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Concerns raised after cancer patient among ‘a number of people’ denied access at Park toilets

Serious concerns have been raised about the public’s ability to access the toilets at Lurgan Park’s Gatehouse.

The Gatehouse (pictured) has been closed to members of the public on more than one occasion, according to a local councillor.

Sinn Fein’s Keith Haughian says he raised the issue at Monday night’s Leisure Services committee meeting.

“At [the Leisure] committee I raised a serious concern around the toilet facilities in Lurgan Park,” he explained.

“Recently I met a number of people, one disabled and another going through chemo who tried to access the toilets at the Gatehouse on Windsor Avenue.

“It is unacceptable that these ladies were turned away. No council staff were available to explain or help.

“We are about to see a huge investment in the play provision in Lurgan Park. It’s vital we have appropriate toilet and change facilities to match it.”

A Council spokesperson said: “Lurgan Park has a public toilet located at the Cush Pavilion and a disabled toilet located at the Gate Lodge, and are both available during park opening hours.

“Disabled people living in the borough can access these toilets at any time, even when locked, with the use of a RADAR key or by asking a member of staff.

“RADAR keys are available to buy for £3 from the Palace Armagh, Banbridge Civic Building and Craigavon Civic Centre.”

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