Eastbourne is to get a new Changing Places Toilet.
An application for the facility was put forward to planners last night (20 June) to replace the Enviro-Facts kiosk on the middle promenade, next to the Bandstand and was passed unanimously.
It will provide full facilities for those with disabilities, whether visible or not.
Annie Wills Head of Tourism and Enterprise said, “I’m very pleased. We bid for the money last year because we feel this facility is so important for people that need extra facilities for changing. When we got the money last year, we realised there was quite a journey to go through so to now get the planning permission, which is the final step, we can hopefully get this installed by Airbourne. I’m so pleased.”
Commenting on why she had made the application, Annie said, “I was physically shocked last year, when I was speaking to a family, who was explaining to me that their entire life is actually planned around facilities where they can change their daughter. It really is a quite basic need that we all take for granted and it became a bit of a mission if you like, because I felt so passionate about trying to make a difference.”
The move is also being welcomed by the Seafront Manager, Phil Oakland who on hearing the application had been given the go ahead said, “I’m delighted and over the moon.”
The Changing Places facility has been granted for a five year period, to allow the appearance and longevity of the building to be reviewed.