Published: Thursday, 16th February 2023

Woolwich is set to benefit from a new Changing Places toilet after a successful funding bid by the Council.

Changing Places toilets are specially designed for disabled people. They’re larger than usual toilets, which means more room for carers or wheelchairs, and they also often have specialist equipment like hoists and changing tables.

We have secured £40,000 to install the new facility in Beresford Square, which will give disabled people, carers and families with SEND children greater choice and peace of mind.  

The new toilet, which will be accessible 24/7, is part of the Council’s £21m regeneration of Woolwich Town Centre.

Cllr Denise Scott-McDonald, Cabinet Member for Health and Adults Services, said: “Changing Places toilets are so important because everyone deserves to feel comfortable. Improving accessibility is key to that and that's why we are always looking for opportunities to make lives easier for people.  

“A Changing Places toilet will provide so much comfort for people who are in Woolwich Town Centre, because it allows for people to live with more freedom without worrying about having to use standard toilets that aren’t fit for purpose.”

Cllr Aidan Smith, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Woolwich is going through a period of great change, with plans for new housing, a leisure centre and open spaces. It’s important that we make sure that we keep our town centres accessible for all, so everyone can live, work and shop here freely.”

The funding is part of a national Government scheme. It confirmed earlier this month that it will be giving over £7m to 64 councils to fund Changing Places across the UK.

The new facility contributes to the Council’s mission to help people live their best lives without discrimination.