Central Pattaya residents challenge Big C building permit

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Jirawat Plukjai, president of the Chumsai Community, and local residents are challenging a permit issued to retail giant Big C to demolish a sidewalk and uproot trees for a new minimart on Third Road.
Jirawat Plukjai, president of the Chumsai Community, and local residents are challenging a permit issued to retail giant Big C to demolish a sidewalk and uproot trees for a new minimart on Third Road.

Central Pattaya residents are challenging a permit issued to retail giant Big C to demolish a sidewalk and uproot trees for a new minimart on Third Road.

Jirawat Plukjai, president of the Chumsai Community, said March 8 that the permit presented by Big C Super Center Public Co.’s Pattaya construction chief was “unclear” in some regards regarding its approval and asked Pattaya City Hall to again review the permit.

The challenge came after Big C began work demolishing a footpath and cutting down trees for a new Big C Mini shop on Third Road at Soi Chalerm­prakiat 16 without a permit.

Pattaya Deputy Mayor Pattana Boonsawat halted work on the project to clear an entrance for a parking lot, until the proper paperwork was obtained, which it was quickly.

Jirawat complained that the work removed shade trees that residents liked and created commuting problems due to the demolished footpath.