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Disabled facilities plan for town

Work to create changing and toilet facilities for people with disabilities has been announced for St Helier after a move by the States.

Deputy Andrew Green's proposition to improve public toilets for disabled people and their carers was unanimously backed by a States vote last week.

Deputy Green said there was a lack of space in existing toilet facilities.

The Parish of St Helier has announced it intends to demolish 3 and 5 Conway Street to create new facilities.

'Mixed development'

There are currently public toilets at number 3, and a takeaway shop at number 5.

In his proposition to the States, Deputy Green said that current disabled facilities did not meet users' needs as they do not contain hoists so profoundly disabled people had to seek the assistance of others.

Peter Noble, parish director of technical and environmental services, told BBC Jersey: "What we'd like to do is go into partnership with a developer or one of the building firms on the island, or a consortium, in order to provide the right sort of facilities.

"There's an opportunity to provide commercial, retail or residential accommodation on the site as well, so do a mixed development."

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