MP’s Column

Imagine you are blind and you need to use a public toilet! What would you have to touch before you found the toilet, the loo roll, the flush, the hand-basin? And would you find the door to get out again?
Check out this website: www.adiaccess.co.uk/the-room-mate. The RoomMate is an electronic, wall-mounted device, which gives bespoke audio description in a disabled access toilet.
I met the couple (Steve and Helen) who are behind this simple but incredible invention at my drop-in surgery in Mullion. I am going to help them to get their product in as many public toilets as possible.
Keeping to the toilet theme the fight is on to ensure the public toilets remain open in Praa Sands.
Praa Sands is an incredibly busy part of our coastline and it is essential that the public toilet remains. This was definitely the view of those that attended my drop-in surgery in Praa Sands and a few of us met afterwards to draft a plan to not only save the toilets but properly refurbish them and reduce the running costs. Further to this the six MPs are talking to the Treasury in an attempt to get the business rate charge removed from public toilets which will save this constituency tens of thousands of pounds each year.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the trouble to attend my drop-in surgeries. I am really pleased with the turn-out.
Today I am in Porthleven Public Hall at 1.15pm, St Keverne Methodist Hall at 430pm and the Lion and Lamb in Ashton at 7pm.

ADI