The Lords Select Committee into the Equality Act has reported that “many restaurants, pubs and clubs are difficult to access, with many not providing basic facilities such as a disabled toilet. We want local authorities to be allowed to refuse to grant or renew these premises' licences until they make the necessary changes.”
It’s a step in the right direction But it is in Building Regulations that a unisex wheelchair accessible toilet should be provided, so why are planners approving plans that do not properly address Regulatory requirements, and why are planning officers signing off buildings that do not comply?
Changing Places are the ideal, but we don’t live in an ideal world. Space to Change facilities give another step in the right direction, and can at least be achieved where those restaurants, pubs and clubs DO have a wheelchair-accessible toilet.