A set of scales have been unveiled at Bury Library to provide an accessible for wheelchair users to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The scales are the first of their kind in Bury and they are free to use with no appointment or referral necessary.

The scales will feature a digital display screen that users can take a picture of to record their weight, plus handrails and a folding seat for those with some mobility to manoeuvre themselves onto.

Cllr Tamoor Tariq, cabinet member for adult care, health and wellbeing at the council, said: “This is a fantastic addition for the residents of Bury.

“It is so important for wheelchair users that they have free access to the equipment that will assist them with their health and wellbeing.”

Alan Norton, aged 76, from Tottington, provided feedback and said he’d like more venues to have the same provision.

He said: “There are very few places where you can weigh yourself in a wheelchair.

“Without it, if you’re on a diet you haven’t got the enthusiasm or motivation to know if it’s working.”

Bury Library is open Tuesday to Saturday and is wheelchair accessible, with local transport links nearby and parking for blue badge holders outside.

User instructions are next to the scales.