Bridport and West Bay will receive a share of £450,000 of funding secured by Dorset Council to provide changing places and toilets to the area.

The total sum of £454,250 has come from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and will see new places to change at several locations in Dorset, including two at West Bay and one in Bridport.

These places are facilities for those who need extra space and equipment to use toilets safely and comfortably.

It is part of a £30m national government programme to increase the number of changing places toilets across the country. There are currently six in Dorset.

The first successful bidding process in round one, announced last March, saw funding of £244,250 allocated to Dorset Council to provide changing places facilities at:

  • West Bay All Inclusive Play Area in partnership with Bridport Town Council
  • West Bay Holiday Park in partnership with Park Dean resorts.
  • North Beach Car Park, Swanage in partnership with Swanage Town Council
  • Knoll Beach Car Park, Studland in partnership with National Trust

These will be installed over the next few months.

The latest funding announcement of a further £210,000 will enable the council to work with partners to install three further changing places toilets at:

  • Bridport Bus Station and visiting coach park, in partnership with Bridport Town Council
  • Castle View at Corfe Castle, in partnership with the National Trust
  • Farmer Palmer's Farm Park at Organford

The schedule for these installations is yet to be agreed upon between the council, the partners and DLUHC.