Waveney District Council has established a new cross-party panel to determine the future of civic memorabilia once housed at the old Town Hall in Lowestoft.
Following the Council’s move to Riverside last year, civic memorabilia from the Council’s previous offices at the Town Hall was placed in local and secure environmentally-controlled storage. The items include various pictures, ceramics and models which were not in use for civic functions or on loan to local museums.
At a Council meeting on 21 September, it was agreed that a cross-party panel be established to determine the future of the items in order to minimise storage costs and prevent deterioration.
Cllr Mike Barnard, Waveney’s Cabinet Member for Resources and Welfare Reforms said:
“Much of the memorabilia currently in storage is incompatible with the new working environment at Riverside however many of the items are important pieces of civic history and we are aware that some are of great interest to local residents.
Whilst some articles are the property of the Council, others are on loan or in our care. With these items, we will speak to those people who donated them and determine an appropriate way forward which will be mindful of the items’ history. It is possible that some items could be of relevance to any town or parish council which may emerge from the current Community Governance Review.
It is essential we give careful consideration to the future of these items.”
The panel, appointed by the Council, will comprise Cllr Colin Law (Leader), Cllr Mike Barnard (Cabinet Member for Resources & Welfare Reforms), two members from the leading group, Cllr Sonia Barker (leader of the opposition), one member of the main opposition group and one member from another opposition party. The panel would be supported by a member of the Council’s Senior Management Team.
Whilst the panel will have the authority to agree the future of various items of memorabilia, the outcome of the panel’s work will be reported back to full Council.