New Forest National Park Authority moves to new home

Published Wednesday 2 November 2011

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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Notes to Editor:
About the New Forest National Park Authority
Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.


We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.


The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Media Contact:
Karen Evans-McDaid, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans-mcdaid@newforestnpa.gov.uk

Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608
Email: hilary.makin@newforestnpa.gov.uk 

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