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With Phuket’s Surin beach demolitions pending, tenants plea for stay of execution

PHUKET: Some 36 tenants who occupy the Surin beachfront buildings that are slated for demolition on Wednesday (Apr 20) today urged the Phuket Governor to at least delay the deadline – and even to reconsider the demolitions altogether.

By Darawan Naknakhon

Monday 18 April 2016, 05:18PM

Phuket Governor Chamreon Tipayapongtada assured the tenants that officials will act in full accordance of the law. Photo: Darawan Naknakhon

Phuket Governor Chamreon Tipayapongtada assured the tenants that officials will act in full accordance of the law. Photo: Darawan Naknakhon

The representatives arrived at Phuket Provincial Hall this morning (Apr 18).

“Please consider our right to make a living here,” said Channonphipak Prachumsrisakul.

“Officials have allowed people to make a living at this beach since 1995. Many of us have been there 21 years already. Now officials have told us to vacate our buildings because they will demolish them on April 20 (Wednesday).

“If officials want us to move, please extend the deadline – and please find new places for us,” he added.

Mr Channonphipak, in detailing the group’s plea for “fairness”, also told Phuket Governor Chamreon Tipayapongtada that the beachfront vendors object to encroachment charges against them.

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“We don’t agree with the charges of trespassing on public land,” he said. “We have filed an appeal with regional Administrative Court (in Nakhon Sri Thammarat) to consider our right to making a living on this land.”

Gov Chamroen received the petition in person and assured that officials will follow all due processes in carrying out their actions relating to the issue.

“I will hand these details today to Pakpoom Intarasuban [Phuket Provincial Chief Administrative Officer (Palad)],” he said.

“Mr Pakpoom is tasked with checking each business on Surin Beach – and finding out how people there make money for living. Everything will be done in full accordance with the law,” Gov Chamroen assured.

“Also, this is being handled by Phuket Vice Governor Chokdee Armornwat. I’ll leave this in his capable hands.”



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Kurt | 20 April 2016 - 15:20:10

Yes, you are right, Sir Bur.
Must be shocking for the Surin group, asking Governor for 'fairness' on 19th, and ( almost after 2 years talking)demolishing happens. 
Of course the Governor knew that on the 19th.
Why didn\'t he inform them honestly that demolishing would have a go ahead on 20th?

Sir Burr | 20 April 2016 - 10:41:22

Looks like Kurt and BigA were wrong, though, I don't blame you for your prediction. I'm as surprised as you that they actually went ahead and demolished the buildings.

Christy Sweet | 20 April 2016 - 08:15:35

Crazy to knock down tax generators. Surin was known for these businesses, people flocked to them. If the Cherng-Telay Or Bor Tor, which owns the land wants to lease, then tax it and make sure the money gets accounted for.... oh.  OK,.. never mind. Again and again, it is the inability to regulate and enforce perfectly good laws that contributes to this nation's woes. 

Kurt | 19 April 2016 - 11:02:29

BigA,  yes, of course they will be there on 21st.
It is just a big thai cat @ mouse came.
The cat is the tea pot, and the mouses are the money.
This will go on as long the tea pot not becomes empty.

Don't forget, on thai schools drama lessons are more important than English lessons.

BigA | 19 April 2016 - 06:59:09

April 20! Any Bet's they be there on the 21st!Let's see how much gut's the army really has?

Andy | 18 April 2016 - 21:45:32

The main restaurant businesses here were all paying substantial rents. Who to and why if the landlord did not own the land? Maybe the governor should look into this aspect.

Belzybob | 18 April 2016 - 18:38:57

I have just realised that the Catch Beach Club is scheduled for demolition. What nonsense, an asset to the area that I have had used, with most likely corrupt elements wishing to take over the beach area. Shame on you Phuket and the regional government!

Richard Vickers | 18 April 2016 - 17:56:45

These cry babies have been milking this for nearly 2 years, and never have they made any changes in the way they do business.  They have continued to disregard all the rules, and whenever the Army or police came to clear things away, they just waited til official backs were turned before they went back to business as usual.  Renting sunbeds on the public beach in front of their businesses, putting...

Whistle-blower | 18 April 2016 - 17:45:17

No compromise as it is the open door to corruption.

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