Concerns have been raised that Bury St Edmunds Records Office could move to Ipswich as part of a review of heritage services by council bosses.
The Bury Society and councillors argued the facility should remain in the town including a bequest of 4,000 documents from the Cullum family during a discussion on Suffolk County Council’s proposals at the Our Place Forum meeting on Thursday.
However, a glimmer of hope was offered by Cllr Beccy Hopfensperger, the authority’s cabinet member for localities. She said: “There will be some news which I believe will be in the best interests of Bury St Edmunds.”
The council is reviewing the records offices in Bury, Ipswich and Lowestoft as they ‘are running out of space’. It also wants to digitize records to bring them to a ‘wider audience’.
Cllr Trevor Beckwith said: “All the signs are it will move to Ipswich. I think that will be a really bad move for Bury.”
He noted that digitization ‘might mean better access for some people but not for a lot of older people’.
Martyn Taylor, a town tour guide and Bury Society member, said that 4,000 documents bequeathed by the Cullum family were ‘left for Bury, not Ipswich’.
Cllr Hopfensperger said it would be ‘a local place delivery model, not a one size fits all’ and ‘it’s absolutely key it’s a model that’s right for Bury’.
She added that they could expect news around Christmas time.