Cam­paign for dis­abled toi­let fa­cil­ity launched

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

A CAM­PAIGN for a fully­ac­ces­si­ble dis­abled toi­let to be in­stalled in Llanelli town has been launched, and a meet­ing has been held with MP Nia Grif­fith, who is sup­port­ing the call.

What is needed, say cam­paign­ers, is a Chang­ing Places toi­let. This is spa­cious and equipped with a hoist and chang­ing bench.

They are vi­tal for peo­ple with se­vere dis­abil­i­ties or con­di­tions like mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis and mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease.

De­spite this, there are none of their kind in the town cen­tre and only two in Car­marthen­shire - nei­ther of which are pro­vided by the county coun­cil.

MP Nia Grif­fith took part in a par­lia­men­tary de­bate to high­light the need for a roll-out across the coun­try.

Miss Grif­fith said: “For many peo­ple, know­ing that there is a fully-ac­ces­si­ble Chang­ing Places toi­let in an area can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween go­ing out and stay­ing at home.

“It is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial that we get one in­stalled in Llanelli near all the town cen­tre fa­cil­i­ties.

“I am glad that feel­ing is shared by the Llanelli Town Coun­cil and that coun­cil­lor John Jenk­ins has re­ported back a pos­i­tive re­sponse from the Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil.”

Coun­cil­lor Jenk­ins ex­plained: “We have had a very pos­i­tive re­sponse from the county coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive board mem­bers coun­cil­lors Jane Trem­lett and Hazel Evans and their staff. We are hop­ing for a par­tic­u­lar unit in the East­gate de­vel­op­ment, which we would very much like, given how close it is to the car park, bus sta­tion, shops, cin­ema and theatre.”

He added: “I am told that this is cur­rently let out to a third party who ap­par­ently

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Claire Melville is one of the Llanelli res­i­dents cam­paign­ing for a Chang­ing Places toi­let who re­cently met with MP Nia Grif­fith and AM Lee Wa­ters.

She has started work­ing Com­mu­nity of Christ (Trostre Road) Pen­te­costal Church Elim with coun­cil­lor Jenk­ins, Llanelli Town Coun­cil and Josh Rosen­thal, a 21-yearold wheel­chair user from the town, to raise the is­sue and lobby the county coun­cil for help.

Ms Melville said: “As a par­ent of two autis­tic sons, who are still in nap­pies, there aren’t any suit­able toi­lets around Llanelli that we can use.

“There are many rea­sons why hun­dreds of peo­ple in Llanelli need a chang­ing places toi­let.

“The stan­dard dis­abled toi­lets just aren’t suit­able for cer­tain dis­abil­i­ties.”

Keith Thomas, an os­to­m­ate liv­ing in Llanelli, added: “I feel we need a chang­ing places toi­let here in Llanelli to af­ford those who need it the dig­nity they de­serve, no mat­ter the cost of it.

“Not all dis­abil­i­ties are vis­i­ble, as is the case with os­to­m­ates, you just see the per­son not the colostomy bag.

“Hav­ing a Chang­ing Places toi­let in Llanelli would be such an as­set and it would make the de­ci­sion whether to ven­ture out a far eas­ier one for so many peo­ple.”

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Ge­orge Herbert, AM Lee Wa­ters, Josh Rosen­thal, Claire Melville and MP Nia Grif­fith.

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