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Himley Hall to remain under Dudley Council in new plans

Himley Hall
Image caption The hall and parts of the surrounding 180-acre estate had been considered for sale by the council

Historic Himley Hall has escaped a sell-off by a council that says it will look instead to maximise the potential of assets.

Selling the grade II listed site in Dudley - part of the Himley Hall estate - had been floated as part of Dudley Council's savings plans.

But cabinet voted to approve a new five-year plan to bolster the money-maker dubbed a "jewel in the crown".

The authority needs to save £5.6m in the next three years.

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Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member for regeneration, said: "It is true that we will be looking at possible ways of reducing our costs.

"But the review will also - and this is very important when we are talking about Himley Hall - look at ways of maximising the potential of our assets.

"It is already a very popular venue for weddings and conferences and brings in money for the authority.

"Coupled with its undoubted historical value, for me that very much makes it a jewel in the crown for this authority."

Image caption The Grade II listed building was once home to the Earls of Dudley

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