Cavendish House, Dudley

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Dear West Midlands Combined Authority,

On 29th January, 2020 WMCA published an article on its website stating that WMCA was to fund - at £724,000 - the demoition of Cavendish House in Dudley to facilitate a property development by Jeremy Knight Adams (JKA)/Avenbury Dudley (AD).

I am struggling to see any documentation regarding this on the WMCA website and details of where and when this decision was approved.

1. Please disclose all documentation of whatsoever nature regarding the proposed demolition of Cavendish House;

2. Please disclose all documentation of whatsoever nature passing between WMCA and JKA/AD his servants or agents relating to the grant of these funds.

3. Please disclose all WMCA reports/ meeting records relation to the decision to award this funding.

Yours faithfully,

Julian Saunders

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Dear Informationofficer,

I appreciate that there are matters pressing in the current crisis but put a marker down that your response in this matter in now, by law, overdue.

Yours sincerely,

Julian Saunders

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Gurmit Sangha, West Midlands Combined Authority

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Dear Mr Saunders

 

Please find attached our response to your request for information

 

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West Midlands Combined Authority

 

 

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Julian Saunders

Dear Gurmit Sangha,

Thank you for all the documentation. There are a few points of clarification if I may?

In the "Application Letter" from Rose dated 20th January, 2020 (Document 1) the first sentence reads, "For the avoidance of doubt and to complement the information previously provided in the initial application to the WMCA over the preceeding few months.....". The initial application/correspondence does not appear to have been disclosed by you?

There is reference to Avenbury (Dudley) Limited being a SME within the EU definition and WMCA seem to have worked on that basis. Yet Jeremy Knight Adams is involved in many companies and, in fact, the disclosed Investment Report specifically refers to another of his companies, Avenbury (Midlands) Limited being involved in the wider development scheme. Were any financial assessments undertaken on Avenbury (Midlands) Limited and/or any other of his companies?

I am not clear why the state aid provisions do not apply here as the grant is in excess of 500,000 euros. Can you clarify and produce any documentation where this was considered please?

If I understand the documents correctly there was no WMCA political involvement whatsoever in this matter. Is that correct please?

Yours sincerely,

Julian Saunders