Published: Friday, 2nd Feb 2024

The newly renovated Bolton Central Library and Museum is more accessible than ever thanks to the addition of a Changing Places Toilet.

Changing places facilities 1The Changing Places Toilets (CPT) campaign aims to create facilities so that anyone can use a toilet, regardless of their disability, to go to the shops, attend hospital appointments, enjoy community life, socialise and travel.

CPTs are life-changing solutions to the problem of finding clean, safe and dignified toileting facilities away from home.

A Changing Places Toilet is larger than a standard accessible WC and includes specialist equipment including a height adjustable changing bench, a peninsular toilet and a celling hoist.

CPTs change lives and play a key role in making the world more accessible and equitable for well over 250,000 people in the UK alone.

In Bolton, it is part of our commitment to ensure that our services meet the needs of everyone in a fair and equitable way.

We play a key role in seeking equality for our residents which means making sure that everybody is treated fairly.

The Changing Places Toilet facility at Bolton Central Library and Museum has been installed thanks to funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities programme.

Across the UK, there are just over 2027 Changing Places Toilets and approximately 100 Changing Places Toilets are registered each year across the UK.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Culture, Cllr Nadeem Ayub, said:

“Bringing these new facilities into the refurbished library is testament to the dedication Bolton Council has to making things accessible to all.

“Being an inclusive town, the council leads from the front in valuing diversity and promoting equality amongst residents and visitors.

“We welcome everybody into our venues to enjoy our cultural offer and hope that added benefits like this enhance the visitor experience.”

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The new facility is part of the £4.43m renovation of Bolton Central Library which has been funded by the government’s Towns Fund.

The fund has also supported a food hall extension to Bolton Market, the creation of Elizabeth Park, major improvements to Ashburner Street and the ongoing conversion of the Wellsprings office building into an innovation hub for start-up businesses.

Together with the development of Moor Lane, this area of Bolton is being complete transformed as part of the council’s wider plan to regenerate the town centre into a vibrant and attractive place to live, work and visit.