A VISITOR to Saltcoats has complained to the Herald about the state of the toilets in the Three Towns.

Kenneth Watt said: “I would like to bring to your attention for yourself and local people and the council that on June 29, I like many hundreds of others visited Saltcoats and descended on the town and beach front.

“I, myself and the good lady had to visit the toilets at the front we were shocked by the condition of these toilets. The smell, no hot water, no paper towels, filthy urinals overflowing, no sanitiser and the stench was unbearable.

“I’m sure you might be interested in highlighting this issue as it could affect the local economy as Saltcoats has been famous for years for its lovely people and friendliness.”

Since, there have been further complaints about similar issues at the Ardrossan toilet block on South Beach over the past few weeks.

The toilets are currently free of charge, unlike their counterparts in South Ayrshire that cost 30p.

A North Ayrshire Council spokesperson said: “Toilets are cleaned and supplied with consumables regularly throughout the day, seven days per week, however, recent heavy usage has presented a challenge to keeping on top of all issues.

“Hand driers are used in all buildings, and a contractor is used to replenish sanitiser on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, both of these items are frequently vandalised which may put them out of action until repairs can be completed.

“We value feedback from our visitors and apologise if the standard of the public toilets did not meet their expectations at the time of their visit. Our cleaning staff take pride in their work and clean to a high standard during their visits.”