A global college has demolished a construction town stated was constructed illegally however hasn’t dedicated to returning the land to the general public.
After St. Andrews Worldwide Faculty began work to fulfill a metropolis order to return a strip of land to public use, staff this previous week tore down a four-story constructing. That a lot the varsity pledged to do a number of months in the past, saying it might restore the land, which had been a public proper of means, to its unique state.
In a March 16 letter to district officers seen by Coconuts, the varsity stated it might restore the strip of land behind the campus. It didn’t say that it might restore public entry to the land, an easement neighbors say as soon as protected their properties from flooding. The college stated the flood management waterway not existed when it constructed the campus and has relied on low-quality aerial pictures from 1967 to assist its declare.
A resident who has taken on St. Andrews on behalf of its neighbors stated the varsity hasn’t complied with what town ordered late final yr.
“I don’t know what to assume,” stated Mayta Lerttamrab, the 40-year-old resident who grew up within the Pridi Banomyong neighborhood. “I see them demolishing one constructing, however I haven’t seen any signal of them returning the waterway the place it was once.”
He stated the varsity hasn’t touched a soccer pitch and utility pole constructed on the general public land.
In November, town ordered that St. Andrews must demolish the encroaching structures and return the strip of land to public use.
Watthana District Director Suchira Silanon couldn’t be reached for remark as of publication time.
Calls to a faculty consultant went unanswered Wednesday and Thursday. Final month, the varsity rep, who has refused to present her title or title, advised Coconuts that the varsity operated by UK agency Nord Anglia was complying the order – “No extra, no much less.” She additionally stated that whereas “some a part of the varsity is public land,” it was “below the varsity’s possession” and “not open for the general public to make use of.” Requested to clarify the authorized reasoning for these assertions, she declined.
Mayta has campaigned since 2020 for the school to return the land to the general public. He and his neighbors say it helped defend their properties as a flood channel and was utilized by residents to fish when water ranges have been excessive.
Further writing by Todd Ruiz
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