A NEW facility has been unveiled at a shopping centre in Harlow as council bosses look to do more to support disabled residents.

Harlow Town Council has made a significant investment to improve provisions for individuals living with disabilities.

More than 230,000 people in the UK require personal assistance for toilet use or to change continence pads.

Standard accessible toilets often fail to meet the needs of individuals with profound learning disabilities, spinal injuries, or stroke.

Now, the council has revealed it Changing Places facility at the Harvey Centre.

It is larger than normal toilets and is equipped with an adjustable changing bench and wash basin, hoist, privacy screen, and shower.

Epping Forest Guardian: Inside the new Changing Places facilityInside the new Changing Places facility (Image: The Harvey Centre)

Bryan Young, centre manager at the Harvey Centre said: "We are delighted this vital unit has been put in place and we hope this can help play a role in making Harlow a more accessible shopping destination for people living with disabilities of all kinds.

"We are committed to meeting the needs of our shoppers and this initiative is a huge step in reaching our goal of making The Harvey Centre accessible for all.’’

A newly refurbished parent and baby room, complete with a new feeding chair, bottle warmer, and play section for children, has also been added to the shopping centre.

For more information, visit theharveycentre.com/contact-us.