project has been funded by Essex County Council's Short Breaks For Disabled Children Capital Fund, with the council funding the conversion of the disused toilet block that has been replaced with the new and improved facility.

If in need of a Changing Places facility, you can find your nearest one on their online map at: Changing Places Toilets (changing-places.org)

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Published on Friday 29 July 2022