PHUKET: The absent owners of an abandoned resort in the foothills overlooking Patong have been given three months to respond to an order to allow access across their 200-million-baht plot of land or face a court order to do so.

Phuket Vice Governor Somkiat Sangkhaosutthirak delivered the news today at the site of The Crest resort, on Phra Barami Road, where derelict resort buildings have been left to crumble for at least the past four years.

At the inspection of the five-rai site, local resident Utaiwan Van-Zandt explained to Vice Governor Somkiet that she filed a complaint in 2009 after the resort was built and access to her land was cut off.

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