The Patna / River Estate Community
Citizen Security Programme Community Action Officer (CAO)
Tel. 623-2441 ext. 13133
Patna / River Estate Community Action Council (CAC)
Patna / River Estate Community Profile
Patna/River Estate is located in the northern part of Trinidad, North West of downtown Port-of-Spain with the top of North Post overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. To the East is Blue Basin; to the south is Blue Range. To the West of this community is Bagatelle. This community is accessed via the Crystal Stream Highway, Morne Coco Road or Diego Martin Main Road. There are three NHA communities and many squatting communities although some residents from the squatting communities have received Letters of Comfort from the Government.
Patna/River Estate is a residential area with 684 households and a total population of 2,340 . The Patna/River Estate area is culturally and racially diverse and can be broken down as follows: African (60%), Indian (14%), Mixed (19%), and Chinese/Caucasian/Syrian/etc (7%). The age group of the youth population 7-24 represents 39% of the population. The majority of residents (40%) are Roman Catholic, however there are also Anglicans, Presbyterians, Hindus, Muslims, Baptists, Jehovah Witness and Methodists. In this community there are a higher number of married couples (36%) as opposed to Common-Law relationships which make up only 10%.
There is a Government Primary School in the immediate area and a Secondary School on the outskirts of the community. The majority of the population has attended school with 47% having Secondary Schooling as the highest level, however out of this group 54% did not pass any exam. Obtaining 3-4 O’Levels was the next highest level of education with 15% of the population having achieved this. Of those who did some level of training 52% have a certificate with an exam. The 7-12 age group makes up 36% of those attending school.
The workforce of Patna/River Estate is 914 persons; this represents 71% of the working population. Of this group the majority work in private enterprise (61%) followed by those who work for the Government (25%). The major occupation of the working population is clerical with 17%, while the major industry is Transport, Storage and Communication that makes up 13% of all Industries. 33% of the population earns less than $500. This is followed by 11% who earn $1,000 - $1,999.
The Carlos Edwards Grounds is the only sports recreational field in the community however it is in need of an upgrade and therefore the field is not used to its maximum potential. There is also a newly built basketball court. Though the Blue Basin Waterfalls and Doubla Pool are a good distance from the Patna/River Estate communities many children and youth go swimming at these venues on a weekly basis.
Source: CSO 2000 Census data; supplemented by CSP Community Assessments