Date published: 6th October 2016

A new Changing Places toilet for people to use in Cromer has been added into North Norfolk District Council’s plans for the new toilets and car park on part of North Lodge Park. 

The toilet is specially designed for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis, who often need extra facilities to allow them to use facilities safely and comfortably. 

Changing Places toilets are different to standard accessible toilets (disabled toilets) as they have extra features such as a hoist and a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, plus more space to meet the needs of people who use them

A campaign for the Changing Places toilet was launched on social media in recent weeks. After seeing the support for the initiative online, Cllr John Rest, North Norfolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Assets, asked for the facility to be included in the designs for the new toilets.

Cllr Rest said: “I’m delighted to say that we have altered our design for the new toilets to include a Changing Places toilet. These facilities are much-needed and offer a real benefit to Cromer.

“It made sense to change the designs especially to help people with disabilities who are visiting Cromer. Visitors would be able to park in the new car park, make use of the Changing Places toilet and get easily down to the seafront.

“Good public toilets that offer the range of facilities that visitors now need are essential – especially when we know more people are visiting north Norfolk than before. I’d like to thank campaigners for raising the issue and giving us the opportunity to provide a much needed facility in Cromer.”

The plans, amended to include the Changing Places toilet as part of the new public toilets and a 48 space car park, are currently out to consultation.

Last updated: 7th November 2016