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Changing Places accessible toilet facilities open at Rutland Water in Normanton and Whitwell





Accessible toilet facilities are making a tourist attraction more welcoming for all.

Anglian Water and Rutland County Council have opened two new Changing Places yesterday (March 20) at Rutland Water as part of a larger campaign to enable everybody to access their community.

The Changing Places are toilets and changing facilities for people with profound learning disabilities or with physical disabilities.

Kim Sorsky, Emma Jane Hollands, Diane Ellison of Rutland County Council with Rory O'Neill, a service user at the opening of the Changing Places toilet
Kim Sorsky, Emma Jane Hollands, Diane Ellison of Rutland County Council with Rory O'Neill, a service user at the opening of the Changing Places toilet

Coun Diane Ellison (Lib Dem), Rutland County Council’s portfolio holder for adults and health said: “A toilet opening might seem like an unusual event to get excited about, however, being able to have two Changing Places facilities at one of our most popular tourist locations will really make things a lot easier for those with both physical and learning disabilities.

“These new additions will allow more people to enjoy what Rutland Water has to offer without the stress and worry of where they may be able to use toilet facilities.”

Rutland County Council secured government funding to install the stations and Anglian Water will be responsible for the maintenance of the facilities.

Both facilities at Rutland Water contain a toilet, shower, hoist and a height adjustable bed and sink and are located at Normanton and Whitwell car parks, where accessible tracks, and other facilities can be found.



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