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New accessible toilet facility officially opens in Boston

A new state-of-the-art accessible toilet facility at Central Park in Boston was officially opened today (Friday 30th June).

This facility and a number of others soon to be complete in Boston was made possible thanks to a successful bid by Boston Borough Council securing £210,000 in government funding for four Changing Places conveniences. The other facilities will be installed at Lincoln Lane and Wide Bargate which are due to be open later in July and the facility at Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex will be incorporated into the Boston Leisure Project which is part of the Boston Town Deal funding with works expected to start later in the year.

Changing Places toilets are designed for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. These are larger and accessible for people with limited mobility, or specific disabilities and care needs. They are fitted with hoists, privacy screens, adult-sized changing benches, peninsula toilets and have space for carers.

Councillor Dale Broughton, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Town Centre at Boston Borough Council, said: "Accessible toilet facilities provide an essential public service giving families a lifeline in planning their day. They allow those with accessibility requirements to enjoy places and days out without hesitation and worry."

Marlene Fullwood, mother of Joe, local wheelchair user from Butterwick who officially opened the facility, said: "Having these facilities in the town is going to make our lives so much easier, it's nice to have somewhere we can go that is clean and safe and the space is just fantastic.

"We look forward to visiting the town more often now and being able to stay longer than before."

The council is proud to now have Changing Places facilities in the area and we hope with this one and the others opening soon that it will make it easier for disabled people and their families to enjoy making Boston a more pleasant and attractive place to live and visit.