Advocates Protest Council's Decision To Lose Loos
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 11, 2006
SOLIHULL, ENGLAND--An advocacy group for people with intellectual disabilities, called "learning disabilities" in the UK, has joined forces with some local residents in protesting the Solihull Council's recent decision to close a number of public toilets.
"It just seems ridiculous, badly thought through -- if at all," Nicky Hopkins, manager of Action Through Advocacy, told The Solihull News.
Hopkins said that the current restrooms are near the bus stops that people with disabilities use.
Some local residents, including at least one Member of Parliament, are looking at possible action against the council under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
Council member David Bell admitted that they hadn't spoken to any disability groups when they made the cost-cutting, toilet-eliminating decision, but "it is something that I'll certainly be aware of now . . . I've had a lot of letters and I can understand how difficult it can be for some people. We have investigated alternatives and we will continue to do so."
"Fury gathering pace" (Solihull News)
Solihull Action Through Advocacy