THE Solihull News would like to clarify the position of Solihull Council on the issue of Changing Places toilets in Solihull town centre.
Last week’s story highlighted the concerns of Mencap about the lack of this type of toilet, which differs from standard conveniences and is designed especially for people with severe learning disabilities. Inside, the spacious room is equipped with a height-adjustable changing bench and a hoist.
A shortened quote by Councillor Kate Wild, cabinet membet for community services and the environment, was misleading, implying there were two such toilets in Solihull already - rather than two in the entire region.
Coun Wild’s quote should have read: “We welcome the comments Mencap has raised about there being a need for these specialist Changing Places toilet facilities, as there are currently only two of these facilities in the whole of the West Midlands.
“There are toilet facilities for disabled people within the town centre, however the specialist Changing Places toilet facilities suggested by Mencap are something we would seriously consider in any future planning of the redevelopment of the Mell Square shopping area.”