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New Changing Places disabled toilet available at Cotgrave Leisure Centre

Last updated: 18/4/2024

A Changing Places toilet which enables users with mobility challenges to change more easily has been installed at Cotgrave Leisure Centre ensuring even greater access for people to engage with sport at the site.

It features a height adjustable adult changing bench, ceiling track hoist, peninsular toilet with space for two assistants and a privacy screen, and a height adjustable wash hand basin.

The work is courtesy of a £50,000 capital grant investment secured from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

This is the latest successful Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) development in making facilities across the Borough more accessible, joining Gresham Sports Park in West Bridgford, Rushcliffe Country Park in Ruddington and Bingham Arena offering the specialised toilet, to aid users or carers who may struggle with standard accessible toilets.

The Council is committed to providing facilities that are accessible for all residents, aiding in more people being able to take part in or attend events and activities at its sites across Rushcliffe.

RBC’s Director for Neighbourhoods Dave Banks said: “This fantastic new Changing Places toilet is the latest facility we have put in place as part of our continued effort to increase accessibility across the Borough.

“Changing Places are designed so that they are completely accessible, and they make a difference to thousands of people who desperately need these facilities.

“Making sure places such as leisure centres are somewhere that can be utilised and enjoyed by everyone is absolutely essential to provide a safe and comfortable experience for athletes, spectators and visitors.  

“Thank you to DHLUC’s investment in the facility, which will help countless people enjoy sport in the years to come.”

RBC has also recently announced a further £250,000 investment at Cotgrave Leisure Centre for the for the installation of solar panels enabling the site to run even more efficiently using solar energy, courtesy of Sport England through the National Lottery Fund.

It builds on a future £1.2m investment from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme that will enable the site to run even more efficiently with the replacement of old boilers and outdated, inefficient heating and hot water systems with new modern, low carbon air source heat pumps at the leisure centre.