Parking, litter complaints persist at Banglamung Beach

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Condominium owners near Banglamung Beach are complaining the clam diggers are causing noise and parking problems. And yes, it has to be those damn clam diggers trying to eke out a living from the sea and nothing to do with weekend visitors.
Condominium owners near Banglamung Beach are complaining the clam diggers are causing noise and parking problems. And yes, it has to be those damn clam diggers trying to eke out a living from the sea and nothing to do with weekend visitors.

Condominium owners near Banglamung Beach are complaining the clam diggers are causing noise and parking problems.

Deputy District Chief Litapope Penchan and Councilman Sretsak Faklit met June 23 with residents and business owners to discuss the ongoing problems with parking and litter.

Phutiya Sakloh, general manager of the Paradise Condominium, said they, the Sea Breeze Community and Nadalay Condominium all were upset with the situation, which Banglamung has responded to in recent weeks following rafts of complaints.

He said parking on both sides of Banglamung Soi 16 has caused massive congestion on holidays and weekends and the entire area is covered in plastic, bottles and other waste.

Sretsak had district enforcement officers erect barriers to prevent parking in prohibited areas and tell clam diggers to park farther from the beach and walk to find their bounty.

The councilman said more Environment Department workers will be deployed to collect trash.

The visit by authorities came three weeks after the district first promised to dispatch officers to regulate parking and stop littering at the Pattaya-area beach popular with Thais.

Deputy District Chief Narathip Fukruk had vowed on June 8 that “no littering” signs will be posted that threaten violators with fines. In addition, officers would be deployed on weekends and holidays to corral the chaos that has become parking at the beach.

Either that promise was left unfulfilled or not enough officers were sent to placate residents.