There are still many traditional blue police boxes on the streets of Edinburgh. Although they serve no practical use these days, it is still nice to see their bright colour, especially in Spring when they contrast perfectly with the pink blossom.
A number of the old boxes have been sold off to anyone willing to bid. Some have been purchased by collectors, others by innovative business people. If the new owner wanted to keep the box on the streets they had to change its colour from traditional blue and obtain planning permission. They are only small, but it is still possible to run a small business out of them.