Search

Joint group set to be formed to come up with solutions over Lowestoft Record Office closure

PUBLISHED: 20:00 22 July 2018

The Save Our record Office campaign group 
Picture: NICK BUTCHER

The Save Our record Office campaign group Picture: NICK BUTCHER

Archant © 2018

A joint task group from two councils will thrash out ideas for a solution over controversial plans to close Lowestoft Record Office.

Lowestoft Record Office is under threat of closure PIcture: NICK BUTCHERLowestoft Record Office is under threat of closure PIcture: NICK BUTCHER

A motion was put forward at last week’s county council meeting by Labour councillors calling for the planned closure to be postponed.

But an amended motion was formed by the ruling Conservatives which vowed to form a joint scrutiny committee with Waveney District Council where a solution could be thrashed out.

Plans under former county council leader Colin Noble proposed to close the Lowestoft office and move all records to the new facility, The Hold, being developed in Ipswich, leading to public anger and a petition of more than 7,000 signatures opposing it.

Earlier this year, new leader Matthew Hicks said he wanted to keep records in Lowestoft.

The amended motion was passed with 55 votes in favour and five against.

Mark Bee, who put forward the amended motion, said: “We all realise we have got to come up with a better solution than what we are operating, and be clear what we can offer local people.

“I really think there are lessons to be learnt from the process we have gone through so far.

“Local people can have the opportunity to have their say with public participation within that.”

Keith Patience, Labour councillor for Gunton who put forward the original motion said there were options to either reinforce the existing strongroom, which is suffering from damp that is threatening valuable archives, or to develop the former magistrates’ court or old Town Hall.

He added: “We know there are strong reports of keeping the record office in tact in Lowestoft. We are simply requesting the closure of the record office is removed.

“The reason for the request is so all interested parties can get together and explore the funding.”

The Save Our Record Office (SORO) campaign group expressed serious concerns over how the decision had got to this stage, but said they would work with the committee.

Secretary Andrew Pearce said: “If the joint scrutiny goes ahead, we will participate and attempt to submit our concerns and evidence. But we have no faith whatsoever in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the proposed joint scrutiny.”

The group wrote to the councillors following the decision outlining their worries, which included the involvement of Waveney over a county council decision, what it will mean for the public consultation due in late spring and allegations of misleading statements regarding its link to The Hold.

Other news

Yesterday, 13:42

Traffic came to a standstill on Acle Straight, off the A47 after an abnormal load was transported through Great Yarmouth today.

Yesterday, 11:06

In his latest column, Suffolk police chief constable GARETH WILSON looks at the highs and lows of policing at Christmas - and how you can prevent yourself becoming a victim of crime during the festive season.

Yesterday, 09:48

After a soggy start to the weekend retailers are hoping shoppers will venture out in greater numbers today after a slump in footfall on Saturday.

Yesterday, 08:28

Rail passengers are being warned to check before they travel today due to series of engineering works on mainline and rural services to and from Norwich.

Most Read

Yesterday, 07:30

The independent body responsible for triple murderer David McGreavy’s release has insisted it will never free dangerous criminals until it is “convinced” it is safe to do so.

Read more
Therese Coffey
Friday, December 14, 2018

A popular young fisherman, who was “loved by everyone” died as a result of a road traffic accident, an inquest has heard.

Read more
UN Court
Saturday, December 15, 2018

A vegan activist and mum of three is preparing for her first Christmas as a vegan and explains why she won’t give in to her meat-eating friends.

Read more
Facebook
Thursday, December 13, 2018

An ex-teacher has been jailed for 10 years after engaging in sexual activity with two female pupils.

Read more
Ipswich Crown Court
Yesterday, 13:42

Traffic came to a standstill on Acle Straight, off the A47 after an abnormal load was transported through Great Yarmouth today.

Read more

Winter Wonderland

cover

Click here to view
the Autumn
Supplement

View

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 5°C

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Lowestoft Journal
e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Lowestoft Journal weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy