Pattaya residents call for more parks & libraries at city forum


Health, traffic and education topped the list of concerns shared by Pattaya residents when city officials solicited suggestions from residents of 14 neighborhoods about how to improve the quality of life.

Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon chaired the meeting, representing the mayor’s office, which, along with the basic education committee and city council members office, made up the main three bodies heading the mission to tackle communities problems.

Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon (3rd left) and Councilman Banlue Kullavanijaya (left) hosted the meeting with Zone 1 community members at Pattaya School No. 2.

Wattana and Councilman Banlue Kullavanijaya hosted the April 23 meeting with Zone 1 community members at Pattaya School No. 2.

Zone 1 includes the Krathinglai, Rong Maikeed, Chong Lom, Old Naklua Market, Lan Po, Post Office, Nong Tabag, Hua Tung, Pho Sampan, Ton Krabog, Ton Krabog 33, Chaiyapornvithee, Laem Rachavej and South Nong Yai communities.

The meeting sought opinions on three areas: public utilities, the environment and community appearance.

Among the suggestions were that the city should develop more parks or venues for people to exercise, provide more bicycle lanes and footpaths, and open elderly-care centers. Officials should also focus more on the drug problem, residents said.

Utility concerns covered the persistent drainage and flooding problems, unsightly tangles of electrical wires and traffic woes, particularly involving tour buses.

As for appearances, residents said the city needs to work hard to round up stray dogs, open more public libraries and schools and prepare residents for the ASEAN Economic Community.