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Signs removed at Layan Beach

PHUKET: Officials have removed several signs posted at Layan Beach claiming that ownership of the land was still in dispute under a case being heard in court.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 27 October 2022, 01:12PM

Officials arrived at the beach yesterday (Oct 26) to remove the five signs in total that were posted making the claim.

The land in question was cleared of buildings last month after more than five years of efforts by officials to reclaim the land.

The demolition to knock down the last remaining illegal beachfront buildings on some 178 rai of state land, altogether estimated to be worth over B10 billion, began on Sept 30.

The Department of Special Investigations (DSI) originally served eviction notices in 2017 after the Supreme Court ruled that the occupiers were illegally encroaching on state land.

Several ‘final warnings were issued for years after the Supreme Court decision, with the last eviction notice served on Sept 12, 2022. 

The officers at the beach yesterday were led by Thalang District Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Panjapong Boonchan.

Joining Mr Panjapong were officers from the Cherng Talay Tambon Administrative Organisation (OrBorTor), Cherng Talay Police and the Phuket office of the Legal Execution Department.

The signs claimed, in Thai, “This plot of land has a dispute pending lawsuit between the private sector and government officials. It is a black civil case No. 189/2020 of the Phuket Provincial Court.

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“Government officials or any other person is prohibited from doing anything in the area without permission. Anyone who violates the law will be prosecuted for all cases along with filing a complaint with the affiliated agency until final resolution.”

The signs claimed that six plots in the area had been in dispute. Four plots had buildings demolished, but two plots were still in the process of legal action, the signs claimed.

The signs made no recognition that the Supreme Court of Thailand had ruled on the land ownership, superseding any ruling by the Phuket Provincial Court.

Officials yesterday said they would continue to uphold the law against any violations.

It was not made clear if any legal action would be taken for posting the signs.

For more than a decade, and while the disputes were heard in court and eviction notices were ignored, the illegal occupiers of the land operated buisinesses serving tourists at the prstine beachfront site.

Officials have not made any announcements about recovering any of the illegally obtained income from the occupiers of the land during those years.

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Kurt | 29 October 2022 - 12:44:10

@ JohnC, Was typo, sure you know that. :-)  Not tug, but thug. Ok? 

christysweet | 29 October 2022 - 11:06:21

Beach is hideous, hundreds of coconut trees were felled , dirty  sand churned  up piles of debris and overgrown pathways.  Took  what was the finest beach  in Thailand and turned it to crap - except in the middle where a large foriegn  conglomerate resides. All because it cannot be managed competently without corruption    

JohnC | 29 October 2022 - 09:08:41

What's a beach chair 'tug' kurt? Sounds like something you would do.

JohnC | 29 October 2022 - 09:02:40

Recovernig?? ED. Your proof reader needs to use spell check. LOL.

[Thank you! Fixed - Ed]

Kurt | 27 October 2022 - 20:03:16

The infestation of illegal agressive Thai beach chair tugs, feeling so free, so very visible, is only possible with back up of very corrupt Thai Phuket Officials. From high till low levels. It makes their constant official Merit doings hypocrite and a joke.

Capricornball | 27 October 2022 - 13:26:04

Now the officials should go over to Surin to remove the signs prohibiting business on the beach-side of the road. The signs look silly when back-dropped by the rapidly increasing infestation of illegal and aggressive beach chair thugs that hijack all the prime areas along the beach. It is the annual explosion of illegal businesses, which were recently cleared off the sand a couple months ago.


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