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No specific date set for enforcement of Supreme Court beach evictions in Phuket

PHUKET: MaAnn Samran, chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), has assured Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana that he will carry out Supreme Court evictions on 178 rai of beachfront land at Layan and Leypang beaches, on Phuket’s west coast.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 6 October 2018, 11:00AM

Occupiers of beachfront plots at Layan and Leypang beaches were given until March 5 to vacate their plots or face having their businesses demolished. Photo: Supplied

Occupiers of beachfront plots at Layan and Leypang beaches were given until March 5 to vacate their plots or face having their businesses demolished. Photo: Supplied

Mr MaAnn was questioned about his ability to carry out Supreme Court evictions during the new Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana’s first Governor Meets Press function held at Phuket Provincial Hall this Thursday (October 4).

“The dismantling of structures along Layan and Leypang beaches is on hold because five new people filed their appeals to the Court of Appeals claiming to own the land. The Court of Appeals dismissed these claims last month,” Mr MaAnn said.

“Next I will send a letter to Phuket Legal Execution Department (PLED) to reclaim this land for the Government. The land will be public and beautiful,” he added.

Mr MaAnn did not specify when the letter to PLED will be sent. As of October 5, it was yet to happen.

“We are still waiting for this letter from Mr MaAnn because actions can be taken only after a complaint,” a PLED official told The Phuket News.

In accordance with the “final warning” from Phuket officials, occupiers of beachfront plots at Layan and Leypang beaches – mostly restaurants and other businesses that cater to tourists – were given until March 5 to vacate their plots or face having their businesses demolished (read here).


Contacted by The Phuket News on March 5, Mr MaAnn said he was ready to proceed with demolition but needed instructions from PLED.

“I’m ready. I am waiting for PLED to inform me of what action is to be taken,” Mr MaAnn said.

“I can only take action by command from the Legal Execution Office only,” he added (read here).

PLED officials at that time expected local authorities to make the first step.

"Phuket officials must go to check that people have vacated the land. If they have not, the officials must come to report it at the PLED. Our role is just to support officials in enforcing the law. That’s all,”  PLED Director Kattakamon Tunwun said.



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Fascinated | 07 October 2018 - 18:40:54

Good old Ma-Ann and his 'not me bigger boys did it' excuses. Nothing changes

Discover Thainess | 06 October 2018 - 13:15:29

The level of buck passing that goes on in Cherng Talay is amazing, if there was ever an Olympic Event for it, they would win all the gold medals. Fantastic work. How are these officials still in their jobs?

Shwe | 06 October 2018 - 12:13:11

Western tourists come here for the beaches and want something to eat and drink after lying on the sand with a  sunbed, remove these restaurants and the few western tourists who come here now will go somewhere else where they are welcome. Phuket will be left with the mass tourists who spend little but make a lot of noise & mess. ask any bar or restaurant owner which customers they would prefer

BenPendejo | 06 October 2018 - 11:50:30

Just more foot dragging by Mr. Samran, and catering to his business cronies along the coast. This debacle is just another example of the Cherng Thalay OrBorTor's inability to carry out the jobs he is responsible for.  Hopefully the new governor keeps the pressure on this area, and pretty much every other thing happening in Mr. Samran's district.  Worst managed area on Phuket...for sure.

Kurt | 06 October 2018 - 11:47:55

Mhh, seems MaAnn and PLED play in good team spirit the ball to each other and back.  And they all limit and play down there own authority role. Lovely, and nothing happen. Just probably brown envelopes to share, collected from restaurants and other businesses since …??? Oh oh, if that people start to talk we will see some fun in that area.

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