Changing Places facility to be delivered to Salthill by the end of 2021

Councillor Higgins has proposed and campaigned on the initiative since 2019

Councillor Clodagh Higgins has today welcomed confirmation from Galway City Council that the City will have its first Changing Places facility by the end of the year.

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 Higgins has been a strong advocate for improving disability services across the City and has led the campaign to secure funding for this facility. She first proposed the introduction of a Changing Places facility in October 2019. She subsequently brought a motion before the Council in December 2019 to ensure funding was secured for a facility. This motion was unanimously supported by her council colleagues.

Councillor Higgins said “I am delighted that funding has been put in place to deliver the first changing places facility for the city. This was a crucial move which will help so many people who are dependent on access to these facilities.”

“I was so disappointed to learn that up until this announcement there were no such facilities in a city of our size. With 15  facilities across Ireland and 9 of them located in Dublin, I found it difficult to comprehend why Galway didn’t have one”.

Councillor Higgins continued “In November 2020 I proposed that funding would be ringfenced in the annual budget to ensure delivery of the first Changing Places facility in Salthill. I am delighted that plans are now underway to deliver this facility in my community with the most suitable site likely to be at Ladies Beach where there is a ramp access to the beach”.  

Councillor Higgins continued “this project would not have been realised without the support from Senior Engineer Carmel Kilcoyne who has worked on my proposal to ensure its delivery. I would also like to extend my thanks to my colleagues on the council who supported my efforts to deliver this crucial support for so many.”

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