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'Banking at your Convenience'

Edinburgh Suburb of Juniper Green, © Kevin Rae via Wikimedia Commons

A disused public toilet could be renovated and used as a community bank.

Residents in Juniper Green, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, are hoping to acquire the village toilets which were closed in 2015.

The facilities would be demolished to make way for a new building which they hope could accommodate a community bank combined with a post office.

Last year Royal Bank of Scotland announced its Juniper Green branch would close on June 5. The move was branded a "catastrophe" by locals who said a series of bank closures in Balerno, Currie and Colinton meant theirs was the last bank for miles around.

Juniper Green has also been without a post office for nearly a decade.

Cliff Beevers, chair of Juniper Green Community Council, said he believed that, although small, the plot of land would be big enough to be serviceable as a combined bank and post office.

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20 May 2017

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