Gov’t reviews Kensington Oval lease arrangements

Minister of Sports Stephen Lashley has dismissed media reports that Government is planning to acquire Kensington Oval, even as he admitted that the current lease arrangements were unsustainable.

A statement issued by the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) this afternoon said Government was “carefully reviewing” the lease arrangements at Kensington Oval ahead of a meeting with the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) on the future management of the sporting facility.

Stephen Lashley

Lashley explained that the BCA had written to the Freundel Stuart administration requesting a meeting to discuss certain matters pertaining to Kensington, and the relevant ministries were examining all the arrangements currently in place with respect to the Oval in preparation for those talks.

“To suggest that there is some new plan to acquire Kensington Oval because the Government sees it as a ‘gold mine’… is really to engage in an exercise of speculation,” Lashley said.

3Ws Stand of the Kensington Oval

He maintained that his ministry intended to explore with the BCA “the best way forward” for the future management of Kensington Oval, and in the best interest of cricket generally.

“I am of the view that the lease arrangements currently in place between Government and the BCA with respect to Kensington Oval are unsustainable from a financial perspective, and there is therefore need for a comprehensive discussion between the parties to the lease.

“But even as we prepare to have these discussions on Kensington and related matters I wish to dispel the notion or impression given by the article that Government is now about to take up millions of dollars of tax payers’ money to acquire Kensington.  That is simply not the case,” Lashley stressed.

He added that Government had already made a substantial investment in Kensington Oval, and hence had a vested interest in preserving the ‘Mecca’ of cricket.

“What we have to do in the face of what appears to be an unworkable lease is to address the matters that are of concern and resolve them in a manner that meets the key objectives of all parties involved,” Lashley said. (BGIS)

Source: BGIS

8 Responses to Gov’t reviews Kensington Oval lease arrangements

  1. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray February 25, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    You all just sell off the BNOL and sayin Kensington is a cash cow, how dumb you all are . I thought the the Oil terminal would be the cash cow.

  2. Alex Alleyne February 25, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    MECCA of Cricket, now to become the Dance Hall of the Caribbean.

  3. Jennifer February 25, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Nice tie !!!! Steam coming through my ears:-(

  4. BIG SKY February 25, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    A Kensington Oval that looks like a gold mine, with cricket being played as much as we get rain and a National Stadium that looks like a coal mine.When will we see it fit to spend our money on us and not all our money on a royal visit,tourist board walk,marina expansion and all manner of fake impression stuff.

  5. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba February 25, 2017 at 11:01 pm


  6. Peter February 26, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Beloved Kensington Oval should NEVER become a political “football” where major decisions are made by politicians. That clearly will contravene ICC’s ruling on political involvement and that venue may well become discarded as a cricketing empire. What is the marketing strategy? Is vindictive victimization involved? Noel Lynch, a marked DEM’s opponent is big in the BCA. Is this their maneuver to get it out of his hands? There must be well hid strategies and motives. Go deep people, go deep.

  7. Bill February 26, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I would suggest that the Government hand over Kensington to the BCA, wash its hands of the venue and let the BCA and the cricket loud mouths put their money where their mouths are. Let us see how many of the large number of senior citizens who were at Kensington when they were granted free entry will be there for the English game on the 9th

  8. Peter February 26, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Yes Bill and this government will hold geriatric cricket games there and everyone will play in slow motion. Idiot! If the BCA put the right marketing personnel in place It will not be turned into a venue where funeral services for the elderly are held. That place must NOT be used to play political games. Bring new reasons and games which will not destroy the venue and lease it out. It can make tens of millions.


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