03 April 2023


Swanage Town Council is proud to announce the opening of a new Changing Places facility adjoining the Coastguard Station in North Beach car park, at the northern end of De Moulham Road.
As well as providing an accessible toilet, the facility contains a hoist, changing bench, shower and adjustable height sink, all of which are essential for those with significant mobility impairments. The premises immediately adjoins allocated disabled parking bays.
This facility was commissioned by Dorset Council which received £454,250 in grant funding from central government via the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) to provide seven Changing Places toilets across the county.
Swanage Town Council will maintain the facility and keep it clean from now. The Town Council is planning further accessibility improvements around Swanage, having recently commissioned an Accessibility Audit from DOTS Disability (the social enterprise arm of Access Dorset). In coming weeks DOTS will be assisting the Town Council recruit a Disability Reference Group to help implement the recommendations, which will require partnership working with Dorset Council and many other stakeholders. More information about these exciting improvement to the town will be available in due course.