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Friday, 4 November 2011

New Forest National Park Authority moves to new home

The New Forest National Park Authority says its move this week to new headquarters at Lymington Town Hall will save money and improve accessibility for residents and visitors.

The National Park Authority has been in temporary accommodation at South Efford House, Everton, since it began in 2006 and the lease expires next month.

By renting part of the building at the Avenue Road site from New Forest District Council (NFDC), the Authority says there will be significant advantages and financial savings from the joint arrangement.

National Park Chairman Julian Johnson said: ‘With good transport links to Lymington Town Hall our services will be much more accessible to our visitors and residents.

‘By co-locating at the Town Hall there are efficiencies to be made both in terms of accommodation costs and opportunities for shared services – delivering further savings for the benefit of local taxpayers.’

Cllr Barry Rickman, Leader of New Forest District Council: ‘We’re looking forward to sharing office accommodation with the National Park Authority and the significant advantages and financial savings that will be made from this joint arrangement.’

The NPA received a central government grant of £750,000 to refurbish the building.

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