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Contact: Una Bell
To consider the recommended funding allocations for feasibility studies to install “Changing Places” toilets.
The Council had committed £50,000 towards supporting communities in South Lakeland to commission feasibility studies and build “Changing Places” facilities in their localities for public use. The “Changing Places” Fund was for communities who wanted to provide toilet and changing facilities for people with disabilities and additional needs in South Lakeland.
The Council had invited community organisations to apply for a £10,000 fund for a feasibility study to install a “Changes Places” facility in a suitable, local venue. Following the award(s), and completion of the feasibility studies, eligible projects could then apply for a share of the remaining £40,000 to commence projects and support their bids for additional funding.
Currently, the only “Changes Places” facility in South Lakeland was at the Kendal Leisure Centre and it was, therefore, felt that the spread of the facilities across the district should be considered when assessing applications from the community.
Out of the eight bids received and assessed, the following were considered to meet the requirements of the criteria and had been recommended to receive awards of £2,500 each:-
· Lakes Parish Council (Low Fold Car Park)
· Outsidein (Kendal Nether Hall)
· Millerground (Windermere)
· Cartmel Town Initiative (Cartmel)
The recommended funding allocations for feasibility studies to install a “Changing Places” toilet, as set out in paragraph 3.8 of the report and outlined above, be approved.
Reasons for Decision
To assist in the delivery of the Council Plan – Culture and Wellbeing: Improving health and reducing health inequalities.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
Not make any recommendations for funding. However, the bids put forward in this report complied with the criteria and would be a benefit to those communities.