Suffolk County Council to consult on future Record Office Service in Lowestoft
Suffolk County Council announced on 22 February 2018 that it will hold a public consultation over the future of the Record Office Service in Lowestoft.
The storeroom in the current Record Office building is not sustainable to continue holding Lowestoft’s archive material. Its basement location means that it is prone to flooding and damp hazards, at risk of mould growth and fire resistance is not up to the required standard.
This, along with the general decline in visitors and the council’s ongoing requirement to make savings in line with its objectives to fill the budget gap of £56 million by 2021, means that changes need to be made to the service in Lowestoft.
Councillor Tony Goldson, Cabinet member for Health, said:
“We have listened to concerns raised by local residents and as a result we will be formally consulting on the future of the Record Office Service in Lowestoft. We will be meeting with local historians and interested parties over the coming weeks to form proposals for the future of the service, with the view of the formal consultation beginning late spring.
“Our priority remains the safeguarding and preservation of Suffolk’s archives in the best possible conditions for the use of current and future generations.”
The results of the formal consultation will be presented to Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Committee later in the year for a final decision to be made on the future service provision.
For further details of the consultation process, visit www.suffolkarchives.co.uk.