A council is set to invest more than £25,000 in helping to provide a special facility to allow disabled users to access and use leisure facilities in the Moorlands. The funds for the facilities at the South Moorlands Leisure Centre in Cheadle, if approved, are set to come from a Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) pot of cash named as discretionary Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG).
A council is set to invest more than £25,000 in helping to provide a special facility to allow disabled users to access and use leisure facilities in the Moorlands.
The funds for the facilities at the South Moorlands Leisure Centre in Cheadle, if approved, are set to come from a Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) pot of cash named as discretionary Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG).
The news comes as SMDC is currently working towards a Cheadle Town Centre Project which could, according to a report from the October 6 SMDC Cabinet Meeting, include the demolition of the current leisure centre in Cheadle.
A report has been produced ahead of a Cabinet Delegated Decisions meeting set to take place next Wednesday (December 30) where Portfolio Holder for Communities at SMDC, councillor Mike Bowen is set to make the ‘Individual Executive Member Decision’ on the DFG funding.
The report states that the document has been drawn up: “To seek approval for the use of discretionary Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) funding for a community project at the South Moorlands Leisure Centre, Allen Street, Cheadle.”
Within the report the author states: “The application is seeking funding for a community project to provide a Changing Places facility.
“The leisure centre is operated by Lex Leisure and provides essential services to the residents of the Staffordshire Moorlands and beyond. The proposed project is intended to open up the centre to provide the widest possible access for the local disabled community, allowing full participation both as employees and attendees.
“The proposal is to install a full Changing Places facility to allow disabled users to access and use the leisure facilities and to also allow visitors to the area to access a suitable facility whilst visiting.”
They added: “There is currently no public Changing Places facility within the Staffordshire Moorlands area.
“Further, although the council is currently reviewing options for the future of the leisure centre, it is anticipated that any decision which may impact on the current use of the building will take some while to be implemented, such that the proposed investment in the building’s facilities is considered to be appropriate to meet the priority to ensure full accessibility to all users of the facility.
“Quotes for the works have been obtained, and approval is sought to provide funding towards this project.”
The reports states that the quotation is £29,150 for the construction and fitting of the Changing Places facility at the centre; and that the applicant is investing a contribution of £3,400 in the project, and so the contribution sought from the council is £25,750.
The report author also stated: “The provision of Changing Places facilities is extremely limited nationally and there are currently no public designated Changing Places facilities in the Staffordshire Moorlands area.
“The provision of purpose-built public access facilities of this kind will be of huge benefit not just to the leisure centre users, but to other members of the local community and to visitors to the area.”
In an overview of a Changing Places toilet, the report states that each facility has: a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench; a tracking hoist system, or mobile hoist if this is not possible; adequate space in the changing area for the disabled person and up to two carers; a centrally placed toilet with room either side; a screen or curtain to allow some privacy; wide tear off paper roll to cover the bench; a large waste bin for disposable pads and; a non-slip floor.
The report author recommended: “That the Portfolio Holder approves the use of DFG funding to the community project at South Moorlands Leisure Centre on the terms set out in the report.”
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