Vooruit Zottegem is not pleased with the new so-called cash points that replace the ATMs in the bank branches. The opposition party has prepared a petition asking the city council to address the managers of the cash points, some banks, about it.
Louie Van Rijsselberge (municipal council member of Vooruit): “The new cash point is hidden behind the church and does not feel very safe to many people. The machines are empty quickly, do not have 5 euro notes, often do not work and the space is not properly maintained. For elderly people who are less mobile, for example, withdrawing money has become a lot less obvious. Traders are also experiencing a lot of inconvenience. The machines are too limited and unsafe for them to deposit their cash. A week ago, even 2 of the 3 machines were defective – that really isn’t service, is it? There are no vending machines to be found in the sub-municipalities either, which is also a problem for the socialists. “For example, if you live in Sint-Maria-Oudenhove, you have to drive a good ten minutes by car to be able to collect money somewhere. That is not only bad for the climate, but also for people’s wallets. It is true that many people are now up to date with online banking, but we should not forget that 1 in 5 people are not at all up to date with digitalisation. It is sad that it is precisely this group that is hit hardest by this. Vooruit started a petition against this and asks the city to knock on the table at the banks. Our residents in the center, the sub-municipalities and our traders urgently need a solution. It is crazy for words that we could only collect money in 1 place in Zottegem. Sufficiently clean and safe ATMs, that is what the major banks must ensure, in every municipality and city.”