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Local  communities do not always share the view of developers

No Go-Ahead for Yamu Pier in Dispute With Locals

Wednesday, October 8, 2008
A PROPOSED pier for the upmarket east coast Yamu villa and resort development has been put on hold indefinitely, a fisheries conference on Phuket heard today.

The Yamu developers had failed to resolve the concerns of the traditional residents of the cape and as a result, Phuket's Governor had not approved the project, said Phuket Fisheries Department chief, Phairaw Sutrakorn.

He said there were a number of environmental issues that needed to be looked at in detail before the pier project could proceed.

Sanit Massamer, representing local fishermen, told the gathering that local people did not need the pier and feared it would damage the environment.

Cape Yamu is an exclusive development now under construction on the east coast headland of the same name, better known locally as Pak Lok.

A Cape Yamu development website describes it as ''Phuket's most elegant private community, set on a wooded peninsula overlooking the soaring limestone islands of Phang Nga Bay.

''World-leading designer Philippe Starck and visionary architect Jean-Michel Gathy, well known for his work with Aman resorts, have created a villa development that includes elegant private residences with private access to a world class spa and restaurant, and a variety of other luxury services.''

The website adds: ''Like the villas in the Cape Yamu development, The Yamu and the surrounding homes have been designed by Gathy and Starck.

''The resort and the villas, along with the spa and the private marina, will be run by GHM, the management company of the world's foremost hotelier, Adrian Zecha of Aman Resorts fame.''

A section adds: ''Down on the water, providing swift access to Phang Nga Bay and all its wonders, any time, any day, is The Yamu private 39-berth deep-water marina.''

Phuketwan was not immediately able to contact the Yamu today for a comment.

The first day of the three-day fishing seminar today was attended by local fishery officials from several southern provinces.

Tomorrow the seminar will continue and broaden, with representatives from 12 countries in the Federation of Fisherfolk 2008 Assembly attending at Veerasatri Anusorn School in Pak Lok.

On Friday, a rally and parade highlighting the importance of local fisheries is planned, starting at Saphan Hin park in Phuket City about 9am.

The parade will finish at the park next to the Tourism Authority of Thailand offices.

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