Blocked sidewalk prompts complaints at Lan Po Market

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Parking already was bad in the Lan Po Market area, but now at least one nearby resident is complaining that sellers have taken over the sidewalks leading to the parking lot.

A narrow street connects the market to its main parking area. The street is so narrow only motorbikes can use it, but pedestrians at least had the sidewalks. No longer. Vendors with tables, chairs and other items have blocked the footpaths, forcing pedestrians to walk in the road.

Vendors have set up their wares on the sidewalks leading to the parking lot in the Lan Po Market area.Vendors have set up their wares on the sidewalks leading to the parking lot in the Lan Po Market area.

Resident Sala Jaiyen said that not only poses a safety hazard, but brings already slow traffic to a standstill as motorbikes cannot pass the walkers.

Sala would like Pattaya City Hall to look into the matter and solve the problem.

Anupong Buddhanawarat, president of the city council’s social ruling and peacekeeping committee, said he has collected information from the market and talked to people on both sides of the situation. He now plans to take the matter to Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh and ask him to come up with a solution.

The next step would be to call in market vendors to City Hall for a meeting to talk out a solution that would be fair and reasonable for both parties.

Anupong said the city is growing too fast, not leaving enough space for everyone.  He said officials have been aware of the matter, but often get verbally abused whenever they try to address the situation.

Nonetheless, whatever the solution, it must be within the law, and everyone there must obey the law.