A public consultation has been launched to find out how people use the Devon Record Offices in Exeter and Barnstaple.
Unprecedented cuts in money allocated by Government have led to the council asking residents and special interest organisations to tell them how and when they use the Record Offices in a bid to maximise access while reducing the cost of delivering the service.
The survey will also ask people for their ideas on how the service could be run more efficiently and possibly generate income, and what they think of some of the suggestions the council has already received. These include paying for online access to records, merging the two offices into one central office in Exeter and seeking commercial sponsorship for the service.
The public consultation will take place throughout April. There are two different surveys, one to be completed by individuals and the other by special interest groups or organisations. Surveys will be available at the Record Offices in Exeter and Barnstaple and can be completed online at either www.devon.gov.uk/droper (individuals) or www.devon.gov.uk/droorg (organisations/ groups)
People can also send comments to Devon Record Office, Devon County Council, Great Moor House, Bittern Road, Sowton, Exeter, EX2 7NL, or email@example.com or call the Devon Record Office on 01392 384253.
Completed survey can be handed to staff at the Devon Record Office in Exeter or Barnstaple, or returned to Devon Record Office, Devon County Council, Great Moor House, Bittern Road, Sowton, Exeter, EX2 7NL, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org