Govt eyeing North Point

Government is contemplating acquiring the North Point Surf Resort in St Lucy and developing it into an ultra-modern sports venue.

Stephen Lashley
Stephen Lashley

This was disclosed by Minister of Sports, Stephen Lashley, following a tour of the over 30-acre property and Archers Bay today. He was accompanied on the site visit by Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development Denis Kellman, officials from both ministries, attorney-at-law for the owners, Lystra Kodilinye, and caretaker Burton Alleyne.

Reflecting on the history of the facility as a venue for swimming meets, Lashley said this country’s sporting programme needed to be further developed to make it more attractive for international athletes if they wanted to use Barbados’ training facilities.

He explained that many of the teams, whether coming here for swimming or athletics, would also want “to have accommodation quite close to the training facility, and one can see that with the amount of land that’s there . . . that  we could even use the entire facility in terms of our desire to provide more sporting facilities”.

Looking  at sports holistically, he said Barbados required a top-of-the-line, ultra-modern stadium and noted that Government was looking at a second option in terms of the current National Stadium and North Point Surf Resort could fit that bill.

“We are looking at re-designing the National Stadium, but of course, Barbados still needs an ultra-modern stadium and the land here [at North Point] – part of it is owned by the Government, the other part, of course, would have to be acquired – does lend itself to that possibility,” Lashley noted.

In turn, Kellman said it was important for Government to look at acquiring land for developmental purposes and indicated that the property at North Point had much potential.

“We not only have to look for land for the various Government ministries, but the agencies of the ministry, for example, National Housing [Corporation] has to have a land bank,” he noted.

The resort, which is now derelict, is privately owned but is up for sale. It was once the home for sporting events in the 1970s. (BGIS)

Source: BGIS

13 Responses to Govt eyeing North Point

  1. Nelson Darwin
    Nelson Darwin May 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Idiocy…. Again.

  2. Heather Dottin-Bancroft
    Heather Dottin-Bancroft May 13, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Pray tell me, where de devil this money to buy this going come from. Government need to finish the things they have started before moving on to more projects that will be left unfinished. Like the St. John Polyclinic or are they waiting until it is nearing election again to finish it so they will have something to say

  3. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews May 13, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    cutting money from one thing to spend on another glorified project , that is so smart , sports before health and education wonder how that can go wrong ?

  4. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder May 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Y not y’all about to steal a Idea that was put forward b4,y’all some morons in government…

  5. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder May 13, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    4billion is on the table the government in talks about y’all working backwards…

  6. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder May 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    All just tricks an games when this island can really cash in on the international market,just Morons running this country men that should not be in the place of leadership an no vision for the once Gem of the Caribbean seas..

  7. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder May 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I sick a wanna boy…

    • Sanderson Rowe May 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Sick ? Angel…..They are killing me!

  8. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder May 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I sick a wanna boy…

  9. Sanderson Rowe May 13, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    The country is broke, yet still these Ministers seem to be walking about with a blank cheque book.

  10. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes May 13, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Some other country is going to own it.

  11. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua May 13, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    North point has been sitting idle since forever,,now you want to take up money that the government don’t have to make it into a sports you know how much money alone it will take just to knock down that musty place,,then to build from scratch..not forgetting how close to the sea it is..sea sprays and all…I want to LOL…but I guess you all must find away to get more money from some lending agency….so I’ll wait and see who will step in to assist…the chinese..the IDB..the IMF..the BTC or john public….I suggest you use the chinese as we have a few thousand here already….amongst other things…and they know how to build thing not using nails or anything that would corrode….

    • Sanderson Rowe May 14, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Worse still, when they knock down and build back are they going to maintain it? Or is it a matter of completely refurbishing it every two years , as the Government has done with the old Nitengale Nurses Home on River Road/Wellington Street.


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