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More jobs to go at historic Shugborough Estate

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: October 29, 2012

By Sarah Marshall

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MORE jobs are set to go at Stafford’s Shugborough Estate as county council bosses try to balance the books.


The authority plans to slash 34 jobs, with the 66 visitor services staff, who work when the estate is open during the summer months, being cut down to 32.

 Part time contracted staff will also be cut from 17 to nine.

 There are also plans to open the estate six days a week instead of seven from March 22 next year and open nine days less than this year across the whole season.

 The authority hopes to draft in more volunteers to help during the summer months.

 The move is part of the second phase of work to plug a £1.4 million deficit. Last year the authority announced plans to cut full-time equivalent posts from 26.33 to 19.75, a move which bosses say has already helped bring the deficit down..

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 31 2012, 6:21PM

    Reduce the number of events, open fewer days, reduce the hours you are open, Sack your staff this is all bound to bring in more income ? First steps to saying it is going to lease out the opperation to a private company like they are doing with the school support services. I feel for the staff who have work so hard to make this an attraction Staffordshire could be proud of.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 31 2012, 6:09PM

    For several yearsI held cabinet responsibility for the Shugborough Estate and recognise the problems faced by its managers. However, the County Council willingly took on that responsibility and has a duty to maintain. The estate could actually make money but is contrained by the National Trust and the fact that it is still occupied.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 31 2012, 11:22AM

    So, the council hope that volunteers will cover the paid jobs? It's a sad world when the idiots in the ivory tower care so little about working people. I hope the volunteers tell them to get stuffed.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 30 2012, 6:10PM

    Its the same sort of mentality of 'we have a castle lets not keep it in order lets knock it down' then realise 20 odd years later they made a mistake!

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 29 2012, 9:07PM

    What a shambles this council is ?Very little thought has gone into this plan, do they think that by cutting services will result in the required service needed to meet the many visitors who do visit regular. Whoever thought of reducing staff equals an increase in more cash,unbelievable.

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