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Phuket food vendors at Patong Beach plea for mercy

PHUKET: More than 30 vendors who operate stalls at Loma Food Centre on Patong Beach yesterday (Oct 27) appealed to the Phuket Governor to allow them to continue serving food to tourists on Phuket’s most popular beach.

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Friday 28 October 2016, 06:13PM


Some of the vendors’ leases on their stalls have expired and Patong Municipality will not renew them, explained Suriya Sinsoke at a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

More vendors fear the same – that their leases will not be renewed, and they will lose their sole source of income.

“More than 100 people will lose their jobs. We come here to ask the Patong Mayor to reconsider the plan (to evict the vendors),” Ms Suryia said.

“After our leases expire and are not renewed, all that will happen to the centre is that it will become a municipal building.

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“Please be careful and think about the people affected by this. The centre well known among tourists, and can serve as an attraction in itself,” she added.

Phuket Provincial Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Thawornwat Khongkaew said he would request Patong Municipality to reconsider the plan to evict the food vendors.

“This area belongs to Patong Municipality, and is their responsibility, but I will ask them to reconsider their plan, and I will pass this case on to the Damrongdhama Centre (Ombudsman’s Office),” he said.

“This issue will also be raised at the next meeting of the Phuket Provincial Committee,” he assured.

 

 

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Ed Sanders | 31 October 2016 - 11:39:11

@Les... You wrote "...[you wish] no underhand dealing is behind this proposed change of facility".  Ha!...it is all underhand dealing Les...there is no legitimate and honest dealing in a planned and rational way...it is all underhanded and corrupt.  There is no rational reasoning behind this, and is indicative of local official's inability to manage anything efficiently and effectively.  Very likely that a few greedy hands are behind this, and trying to maneuver however they can to position themselves and their cronies to rake in big bucks while pushing the poor as far down as they can.  That is just how it works here.

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skip | 30 October 2016 - 16:34:33

yup, another nail in the coffin of the dead tourist industry.profitable sustainable tourism died in phuket 2+ years ago.just look at the 98 vacant establishments on bangla rd"s entertainment zone.see the holes in the crowd that once filled bangla rd at nights. and the beach, well enough said of that graveyard.keep it up and we will have phuket to ourselves.all thats left is a good cheap feed next to the beach...maybe not.

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LES | 28 October 2016 - 21:47:45

I really hope they get permission to continue trading as tourists love the food served up here.The prices are very good and i have found the staff very friendly. Also it has a sense of tradition in it culinary fare.If this becomes a municipal building then its another good place that could (?) be taken over for offices/anything etc and not supplying the needs of these thai people and the tourists. Patong is becoming more boring as tradition ways make way for big business and multi national food chains that are dull and bland. I wish these people luck and i hope they grant their wish and no underhand dealing is behind this proposed change of facility .

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