Bassetlaw District Council has recently opened its new toilet facilities in Worksop Town Centre, which include the district’s second Changing Places facility.
The public facilities on Bridge Street were opened in June following a full refurbishment and boast the Council’s second Changing Places facility – which provides additional equipment and facilities for people with physical, mental and learning disabilities and impairments.
The public facilities were initially made available to use free of charge in order to support the re-opening of the high street and markets throughout June, July and August. However, a small charge of 20p to use the public facilities will be introduced from Tuesday 1st September. This small charge will help the Council to keep these new facilities clean and safe for its visitors and residents. This includes security guards being stationed at the entrance to prevent vandalism and inappropriate use.
Cllr June Evans, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “Our residents and visitors to Worksop have told us that they wanted to see improved toilet facilities, which we have delivered as part of our long-term plans improve our Town Centres and make them a more accessible and attractive place to visit.
“The previous facilities regularly suffered vandalism and attracted anti-social behaviour, which resulted in lots of negative feedback from our customers. We had to take action and ensure that visitors could use safe and clean public toilets. This meant a complete refurbishment and employing security staff during opening hours.
“All of this comes with additional costs and the small charge will hopefully mean that people have the confidence to use them in future.”
“We are also extremely proud of the Changing Places toilets, which are vital in our town centres as standard disabled toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability or the elderly, as well as their carers and families. Following the opening of the Retford Changing Places facility in June 2017, I’m delighted that we can now offer improved facilities for visitors to Worksop Town Centre.
There will be no charge to use the disabled and Changing Places facility, which incorporate additional equipment including a Ceiling Hoist, Height Adjustable Changing Bench and Height Adjustable Wash Basin. However a Radar Key will be needed to access them.
This equipment provides support for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, physical disabilities as well as other serious impairments such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or those with an acquired brain injury, who often need extra support to allow them to use the toilets comfortably. Changing Places also provide more space for one or more carers.
There are no plans to introduce a charge to use the Council’s public toilets in other areas of Bassetlaw. There will also be no charge to use the public toilets currently proposed to be built in the Canch.