THE British Consulate, which for the last 25 years has been on the corner of the Plaza Major in Palma, is moving to new, bigger offices, just off the Plaza España. Paul Abrey, the British Consul, said yesterday that the move would be taking place at the end of this year. “I am very pleased that we have found these new offices which have plenty more space and therefore we will be in a better position to provide a greater service to British residents and visiting tourists.” The new offices are between the Plaza Olivar and the Plaza España. The Consul had made moving offices one of his main priorities and the Consulate could be relocating in November, just 12 months since his appointment. One of the main complaints about the present Consulate offices was the large number of steps and the fact that it was rather tucked away. All this will change because the new offices are close to the Plaza España, Palma's main public transport hub and there are four car parks within walking distance. The offices will also be “people friendly” with lifts up to the Consulate's fourth floor offices and plenty of additional space which is sadly missing in the Plaza Major offices. Paul Abrey said that he has got further plans which he will be outlining very shortly. Since becoming Consul, Paul Abrey, has introduced a number of important changes and he has also raised the profile of the British Consulate, with the Queen's Birthday Party at Bellver Castle in June, being the crowning glory. “I think you can safely say that we are looking forward to a bright future with new offices and new services,” the Consul said. l Read Paul Abrey's column in the Daily Bulletin which will appear over the coming weeks.

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