WORK is underway to provide brand new changing places and improved public toilet facilities in Tenby, a first for the county.

It’s hoped the refurbishment of the existing facilities in The Salterns car park will finish in time for the summer holidays.

When complete, it will be the first public toilet in Pembrokeshire to host the facility.

The investment is being carried out by Danfo (UK) Ltd, the cleaning and maintenance contractor for all Pembrokeshire County Council public toilets.

There is growing demand for changing places facilities across the UK as current standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability.

People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.

These needs are met by Changing Places toilets.

“Without Changing Places toilets, the person with disabilities is put at risk, and families are forced to risk their own health and safety by changing their loved one on a toilet floor,” said Danfo’s Pembrokeshire Operations Manager, Jon Mills.

Access to the Changing Places facility will be restricted to those that need to use the equipment.

Details of how access can be obtained will be released at a later date.

The Salterns toilets will be closed until the work is complete with the toilets at the multi-storey being the nearest available.