The Urban Development Commission will take the spotlight soon when it hosts a week of activities to celebrate its 16th anniversary.
Urban Progress, Urban Culture, Urban Life – 16 years of Urban Development is the theme of the celebrations, which will commence on Sunday, August 11, with a thanksgiving service at 9 a.m., at Bethel Methodist Church, Bay Street, St. Michael.
The following day, Director of Youth, Cleviston Hunte, will deliver a public lecture at the Urban Development Commission, Bridge Street Mall, Bridge Street, Bridgetown, beginning at 7 p.m. Hunte will look at “Urban Progress, Urban Culture, Urban Life – 16 years of Urban Development” and will focus on the youth living in and around urban Barbados.
On August 14, the staff of the commission and Berger Paints will partner to beautify the home of a 99-year-old man, who resides at Westbury Road, St. Michael. The staff will also develop a small garden to enhance the house’s surroundings.
Celebrations will climax with a UDC Market Place on August 15, on the Chamberlain Swing Bridge, Bridgetown, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. There will be product displays by some local small businesses, with patrons getting an opportunity to purchase the exhibits. Health checks will be available to the public during the day.
The aims of the Market Place are to foster a developmental platform for entrepreneurs and merge efforts of the private and public sectors to enhance business opportunities.
The mission of the UDC is “to provide services and programmes that would assist in the alleviation of poverty, and to enhance the sustainable quality of life and high standards of living within the urban population”.