Following the announcement by RBS of their decision to close the Juniper Green branch in June 2017, the community councils for Juniper Green, Currie and Balerno have been discussing with elected councillors snd parliamentarians what options may be open to ensure continuation of face to face banking services in the Water of Leith Valley. The group met for the third time on Friday 3rd February and issued the following statement:-
Police Scotland are hosting a Housebreaking Prevention Event on Monday 6th February at the Currie Community Centre Lounge. We highly recommend you attend to meet with local officers and receive free home security advice. With the recent spate of break-ins towards Ravelrig, it's well worth taking the time to be vigilant and know how to properly secure your home.
In response to the planning application for CALA's site at Ravelrig, and City of Edinburgh Council's welcoming of comments, Richard Henderson (BCC Chair) sent CEC the attached letter. This includes several points of interest, many of which arose from the BCC January public meeting at which CALA were in attendance.
On Friday 16 December a small group of concerned elected politicians and local community council chairmen met to discuss the threatened closure of the Juniper Green Branch of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). The group had received unsatisfactory answers to their questions from officials at RBS so would seek further clarification of issues raised by many residents in the valley communities of Balerno, Colinton, Currie and Juniper Green. The prospect of no banking in these communities would affect the elderly, vulnerable, community, business groups and those sceptical that online banking is either secure or practical for their needs. The mantra from RBS is … go to the local POs, visit our branch in Corstorphine, use our ATM at Hunter’s Tryst or be educated by our team of online experts.
The group, now comprising Vic Stewart, Gordon MacDonald MSP, Allister McKillop, Gordon Lindhurst MSP, Councillor Ricky Henderson, Richard Henderson, Joanna Cherry MP and Cliff Beevers, will adopt a twin track approach. Firstly, they will probe more thoroughly the RBS decision to close the only remaining banking facility in the upper valley communities of the Water of Leith. Secondly, feelers will be put out to investigate alternative solutions for financial services in our communities. In addition, we will be appealing to our business community to discover what the loss of face to face banking means for them. The group plans to meet again in the early New Year. In the meantime, we would appreciate any ideas, suggestions or courses of action you wish to put forward by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, but don’t be discouraged and have a good Christmas.
Cliff Beevers, on behalf of the working group.
Balerno had its first ever switch-on of Christmas Lights in Main Street on Thursday 8th December. In perfect weather with a clearing sky and in moonlight, the lights on four trees in Market Square on Main Street burst into light after a count down led by Deal Park Primary School Head Boy and Head Girl, Robert Barks and Zoe Ward, after the school choir had entertained the crowd of well over two hundred to Carols and Christmas songs.