There are under 900 changing places in the UK, there are very few Changing Places in towns and city centers, transport interchanges, motorway services, Cinemas, Theme Parks, or indeed many UK tourist attractions.
To help we are asking that you contact your MP and make them aware of the need for Changing Places and Space to Change facilities. Its really quick and easy to do this, just put your postcode in the box and click.
Were asking that instead of being a recommendation as part of the planning process for a new public building, under Building Standards 8300/2009 , it should be compulsory for “Changing Places” toilets to be installed in new public places, and should be included in plans before planning permission can be granted.
We have drafted a template to help you on your way, but its not written in stone. If you prefer to type your own thing that is more than ok.
We need MP’s to be aware of the issues, and the need for these facilities, so that they can make Changing Places common place the UK.
This simple change to New Building regulations will ensure that the next generation wont have to lie on a toilet floor.
I’m writing to ask that you will support me in asking for the provision of Changing Places toilets to be made compulsory in new public buildings covered by Building Standards 8300/2009.
Changing Places toilets provide space for carers and wheelchairs, hoists and changing benches for those who cannot maintain a sitting balance, and who may be incontinent.
British Standards recommends the following…
BS 8300:2009 Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people was published on the 27th February 2009, and recommends that Changing Places toilets should be provided in larger buildings and complexes,
a) major transport termini or interchanges, e.g. large railway stations and airports
b) motorway services
c) sport and leisure facilities, including large hotels
d) cultural centres, such as museums, concert halls and art galleries
e) stadia and large auditoria
f) shopping centres and shopmobility centres
g) key buildings within town centres, e.g. town halls, civic centres and main public libraries
h) educational establishments
i) health facilities, such as hospitals, health centres and community practices.
I believe that instead of being used as a recommendation, it should be compulsory for “Changing Places” toilets to be installed in the public places mentioned above, and should be included in plans before planning permission can be granted. I also believe that the location of the nearest “Changing Places” toilet be advertised in standard disabled toilets as too often the disabled public are unaware of where the most appropriate facilities are, due to them not being widely advertised.
If you agree that it is unsafe, unreasonable and inhumane for anybody to be changed on a toilet room floor in this day and age then please join me in asking for Equality of Access to Disabled Toilets For All and help build a better and brighter future for disabled people and their carers.