Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk has highlighted the ‘outstanding’ campaigning work of local Cheltenham charities in obtaining funding for two state of the art ‘changing places’ disabled toilets in the town.
Alex raised the investment during a debate in Parliament (17th January 2017).
Speaking in the House of Commons on the provision of community toilet facilities for the disabled, Mr Chalk said: “I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on raising such an important issue, about promoting dignity for vulnerable people and greater prosperity for our high streets. Cheltenham is getting two new Changing Places toilets. Will he join me in congratulating all those who campaigned for this, including the fantastic St Vincent’s and St George’s Association in my constituency, and made it happen.”
£136k funding for the two Changing Places toilets is being provided by Gloucestershire County Council. They will be installed by Cheltenham Borough Council. One will be sited at Pittville Park, the other is intended for the town centre.
Alex explained: “Charities like St Vincent’s and St George’s do outstanding work here in Cheltenham. Last year I visited the Phoenix Centre on Winchcomb Street to hear from people with disabilities about the importance of disabled toilet facilities in the town centre, and I have since taken up the issue with ministers.
Alex added: “I’m extremely grateful to Gloucestershire County Council for finding the money to support this project. I’m determined that Cheltenham should be a disabled-friendly and accessible town.
“Last year I hosted Cheltenham’s first ever Disability Confident Fair at St Vincent’s and St George’s. I’m encouraged that so many local businesses are keen to recruit those with disabilities. Employment levels are at an all-time high. But I’m under no illusions how much remains to be done. Improving toilet facilities and access is another small but important part in supporting our disabled community to work and to socialise.”