Friday, 12 August 2011

Mike Jones, Leader of CWaC Council & ASC (Developments) Chester Ltd

UPDATES 28th February and 5th March 2012: below this article.

Register of interests Councillor Mike Jones (6th July 2011)

1. Name of Employer and/or of any business carried out by you.(This includes any self-employed business partnership or company)

ASC (Developments) Chester Ltd

3. The name of any company for which you are a remunerated director.

ASC (Developments) Chester Ltd 

5. Name of any company or body (which has a place of business or land in the area of Cheshire West and Chester) in which you hold (or are held on your behalf) securities that exceed the nominal value of £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of the company (whichever is lower). (NB: nominal value means “face value”, not market values.)

ASC Developments (Chester) Ltd

8. List and describe all contracts for goods, services or works between Cheshire West and Chester Council and:- (a) yourself, or; (b) a firm in which you are a partner, or; (c) a company of which you are a remunerated director; (d) a company in which you have shares that you have registered in Section 5

ASC carries out work associated with DFG and house renovation grants

Cheshire West and Chester Council leader’s firm wins £46K contracts (March 24th 2011)

THE council leader's company was paid £46,000 by Cheshire West and Cheshire Council in 2010 for work done on adapting homes for the disabled.

A Freedom of Information response shows Saltney-based ASC Developments (Chester) Ltd, in which Cllr Jones and his wife Suzanne are directors, received £46,725 in 2010 for that part of the adaptation work covered by a Disabled Facilities Grant administered by the council.

Read the full story from the source Chester Chronicle

Petitions to Wind Up (Companies) (26 May 2011)

("The advertising date is crucial, if the petition is advertised the bank could freeze the company’s accounts.")

A.S.C. DEVELOPMENTS (CHESTER) LTD (Company Number 01890400)

'A Petition to wind up the above-named Company, Registration Number 01890400, of Units 4&5, Facit Glen Industrial Estate, River Lane, Saltney, Chester CH4 8RH, presented on 16 April 2011 by the Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs, of Bush House, Strand, London WC2B 4RD, claiming to be Creditors of the Company, will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2A 2LL, on 8 June 2011, at 1030 hours (or as soon thereafter as the Petition can be heard).' 

The case was dismissed because the matter had been settled.

Chester Chronicle Thursday 11th August 2011 (page 8): Cheshire West and Chester Council leader Mike Jones’s company has survived a winding-up petition raised by HM Revenue and Customs after a settlement was reached.

A spokesman for ASC Developments (Chester) Ltd said: “It is common knowledge that the recession has not been kind to many small companies in the building industry. However whilst this company has experienced some problems these were successfully resolved some months ago.

My comment: Petition presented 16th April, advertised in the London Gazette on the 26th May, resolved by 8th June. This suggests it was resolved between the 26th May and 8th June 2011. If it had been resolved earlier surely the advert would not have gone ahead. The London Gazette publishes each working day. 

Company House information suggests that ASC is wholly owned by Hargrave, another company wholly owned by Mike Jones and his wife. 

Register of interests Councillor Mike Jones (6th July 2011)

Last year Councillor Jones revealed he dealt with the sale [of County Hall] and the purchase of part of the HQ building as he would as a business. “I AM DEALING with the council finances as I would as a business,” says Cllr Jones. My comment: WOW! 

What is a winding up petition

"A winding up petition is by far the most serious action that can be taken against your company. Often the company has broken any trust the creditor had, payment deals have failed, cheques bounced and generally the directors have not kept their word to pay".

UPDATE 28th February 2012 Suzanne Jones, a Director and Company Secretary, resigns from ASC.

Image from Company House re ASC

UPDATE 6th March 2012 Unconfirmed rumours are circulating that Mike Jones has told other councillors he intends winding up ASC. More when I obtain confirmation.

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