A new high-quality public convenience for those with complex disabilities is to be built in Walton after getting the go-ahead from Tendring District Council (TDC).
The Changing Places facility will be located next to existing toilets close to Bath House Meadow, where an inclusive children’s play area is currently being built.
Changing Places provide people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as other serious impairments such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury with extra facilities to allow them to use toilets comfortably. They are not standard disabled toilets open to the general public, and are only accessible by prior arrangement.
There are already three Changing Places in Tendring, on Clacton, Walton and Dovercourt seafronts.
The new Walton facility will cost £64,600 to build, but most of this will be funded with a £62,000 grant from Essex County Council. TDC will fund the rest of the costs and pay for the ongoing maintenance of the facility out of existing budgets.
Mick Skeels, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism at TDC, said Changing Places facilities were a great asset for the community.
"These amenities offer much-needed support to families with complex physical needs, meaning they can enjoy a day out without having to worry about something as basic as going to the toilet," he added.
"This location in Walton is ideally situated not only near to the inclusive play area being built, which is fully accessible for children with disabilities, but also near to the beach and the Coronation car park, meaning it can be used by tourists visiting the area.
"We hope this means families with such needs from further afield will see Walton as a destination perfect for them to visit, as well as providing a facility for local residents too."