DUBROVNIK, 18 June 2019 – ATM machines on Dubrovnik’s main street Stradun are set to be a thing of the past.
There has been a rise in the number of ATM machines on Dubrovnik’s famous strip with 22 machines now in the space of just 300 metres, which is more per square metre than on the Vegas strip. Upset local citizens have rallied together to protest to authorities and it seems to have worked.
“In accordance with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković sent to the City Council of the City of Dubrovnik a proposal to amend the Decree on the Municipal Order,” Dubrovački portal reported.
According to the proposed amendments, it will be forbidden to place ATMs in open space in the historic city centre as well as other devices and advertising cabinets. Regarding the existing ATMs in the historical centre, these must be removed within 30 days from the date the order comes into force if the owner / user of the space does not obtain consent or approval from the Ministry of Culture’s Conservation Department.
Although ATMs are located on private property, by placing them on the facades of buildings the look of the historic centre of the UNESCO-protected city is distorted and therefore the approval of the Conservation Department must be obtained for their establishment.
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