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Petition calling for Cavendish House demolition handed to Dudley Council

By Dayna Farrington | Dudley | News | Published:

A petition calling for one of the Black Country’s longest standing eyesores to be demolished has been handed into council bosses.

MP Ian Austin with residents Gordon Laird and Sarah Townend

The petition, launched by Dudley North MP Ian Austin, has amassed more than 1,500 signatures from people fed up of waiting for Cavendish House to be flattened to make way for redevelopment.

It comes as a date to demolish the seven-storey building is yet to be set – despite Dudley Council granting approval more than six months ago.

The former offices, seen by thousands of motorists a week using Duncan Edwards Way, have been sitting empty since the 1990s.

Cavendish House has been empty for more than 20 years

Mr Austin said: "Around 1,500 people have signed the petition in just a few weeks and I think that shows how strongly local people feel about the Cavendish House eyesore that is blighting the town centre, deterring and delaying investment and presenting a terrible image of the town.

“Everyone wants the council and the developers to get it knocked down so that the redevelopment we have been promised for so many years can finally begin."

Councillor Ian Kettle, Dudley Council's cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said: "We are committed to delivering our exciting regeneration programme for Dudley town centre and the Cavendish site is an important part of this.

“We are aware of the petition and I can assure the people of Dudley that we are doing all we can to move this project forward and will be embarking on the next stages very soon.

“Funding for demolition of the building has been secured by the owners from the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership and they are now in the process of agreeing the final terms for this grant.”

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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