St. Andrews violated building code: Watthana District Office

Workers remove a lawn in July that encroached on public land behind St. Andrews International School. Photo: Nicky Tanskul
Workers remove a lawn in July that encroached on public land behind St. Andrews International School. Photo: Nicky Tanskul

City officials said that an international school embroiled in a dispute with its neighbors violated building regulations by preparing for further expansion onto public land.

In a letter sent to a neighbor who has long campaigned against the school’s expansion, Watthana District officials said they found evidence of unauthorized structures and modifications.

In the letter, seen by Coconuts, the district office said it found unauthorized modifications including new foundation pillars laid around the vicinity of a public waterway since early August, around the time the school was demolishing one structure the city had ordered removed.

The letter, sent to neighbor Mayta Lerttamrab on Sept. 8, said the school detailed the dimensions of the offending work and authorities concluded that it violated the building code.

Inspectors also found eight foundation pillars drilled on the public waterway the city said violated the Building Control Act.

District officials have declined to answer questions about the issue or provide related public documents. The school has been silent on the matter and directed inquiries to a representative who declines to give her name. Reached by phone, the representative said she was unavailable and has not returned calls since Wednesday.

The school has said that it relied on old aerial photographs to conclude that the community waterway no longer existed prior to building on the land. The district said it had no authorization to build the structures.

Late last year, the district ordered that all encroaching structures be demolished and the land returned to the public.

In August, the school demolished one building, and its representative said that it considered the land under its possession despite being public land. Officials said publicly thereafter that the school was complying with its order.

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