Campaigners have called for better facilities for those living with disabilities after a map shows Bury has just a handful of publicly available accessible toilets.

The Great British Public Toilet Map tracks publicly available toilets using crowd-sourced information from users and data from councils and other organisations.

It only logs free-to-use toilets which the public can use without having to ask.

Analysis of the figures by QS Supplies, a bathroom supplier, shows there are 10 publicly available toilets in Bury, five of which are accessible to those with disabilities.

Four are in Bury town centre located at the Tesco on Woodfields Retail Park, Kay Gardens, Castle Leisure Centre, and the Millgate Shopping Centre.

There is one in Ramsbottom at the Market Chambers and one in Tottington on Market Street.

Two are in Radcliffe at the Asda store on Phoenix Way and Radcliffe Primary Care Centre while is there one in Whitefield at the Morrisons on Stanley Street and another in Prestwich at the Tesco store on Valley Park Road.

These figures are based on public submissions therefore may not include all the facilities available in the area.

Sarah Sleet, chief executive of Crohn's and Colitis UK, said: "We know that nine in 10 people with the conditions plan their journeys based on access to toilets.

“This is increasingly challenging and isolating as the number of public toilets declines.

“The fear of being caught short and unable to access a public toilet when required means many people are confined to their homes.”

More than 500,000 across the UK suffer from these conditions.

She added: “More awareness and understanding will improve the lives of people living with Crohn’s and Colitis to make sure they aren’t hidden at home – they’re out and about, living life to the fullest.”

Across the North West, 296 of 1,074 (27.6 per cent) public toilets are accessible.

Across England, the South East has the highest proportion of accessible toilets, with 45.6 per cent, while the West Midlands has the lowest, with just 22.9 per cent.

In February, the government announced funding for more than 100 new "Changing Places" toilets which are designed to be used by people with a range of disabilities to be built across England.

Shelley Symonds, a campaigner for the Changing Places charity, said: “The freedom of being able to visit different places and have days out that we can thoroughly enjoy, without the worry of toilet uncertainty or having to cut our trips shorts, is a wonderful feeling.

“Not being able to access a suitable toilet dictates our everyday life and prevents us from even accessing our most local community.”

In 2019, research by the Royal Society for Public Health found that one in five of us do not go out as much as we would like due to a lack of available toilets.

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