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ENERGY-SAVING OFFICES LEAD IN THE DELIVERY OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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National Park Authorities and the Countryside Council for Wales are leaders in the delivery of sustainable developm...
National Park Authorities and the Countryside Council for Wales are leaders in the delivery of sustainable development in Wales, and this was very much in evidence in their new joint offices, finance and local government minister Sue Essex said.

These two buildings, dating back to 1904/05, were originally the officers' mess, administrative offices and colonel's residents of Pembroke Dock's army garrison, and have been refurbished with the aid of a£1.43m grant from the Welsh Assembly government to provide a new home for both agencies in Pembrokeshire.

The Park Authority has also been awarded a£50,000 grant for 2004/2005 towards staff relocation costs as a result of their move from Haverfordwest to Pembroke Dock.

The refurbishment has been carried out with sustainability in mind. Energy-saving features include a biomass boiler running on wood pellets, high efficiency radiators and movement and daylight sensitive lighting. A solar hot water system is soon to be installed as well as rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing.

Officially opening the offices at Llanion Park, Pembroke Dock, Ms Essex said the Welsh Assembly government was fully committed to the project and had provided substantial resources to help make it a reality.

'The new offices will help boost the standing of the Park Authority and the former Haverfordwest office of the CCW, and help raise the profile of both locally. It is wholly appropriate, in reflecting the importance that the Welsh Assembly government and many others place in the Parks and the CCW, that they will all do so from accommodation which fully befits their role, purpose and importance.

'I am sure that staff will find their new accommodation a great improvement and significantly more pleasant surroundings in which to work and to engage better with their customers. I am confident that co-location of the Park Authority and the Countryside Council for Wales can and will work to the advantage of both organisations and the move will be better for all staff in the long run,' she said.

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