THE MAUSOLEUM of Stone's naval hero is suffering "serious and unsightly" damage and is not a fitting tribute, says a councillor.
Harry Brunt told a meeting of Stone Town Council he was concerned over the state of the Mausoleum to Admiral John Jervis that stands behind St Michael's Church.
"Serious damage has and is being done," he said. "Large blocks have been removed on the bottom of the wall at the side. It is unsightly and could be dangerous."
Admiral Jervis was involved in the decisive battle of Cape St Vincent against the Spanish in 1797. Serving under him was the future Admiral Lord Nelson.
Councillor Brunt said a tomb for the Crompton family in the churchyard was also being damaged.
"It needs some of the railings replacing before more damage is done to it and the centuries-old plaque," he said. "Some welding was done at the corners of the railings as an emergency fairly recently but this is insignificant if the plaque is stolen and its history to the town lost due to a few railings.
"At the moment it is very vulnerable to more vandalism. It's now a ruin."
The Crompton family were prominent and wealthy landowners in Stone during the Elizabethan era.
Council clerk Les Trigg said he had been told Stafford Borough Council did not have the funds to carry out more repairs.
Councillor Brunt said: "We should get in touch with the historical society and ask to put ask them to put some pressure on the borough council.
Councillor Rob Kenney said the mausoleum was the responsibility of the family.
Councillor Margaret Goodhall said: "I think we have go to look after this monument. It's still there for this family to use. It's not full yet. It's history for Stone and we should get it put right. It needs urgent action."
Councillor June Price said: "Something like that attracts many people (to the town)."