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Demolition of beachfront Phuket restaurant postponed

Demolition of beachfront Phuket restaurant postponed

PHUKET: The Royal Thai Navy Area 3 Command has vowed to return in 15 days to a beachfront restaurant on Ley Pang beach that they were expecting to demolish today (Sept 2) but had to postpone because of a letter they had received from the Interior permanent secretaryĘźs office on Monday (Aug 31).

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By Saroj Kueprasertkij

Wednesday 2 September 2015, 06:25PM


Officials from Cherng Talay OrBorTor and navy officers were expecting to go to TonyĘźs Restaurant on Ley Pang beach, Bangtao to demolish it because it encroached on public land. However, due to the arrival of the “urgent” letter received from the Interior permanent secretary office demolition had to be postponed.

Speaking to The Phuket News at a meeting held this morning, Lt Somphop Kamkana of Royal Thai Navy Area 3 Command said, “They have no right to do any business on public land. We will come back in 15 days after we have gathered more evidence and discuss the matter with the governor.”

A lawyer representing the restaurant, Mr Lapat Karnvijit, told The Phuket News that the case involving his client and Cherng Talay OrBorTor is still pending in court and as long as the case is pending he does not expect anyone to demolish the restaurant.

“This case started last year. We have handed all the required documents to the authorities and are waiting for their response. Right now our appeal to revoke the order of demolition of the restaurant is in the Administrative Supreme Court in Bangkok,” Mr Lapat said.

This is the second TonyĘźs Restaurant that has been ordered to be demolished, with the first, located about 20 metres in front of the latest, being removed last year. Before starting to build this second restaurant they consulted with the land department.

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“The demolition of the first TonyĘźs Restaurant upset all of us. Over 30 restaurant staff suffered because they lost their jobs. This is a new restaurant and we tried so hard to build it according to the law. For me, I still cannot understand what went wrong,” said Mr Lapat.

Ma-an Samran chief of Cherng Talay OrBorTor said that there are about 8 restaurants on Cherng Talay beach that have to be removed, but today was when TonyĘźs Restaurant was due to be demolished.

“TonyĘźs RestaurantĘźs lawyer said that they have a right to build the restaurant on the beach because they have a Nor Sor 3 Kor land title. I asked them to bring all evidence to the OrBorTor office but they still havenĘźt done so up until now,” said Mr Ma-an.

Mr Lapat confirmed that they had brought all the documents, including a construction lay-out, to the Cherng Talay OrBorTor but it mysteriously disappeared.

“We are suing Mr Ma-an for neglect of duty at the Nakorn Sri Thammart court. He said that after we handed the documents and the construction lay-out three men in black suits came and took the documents back with no signatures. This is unbelievable,” Mr Lapat said.

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edward partridge | 06 September 2015 - 04:38:14

classic example of the left hand not knowing what the right is up to ..sound very similar to that other case in bangkok in the news .why not reward the would be demolition experts for a job well done .doesnt matter that nothing was actually finalised .nothing like financial incentive,esp in thailand .wont be long before the glitz and girly bars and the like will be relegated to the dark corners of...

Richard Vickers | 05 September 2015 - 17:43:07

Absolutely agree with Christysweet, and find it utterly amazing as to why the Mayor has not been under more scrutiny. Anyone familiar with Bang-Tao, Surin and other areas under that jurisdiction can provide numerous accounts of illegal development, favoritism, and downright poor management that has negatively effected many people throughout those areas. This person has been a detriment to a beauti...

christysweet | 03 September 2015 - 16:03:15

It's about time for someone to look into the Cherng- Telay Or Bor Tor, and especially the mayor. I'd be happy to offer testimony regarding my horrible experience with that office regarding  riding horses on the beach.  

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