Sports minister says gov’t plans to develop lands around stadium

Minister of Trade, Industry, Commerce, National Festivals, Culture and Sports, Paul "Chet" Greene.
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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – According to the Minister of Sports, Paul “Chet” Greene, the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) administration is considering furthering plans to develop lands around the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds (SVRCG).

In an interview with OBSERVER media, Greene said while the government has not been contacted by C2C Limited, the company pinpointed by the United Progressive Party (UPP) during its tenure to develop the area, the North Sound lands have much potential.

“There are plans with respect to the development of the area, to include a multiplicity of sports and sporting events and even recreational facilities,” Greene said.

But Greene said given the government’s cash constraints, private investment may be the best option for development.

“We are strapped for cash; we are in a very tight fiscal space,” he said. “But even with private investment, we have to have engagement and discourse and we have to make sure that whatever additional facility is put there, will not take away, but complement.”

Green said maintaining and developing the lands would be expensive, but government hopes that any development there would meet the standards and needs of the public.

He said the public can also expect that any plans for development will be compliant with international standards and ensure the development of the nation’s athletes.

The sports minister said government will soon make a “grand announcement” in 2015 with respect to its approach to health and fitness.

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