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Phuket officials inch towards regaining Supreme Court reclaimed land

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong led a sortie of officials, accompanied by police and Royal Thai Army security personnel, yesterday to pull down a ‘no trespassing’ warning still posted at a plot of land that is among the 178 rai of prime beachfront real estate at Layan and Lay Phang beaches on Phuket’s west coast that the Supreme Court last week ruled be returned to the public.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 11 November 2017, 12:25PM

Gov Norraphat arrived at the site at 10:30am and had officers pull down the notice, which read, “This is private land. Anyone found doing anything on this land will be charged by law. Any verdict concerns only the parties in the lawsuit. This does not involve any outsiders. Failure to follow, [will result in the] landlord instigating criminal and civil legal action.”

The Supreme Court on Nov 1 ruled against appeals for private owners to keep the land, which includes three kilometres of direct beachfront access with an estimated value of B10 billion. (See story here.)

Joining Gov Norraphat was MaAnn Samran, Chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), Thalang District Chief Adul Chuthong and Cherng Talay Police Chief Col Serm Kwannimit, along with a team of Royal Thai Army soldiers.

“In this case to manage public land, the provincial government has already ordered officials to work clearly and take every step to enforce every sentence of the court’s verdict,” Gov Norraphat said.

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“If officials find any illegal action [by any transgressors], they will proceed with legal action,” he warned.

However, since the Supreme Court’s decision was handed down nearly two weeks ago no official has noted any deadline to remove any persons, companies or buildings from the land.

Traditionally, and upheld in many other public land reclamation cases, offenders have been given just 15 days to vacate the land or face having their buildings demolished.



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BenPendejo | 13 November 2017 - 18:09:32

I have to agree with Kurt...complete dog and pony show, even the officials with their silly boy scout scarfs...AND...the baloney parade being led by non other than the infamous Chief of the Cherng Thalay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), who allowed all this to happen under his watch.  Maybe that is why he appears to be so...ahem...well fed.

Uncle | 12 November 2017 - 17:58:16

And - two days later - the signs are all up again and no one obviously care about that.  But - of course - the police etc. made themselves look good on the pictures i.e. - "look here - aren't we looking good, in following up the Supreme Court's ruling ?"  That the owners in question just laughs at them and replace the banners - well - What's new - TIT !


Kurt | 12 November 2017 - 12:14:46

It seems this was a 'out office day', a kind of school class trip,  for many thai officials, perhaps officials who normally have nothing to do, as I see them sitting at empty deks when I visit Orbor Tors.
It looked like a kinder garden/school class day trip, can they make it more funny?
And all for just 1 Notice to pull down? What a farce.

And now, what is going to happen next?  Nothi...

Fascinated | 12 November 2017 - 10:14:14

'What kind of nonsense officials day passing is this? Nothing better to do? What a joke.'

Sort of like your constant inane comments as well. Every journey starts with the first step and they still have over a week to go. How about actually READING articles before going off on one of your tirades. Why the Editor puts up wit them baffles me.

Timothy | 12 November 2017 - 09:34:19

How is it possible that a beach club could be built in between this land and the National Park? I think they need to do a little more investigating, although that beach club never seems to be mentioned. Despite it's loud thumping techno music blaring all day and night and it's very conspicuous location. 

Jor12 | 11 November 2017 - 20:16:19

Perhaps PN should tell the fools to read articles properly so that stupid childish comments are not made.

Kurt | 11 November 2017 - 12:54:58

Supreme Court decision handed down 2 weeks ago, and Governor + many, many 'officials' went there just to pull down a notice only?
What kind of nonsense officials day passing is this?
Nothing better to do? What a joke.
Was just 1 police officer on a motorbike not enough to pull down a illegal notice?
How about starting removing persons, buildings from that land?

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