Pattaya Daily News

19 January 2010 :: 18:01:03 pm 9147

Pattaya Protest: Developers Closing Local Business

A small crowd of protester gathered at Sai Ngarm Beach to protest against the councils plans to demolish the locally run “shed” restaurants that have existed in the area for over 20 years.
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Pattaya, the 19th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 11:00am reporters were called to the Sai Ngarm Beach, Soi 18/2 in Naklua, as a small crowd had gathered to protest against the council’s demolition of a shed restaurant that is located on the beach in front of “The Cove” hotel construction site. Over 50 municipal officers and engineers along with 10 Pattaya Police officers were at the scene to maintain the peace and begin demolition work. Council officers have stated that the shed constructions are being removed as they block the natural sea view of the area.

 

Mrs. Kanyawee Parnsorn [42] the owner of the restaurant in question stated, that she had owned and operated the business for over 20 years. She had been selling selling food and taking care of the beach area around her business since before there were any large developments fronting the beach. Mrs. Parnsorn stated that she believed that the new developments had meant that Pattaya City was removing the traditional appeal of the area in order to attain a more natural look. With Thai and Foreign investors fighting for exclusive rights to much of the beach front, Mrs Parnsorn believes that her businesses demise will serve as an example to others in the area that the big developers are pushing the small family owner businesses out.

 

Mrs. Parnsorn claims she has not resisted the council’s plans however she feels that it’s the large developer’s wish, not the councils, to rid the beach of the unique Thai shed constructions. The Hotel developers have already begun advertising their product with an exclusive beach frontage primarily “The Cove” development. Although the Pattaya council never promised the small businesses how long they would be allowed to operate, Mrs Parnsorn believes that it is the developers that are forcing her out of the area not the council.

Pattaya City Deputy Mayor, Mr Ronkid Ekasing revealed that the locally run businesses operating on the beach had been given 45 days notice to evacuate the premises before demolition would commence. Mr. Ekasing revealed that the 45 days had elapsed and the demolition would commence today to clear the area and preserve the natural scenery without provocation from any of the developers in the area.

Reporter : Yanwarrut   Photo : Yanwarrut   Category : Community News

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