New inclusive toilet facility to open in Lichfield city centre next week

A new Changing Places facility opens next Wednesday 24 May.
A new Changing Places facility opens in the city centre next Wednesday 24 May.

A new toilet and changing facility specially designed to improve accessibility for people with physical disabilities is opening in Lichfield next Wednesday (24 May)

The Changing Places facility is located within the former toilet block on the corner of Swan Road and Bird Street and will be open from daily from 7am to 5pm.

To provide a toilet that people can use hygienically, and with dignity, it features:

  • a height-adjustable, adult-sized changing bench
  • a ceiling track hoist system
  • space adequate for the disabled person and up to two assistants
  • a centrally located toilet with space both sides for assistants
  • a privacy screen
  • a wide paper roll
  • a large waste disposal bin
  • a height adjustable wash basin

The facility, which complements the existing Changing Places facility at Friary Outer Car Park on The Friary, also includes a unisex toilet and has been funded through the Government’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities and backed by Muscular Dystrophy UK, a charity which is leading the campaign for more Changing Places toilets.

It has been delivered by contractor Astor Bannerman and project managed for Lichfield District Council by Sandip Singh.

A spokesperson for Lichfield District Council said:

“This new toilet facility will help people with disabilities access the city centre and Beacon Park.

“It is vital that no one is excluded from the district’s amenities, and we are delighted that this toilet opening for those that need it.”

The Changing Places facility will be opened with an official ceremony next Wednesday at 11am.

Published: 19 May 2023