FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Surin Beach seawall will go ahead, vows MaAnn

PHUKET: Chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) MaAan Samran has assured that construction of the seawall at Surin Beach will go ahead despite experts stating that building the seawall will seriously damage coastal resources instead of preventing beach erosion.

tourismenvironmentnatural-resourcesconstructioneconomics
By Premkamon Ketsara

Tuesday 12 December 2017, 04:28PM


Construction of the seawall at Phuket’s Surin Beach will go ahead, vows Chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) MaAan Samran. Photo: Premkamon Ketsara

Construction of the seawall at Phuket’s Surin Beach will go ahead, vows Chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) MaAan Samran. Photo: Premkamon Ketsara

 

Mr MaAan broke the news in an exclusive interview with The Phuket News’s sister Thai-language publication Khao Phuket following a public meeting at the Thalang District Office on Dec 1.

The meeting was held after more than 100 disgruntled local residents and beach operators massed at Surin Beach on Nov 27 to present a list of demands to be answered in the hopes raising the standard of the beach so that it becomes more attractive to tourists. (See story here.)

“The building of the Surin Beach seawall will go ahead, but the project is just going slowly,” Mr MaAan told Khao Phuket.

However, Mr MaAnn would not elaborate any further on the issue.

The Dec 1 meeting was also held with the aim of clearing up “misunderstandings” about alleged duplicity in allowing beach operators to serve tourists on the sands at Surin Beach.

The final conclusion from the meeting was that no vendors, temporary of permanent, would be allowed to operate on the beach. (See story here.)

Speaking about the beach vendor issues, Mr MaAnn said, “Starting with sunbeds and umbrellas. We have already talked about this issue. Every government office still has problem with this issue, including police, because they do not agree for operators to sell in public areas.

“Surin Beach is an honour beach as King Rama 9 visited here in 1959. This means we should conserve the nature that is here,” he explained.

“We do understand resident’s problems, but every occupation has its problems. Everyone must find solutions together,” he said.

QSI International School Phuket

With regards to vendors’ claims that double standards were being applied between beach bed and umbrella vendors, Mr MaAnn said, “There are no double standards. The only standard we have is that beds and umbrellas are not allowed. If they (operators and tourists) came to the beach, why do they have to put umbrellas. They should absorb the real temperature of the nature where they are visiting.”

Turning his attention to resident’s demands that lifeguards and equipment be provided for tourists, Mr MaAnn refused to hire lifeguards and rescue equipment.

“This is the responsibility of the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO, or OrBorJor),”he said.

He added that his decision was to prevent any duplicate hiring problem.

Moreover, Mr MaAan also explained that the issue of public toilets being installed at the beach was now in the hands of the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning.

“These toilets were designed as part of the plans for the Surin Public Park.

“However, the OrBorTor will solve the problem by renting mobile toilets for six months from December until April. The rental fee might not be more than B150,000.

“The Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning is going to design [the permanent] toilets [that will be built] within Surin Public Park,” he added.

Former Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan on Jan 19 confirmed to The Phuket News that plans to build a B800 million Rajabhakti Park at Surin Beach had been scrapped and that a lesser costing public park would replace it.

At that time, Gov Chockchai said, “We have now cancelled all plans to build the Rajabhakti Park at Surin Beach. We have now decided to build a park which will be named Surin Public Park.” (See story here.)

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Fascinated | 12 December 2017 - 19:14:45

Good old 'mis-understandings'. 

I must have misunderstood when Mr Ma Aan said he was stepping down two Januaries ago. Too lucrative to go I suppose.

crispy | 12 December 2017 - 19:11:28

The tidal flow will change building an artificial seawall you will destroy your beaches . 

BenPendejo | 12 December 2017 - 17:21:03

“Surin Beach is an honour beach as King Rama 9 visited here in 1959. This means we should conserve the nature that is here,”... so he wants to build a seawall that will ultimately make the beach disappear.  This guy is too much.  So he thinks he knows better than the experts?  This guy really needs to get another job...in another province.  The WORST leadership in Phuket...hands down.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
GrabTaxi hikes ‘booking fee’ surcharge

To be a Governor on Phuket is a easy job. You just join ceremonies, religious or not, you lie to Am...(Read More)


Ugandan females arrested on Bangla Rd for Phuket overstays

If Patong Col Jessada is so worried, as he said, why are the black women (I mention colour as it is ...(Read More)


GrabTaxi hikes ‘booking fee’ surcharge

Meter taxis in phuket?? What a joke, they don’t exist, the drivers NEVER turn them on and just hav...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: It’s what they call karma

That's why I call it Lie-Land. Honesty is simply not considered when lying is so much easier. ...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: It’s what they call karma

Glad to see another PN article pulling the covers off dishonest Thai officials. In their efforts to...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: It’s what they call karma

Karma is for those who actually have a conscience, Thai officials have repeatedly demonstrated they ...(Read More)


Ugandan females arrested on Bangla Rd for Phuket overstays

2 day crack down in reaction to local Thai reporter doing 4am Facebook live report from Bangla showi...(Read More)


Phuket hotels deny worker crackdown brings pressure

"Thai staff may not be as competent"... bulls-eye!...(Read More)


Phuket croc search moves to Kata Noi, beach closed to swimmers

Hehehe, where in the world are vice admirals, Mayors and Governor going to a beach for a croc? Where...(Read More)