Councillor Suzette Little has made an urgent call to the residents of Bridgetown and the greater Athlone area regarding the development of the Centre of Excellence at Nantes Park.
People’s Post has reported on the initial sod-turning ceremony for the development of the new centre, intended to provide about 120 children with a platform to train and ready themselves for primary school (“R2.8m to kickstart ECD centre”, 22 September).
Construction is due to begin on the site following the removal of rubble caused by illegal dumping at the site, which belongs to the department of social development.
The initial date for completion of the centre was set for July next year at a total cost of R7.8m.
In addition to providing early childhood development (ECD) infrastructure, the centre will be assisted in becoming compliant in terms of health, fire safety and planning regulations so that it may register with the Western Cape department of social development.
However, Little has called residents to start becoming involved with the project to tailor it to the needs of the community the centre will serve.
“Residents need to make the effort and those who are interested in being service providers for that ECD centre that is being built, should come forward to contact the City, because they cannot wait until it is built and being handed over and then say that they were not aware of it.
“They will see that the place has been cleared, that the grass has been cleared off. They are going to start building very soon and they are going to see a lot of activity on that site, but I need them to come forward now if they are interested in being part,” she says.