A new disability toilet has been installed in Bexleyheath town centre by the council in order to help vulnerable people who are visiting.

The borough’s first ‘Changing Places’ facility was officially opened by Bexley’s cabinet member for adults’ services, Councillor Brad Smith.

It includes a custom toilet which provides space for wheelchair transfers and carer assistance, grab rails, an adjustable changing bench and non-slip flooring.

The aim for this new accessible toilet is to allow people to enjoy the town's attractions in comfort knowing that a disabled toilet is on hand.

Cllr Smith said the facility was needed in the area as many with disabilities are forced to go home if they require the toilet, which isn't ideal for social interactions.

"We want to encourage people to make the most of their lives, have fun and socialise, without having to go back home.

"We have planned it carefully and hope it will make a positive difference to people’s lives," he said.

The council plans to provide similar facilities elsewhere in the borough, along with another in the Broadway Shopping Centre, in partnership with the centre’s management company.

While the Changing Places facility is designed for the needs of disabled people, it can be also be used by older people and other vulnerable groups during the daytime and into the evening.