Finance Minister, Conor Murphy today opened a new Changing Places facility enabling people with complex needs to access toilet facilities when visiting Stormont Estate.
Conor Murphy said: “This new facility will offer people with physical and learning disabilities more freedom when visiting Stormont Estate. The facility provides extra equipment and additional space to enable people with complex caring needs and their carers to use the resource comfortably. This is a very welcome step in helping to make our outdoor green spaces more accessible to everyone.”
“Last year I met Christine McClements, who has passionately campaigned for further Changing Places Toilets on behalf of her daughter Lilia and for so many others. I pay tribute to Christine for her commitment, dedication and drive.
The new Changing Places facility meets the very latest accessibility requirements and provides equipment including a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench and wash basin, ceiling hoist and a peninsular toilet with drop-down hand rails.
Equality campaigner Christine McClements visited the new facility and says it will be a welcome addition. “The installation of the Changing Places Toilet will mean so much for families like ours. I’m delighted the facility is now open in time for the summer months and we look forward to visiting the Estate regularly. As a the mother of a disabled child, I would like to see more Changing Places Toilets installed in both new and existing buildings going forward.”
Minister Murphy concluded: “My Department is bringing forward a provision for Changing Places Toilets in local building regulations. This will make it a requirement to put Changing Places facilities in new buildings of a certain type or size, or where relevant works are being undertaken at buildings. This work is well advanced and we plan to launch a consultation soon. This will help advance greater accessibility and ensure dignity and equality for all.”
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