LEISURE bosses have locked the disabled toilet in the Portal over anti social behaviour and claims of drug use.

A community councillor complained last week after Portal staff told her disabled users currently have collect the key for reception – rather than being able to use their RADAR key – which allows universal access to disabled facilities to key-holders.

Community Councillor Marion Taylor said: “They’ve locked the disabled toilets in The Portal – I know why they’ve done it and totally agree – but my husband is badly disabled, he can’t just walk from there to the reception and get the key and walk back.

“They said they’re not putting a RADAR key in it after I asked them. My husband has got a RADAR key but they said they weren’t going to do that." 

A KA Leisure spokesman said: “There have been a small number of incidents over the past few months where there has been some antisocial behaviour demonstrated by users of the public toilets in the Portal.

“In the short term, the toilets have been locked with access permitted via the main reception, similar to other venues in this situation. Meanwhile, KA Leisure have been working in conjunction with Police Scotland and North Ayrshire Council to identify a permanent solution and will be installing additional CCTV to the area and reconfiguring the positions of Front of House Assistants at reception to allow for better vision of the front door area.

“The suggestion of a RADAR lock being fitted is indeed an additional solution and is something that KA Leisure will progress with North Ayrshire Council to action as soon as possible.”