King's House responds to Shaggy

King's House responds to Shaggy

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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King's House has officially responded to claims made by reggae artiste and philanthropist Shaggy regarding the the use of the property for parking for his biennial Shaggy & Friends concert, staged to raise funds for the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

King's House, which is the official residence of the governor general is adjacent to Jamaica House where the concert has traditionally been held.

During a press conference at the hospital on Monday, Shaggy shared that one of the reasons there will be no concert in 2020 was that his team had not been able to find a suitable location. He noted that over the years the event has grown resulting in traffic congestion. One of the ways to ease the pile-up was the use of the east lawn at King's House. He revealed that while the governor general had granted the use of the lawns for the event in 2018, he received a letter stating that this space will no longer be made available for the event.

In a statement yesterday, King's House noted that it has accommodated requests from the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation for use of the west lawn for parking over the years.

“On December 17, 2017, we received a request for the use of the east Lawn for parking for the January 6, 2018 concert. A further request was also made to cut an existing fence to allow for passage from the east lawn to the Jamaica House grounds. This action would have affected the security of both properties, and the request was denied. Nevertheless, given the circumstances regarding traffic congestion, flow, and control, a concession was made. However, the organisers were advised that in the future, the east lawn would not be available, and they would need to revert to the previous arrangements for parking, that is, the west lawn,” the statement read.

King's House added that the east lawn of the property is only used for parking for national occasions, such as the swearing in of prime ministers and the national honours and awards ceremony.

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