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Phuket’s Surin Beach seawall upheaval rankles residents

PHUKET: MaAnn Samran, the outspoken chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), has defended the current state of Surin Beach as backhoes heave large troughs in the sand to prepare the site for the installation of a seawall to prevent further coastal erosion.

By Shela Riva

Tuesday 14 November 2017, 01:09PM

Mr MaAnn’s defence of the construction literally on Surin Beach seawall follows several complaints from local residents sent directly to The Phuket News.

However, Mr MaAnn told The Phuket News late yesterday (Nov 13), “I have been receiving a large number of complaints from locals over the years asking why I have not done something about the beach at Surin eroding and the sand being dragged away.

“So I decided it was time to renovate the wave barrier. Due to the monsoon season, waves have dragged sand from the beach, causing several problems,” he said.

“First, it causes trees that have been there for over 100 years old to fall over. This is a real shame,” Mr MaAnn noted.

“Then there is the exposure of bamboo sticks placed under the sand. This takes away the beauty of the beach,” he added.

“It also causes some partial concrete walls to become more exposed and gradually erode.” he said.

The move to install a seawall followed a meeting that included local residents, Mr MaAnn explained.

“There has been no regulations or methods to prevent any of this until now, so we had a meeting with villagers, the community, officials from the regional environment office, municipality officials and others to set some guidelines and then work with the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning to plan a new design for the shoreline.

“About 40% of the construction will be focused on a new barrier, which will be concealed under the sand, while 60% of the construction will be focussed on increasing the beauty and scenery of Surin Beach,” he added.

“And another main emphasis will be on protecting nature, such as trees,” he said.

However, Thawee Homhuan of the Phuket Provincial Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning confirmed to The Phuket News today (Nov 14) that the current plans for the seawall and public area renovations at Surin Beach have nothing to do with previous plans to create a “Rajabhakti Park” at a cost of B800 million. (See story here.)

These plans have been scrapped, Mr Thawee confirmed.

Those plans were changed in January this year to simplify the original design into a “Surin Public Park”, an open area with toilets and washrooms where beachgoers can shower. (See story here.)

“There will be not be a ‘Rajabhakti Park’. There will be only renovations for an underground barrier and sidewalks to be installed,” Mr Thawee said.

“We will not be building any parks at this initial stage, not even toilets,” he added.

“Currently, we must perfect the design for the beach layout, so there is a slight extension of time before beginning construction.

“The whole project will be completed within a year,” Mr Thawee said.



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Christy Sweet | 17 November 2017 - 15:22:14

Worried about old Casuarina trees? Better stop the paving over of Bangtao beach just south of the Laguna resorts.  One really old tree now sports a 2 person swing. Won\'t take that kind of stress for long.  

BenPendejo | 16 November 2017 - 22:05:35

One more statement from Mr. Samran that shows his lack of education and understanding needed to intelligently manage Surin Beach, is his statement that "it (erosion) causes trees that have been there for over 100 years old to fall over. This is a real shame”.  There were no 100 year old trees lost, and most of the trees that fell were located inland of the beach road, and had nothing to do ...

Bigaresort | 15 November 2017 - 07:42:31

No Toilet!No Problem ,take a swim and smoke when you are out there!Problem solved!


BenPendejo | 14 November 2017 - 20:55:14

Actually, why listen to the orbortor at all?  Take a drive through Bang Tao and look at what has happened under the orbortor.  It is the biggest ongoing disaster on Phuket with the most horrible road conditions anywhere, and after 3 separate drainage projects have ripped up the same streets.  The drains suck and the roads suck.  Locals need to stand up to this guy and stop the damage.

BenPendejo | 14 November 2017 - 20:51:01

Most of what the OrBorTor is blabbering about is nonsense, as he is not an engineer and knows nothing about coastal resource management.  He knows how to offer sweet deals to his contractor friends.  This poorly planned project will exacerbate sand loss.  Just watch as the low season waves slap up onto the seawall and drag the sand back out to sea.  

Kurt | 14 November 2017 - 14:38:40

Striking!!!    Do we read: ...\\\" Not even toilets\\\", not yet talking about beach showers?
Tourists welcome to Phuket, no toilets, no showers, and not smoking.
Smoking at the beach can make you end up 1 year in thai prison.
But where you urinate we don\\\'t want to know.
Welcome at Phuket beaches without facilities.

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