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Phuket's Dangling Conversation About Cables, Billboards Continues

Thursday, June 14, 2012
PHUKET: The aesthetics of Phuket's billboards, spaghetti cables, signage and holes in the road came up again yesterday in a meeting of officials at Phuket City's Provincial Hall and for once, some solutions were on offer.

Vice Governor Jamleran Tipayapongtada suggested that private companies should be told that their cables will in future be cut down unless an answer can be found to the jumble that swings from Phuket's power poles along most roads.

Knowing what to do with them has been a dangling conversation. The holiday island's billboards hardly impress visitors either, and yesterday the Phuket Department of Roads was instructed to come up with a zoning program designed to restrict the number of billboards.

With the national government cutting funding - presumably to cope with the central province floods as a priority - Vice Governor Jamleran said the Department of Public Works and Planning had to respond to filling the dangerous potholes that have begun to appear in some of Phuket's main roads.

After the Phuket Games 2012, the vice governor said, it had become evident that Phuket needs to look more attractive if it is to enhance its international appeal.

Attempts to remove the intersection floral garland sellers, though, appear to have failed for now.

A police representative said that while there was a risk of crashes at high speed if people stopped at the wrong moment to buy a garland, some drivers had actually protested when police stepped in to arrest sellers recently.

On the agenda was the need for standardised road signage, both private and official.

Vice Governor Jamleran hopes the new billboard zonimg plan can be in place within 30 days.

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You forgot to take a picture of the view from Phuket International arrival hall. As soon as tourists arrive they are greeted by billboards to fill the complete viewing angle.

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on June 14, 2012 10:37

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Yes, I saw that view again this morning. Nobody hides the green hills of Phuket better than Airports of Thailand, with billboards.

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Did the AoT ever fix the silly airport sign that comes on at night saying, " PHUK TERNATIONAL AIRPORT"? The letters of I and N need their bulbs replaced. Does look funny at night though, he he he.

Posted by Graham on June 14, 2012 11:56

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Your photos do the cable installations a favour, it makes them look somewhat neat and tidy. There are far worse. I agree on one thing they're horrid to the eye and possibly safety of the public.
Sure there's a few streets in town that have gone underground but how much did that cost and how long did it take. I don't see the budget available to fix the whole island.
Signboards are a different problem but are just as a big eyesore and danger.

Posted by innocent bystander on June 14, 2012 17:49

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Seems these dangling cable wires need cable ties such that they can be in place without dangling hither thither. ;)

Posted by Derreck on June 18, 2012 13:25


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