The Beetham Gardens
Citizen Security Programme Community Action Officer
Tel. 868 628-4277 ext. 12626
Beetham Gardens Community Action Council (CAC)
Beethams Gardens Community Profile
Beetham Gardens is located in West Trinidad and is bordered on the North by the Eastern Main Road; on the South by the Caroni River; to the East by a Concrete drain; thence along Beetham Highway; 16th St Main St; a ravine then to Priority Bus Route; thence along PTSC Prop. Boundary; Beetham Highway thence into and along Black River; and to the West by the Sea Coast; a ravine along overpass (City Boundary); Eastern Main Rd; Main St; 3rd St; Beetham Highway; thence into and along a ravine to Priority Bus Route; CGA Property Boundary to Eastern Main Rd. The community is comprised of 933 dwelling units including single family homes and a small squatting community. Beetham Gardens is made up of low to middle income families living permanently.
Beetham Gardens is made up of approximately 3,258 persons. The majority (76.8%) of the population is of African decent, while 15% are Mixed and 8% are of Indian decent. With regard to religious beliefs; 36% of the population is Roman Catholic, 19% Baptist, and 16% are Anglican. 39% of the total population are young people between the ages of 7 – 24 years.
The union status of females in this community shows that 13% are married, 21% never had a husband or a partner, 26% are in common-law relationships and 12% are no longer living with a husband or common-law partner. In the general community; 76% of residents have never been married, 13% are married and 2% are divorced.
There is one pre-school and one primary/secondary school in Beetham Gardens. Approximately thirty (30%) percent of residents have had 5 years of schooling while only 25% attended school for 7 years or more. The highest level of education attained by residents in Beetham Gardens is Primary school education (52%) followed by 30% attaining a Secondary school level of education. Although members of the community have attended school, 75% of residents have never passed an exam. Of persons who attended school, 4% received 1 – 2 O level subjects, 2% received 3 – 4 O level subjects, and 1% received 5 subjects and over.
In 2000 training was undertaken by 466 (14%) community residents and included Vocational/Trade (28%), On the Job training (26%), Technical Institute (6%), Secondary School (7%) and University (.6%). Of the training received 317 (68%) of residents completed the training. Of this number 53% received a certificate with an examination and 9% received a certificate without an examination.
The population of school aged (7 – 12 years) children of Beetham Gardens currently attending school is 416 persons or 13% of residents.
There are 11 business places inclusive of small parlors attached to homes, auto body shop, and a restaurant. One thousand, two hundred and forty-three (1243) persons make up the work force in the community. Fifty-one percent (51%) are employed in a private enterprise, 18% are no paid help and 12% are employed within the government.
The majority of the workforce (41%) is employed in elementary occupations, 16% are in craft and related occupations and 15% are hired under Service and Sales occupations. The industries mostly hiring members from this community are wholesale and retail (25%) followed by construction which employs 14% of community members. Eight (8%) percent are employed in personal ad household type of jobs.
This community is comprised of low to middle income families. Thirty-six percent (36%) of community members earn less than $500 per month, 18% earn between $1,000-$1,999, and 8% receive between $2,000-$2,999. Three (3%) percent of the population earn more that $5,000 per month.
Beetham Gardens has a number of recreational facilities including football fields and a basketball court, and a Police Youth Club. These facilities are often utilized by the youths and other residents of the community.