New store holds 20 million pages of council information

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A purpose-built Central Records Store (CRS) designed to hold millions of pages of important documents has been opened.

The East Dunbartonshire Council facility, in Kirkintilloch, contains 20 million pieces of paper in around 6,000 boxes - all sorted and recorded by a dedicated information and records team.

It is all part of a key programme of work to centralise and improve information and records management practice across the council, with some documents having to be kept for 100 years by law.

The CRS was officially opened by council leader Rhondda Geekie and Hugh Hagan, senior public records officer at National Records of Scotland, at an official ceremony recently.

Councillor Geekie said: “The council is moving away from paper records but it is important that we catalogue and securely store all our important archived records.

“The records range from matters concerning routine council business to highly personal and confidential information and for obvious reasons we have to ensure this information is secure, accessible and properly catalogued.”

Mr Hagan added: “The approach being taken by East Dunbartonshire Council is to be applauded as they update a range of policies and procedures to apply more robust processes to their records management practice.”