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Four of 12 Surin beach demands ticked off, says MaAnn

PHUKET: MaAnn Samran, chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor), has announced that his office has already tackled four of 12 demands presented by Surin Beach locals when they massed at the beach on Nov 27.

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By Premkamon Ketsara

Wednesday 3 January 2018, 05:14PM


“We have already taken action on four of the 12 problems that villagers gathered together to present on Nov 27, including the provision of temporary public toilets, repair of two lamps (providing light on the beach), the cutting of overgrown grass and we have started drawing up plans for beach renovations,” MaAnn told The Phuket News’ sister publication Khao Phuket yesterday (Jan 2).

“For the remaining eight demands we are still in the process of studying the problems as they are legal issues. The OrBorTor does not have the right to decide on all eight demands, we have to consult with the working group of the Governor’s office,” he added.

The demands were presented by over 100 disgruntled local residents and beach operators at Surin Beach in the hopes of clearing up “misunderstandings” about alleged duplicity in allowing beach operators to serve tourists on the sands and to raise the standard of the beach so that it becomes more attractive to tourists. (See story here).

“In particular, for the official document that allows trade in public areas, I would like to consult with the Phuket Provincial Office (headed by the Phuket Governor) because this issue is of importance for the income of the residents and we must have a way to prevent problems that may occur later. I will keep you informed with this,” Mr MaAnn assured.

Surin resident Jamlong Sittichai, who was one of the key figures in the Nov 27 mass gathering at the beach, noted, “It is true that the OrBorTor has worked to resolve four of the demands. However, right now only two of the beach lights are working, which is still not enough.

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“On the night of New Year’s Eve, there were many tourists (on the beach). It is dangerous if travellers walk in the dark,” he said.

“The temporary arrangement of the toilets is good, but the sewage trap installed underneath has a capacity of less than 100 litres, which is large enough for only two days of sewage,” he said.

“Most recently, volunteers of the Surin Beach Lifeguards volunteered to clean the toilets themselves and coordinate with the Cherng Talay OrBorTor to bring a truck every two days to clear the tanks and bring water so the toilets can be flushed,” he added.

However, notably missing from the list of demands presented by the local residents was for action to be taken to finally bring an end to black wastewater pouring onto Surin Beach and to clear litter strewn throughout the area (See story here.)

Both eyesores continue to blight the Surin beachfront.

 

 

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Kurt | 04 January 2018 - 10:58:07

The environment clock is ticking for Surin- and Kalim Beach.
Time for Phuket Governor to dress himself again in clean-up uniform + cap + cloves and go westward to both beaches and start to handle matters.
There must be thai environment laws to enforce, or not on Phuket?

Kurt | 04 January 2018 - 10:12:27

So, Surin Beach is polluting Kalim Beach as well with discharging over there the stuff from mobile toilets at Surin Beach?
Is it not time that Provincial Hall take matters, environment wise, in own hands.
Here is plain a serious peoples health issue to address.
This can't be any longer kept in hands of a village Head!
What are the education requirements for a Phuket village Head?

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Kurt | 04 January 2018 - 09:39:21

Four of the demands out of 12 ticket off?
Simply not true.
---The lights at beach are not fixed.
---Insufficient beach toilet arrangements. How long MaAnn expect that volunteers keep cleaning these toilets, what has to be done once in 2 days seen the toilet capacity?
--- Started to drawing a beach plan? We just have to believe it. Remember there were already plans, but never realized.
The bea...

Island Man | 04 January 2018 - 09:15:07

Trucks suck the waist out of the portable toilets and discharge it on Kalim Beach. A practice which has been ongoing for 20 years.

BenPendejo | 03 January 2018 - 19:14:18

At first glance, I was hoping to hear that Mr. Samran was finally removed from office, and sad to hear that he is still there. The trash mess is worse now than when those pictures were taken. Disgusting shameful mess that Ma-Ann has failed to address for years. Vendors now cover every inch of the place, cars/tuktuks parked along beach road, concrete pylons/pile-driver still there, mess all over

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