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Samui Land Issues Shakes Up

Anyone who’s staying in their three bedroom villa in Samui no doubt took an airplane to the island. Koh Samui is Thailand’s third largest island, and is a popular vacation destination. Its airport is well-suited to handling the strain of being located in such a place. However, it would seem there’s a bit of a hiccup.

Surat Thani’s governor has issued an order; a probe into claims made against Samui airport. The claims state that the airport is encroaching on public land. Specifically, a plot of land that has a canal running through, which implies it might be a part of a nearby swampy forest which acts as a water retention area, which would designate the land as public land, not state property. This means that the land in question could not be sold, at least, not through proper legal channels.

The land in question, which covers 16 rai, or 25,600 m2, is not actually part of the airport’s runway strip, but rather, it is an area reserved as sort of an “air safety zone”, wherein any construction or planting is strictly regulated so as to ensure that air navigation doesn’t suffer from obstructions, as per following aviation safety laws.

A National Legislative Assembly had already investigated the issue prior, with the discovery of the canal being part of its initial findings, which the current probe, ordered by Governor Uaychai Innak, will refer to. The provincial probe panel will investigate further to assure that the land was purchased legally, using information acquired from residents, and other local institutions. According to the governor, the probe is to be finished sometime the following week.

Bangkok Airways, the owner of Samui airport stated that they’ve rented the land from the Thailand Treasury Deparment since 1999. It follows up that it leaves the decision of whether the land is public or state property up to local state agencies, and that they are willing to share what information they have.

For those staying in their three bedroom villa in Samui or looking to visit, rest assured the airport will remain functional, though what Bangkok Airways will do regarding the land, should its status be changed remains a mystery.

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Landscaping Project In Lewes Library Cost More Than The Allotted Budget

The newly built Lewes Public Library was set to have its landscaping project. It was back in 2014 when the budget was set at $4,500 for the estimated cost of the landscape. This year, the original figure was said to be insufficient as the budget needed is over five times the original estimated cost.

The chairman of Parks and Recreation, Alison Kirk, showed the city council the estimated cost for the library section which is referred to as Thompson property. She surveyed from two landscaping companies and the cost is expected to be between $20,000 and $25,000. The figure was unexpected for the officials because they have already approved a budget previously and it was for only $10,000. The figure was already a total estimate for the while parcel which covers 5.9 acres. The previously estimated budget already includes the newly build trailhead together with the open space which is located at the back of the library.

The new budget is only estimated for the library section, not including the whole plot. Lewes in Bloom has already presented a plan to develop a garden designed for all ages which is to be built at the back of the library and they have already assumes the costs of the future maintenance.

According to Kirk, Distinctive Landscaping which is the landscaper of the city has already pledged to maintain the property surrounding the library while staying within the budget which is $10,000. The rest will be up to the city in order to not go over budget thus they have to perform at least one mulching and weeding.

If they are willing to pay the full budget at $25,000, the landscaping company will be in charge of everything including pruning, mulching, cleaning up of the debris and leaves after as well as fertilizing. The chairman for the library design committee, Ned Butera, expressed that the previous estimate of the landscape architect is obviously not enough since the maintenance is expected to be quite expensive. This is why it is important to get an estimate from a trusted landscaper such as Spring landscaping design, in order to stay within the budget.