Labour leads demand to keep Lowestoft Records Office open

Labour spokesperson for Families and Communities Cllr Mandy Gaylard has called on Suffolk County Council to reverse its decision to close Lowestoft Records Office following the delivery of a petition from local residents with over 7,000 signatories.

The petition delivered by Ms Trudie Jackson was presented to the council after they had announced they were closing the records office without any public consultation. In January this year the county council announced that they were closing the records office which led to an outcry in Lowestoft. The depth of public feeling about the closure has led to prolonged campaign to keep the office open.

In responding in favour of the petitions Cllr Gaylard noted that heritage is a vital part of people’s health and wellbeing and it is vital that we work with local communities to preserve their heritage. She identified how heritage helps improve our perceptions of the local community and builds resilience within those communities.

Cllr Gaylard said; “When I met the petitioners they were passionate about the importance of Lowestoft records office and its importance to local people. They absolutely understood the points I have raised, and I join with them in asking that Suffolk County Council reverse their decision to close Lowestoft Records Office, indeed it should be retained and improved greatly.”

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