The new after-school childcare in Tielen (Kasterlee) will eventually arise in second-hand classroom containers of the Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege in Mol. The municipality also changed the location for the children’s club to the garden of the purchased Eggers house in Tielendorp. “After the Easter holidays, those containers can move from Mol to Tielen,” says Mayor Ward Kennes (CD&V).
Bart Van den Langenbergh
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The current De Kriebels children’s club in the old monastery buildings in Tielendorp, next to the free primary school De Omnibus, is completely worn out and was still under water in the summer of 2020 after a heavy thunderstorm. At the end of 2020, the local board of Kasterlee already started to place a new after-school childcare (BKO) on the plot of the rectory in Tielendorp. It would be a modular building pending a full BKO within the framework of the master plan in Tielen.
At the beginning of this year it already became clear that the cost price for new modules for childcare would be skyrocketing. That is why the municipality started looking for an alternative. The city council therefore decided to purchase 18 second-hand containers from the Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege in Mol for 102,500 euros.
“At the end of August we received the message that those class containers were for sale in Mol”, says Walter Van Baelen (CD&V), alderman of Childcare. “Those containers are still in very good condition and can be perfectly converted for the BKO in Tielen.”
The municipality made the highest bid for the containers so that those modules will be moved to Tielen in a few months. The municipality did change the location for the new BKO from the plot of the meanwhile demolished rectory to the garden of the former Eggers house next to the church in Tielendorp.
In September, the municipality bought the empty house with grounds of almost half a hectare at the back for 1.15 million euros. “The containers for the BKO are placed in the garden of that house. As a result, the shelter is accessible via the Belgacom parking. We can also use that garden as a large space for outdoor activities for the children,” explains Mayor Ward Kennes (CD&V). “We still have some time to look at the interior. The containers still have an educational function in Mol and can only move after the Easter holidays.”
Together with the technical service and the employees of the BKO, organized by Ferm Kinderopvang, the municipality is examining how the containers should be placed and which facilities should be provided.
Opposition member Bart Sas (Green) expressed his concern about the accessibility and filling of the containers and about possible extra costs associated with the file. “It’s definitely worth not missing out on this opportunity,” says Ward Kennes. “We are spending an additional 200,000 euros for transport, installation, furnishing and exterior construction. But the total amount of 300,000 euros is about 400,000 euros lower than the original concept of 700,000 euros.”
A nativity scene may be erected on the plot where the former rectory stood.