Local officials again pledge crackdown on Third Road bar noise

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Pattaya officials are again pledging to crackdown on noisy Third Road entertainment venues as complaints continue to pile up regarding the open-air restaurants and bars.

Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay and Banglamung District Chief Mongkol Thammakittikhun toured a stretch of Third Road along with nuisance control officers from the Public Health and Environment Department. At issue again is late-night noise from open-air venues offering live music and shows.

Pattaya officials discuss another crackdown on noisy Third Road entertainment venues.  Will they be any more successful this year than they were last year? Pattaya officials discuss another crackdown on noisy Third Road entertainment venues.  Will they be any more successful this year than they were last year?

Verawat said many of the offending restaurants and bars are operating without the correct permits in areas too close to homes and apartments. Several had already been ordered by the city to reduce noise or operating hours, but simply ignored the city’s objections.

The issue is hardly a new one for Third Road residents or public officials. In September last year Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh and Banglamung’s Phongthasit Pijjanan walked the exact same area in response to complaints in The Village housing development where people were so fed they were moving out.

The main pub at issue then was owned by “influential local figures” and three months of complaints brought no action from the city or police.

Like then, Thamkittikhun said the current problem is “delicate.”

“Entrepreneurs always contend Pattaya is a tourism city,” the Banglamung chief said. However, he added, officials are now vowing that any establishment named in a nuisance complaints three times will be reviewed by his office and considered for closure.

“We are all living in the same society. We need to respect the common law,” he said.