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Few restaurants resist ruling to vacate beach land

Dec 22. 2017
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By Phuket Gazette

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Politicians and police visited a Phuket beach on Thursday and declared that most of the restaurants illegally occupying it had vacated as per a Supreme Court ruling.

Cherng Talay’s Orbortor, President, Ma-Ann Samran, visited Laypang with about 30 military officers and local police to follow up on the progress of the demolition of encroached restaurants and found that 70% of the restaurants had left.

After the Supreme Court ruled on November 1 that 178 rai of land on Laypang and Layan Beaches was public land, the OrBorTor ordered that nine restaurants along the foreshore precinct move out and demolish their buildings. 

Although the majority have complied, a few remain and are still claiming they occupy the land as of right.

“Our visit today is to check if they have moved out already or not. We found that some of them remain on the land and some are also new people attempting to run businesses on public land. We need to crackdown on these remaining cases for which we will look into the law to see what we can do,” said Ma-Ann.

“We will visit the land again on January 2 which is the day specified by law enforcement. 

“We found that the new people occupying the land started before the court judgement and claim that they have nothing to do with the nine businesses that the court ruled should move out. 

“If they’re still there on January 2, however, we will file the case with the DSI [Department of Special Investigation] and will oppose their bail. Four or five of the new businesses have already been reported to the police, and have also been bailed. I believe they are not the real owners but sent by the old ones to occupy the land.”


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