The Waveney Labour Group has supported the Save Our Records Office Campaign from the outset, much of which has been carried out quietly in the background, trying to encourage dialogue between the groups involved to find a solution.
Last week we forced the Conservative Administrations in Waveney and Ipswich to agree to hold a Joint Scrutiny Committee to examine the original decision to close the Lowestoft Record Office, and move the collection to a new facility almost 50 miles away in Ipswich. This Committee has yet to meet.
On 1st August we were very surprised, and deeply disappointed, to learn that a pre-emptive decision has been reached by SCC to move some of the RO collection to Ipswich, without awaiting the outcome of the promised Public Consultation. This is a betrayal of the trust of all those groups who were hoping that their voices would be heard through the Consultation. This is not our understanding of the pledge made by Matthew Hicks, Leader of SCC, on his very recent visit to Lowestoft. This is a totally unacceptable and underhand move by the Conservatives.
The Waveney Labour Group therefore calls upon SCC to immediately suspend any movement of the Record Office Collection out of Lowestoft until every option has been explored to retain it here in it’s entirety, and all voices have been heard. We do not want to see vital parts of our Local Heritage disappear down the A12 to distant Ipswich.
Peter Byatt – Labour Group Leader