Park staff, volunteers trim, cut 200 Pratamnak Road trees

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Hoping to improve safety for drivers and clear out vagrants, Pattaya Parks Department staff and volunteers cut back or removed about 200 trees along Pratamnak Road.

Pattaya Parks Department staff and volunteers cut back or removed about 200 trees along Pratamnak Road. Pattaya Parks Department staff and volunteers cut back or removed about 200 trees along Pratamnak Road.

Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay, who oversaw the Nov. 9 pruning session, said the city had received numerous complaints from drivers about low-hanging branches and brush obscuring traffic signs. The heavy growth had also been used increasingly by vagrants and those engaged in illegal activities, creating safety concerns.

While most of the work involved simple trimming, small trees and brush that made the roadside ideal for clandestine drug use or other liaisons were removed entirely, allowing street lighting to better illuminate the foothills.