Council confirm changing places toilet for disabled will be installed in Ilford

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 December 2017

Enid Hart with her daughter Claire in Ilford High Road. Picture: Ken Mears

Enid Hart with her daughter Claire in Ilford High Road. Picture: Ken Mears


A disability campaigner is delighted that a changing places toilet is going to be installed in Ilford.

Enid Hart, 46, of Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, previously spoke out about the lack of disabled toilet facilities in the borough.

When she goes shopping in the High Road she has nowhere to change her 28-year-old daughter Claire who is wheelchair-bound and suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

“When she was little I used to have to change her on the toilet floor which was disgustingly unhygienic,” she said.

“I put her in pads but you wouldn’t want to leave a baby in a soaking wet nappy for a couple of hours and it’s the same with Claire.

Following the story, Councillor Kam Rai said Redbridge Council is hoping to get a changing places toilet - which is equipped with a hoist and bench - to Ilford in the next few months.

“We are looking into a couple of sites and are negotiating with partners to get one in Ilford,” he said.

“We are rolling it out in the town centre as it has one of the highest footfalls in the borough.

“I am surprised we don’t have one already, and it will mean that people who have a disability and require a changing places toilet will be able to visit Ilford.”

The council will be weighing up the best location out of three different spots in Ilford.

When it erects new buildings it will also consider a changing places toilet.

“It is brilliant news and about time,” Enid said.

“It is definitely needed and it will get used - hopefully more will follow.

“I’m grateful they have taken our comments seriously.

“I hope other boroughs follow Redbridge’s lead.”

The campaign group Changing Place, which raises raising awareness about the issue, previously commented that it was “inhumane” for Redbridge not to have one changing places toilet.

A spokesman said the units are no bigger than a parking space and are designed so that they have everything a disabled person and their carer will need to be treated with dignity including an adult-sized changing bench and a dignity screen.

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