70 Children conduct a very successful cleaning on Cosy Beach

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70 Children and staff from the Child Protection and Development Center and students from the Thai Chinese International School came to help Green Pattaya volunteers clean the Cosy Beach on April 5. The Child Protection and Development Center also sponsored this cleaning and 10,000 THB was handed over to Green Pattaya for counties cleaning in Pattaya.

With the help from all the children a very effective cleaning was conducted in just one and half hours and 50 bags of rubbish were collected.  The area has been returned to its original state … but for how long?

Sewage makes its way to the beach as a result of the faulty water pump.Sewage makes its way to the beach as a result of the faulty water pump.

Cosy Beach has been the target for Green Pattaya’s numerous campaigns for a long time; the lack of bins and a solution to the rubbish problem making this otherwise nice beach an eyesore in the Pattaya tourist industry. Just two months ago Green Pattaya with city hall removed three truck loads of rubbish from the beach. A faulty pump also creates a waterfall of sewage down on Cosy Beach.

Green Pattaya has conducted 16 cleanings in Pattaya, with thousands of kilograms of rubbish removed from different areas here, with the support from city hall, Rotary clubs and companies in the area and on many occasions the Child Protection and Development Center in Pattaya.

Smelly raw sewage flows out of the faulty pump above Cosy Beach.Smelly raw sewage flows out of the faulty pump above Cosy Beach.

Moving forward, Green Pattaya now needs help from companies, schools and other NGOs to help clean more areas in and around Pattaya. Green Pattaya wants to create dedicated cleanings for each company, schools and other NGOs, teaching staff and students to take care of the delicate environment in Pattaya. There is also need for refreshments, cleaning equipment and protective clothing for cleaners.

Next Pattaya Clean up is planned for 3 May 2014 at the area of Sheraton and Royal Cliff in the Pratamnak area, and the one after that will be in Naklua at Wongamat Beach 17 May 2014.

Faulty Pump creates smelly flooding on Cosy Beach

Swimmers and raw sewage don’t mix. On several occasions, local environmental group Green Pattaya, has gone to Pattaya City Hall to making councilors aware of a faulty sewage pump station next to Cosy Beach. The offending pump next to Varuna Yacht Club was subsequently changed and Green Pattaya and residents thought the problems were fixed. The solution was short lived.

Children are certainly having fun with their day out, cleaning the beach.Children are certainly having fun with their day out, cleaning the beach.

In a remarkably short period of time the replacement developed a fault causing a cascading waterfall of sewage to pour down to the beach. Pattaya City Hall must push the sub contractor to end this health hazard and fix the unit to stop it polluting Pattaya’s beaches.

The entire entourage gathers for a group photo after cleaning the beach.The entire entourage gathers for a group photo after cleaning the beach.

At the last cleaning at Cosy Beach, Green Pattaya was approached by small business owners and beach vendors and asked for its help to pressure the Pattaya City Hall about the issue. A request was made by Green Pattaya volunteers to City Hall during last week but the official tasked with the repairs said it will take 3 months more before the sub contractor will fix the faulty pump. In the meantime, swimmers are up to their ears in bureaucratic brown tape.