Residents prevail over private firm’s takeover of village market zone

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Nongprue officials met with residents of the Nernplabwan Euarthorn housing project to resolve complaints about private use of the community’s common area.
Nongprue officials met with residents of the Nernplabwan Euarthorn housing project to resolve complaints about private use of the community’s common area.

Nongprue officials met with residents of the Nernplabwan Euarthorn housing project to resolve complaints about private use of the community’s common area.

Mayor Mai Chaiyanit chaired the July 10 session called following complaints leveled in June about a private business that took over the common area, preventing locals from using it as a market.

Euarthorn Nernplabwan long has had a common area that had served to house a market for locals to set up booths to sell locally made products. However, that area was lost after it was taken over by a private operator who turned it into a storage area for its temple fair equipment.

Adding insult to injury, the operator began charging residents 500 baht a day to use what’s left of the common area after the operator erected a large tent. In the tent are scaffolding, advertising signs, lights and other equipment for hosting temple fairs.

Mai said the subdistrict will intervene and redevelop the area and improve the landscaping at the same time.

The mayor also oversaw the election of the village’s first neighborhood commission and its unanimously elected president Somchai Charoenprasartkul.

Through the commission residents will have a voice in any decisions regarding future use of the market area.

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