Major refurbishment of Castle Grounds’ toilets to start next week

Thursday, 30th May 2019

A MAJOR project to refurbish public toilets in Tamworth Castle Grounds gets underway on Monday (June 3) to provide longer opening hours all year round and the town’s first ever Changing Places facility.

The new toilets will include individual unisex cubicles that can be accessed all day, every day, in addition to baby changing, disabled access toilets and a special facility with height adjustable changing bench, hoist and automatic WC with warm water washing and air drying functions.

Instead of seasonal opening hours, the new toilets will be open all day, every day, and at all times of the year. Rather than fixed opening hours, the cubicles will be remotely controllable to ensure availability meets demand, including opening into the evening hours.

The refurbishment will be carried out by Healthmatic, which specialises in the provision of smarter public conveniences for local authorities.  Work will get underway on Monday, June 3, and is due to take around eight weeks to complete. Temporary toilet facilities will be provided while the work takes place.

An example of how the toilets could look.
An example of how the toilets could look.
The cubicles can be controlled remotely so they are available when needed.
The cubicles can be controlled remotely so they are available when needed.

Cllr John Chesworth, Cabinet member for Heritage and Growth, said: “This project represents a significant investment into our public conveniences and has the overall aim of providing facilities that are more accessible to more people. The design of individual cubicles, which can be remotely activated, will enable us to keep the toilets open for much longer and at all times of the year.

“The provision of Tamworth’s first Changing Places facility is also really important for older children and adults in our community with additional needs who need full changing conveniences. The lack of such a facility can actually prevent some disabled people and their carers from being able to go out and visit a certain place. Having a Changing Places facility in Tamworth will remove that particular barrier and will hopefully enable everyone to come and enjoy our wonderful park and town.”

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