March 12 2014 Latest news:
Friday, December 6, 2013
Three records offices in Suffolk will remain open as plans to bring the county’s historical records together in a purpose-built facility have been put on hold.
The proposals would have seen records stored in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft brought together under one roof with sufficient storage space for the next 25 years, but they are now set to be reconsidered due to financial pressures.
It follows a 14-month period of consultation with local organisations.
Beccy Hopfensperger, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for localities, said: “Suffolk County Council takes its responsibility to maintain and make available records very seriously and our long-term aim is to improve our already well-renowned service further.
“This includes creating modern facilities capable of storing more records and artefacts and digitising key collections.
“However, given the significant financial challenges the county council is currently facing, this is not considered a viable option at this time. We’ll be reviewing this programme and will, next year, bring forward proposals to create interim storage space.”
Sarah Stamp, St Edmundsbury Borough Council cabinet member for heritage, arts and culture, said: “It is terrific news that Suffolk County Council has listened to all those who had such concerns about losing access to their heritage in west Suffolk, especially the Bury Records Office, and I wholeheartedly welcome their decision.
“I am really looking forward to working closely with the county council to develop an exciting new strategy that will make the best use of all our cultural assets and provide an even better service for all those who value our heritage.”
Suffolk County Council will continue to work with the Suffolk Heritage Forum, district and borough councils and University Campus Suffolk to explore opportunities for Suffolk’s heritage services.