On Tuesday 5th September 2017, Councillor Andrew Jenns, Warwickshire County Councillor for Kingsbury, will be inviting people to join him to officially open the recently installed new, top of the range toilet facilities at Broomeycroft in Kingsbury Water Park.
This new facility includes a Changing Places Toilet which many people may not have heard of, yet up to 250,000 people need access to these facilities in order participate in normal society. A Changing Places Toilet provides an accessible facility with a changing bed and hoist to allow families and carers to manage personal care needs in a safe, hygienic environment while out and about. Most people will have a relative, friend, neighbour, or know someone who needs access to these facilities.
Councillor Jenns said, “This is a great achievement for the Warwickshire Country Parks Service as the County Council is committed to providing a service to all sections of the community and in particular, improving access to our parks for those who have care needs.”
“It is an important aspiration for us and our partners to create more access for disabled people and their families and carers, enabling them to visit our parks and enjoy the countryside”.
The Parks Service has worked with the Friends of Kingsbury Water Park in recent years to set up this facility and have previously hired temporary facilities on site. These proved to be invaluable to visitors with personal care needs whose feedback demonstrated the value of improving access to visit Kingsbury Water Park. This would reduce their anxiety and stress in relation to personal care needs whilst on day trips from home.
Access to the Changing Places Toilet at Broomeycroft is by RADAR key. Information and spare keys are available at the Tame Valley Wetlands Gateway Visitor Centre, Kingsbury Water Park, Main Entrance, Bodymoor Heath Lane and at the Broomeycroft Farm Café (during opening hours).
There are now just over 1,000 such facilities in the UK and more are opening every week.