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Monday, 20 February 2017

Essex Record Office: Possible Self-Financing of Service. A Response from Essex County Council Portfolio Holder

Essex County Council 
Cabinet Office PO Box 11 County Hall Chelmsford Essex CM1 1LX 

Mr A Corder-Birch DI 
President, Essex Society for Archaeology & History 

Dear Mr Corder-Birch 

Date: 13 February 2017 

Thanks for your further letter of 23rd January addressed to Cllr David Finch. As I am the Portfolio Holder for Heritage Culture and Arts I felt it would be best if I replied direct. 

Essex County Council is well aware of the high regard in which ERO services are held. We are keen to generate more revenue — it always seems to me that the best policy is for residents to pay for the services they consume when they can afford to do so. But that does not mean that there is any question of closure or cessation. 

You have asked again for the release of numbers which we feel would be inappropriate — statistics themselves can be misleading if unaccompanied by an explanation. I am therefore writing to invite you, and 1 or 2 colleagues, to come and have a conversation with me at County Hall. 

As we do not have a phone number for you, could you please contact my PA Sally Hills ... regarding a suitable date to meet. 

Incidentally, it was good to attend the Colchester Roman Circus presentation last Thursday where I met one of your fellow officers — all very interesting. 

Yours sincerely, 
Cllr John Spence CBE DL Cabinet Member for Finance, Housing and Planning. 
Cc Cllr D Finch 

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