Connect with us


Cherng Talay locals protest Tesco-Lotus branch



CHERNG TALAY: Some 50 protesters gathered in front of the Red Room restaurant on Srisoonthorn Rd yesterday morning to protest the construction of Phuket’s first Tesco-Lotus Express store.

The protesters claim that the work defied a stoppage order issued by the now-disbanded Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organization (OrBorTor).

The protest was held just around the corner from the project site on Soi Bangtao 2. Throughout the protest, workers continued busily working on the building, now about 50% complete.

Bearing banners with messages reading “Tesco is foreign-owned”, “No Tesco” and “Cherng Talay people don’t want Tesco”, the protesters circulated copies of documents supporting their position, including a copy of a work stoppage order issued on July 27, signed by Samart Sagae, then-president of Cherng Talay OrBorTor.

The Cherng Talay OrBorTor four-year term ended August 29. The administration has been upgraded to tessabaan tambon (municipality) status. Its new council will take office following elections on October 7.

Another document presented by the protesters was a copy of a complaint to Cherng Talay Police filed by current Acting OrBorTor President Suwat Prakorbpol.

Filed on September 10, the complaint notes the OrBorTor‘s intention to sue Tesco-Lotus for its failure to comply with the work stoppage order, which took effect August 1.

A statement issued by the protesters claimed that the Tesco-Lotus shop will cause many of the 1,000-odd small local retailers to close their stores, and that taxi and tuk-tuk drivers will no longer be needed as often because consumers will be able to walk to buy goods.

The statement also questioned whether the project had gained support through public hearings. Any legitimate public hearing process must include those who stand to be most negatively affected by a project, but in this case none of those parties were even aware that a public hearing had taken place, the statement read.

Martin Clutterbuck of Tesco-Lotus Corporate Affairs office confirmed to the Gazette only that the project in question is a Tesco-Lotus retail branch. He declined to comment further.


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand2 hours ago

Cabinet seems to have ignored 4am nightlife proposal

Video3 hours ago

THAILAND NEWS TODAY | Korean woman arrested for 5-million-baht theft, 6-year overstay

Crime3 hours ago

Tuhao’s Chinese gang buys 50 homes in Bangkok luxury village with cash

Sponsored4 hours ago

Krungthong Plaza offers endless choices of well-selected plus-size fashion products

Road deaths3 hours ago

Bus flipped in Tak injuring 44 Burmese workers, killing 3

Thailand3 hours ago

3 men were arrested for stealing Thai Internet connection & World Cup betting in Cambodia

Pattaya3 hours ago

Intoxicated Pattaya woman left uninjured after overturning car

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime4 hours ago

Woman who allegedly scammed victims for over 30 million baht arrested in Pattaya

Bangkok4 hours ago

Bangkok BTS Skytrain fares to increase next year

Thailand4 hours ago

Police put brakes on car rental thief in Bangkok

World5 hours ago

New drug marks major milestone in slowing Alzhemier’s

World Cup5 hours ago

400 to 500 migrant workers in Qatar died due to World Cup, not 6,500

Visa6 hours ago

Thailand advises Indians to obtain visa prior to travelling to avoid long queues

Thailand6 hours ago

Driver furious with Bangkok shopping mall after foreigner accidently causes damage to her car

Politics6 hours ago

Iran promises Thailand it won’t attack Israeli tourists

Crime7 hours ago

Korean woman arrested for 5 million baht theft, 6-year overstay

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11