The Waveney Labour Group has called for archives currently held at the Lowestoft Record Office to be relocated to a renovated Town Hall.

A motion proposed at a meeting of Waveney District Council in response to plans to move archives currently available at Lowestoft Library to Ipswich won cross-party support.

The motion, presented by Labour councillors Peter Byatt and Keith Patience, urged the Council to ‘urgently engage with Lowestoft Town Council and other stakeholders involved with the Heritage Action Zone, to prioritise the renovation and redesign of Lowestoft Town Hall, with a view to including a purpose built facility if needed, to relocate the Lowestoft Record Office.’

Waveney Labour argued the decision to move the archives should be delayed until a restored Town Hall can house a new record office.

Funding for the Heritage Action Zone, covering the north end of the High Street and including Lowestoft Town Hall, was secured by Waveney District and Lowestoft Town councils.

Waveney Labour urges all of the Heritage Zone’s stakeholders, including the councils, Lowestoft Vision, East Suffolk Building Preservation Trust and Heritage England, to engage with the proposal: everyone must work together for the good of the town and its heritage.

Waveney Labour Group has also asked for regular updates from Cllr Michael Ladd, Waveney District Council’s Cabinet member for Tourism and Economic Development, and lead councillor for the Action Zone.

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