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Hunstanton Town Council calls for better disabled changing facilities after county council unveils major project

Councillors have called for a major project to be better tailored for disabled residents amid worries over a lack of adequate changing facilities.

Earlier this month, Norfolk County Council confirmed that a bus station and library space will come to the Westgate site in Hunstanton as part of a £2million scheme.

This will also include the refurbishment of community toilet facilities – but at last Wednesday’s full Hunstanton Town Council meeting, mayor Michael Ruston said this will be “nothing like the scale that we were looking at originally”.

Does Hunstanton need better changing facilities for people with disabilities?
Does Hunstanton need better changing facilities for people with disabilities?

Councillors voiced concerns about the lack of provisions for disabled residents, as well as others who require specialist facilities, and are worried about the length of time which will pass before they are installed.

Cllr Wendy Croucher said: “I am pleased to see that there is some reference to the changing places, but I am concerned that they are talking about September 2024.

“That means another year being changed on the floor of dirty toilets.”

She suggested the town council should source someone to construct a temporary facility along the seafront for disabled people to use before a more permanent solution is put in place.

Cllr Croucher said this would cost between £1,000-£2,000, and added: “I think it is a matter of urgency that we do something about this.

“Just genuine human consciousness says we should do something about this.”

Toilets and changing places were not the only issues with the county council plans discussed.

Cllr Mark Fuchter said that, having spoken to a number of residents, he believes that bus services and routes should be designed to run more effectively through Hunstanton, passing through a greater selection of residential streets.

“This needs to be tailored for our disabled and less able people who can’t as easily get about,” he said.

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