Stoke & Staffordshire

Shugborough estate funding cuts made by council

Shugborough Hall
Image caption The estate was once home to Lord Lichfield

More volunteers will be needed to help run Staffordshire's Shugborough estate as the county council cuts funding.

Staffordshire County Council will spend £170,000 less on the property for the 2012 to 2013 budget and £270,000 for each of the four years after.

The plans include reducing staffing levels from 26 to 20 full-time posts.

Pat Corfield, from the council, said: "Unfortunately there will be some redundancies and we are hopeful some staff may be re-deployed elsewhere."

He continued: "The Shugborough team will have to work differently, but we are confident that the quality of the visitor experience will remain."

Mr Corfield also said the council-run estate, once home to Lord Lichfield, was operating at a deficit of £1m each year.

The decision was made at a meeting held by the Conservative-controlled authority earlier this week.

In December the council announced plans to save £25m from its budget for the next financial year.

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