A change for the better

A new, accessible toilet facility is now available for disabled and vulnerable people visiting Bexleyheath town centre, to help them socialise and benefit from all that the town has to offer.
 
The borough’s first ‘Changing Places’ facility was officially opened by Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, Cllr Brad Smith, on Friday 30 November. 

Cabinet Member for Adults' Services, Cllr Brad Smith at the official opening of the new Changing Place.

 
The new Changing Place includes a peninsular toilet (providing space either side for wheelchair transfers and carer assistance), grab rails, an adjustable changing bench, hoist, wash basin and non-slip flooring. It has been created by modifying the inside of Central Library and adding a new outside entrance from Townley Road. 

It will help people enjoy the town centre’s many attractions, including the nearby shops, restaurants, shopping centre, bowling alley and cinema.
 
“We want to encourage people to make the most of their lives, have fun and socialise, without having to go back home” said Cllr Smith. “We have planned it carefully and hope it will make a positive difference to people’s lives.”
 
The Council plans to provide similar facilities elsewhere in the borough in the future, along with another in the Broadway Shopping Centre, in partnership with the centre’s management company.
 
While the Changing Places facility is designed for the needs of disabled people, it can be also be used by older people and other vulnerable groups during the daytime and into the evening.