Disabled toilet provision to be reviewed by council

Cllr John Blair.
Cllr John Blair.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is set to review disabled toilet provision after the issue was raised by Cllr John Blair at the November Community Planning and Regeneration Committee meeting.

Welcoming the review, Cllr Blair said: “I am pleased council has agreed to fully and properly review the provision of disabled toilet provision across the borough. This will be done, as a now specified, integral part of an overall review of facilities. I’m supportive of the overall review which will consider usage, costs and standards of provision, but I have been concerned for some time that a full audit of disabled toilet facilities needed to be looked at as a specific issue.”

He added: “I am hopeful this review can consider the need for separate disabled facilities at all locations where council provides public toilet facilities. This separation of facilities is essential for our disabled residents and their carers. Put in the simplest terms, larger cubicles in a gents or ladies toilers are not even nearly sufficient provision. Separate facilities are required and I hope the review can address any inadequacies where they still exist.”