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Illegal operators removed from Leypang beach

Illegal operators removed from Leypang beach

PHUKET: Phuket officials have ordered three operators, including a restaurant, on Leypang Beach to vacate their sites after they were deemed to be on public land.

By The Phuket News

Friday 31 March 2023, 12:15PM

Officers arrived to have tables, chairs, sun loungers and umbrellas removed yesterday (Mar 30). Officers also serve a notice for the restaurant to be demolished.

More than 20 officers were present for the raid yesterday, led by Thalang District Chief Bancha Thanu-in.

Among those present as enforcers were a representative from the Royal Thai Navy, which has its Third Area Command at Cape Panwa, on the east coast of Phuket, along with three representatives of the ISOC Region 4 branch. As the Internal Security Operations Command, ISOC is the political arm of the Royal Thai Military.

Also present were Cherng Talay Police along with officers from the Phuket Marine Office, Sirinat National Park, the Thalang branch of the Phuket Provincial Land Office, the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) and local village headmen (Phu Yai Baan).

The land is registered as ‘NorSorLor’ government property, Mr Bancha explained.

“Some parts of this area are for the public. We are to tidy this area so the public can make use of this space, as well as restore the beach to be beautiful, natural and sustainable,” Mr Bancha said.

Officers needed to explain to the operators where the boundaries were for the government land, he added. (See the Department of Land public map here.)

Officers will continue to check the area to prevent future instances of encroachment, Mr Bancha said.

Rapin Suwannasin, Chief Administration Office (Palad) of Cherng Talay OrBorTor, noted that the road used to access the beach was also public land.

Cherng Talay OrBorTor was moving to prosecute people who had encroached on the area, he said.

Some of the claimants had presented SorKor 1 land use documents as evidence for their right to use the land they were occupying, he noted.

Cherng Talay OrBorTor had checked the land in question and confirmed it is public land, he said.

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Pascale | 01 April 2023 - 10:42:38

Leypang or Laypang ?   Jeez John, get a job !

[Actually, thanks for the heads-up - Ed]

Kurt | 01 April 2023 - 10:05:42

Who did provide claimants FAKE SorKor 1 land use documents if the land is clearly public land? Will that be investigated and outcome investigation publiced?
Will de Government Officials who handed out fake/false land documents brought to justice?  If not, this corruption + the problems it creates will happen over and over again.

JohnC | 01 April 2023 - 08:56:45

So which one is it PN; Leypang or Laypang? Since you use both spelling in the same story, one must be right

[Of the four variations out there, we'll shoot for Leypang -- thanks. Fixed - Ed]

Dicko | 31 March 2023 - 21:08:16

Yes because all those sun-loving, beach-going Thais (all 10 of them) would flock to that grubby bit of beach instead of the kilometres of wonderful beaches available in Phuket. Of course this was one of the few places tourists and local farangs could enjoy a drink on the beach 


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