One of Swansea’s most popular beaches has been made more accessible to people with disabilities after a £85,000 investment in a new changing places toilet.
The facility is the first of its kind on Gower and is designed to help people with profound physical and learning disabilities to access Caswell Bay.
17-year-old Kai Lewis has cerebral palsy and is a keen surfer at the beach. Mum Leanne says the new facilities will make visiting easier.
Kai is able to surf using a seated tandem surfboard provided by Surfability UK, a local business that provides surfing lessons for people with disabilities.
It’s based at Caswell Bay and founder Ben Clifford says the changing places facility is an important step in making Welsh beaches accessible for everyone.
The Changing Places unit is fitted with a ceiling hoist, shower, changing bed and toilet.
Swansea Council hopes that it will improve the experience of visitors and act as a model for other parts of Wales to replicate.
“We are making Caswell Bay a more accessible destination. The Changing Places improvement to Caswell Bay is very welcome indeed, especially to those with a disability.
Two Mobi-chair floating wheelchairs are available to allow disabled visitors to access the water. They are free of charge and must be pre-booked with the council.” Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism.
These improvements were partly funded by the Welsh Government who hope it will encourage more tourists to the area.