Girvan toilet users are loo-sing out

The old portaloo facilities are taken away by crane on Friday.
The old portaloo facilities are taken away by crane on Friday.

Coaches filled with tourists and football supporters face a scramble for toilet facilities at Girvan Harbour after the removal of portaloos on Friday.

The portaloos, which South Ayrshire Council insist were only meeting a temporary need, were taken away by crane around lunchtime on Friday as our exclusive picture shows.

The removal of the two portaloos which had six toilets each for males and females mean the only facilities at Girvan Harbour are five toilets at the new harbour facilities across the car park.

However, these toilets charge 30p and have seen continuous problems since they were officially opened to the public in the middle of July.

Currently the council have admitted that one of the new toilets has a fault which means money can’t be accepted into its slot while the Gazette understands another one of the toilets is severely blocked.

Although it is now winter, coaches are still regularly travelling down to Girvan Harbour on day trips and every second Saturday there will be several bus loads of either Celtic or Rangers supporters heading to Glasgow to cope with after coming across the water from Northern Ireland.

In response to the Gazette asking if these facilities were fit for purpose, David Burns, Head of Housing and Facilities, said: “The temporary toilets at Girvan Harbour were provided to meet an identified need, pending construction of a more permanent solution with the opening of the new harbour facilities. These facilities have now been open for several months and include five modern toilets that are accessible 24 hours per day. One of these toilets has had a faulty coin mechanism since Friday 30 October and will be repaired as soon as possible to ensure all five toilets are available at all times.”

Mr Burns added that Girvan is well served in terms of public toilets in comparison to other South Ayrshire towns.

“There are facilities available at three separate locations in Girvan and this is on a par with Ayr and Troon.”

The Flushes public toilets close at 6.30pm between October and March compared to 9pm in the summer months whilst facilities at the Ainslie Car Park at the far end of the town close at 5pm currently instead of 6.15pm in summer.

The problems with the toilets are the latest to hit the new harbour facilities which the council highly praised at an opening ceremony in July.

Only two weeks ago the Gazette reported that a lease has not been signed for the building and the harbourmaster remained unable to operate from his new office.