A number of community projects are enhancing the lives of the residents of the Pichelin community.
Residents now have access to a number of facilities in a centralized area.
A health center, church, basketball court and resource center has created a hub in that area.
The Hon Parliamentary Representative for the Petite Savanne Constituency, Dr Kenneth Darroux, says a fairly new bridge and road now give proper access to the health center in the area.
The bridge and road totaled close to $400,000.
The resource center in that area also houses the village council office.
The project was funded by the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF6) at more than $134,000.
The facility serves as a meeting place for the many groups in the community.
Not forgetting leisure and physical fitness facilities, Government is ensuring the completion of the area’s basketball court. That project is still under construction.
Government has already spent close to $80,000 on the facility and is awaiting the finishing touches before it can be commissioned.
“Spending this amount of money on one sporting facility for a small community is quite a bit. I’m really hoping that the basketball authorities and the people organizing matches will take notice when this is complete. It is going to be a high quality basketball court with LED lights and a proper scoreboard,” Hon. Dr. Darroux stated.
The basketball community is enthusiastic about the recent upgrade.
According to Yanick Regis, Captain of the Pichelin Basketball Team, “We had some plywood backboards which really took some damage from the rain and wear. The new one will last for a long time, it looks nice. It will help us to bring games to Pichelin.
“Basketball is a big sport in Pichelin but I think that when this is done, we will not only host games for the south but bigger events.”
He described it as an incentive for young people to get involved.
“This will change the way we view basketball,” he said.
This totals $615,000 in investments by the Labour Party Administration in the Pichelin community.