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Consultation launched on planned changes to Suffolk Records Offices

The Bury Records Office, Raingate Street, Bury. ENGANL00120131125163926

The Bury Records Office, Raingate Street, Bury. ENGANL00120131125163926

Council bosses have launched a public consultation on plans to reduce the opening hours at Suffolk Records Offices.

Suffolk County Council wants to open the three branches including the office, in Raingate Street, Bury St Edmunds, from 10am to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday offering full access to collections.

They say the move will ‘improve the service on a Saturday’ and allow staff on Wednesdays to concentrate on creating digital catalogues and scanning documents to make them available online.

Currently the Bury branch is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.

Consultation documents note that users find the ‘current Saturday service too limiting as they are asked to pre-order items on the preceding Friday and are unable to order further items following up on research leads’.

Cllr Rebecca Hopfensperger, cabinet member for heritage, said the plans would ‘provide a service that’s more joined up with other heritage organisations and local communities’.

The consultation runs until April 4. Visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/consultations

 

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