Earlier houses

Earlier houses

1992-95- reblocking: Earlier, houses, built right over the water made it hard for the cities de silting raft to dredge the klong regularly, so the communities moved their houses back, in order to maintain the required 8 metres minimum open distance across the klong. They also demolished toilets that drained directly into the klong and built new ones, with proper septic tanks, at least 3 metres inland.

1995 – built wooden walkway: To improve access to their houses, the people in the Bor –wa community built wooden boardwalks along both sides of the klong. The walkway cost just 500, 000 baht, and was soon flowed by a 2 storey timber and bamboo community centre, supported by the LIFE Programme.

1997 – community planning: Bor-wa was the first community to go a step further and prepare a full redevelopment plan. During evenings sessions in the new community centre, with help from CASE, residents mapped out their houses and used coloured tapes to plan pathways, fire access, drainage, water taps, electricity, garbage collection points, lamp posts and trees. The other settlements got wind of this and pretty soon; Bor-wa was helping the other Klong communities prepare similar redevelopment plans.

1997 – community plans officialised: As evidence of the transformation in the klong communities relationship with the city, these people-generated redevelopment plans were incorporated in the official municipal plan, and became the basis for subsequent NHA – built improvements to the Klong Samrong settlements in 1997.

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