Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pranburi area adjustments

Announced in the Royal Gazette yesterday were the area changes of Pran Buri municipality (เทศบาลตำบลปราณบุรี) and Khao Noi subdistrict administrative organization (องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลเขาน้อย), which I already wrote about when they were mentioned on the transcript of the board meeting on August 9.

The announcement comes in two parts - first is the release of the territory from the TAO Khao Noi [Gazette], and second the change of the area of the municipality [Gazette]. The second one also includes a map, however only showing the municipality. To see the development of the municipal area, one can compare with the map in the announcement on the creation of the sanitary district from 1955 and the enlargement of the area in 1966.

Pran Buri municipality office
Looking at the map in more detail, the strange thing is the location of the municipality office. When I passed through Pran Buri last year and made a short photo stop at the district office slightly north of the town center, I found the municipality office directly next to that one. However, the map not only shows that the area around the district office does not belong to the municipality at all, it also has a marker for the office on the southern side of the town. As I have the photographic proof I am sure my memory did not fool me in this case, also I found a Thai government website with lots of placemarks which confirms that location. Sadly Google Earth still has only medium resolution imagery for Pran Buri, though if the building in the header image of the municipality website should be large enough to be recognizable. Maybe it was just built and opened recently, which explains why it not shows in Google Earth and last year the small office was still used.

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