First new public toilets since 2010 open in Newcastle

New public toilets created at Civic Centre and Northern Stage after successful £60,000 funding bid.
The new fully accessible public toilets at the Civic Centre in Newcastle

Two public toilets have been opened in Newcastle – the first by the city council for more than 13 years.

Equipped with changing facilities and hoists for disabled people, the public conveniences are in Newcastle Civic Centre and Northern Stage. They will be open to the public during public opening times for the buildings.

The £60,000 cost of the fully accessible loos was met by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ Changing Places Fund and delivered in partnership with Muscular Dystrophy UK who provided technical expertise and support to the delivery of the project.

They are the first public toilets to be opened by the council in Newcastle since 2010 when toilets were opened as part of the St Andrew’s Way extension to Eldon Square shopping centre.

Cabinet member for a Thriving City, Cllr Alex Hay, said: “Like many councils we were forced to shut our public toilets due to austerity – we simply could no longer afford to maintain and keep them clean.

“Instead, we encouraged people to use the toilets in Eldon Square while retaining publicly accessible toilets in our own public buildings such as Grainger Market and City Library although their opening hours are limited.

“We understand providing toilets is an important issue especially for those who have medical conditions and so continue to push Government to make more money available.

“We are always alert to new opportunities to fund public toilets and were successful in securing £60,000 of Government funding to open these new ones.

“These new toilets are fully accessible and have been designed with advice from a disability charity so they can meet the requirements of people with disabilities as well as those without.”

Levelling Up Minister, Jacob Young, said: “I am delighted to see our funding has helped secure new Changing Places toilets in Newcastle, delivering modern and accessible facilities in areas where they are needed most. 

“As part of our mission to level up communities across the country, we are supporting councils to make a real difference to people’s lives.

“Providing these important public facilities is the latest example in how we’re achieving that.”

Kate Denby, Executive Director, Northern Stage, said: "At Northern Stage, inclusivity is so important to us, and we are proud that our city centre theatre building is a civic resource for everyone in our community whether they are coming to watch a show or not. 

“The fully accessible Changing Places toilet will be available to anyone who needs it whenever our building is open to the public."  

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