Traffic issues dominate 1st Pattaya council meeting

Friday, 06 June 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 23 By  Urasin Khantaraphan

Food carts and traffic signs dominated the Pattaya City Council’s first meeting of 2014, which also saw the approval of budgets for flood control and marine-safety projects.

Councilman Banlue Kullavanijaya complained at the May 27 meeting that the large number of rolling food carts continues to cause traffic problems and wants regulations to manage the vendors.

Urit Nantasurasak, chairman of the Pattaya City Council, presides over the council’s May 27 meeting.Urit Nantasurasak, chairman of the Pattaya City Council, presides over the council’s May 27 meeting.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome replied that regulations currently exist and that the city has, and will continue to, take action against the trolley owners to improve traffic conditions.

Councilman Sanit Boonmachai, meanwhile, proposed spending 19.5 million baht on replacing directional and traffic signs in the East Pattaya railroad-tracks area to bring them up to international standards.

Itthiphol said plans already are underway to remove old sign poles and signs to not only meet international standards, but better withstand the elements. Work currently is focused on the Krathinglai railroad-Huay Yai intersection.

In other business, the council approved a 2.2 million budget for installation of concrete-steel drainage pipes linking Soi Berd Inn to the Jomtien Beach wastewater treatment plant. Budget changes for the Sea Disaster Prevention Center and Social Development Office also were approved.

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