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Glenarm set to benefit from upgraded toilet facilities including Changing Places provision


Residents and visitors to Glenarm village are set to benefit from improvements to the existing village toilet facilities thanks to funding which has been allocated through the Covid-19 Recovery Small Settlements Regeneration Programme.

 

A number of villages across Mid and East Antrim are set to benefit from over £2.6m of investment which has been secured through the Programme, for a number of projects.

 


Funded by the Department for Communities (DfC), Department for Infrastructure (DfI) and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the Programme will help deliver measures that provide a safer and more welcoming environment for residents and visitors to our villages and small settlements.

 

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Noel Williams, said:


“I am delighted that Council has been able to secure over £2.4m in external funding and 10% match-funding to deliver a number of exciting projects to enhance several of our villages and small settlements and to help their economic recovery following the global pandemic.

 


“Our villages are a huge part of our Borough’s identity and are at the very heart of our local communities. This investment by DfC, DfI and DAERA is well-deserved recognition of the critical role our villages play in the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of this Borough.”

 

The upgraded facility at Glenarm will include toilet facilities, baby changing, a Changing Places standard toilet facility and an outdoor shower, reflecting the complex needs of some of our residents and visitors as well as the growing popularity of water sports, such as wild swimming, stand up paddle-boarding and kayaking in the area.

 


The upgrading of the current disabled toilet provision to provide a Changing Places facility at this location (along with new Changing Places facilities coming to Larne Town Park this year) will bring the total number of Council-run Changing Places facilities to five, with Changing Places facilities already located at People’s Park, Ballymena, Carnfunnock Country Park and Larne Leisure Centre.

 

Information on other Changing Places facilities can be found using an interactive map https://www.changing-places.org/find

 

The enhanced toilet facilities will compliment other investment in the Glenarm area as part of the delivery of the village masterplan by contributing to the creation of a high quality and sympathetic promenade area at the harbour.

 


Construction work is set to take around 16 weeks, with works due to commence week commencing Monday 13 February. Local firm, Springwell Contracts Ltd., have been appointed to deliver this project.

 

Alternative toilet provision will be made available during the upgrading of existing facilities and will be clearly signposted from the car park.

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