Funding for new toilet with greater disability access in Salthill

Galway Daily news Funding for new toilets with greater disability access in Salthill

The inclusion of funding in the city council’s budget for a new toilet facility in Salthill which designed with greater accessibility for people with a disability has been welcomed.

The city council budget for 2021 adopted on Monday includes €50,000 for a Changing Places facility in Salthill, which will make the seafront easier for people with a disability to utilise.

A Changing Places facility is larger than a standard accessible toilet in that it provides 12 sq. metres of floor space and additional equipment such as a full coverage ceiling tract hoist and a height adjustable adult size changing bench.

Councillor Clodagh Higgins first proposed the addition of such a facility in October of 2019, and a motion on the matter that December received the unanimous support the council.

“There are thirteen Changing Places facilities in Ireland, and eight of these are located in Dublin, and I found it really difficult to comprehend why no Changing Places facility was available in Galway.”

“However, this position has changed as a result of my council colleagues buying into my vision and I am enormously grateful to them for this,” Councillor Higgins said.

The cost of proving this facility is approximately €50,000, of which €40,000 was agreed by the governing pact at the city council, Cllr Higgins said, while she used her full allocation of €10,000 to make up the total.

This cost does not include any ongoing maintenance costs. Cllr Higgins said that she will be requesting a meeting with Minister of State with responsibility for Disabilities, Anne Rabbitte to ensure any shortfall is made up.

“This is a game changer for people with complex needs. It will improve their quality of life and make everyday tasks that bit easier,” Councillor Higgins said.