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Final eviction notices served at Layan

PHUKET: The last remaining squatters illegally occupying beachfront land at Layan Beach have been served yet another final notice, ordering them to vacate the plots by Sept 30 or else officials will remove their buildings and chattels for them.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 13 September 2022, 11:01AM

This time officials are serious, said Paween Kumar, Director of the Phuket Legal Execution Office, which served the eviction notices yesterday (Sept 12).

Present to support the action were Phuket Vice Governor Anupap Rodkwan Yodrabam, Phuket Land Office Chief Wisit Chokchai and Manoch Punchalad, President of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor).

The legal channels of appeal had been exhausted. The courts have ruled that the land is state property, Mr Paeen said.

The eviction notices were posted at four locations.

“The demolition is scheduled to be completed by Sept 30 or on the next business day,” Mr Paween said.

“The buildings must go. If no action is taken, the executing officer will proceed with decisive action in accordance with the law,” he added.

“Previous eviction notices had been served, giving people the right to appeal within 15 days,” Mr Paween said.

“This has been going on since 2018, and has been fought through the courts until the very end,” he said.

“In addition, there have been complaints about such encroachment, including the lack of expediting action by relevant agencies. So far there has been no action against people who have buildings on state land,” Mr Paween noted.

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“Therefore, a meeting of relevant agencies in the area was called, and it was concluded that the intruders would be given the opportunity to demolish the buildings within 15 days. There are no more chances to fight the case. If the deadline arrives and the buildings have not yet been demolished, the relevant departments will come to demolish them all,” he assured.

Vice Governor Anupap said that the action to serve the final eviction notices followed Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew requesting the relevant agencies to comply with the law, “which today has been executed”, he said.

The land in question in total covers 178 rai along three kilometres of unspoilt beachfront, altogether estimated to be worth more than B10 billion.

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) originally served eviction notices in 2017 after the Supreme Court ruled that the occupiers were illegally encroaching on state land.

The final remaining squatters who refused to move, including the well-known Tony’s Restaurant at Layan Beach, were last issued a final seven-days’ eviction notice in June last year, served by former Cherng Talay OrBorTor MaAnn Samran.

However, by the end of July still no action against the squatters had been taken.

No action was taken against the squatters for the duration of Mr MaAnn’s time in office.

He was voted out in local elections in December last year.

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Kurt | 15 September 2022 - 09:36:49

Now we just wait and see or all buildings are gone by 30 Sept, or the Government start demolishing on 01 October.  Or,... the joke continues. Up to next 'final'. Confirming we have here rubber laws.

christysweet | 14 September 2022 - 15:05:19

Just like at Surin, these closures ruined the very cool vibe  of   Layan Beach - now to be a mile of forlorn, 
dangerous, trash encrusted  beach.  Look at the  southern end and the restaurants, bars concreting over where  Causurina trees once were and setting up tables on the sand again. Please explain the selective  enforcement.   

Kurt | 14 September 2022 - 10:57:44

In this case I read the word 'final' many times.  But many at the 'right side'of the law didn't want it to be final. Dragging on brought so much money in. You would be stupid to make it final. That was just the word to blind the public. Seems now the money flow is drying up.

JohnC | 14 September 2022 - 09:12:01

I've lost count. How many eviction orders have been served on them already. 157 at last count wasn't it?

Timothy | 14 September 2022 - 09:10:04

The government has knocked down the businesses on that land at least twice before. Why do they let them build back? Who were they paying to operate? They should pay costs of demolition and fines for trespassing. If they weren't such greedy pigs, I would feel sorry for them. Tony's served crappy overpriced food...only popular due to location. I'm going to watch them demolish....again. 

CaptainJack69 | 14 September 2022 - 06:13:48


Fascinated | 13 September 2022 - 11:20:36

the final, final, completely and absolutely final notices or just another chapter in this saga? its state property- just kick them off- depends who the 'roof' is though I suppose.


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