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The former home of Waltzing Waters at Westridge in Ryde could become the Isle of Wight’s new record office.

The Isle of Wight Council is exploring options for converting the now-empty space into a centralised record office and archive, which would hold documents on everything from land to local government, schools to family history.

If the plans go ahead the new facility will provide space for all historic and future documents to be collated under one roof. The Isle of Wight Record Office is currently located at Hillside in Newport, but the premises offers limited space meaning documents are held across a number of different locations.

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Waltzing Waters closed its doors at the end of 2017 when the company’s lease expired. The building has remained vacant since, but the newly-emerged plans could make good use of the area. There is plenty of parking available and Cothey Bottom – the Isle of Wight Council’s museum store – is just a stone’s throw away.

The hunt is now on to find a design team to lay out the Council’s plans for a new archive. It is unknown when the record office is likely to relocate, if at all.

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