New Changing Place facilities improve inclusivity

The new toilet is one of eight Changing Places facilities in Angus.The new toilet is one of eight Changing Places facilities in Angus.
The new toilet is one of eight Changing Places facilities in Angus.
A new state-of-the-art toilet facility has been opened at Arbroath’s West Links to help make the tourist spot accessible to all.

The £57,000 Changing Places facilities will allow people with severe and multiple learning disabilities or physical disabilities who require extra equipment and space, to use toilet facilities safely and comfortably.

Changing Places facilities are larger accessible toilets that include additional equipment such as hoists, privacy screens, adult-sized changing benches, peninsula toilets and extra space for carers.

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Councillor Beth Whiteside, Angus Council leader, said: “Changing Places can be life-changing to those who require these facilities to enjoy a day out, regardless of their disability, without fear or stress. Something which most of us take for granted every day.

“West Links is one of our most visited destination parks in Angus and includes a wheelchair swing and a wheelchair-accessible crazy golf course, and the new Changing Places facility will further assist accessibility and enjoyment of the park by all visitors.”

The new toilets' provision has also been welcomed by Promoting A More Inclusive Society (PAMIS).

Fiona Souter, information an inclusive communities director for the organisation said: “Combined with the recent investment in additional accessible play equipment and crazy golf course, the West Links is now a great day out for families who have previously been excluded from enjoying this beautiful seaside park due to lack of appropriate toilets."

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“Angus Council’s commitment to improving accessibility not only benefits the community but is a much-needed boost to Scottish inclusive tourism destinations."

“The families PAMIS supports are very much looking forward to enjoying a holiday in the area.”

Caroline Warburton, regional leadership director (East), VisitScotland said: “We know that over a quarter of a million people in the UK are unable to use standard accessible toilets as they do not meet their needs so it is fantastic to see much-needed facilities such as this one at West Links in Arbroath being made available. The facility will make it possible for disabled people, as well as their family and friends to visit the area and enjoy the coastal views and local attractions which Arbroath has to offer. It reinforces Scotland’s commitment to responsible tourism ensuring that we extend a warm welcome to all visitors.”