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Phuket’s Eva Beach appeal earns demolition reprieve, says Rawai Mayor

PHUKET: Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos is sticking to his guns and refusing to take any action against the Eva Beach condo project until he receives express instructions from the court to do so, despite already being informed by the court that many parts of the project have been deemed illegal.

Tanyaluk Sakoot

Saturday 23 September 2017, 09:00AM

Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos maintains that he will not take any action against the Eva Beach project until the appeal has been resolved. Photo: Rawai Municipality / file
Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos maintains that he will not take any action against the Eva Beach project until the appeal has been resolved. Photo: Rawai Municipality / file

Judge Jamgad Chunpolwong of the regional Administrative Court in Nakhon Sri Thammarat handed down his verdict on Aug 1, noting that the court had found that buildings built along the shorefront as part of the Eva Beach development exceeded height restrictions, occupied a footprint greater than legally allowed and did not conform to the building permit approved, among other infractions.

The court also cast doubt on the legality of the building permit itself and whether it should have been approved. (See story here.)

However, Mayor Aroon told The Phuket News yesterday (Sept 22) that he has been informed that the developer of the project had filed an appeal to the Court of Appeals last month, and that he would not take any action until that appeal had been resolved.

“I will not take any action against the Eva Beach condo project,” Mayor Aroon said.

“My colleagues have informed me that they [the developer] sent an appeal to the court last month. I have to wait for the Court of Appeal before issuing any orders to demolish any parts of the project, despite the initial court ruling. I don’t think any demolishing will start soon,” he said.

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Mayor Aroon said that he “does not know” when the Court of Appeal is expected to contact him on a decision.

“I don’t know [how long it will take]. Everything depends on the court,” he said.

The Phuket News has been unable to contact Eva Group Managing Director Authanop Pankamnerd for comment through any of the formal contact channels for the group since the websites for the group’s projects have been taken down since the ruling (see here).

Mr Authanop is also Managing Director of COCO Group and project developer Con-F Group. However, The Phuket News has also been unable to contact him for comment through those companies.

A message sent through the Coco Group Facebook page received the response. “In this case, the administrator does not know details because it is up to the legal process.”



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Kurt | 23 September 2017 - 20:22:03

I wrote: Face expressions on photos say a lot about people.(plural)
I was not just talking about the Mayor.
It was about all the people on the photo.
Faces showing people who signal that they not want to be challenged.
They are circling the wagons around this illegal project ( it doesn't meet thai law wise any law/regulation) for so far unknown reasons.

It is common knowledge that face and eye expressions are part of so called 'body language'.

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Kurt | 23 September 2017 - 14:35:15

Face expressions of people say a lot about people.
Look at the photo, and think.
In Rawai and Naiharn is a lot going on.
Installed traffic lights, they never work.
The crazy numbers of so called speed reducing road strips, what it totally not working.
The ugly Rawai beach front.
The lack of waste/rubbish collection.
The many side sois of soi Suksan, without tarmac/concrete road deck.
Still useless Naiharn beach shower stands, ( 8 years or longer) never connected with water piping.
Now this Ao sane project. 
A project what is not fitting in any thai regulation or law setting. 
Here we witness the lawness in Rawai/Naiharn.
And stil Mayor goes his own way. Why?

Such a thing as Ao sane project should be never in hands of a Mayor or Village Head, just to avoid public thinking about personal interest of a local official in such a unlawful project.

Time reforms start in Rawai/Naiharn.
Army should position a high ranking officer as deputy Mayor at Rawai/Naiharn Orbor Tor, clean up/'reform' a bit.

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Foot | 23 September 2017 - 14:08:34

"... I have to wait for the Court of Appeal before issuing any orders to demolish any parts of the project, despite the initial court ruling..."

Why is he being questioned on his decision to wait?  He's doing the correct thing to wait for the court's decision.

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gili | 23 September 2017 - 13:01:15

and "Rawai Garden" soi Suksan 2... how they can have a permit to build 158 rooms in this quite location with a very narrow access!...

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Paddy | 23 September 2017 - 11:57:14

Eva had 6 years in court to prove their innocence, which they did not. At great expense to the Thai taxpayer and waste of government resources. There should be no appeal, the judge made his call and that's that. There are 3 clear violations on this project, first some buildings are too close to the high tide water mark, second height restrictions  and no 75 % green area.The poor idiots who bought these condo's and did not do their due diligence will be the one's who pay the price.   

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Paddy | 23 September 2017 - 11:34:34

Just like Ao sane beach project. Why is the mayor and the Rawai Or Bor Tor planning department head not in jail. How many more building projects in Rawai are illegal. All they have to do is check their bank accounts.

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