Tarodale Hills gets its wish: a new community centre
The community of Tarodale Hills, San Fernando will receive a new community centre. This was confirmed yesterday as Member of Parliament for the area and Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Randall Mitchell and his colleague, Dr. Nyan Gadbsy-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, officially turned the sod for the new facility.
The new Tarodale Gardens Community Centre will be a 8,600 square ft, single story structure which will provide a training kitchen, a computer room, 200 person auditorium, stage, dressing rooms, classrooms, audio visual room, gym and administrative offices. This modern facility will also be constructed to provide access for persons with physical disabilities.
In his opening remarks, Minister Mitchell stated “in my capacity as both Minister of Housing and Urban Development and Member of Parliament for the area, my aim in both aspects, is to improve the quality of life of those that I serve. You, the residents of Tarodale Hills requested better lighting and we delivered that; the play park which you requested, was delivered and is in use by the children of the area and the community centre which you requested, will be delivered. I, therefore, thank the Ministries and state agencies which continue to invest and implement projects in the Tarodale community.”
Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, indicated that the demand for community centres is great especially since there are so many upheavals and criminal activities taking place in communities, where people actively reside. She asserted that “it is therefore important for this Government to ensure that fiscal challenges or not, each community is served by a centre. As the Ministry with responsibility for community development, we are systematically taking on the job of ensuring that we deliver community centres to communities. ”
UDeCOTT, an agency of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, continues to be the developer of choice for the Government because the Government is confident that the Corporation has the capacity to effectively deliver small, medium and large-scale projects. This community centre is one of twelve centres which will be managed by UDeCOTT on behalf of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts.
On Monday August 14, the sod was also turned for a new community centre in Cantaro Village, Santa Cruz.