A developer barred from constructing a new building next to the South Pattaya flood-drainage canal has turned the property into a parking lot, claiming he’s paying a local official to allow it.
Pattaya earlier issued a stop-work order on the new building and demolished an illegal bridge constructed over the canal. The landowner claims the building is going up on private property and is fighting the order and blockade of the construction site.
So instead the property has been opened for parking at night to serve Walking Street tourists with employees collecting up to 100 baht per vehicle.
The unnamed property owner said the parking lot is being allowed to operate by a local official being paid 2,500 baht a month.