City council records transferring to Northallerton

ARCHIVED documents belonging to Ripon City Council kept at the town hall are set to be transferred to the North Yorkshire County Record Office in Northallerton.

The office already holds documents relating to the Ripon’s predecessor council.

The last deposit at the Northallerton archives was in 1973, the year before the re-organisation of local government came into effect.

The result has left the town hall holding all documents from 1972/73 to the present.

At a meeting on Monday, members of the city council backed unanimously a proposal by the Mayor of Ripon, Coun Mick Stanley, that all public documents held in the archive from 1972 to 2000 should go to the county records office. The documents will remain the property of the city council and the transfer will not incur any cost for Ripon.

No date has been set when the transfer will be completed but the town clerk said given the size and state of the archive, achieving the goal within the life of the council – which ends in May 2015 – would be a realistic target.