The day Primark opened in Truro, I tweeted from inside the shop and I got a reply from a lady called Rachel who said words to the effect of ‘I’d love to come into Truro with my son to go shopping, but unfortunately we can’t because there are no toilets for him” Simply put, there are no accessible toilet facilities. If you are in a larger wheelchair and need a little bit more assistance you will probably have second thoughts about coming into town. I replied to Rachel and we’ve been chatting ever since.
A day trip into town is something most of us take for granted, and a quick nip to the loo is not something most of us ever really worry about. But for a whole swathe of people, and for many reasons, days out are planned meticulously around whether or not there will be suitable bathroom facilities. By ‘suitable’ I mean a hoist which helps lift an adult or older child onto the toilet, or a large changing table – after all, who wants to lay their loved one on the floor just so they can be changed.
Recently an accessible ‘toilet was installed at Cornwall Services and since then it has received an award as the ‘Changing Places toilet of the year’.
We asked to be included in one of the twice-monthly What Cornwall Thinks poll. This poll has now closed, and we’ll be publishing the results as soon as we have them.
Thank you so much!
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