Decision day for new disabled loo

Bus station could be the home to North Devon’s first ‘Changing Places’ toilet.

PLANS to install a state-of-the-art disabled toilet at Barnstaple Bus Station look set to get the go-ahead today (Wednesday).

An application to fit North Devon’s first Changing Places facility is being recommended for approval by North Devon Council planning officers.

The new facilities were petitioned for by Sue Tucker from Braunton, who collected 1,768 signatures in support of a specialist disabled toilet in May last year.

Changing Places toilets are different to standard disabled toilets with extra features and more space to meet these needs.

If plans for the �7,000 toilet are approved, it would become only the third such facility in Devon, alongside existing toilets in Newton Abbot and Exeter.

As well as altering the layout of the existing toilets at the bus station in Belle Meadow Road, plans also include a new first floor office and mess room.

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A design and access statement submitted with the plans said the majority of the ground floor, including waiting area, caf�, and public toilets, would remain open to the public.

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