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10 May 2017

Brand new state of the art disabled changing area to open at Copeland Leisure Centre

A state-of-the-art disabled changing area will be unveiled next week at the Copeland Pool and Fitness Centre.

The facility - funded by Copeland Borough Council and Cumbria County Council - will allow people with a wide range of disabilities to fully access the pool and gym in Hensingham. It includes a spacious shower, adult-sized changing table, a hoist and other facilities. It can also be used by disabled people and their carers who are in the area and need to change - even if they are not using the pool.

The pool and fitness centre is operated by Greenwich Leisure Limited, on behalf of Copeland Borough Council.

Copeland Mayor, Mike Starkie, said:

"This is a top rate facility and it means our pool and gym is available for even more people to enjoy. This kind of partnership investment - in this case with the County Council’s Changing Places fund - brings the best results and I am looking forward to seeing people using these changing rooms to keep fit and have fun."

Georgina Ternent, Cumbria County Council’s Public Health Manager for Copeland, added: 

“I’m delighted we’ve been able to support and invest in these new facilities, and it’s great to see the difference they can make. Disabled people can face serious challenges getting out and about and enjoying the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted. These new facilities should make a huge difference to disabled leisure centre users and their families.”

The changing room is easily accessible for wheelchair users and has underfloor heating. Care has been taken to use visually contrasting colours for various surfaces, to help the visually impaired. There are also two new disabled parking spaces.

The project was funded by £45,000 from Copeland Borough Council and £15,000 from the Cumbria County Council Changing Places fund.

This project supports Copeland Council's core value of 'treating everyone equally, fairly and with respect,' and supports the council's pledge to 'continually review services to ensure they meet the needs of Copeland and ensure they are efficient and effective.’

A state-of-the-art disabled changing area will be unveiled next week at the Copeland Pool and Fitness Centre.