New specialist disability toilet set for Ripon city centre
Mar 22, 2023
A Changing Places toilet

Ripon city centre is set to get its first specialist toilet for people with disabilities.

Changing Places toilets are larger, accessible toilets for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets.

They include equipment such as hoists, curtains, adult-sized changing benches and space for carers.

After a successful bid by Harrogate Borough Council and Ripon Disability Forum £40,000 has been granted through the government’s Changing Places Fund to create the new facility.

It will be located at the existing Ripon Bus Station toilets and it is hoped it will be open by the end of the year.

Ripon already has a Changing Places toilet at the Jack Laugher Leisure and Wellness Centre but not one in the city centre.  Recent plans to develop Ripon Cathedral also include proposals to create a Changing Places toilet.

Councillor Graham Swift, the council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for resources, enterprise and economic development, said:

“Changing Places toilets are a welcome addition for the local community and I am glad that following our successful bid we will be able to install a new facility for residents and visitors of Ripon.

“This new addition follows the Changing Places toilet at the Jack Laugher Leisure and Wellness Centre to ensure everyone has access to our fantastic new facility.”

Jeremy Dunford, from Ripon Disability Forum, said:

“Changing Places toilets allow families greater freedom when caring for a family member with specific needs.

“They allow whole families to shop, visit and travel with more confidence and security. For independent people with greater need it means their independence is supported by the facilities they need.

“This is great news for businesses, residents and visitors to the City of Ripon.”

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