Connect with us


Ministry of Interior blocks beach restaurant demolition



PHUKET: The Ministry of Interior yesterday blocked the demolition of a Phuket restaurant that is allegedly on public, beachfront land.

“The restaurant had previously been demolished. However, the owners just moved the business to nearby land,” said Lt Sompop Kamkana of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command. “They are living on public land without a land title and the restaurant was built without a building permit.”

Lt Sompop explained that the owner of Tony Restaurant on Laypang Beach, Kanokpon ‘Tony’ Somrak, was using a NorSor 3 Kor that had been cancelled more than 30 years ago to justify his claim to the land.

However, an urgent letter from the Ministry of Interior put a hold on the demolition set to take place yesterday, as a provincial committee was established to reevaluate the case as the defendants lawyer presented new information.

“I am confident that the building will be demolished soon though,” said Lt Sompop.

Mr Kanokpon, his lawyer, Lapat Karnwijit, and staff were at the site yesterday to defend their claims.

“My client has three valid NorSor 3 Kor land documents for 50 rai of beachfront land,” Mr Lapat said. “The restaurant is located on one of these plots.”

Mr Lapat explained that construction of the restaurant had started without the permit in 2013. Then on December 15, the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organization (OrBorTor) sent a notice asking that construction be stopped and a letter requesting the building permit be submitted within 30 days.

“My client paused construction and filed the letter on December 23. However, we never received an update. When we followed up, the OrBorTor said that three unknown men had presented themselves at the office and withdrawn the letter, which is just unbelievable.”

The restaurant allegedly opened in January and received the demolition order that same month.

“We filed a case against Cherng Talay OrBorTor President Maan Samran to the Nakorn Sri Thammarat Administrative Court in April about this matter. We have also sent the case file to the National Anti-Corruption Commission,” said Mr Lapat.

Of the ten restaurants under investigation in the area, Tony Restaurant is the only one that neither appealed a court order to evict the premise nor moved out. Seven restaurant owners moved from their premises, while the two others appealed.

— Nattha Thepbamrung


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:

Thailand14 mins ago

Man wins 144 million baht in Thailand’s lottery

Bangkok17 mins ago

Plumber murders and robs Thai woman in Bangkok

Drugs43 mins ago

Man returns for bag with meth pills he left at restaurant

Sponsored5 hours ago

Challenges of starting a business in Thailand as a foreigner

Transport1 hour ago

Porsche sales in Thailand roaring thanks to nation’s entrepreneurs

Visa1 hour ago

Overstay crackdown uses facial recognition tech

Thailand2 hours ago

Father dies trying to save son from teenage gang

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Songkhla3 hours ago

Railway bomb kills three in southern Thailand

Thailand3 hours ago

Restaurant in Japan urges Thai tourists to flush tissues down the toilet

Thailand4 hours ago

Frenchman arrested for scamming Thai woman out of 2 million baht in Bangkok

Thailand4 hours ago

CAAT warns Thai VietJet for cancelling three Phuket – Bangkok flights in one day

Entertainment5 hours ago

VIDEO: Harry and Meghan haters out in full force ahead of Netflix series

Crime5 hours ago

VIDEO: Policeman fined 500 baht for blocking ambulance in northeast Thailand

Weather5 hours ago

Flood warning for 11 southern provinces

Thailand6 hours ago

Apple plans to move production out of China and into Thailand | GMT

Crime20 hours ago

Everything stolen from Danish man’s 3 homes on Koh Samui

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