Locals Plat Jantarasopin, Bamrung Rungreung and Suta Prathip Na Thalang met with Pol Col Porworn Pornpromma, superintendent of Cherng Talay to lay the complaint.
Mr Plat explained, “We believe that buildings were erected illegally next to Surin Beach on what is public land.
“We have collected a petition signed by local people who want to punish to trespassers and their accomplices. Some of these buildings are still standing on public land, so the demolition of the encroaching buildings has not been done completely. That is why we are here today to deliver this [complaint].
“It is not only the illegal buildings on Surin Beach that must be taken down but those on other beaches, too. Our wish is for all beaches to be returned to public use, so that everyone can enjoy them.
Pol Col Porworn promptly called the Provincial Land Department and the Marine Department, asking them to confirm what is public land. He said that the issue must be investigated carefully, including which buildings were erected legally on the public land at Surin Beach.
Mr Plat said he expected to see action in seven days. If no action was taken in that time he said, he would file another complaint with the police.