Mark has welcomed new government funding to provide more accessible public toilets for disabled people in Shropshire.
Shropshire Council will receive £164,000 of funding to deliver new Changing Places toilets as part of a £23.5 million national investment, the Government has confirmed.
Changing Places toilets are larger accessible toilets for people who cannot use standard facilities. They are equipped with hoists, curtains, adult-sized changing benches, and can support both users, their families, and carers.
There are currently 1,300 Changing Places toilets in the England, but this announcement provides funding for an additional 500 rooms.
The new rooms will be delivered across a range of public venues, including cinemas, galleries, shopping centres, museums, visitor centres, beaches, parks, and other entertainment spaces – ensuring those with severe disabilities have the resources they need to enjoy public amenities.
Muscular Dystrophy UK is working in partnership with the Government to deliver the additional spaces and is supporting local authorities in providing technical advice and training.
Commenting, The Rt Hon Mark Pritchard MP said:
“Our public spaces provide fantastic opportunities to get out and see our communities, so it is only right that everybody can enjoy them.
“That is why I welcome the funding of £164,000 to Shropshire Council, which will help to bring new Changing Places toilets to locations such as cinemas, museums, and libraries.
“The move will ensure that our public spaces and venues are accessible to everyone in our communities.”