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No ‘space’ for Chichester disabled changing

Claire Panton with her disabled son Finley.

Picture by Louise Adams C140089-3 Chi Disabled Toilets

Claire Panton with her disabled son Finley. Picture by Louise Adams C140089-3 Chi Disabled Toilets

DISABLED changing places in Chichester would cause ‘severe impact on provision for others’.

Claire Panton, from Selsey, is campaigning for better changing facilities for her disabled son, four-year-old Finley.

She has to lie Finley on a floor in an ‘unhygienic’ disabled toilet or change him in the boot of her car.

Jade Weston, from Rose Green, has similar issues with her daughter Rose. “Having a changing area would be fantastic,” she said.

“Until you have to deal with these issues it probably wouldn’t cross anyone’s mind about how difficult it is to go anywhere with a disable person, sometimes it just puts you off going out which means she misses out on activities an day trips.

“The bigger she gets the less we are able to use the ‘baby change’ facilitates especially if they are the drop down mounted on the wall type and that’s if you can even find one of them.”

Both are supporting a national campaign called Changing Places – which is fighting for people who cannot use standard facilities.

The suitability of a Changing Places facility was raised with Chichester district councillor John Connor at a council meeting in December.

“Unfortunately, the space required for such a facility means none of our facilities could be adapted without severe impact on provision for others,” he said.

“It would be necessary to convert at least 2, possibly 3, cubicles to create space for a single severely disabled unit.”

However, he said the council was looking at other suitable premises in the city

 

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