Local Politics

Norfolk County Council. County Hall. Photo : Steve Adams

People in Norfolk will pay 4.8pc more in council tax to County Hall next year, while funding for charities which try to prevent homelessness will be cut.

Members of the Retroskate artistic roller skating club hand over a petition to Graham Plant, Great Yarmouth Borough Council leader, to save their venue at the Marina Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The future of a popular roller-skating club which is faced with being turfed out of its home will be debated by councillors on Tuesday (February 2).

Norfolk County Council. County Hall. Photo : Steve Adams

An attempt to stave off millions of pounds of council cuts in Norfolk has been defeated.

The launch of the Suffolk Live Savers. (L-R) Brad Jones, Ipswich Star editor; Tony Goldson, cabinet member for health; Abdul Razaq, director of public health and protection; Colin Noble, leader of Suffolk County Council; Deborah Cadman, chief executive of Suffolk County Council and Terry Hunt, EADT editor

A new campaign has been launched to break the taboo of talking about suicide in Suffolk in response to the estimated 60 people who take their own lives in the county each year.

Suffolk Coastal cabinet member Carol Poulter and Daniel Wareing, Waste Management Officer from Suffolk Coastal Norse, on a litter pick in Blythburgh to announce the winners of the Love East Suffolk litter pick incentive scheme.

A popular community litter pick scheme is set to return for the spring.

Norfolk County Council headquarters in Norwich. Picture : Steve Adams

Councillors are set to vote today on a 4.8pc council tax rise to provide a £25m injection of extra cash into adult social care in Norfolk.

An artist's impression of the proposed development at Wells. Picture: NNDC

Opponents to a controversial restaurant and holiday apartments scheme in Wells are celebrating after district councillors rejected their own council’s proposals to build them.

The matter is not yet finished, however, and the plans will be discussed further by cabinet members, who have previously voted in favour of them.

The North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) offices in Cromer.

Work is set to start on transforming a Norfolk-based marine business, based in cramped offices in Hoveton which have no inside toilet, into a world-leading centre of excellence.

An artist's impression of Hastoe's vision for nine new affordable homes in Beeston Regis. Picture: NNDC/Hastoe

Fears have been voiced that “disaster” could strike if plans for much-needed affordable homes in north Norfolk are rejected.

The Waveney District Council Riverside building in Canning Road.  Picture: Nick Butcher.

Community leaders have approved plans for the transition of on-street parking enforcement from police to local authorities.

Council tax is to increase

The average household in the Great Yarmouth area is set to pay about an extra £4 a year for its borough council services.

Artist�s impression of the proposed improvements to the area in front of the train station. Photo: Norfolk County Council

The area around Great Yarmouth’s rail station area is set for a £2m makeover.

Tim Cobb, bakery owner and town councillor, at Attleborough's Queen's Square Car Park. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

Shop owners have welcomed plans to trial a time limit at Attleborough’s central car park.

Mark Wright, who used to work for RBS, said he repeatedly tried to raise concerns when there. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

It cost him his job, mental health and future finances, but a former RBS manager says he is still trying to get answers about alleged wrongdoing he raised with the taxpayer-owned bank.

The annual Easter Fair in Great Yarmouth Market Place.
April 2015.

Picture: James Bass

The running of Great Yarmouth’s traditional Easter Fair could be handed over to the fairground operators as the borough council looks to make budget savings.

Diss Corn Hall. Picture: Sonya Duncan.

A town council is to carry out a survey to assess community engagement and wellbeing in relation to planned development works.

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Landlords are refusing to take on tenants who are in the process of claiming for benefits.

George Freeman MP wants to create a new vision for Dereham

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman is calling on businesses, schools and groups in the Dereham area to tell him what they feel are their top priorities for the future development of the town.

Chris Batten.  Picture: James Bass

He’s completed six tours of duty with the British Army, built up his own business and published a string of books.

Tamsin Lodge, Broadland District councillor for Horsford and Felthorpe at a rally by Boris Johnson where he addressed his supporters next to Norwich Market. Photo: Steve Adams

A councillor who has attended just one meeting in six months has vowed to improve her attendance record to represent her community.

An artist's impression of the proposed development at Wells. Picture: NNDC

The people of Wells turned out in force to express their outrage at North Norfolk District Council’s proposals to develop a restaurant and holiday apartments at a beauty spot in the town.

The council revealed it has a zero-tolerance policy on owners who fail to clean up after their pets. Picture: Ally McGilvray

Dog fouling is continuing to cause a stink across the region.

The New Year's Day fireworks at Cromer draw crowds from miles around.

A council which needs to find more than £1 million to plug a funding gap revealed it cost the taxpayer more than double the amount raised to charge motorists to park in its normally free car park in Cromer on the day of one of the town’s biggest fundraisers.

Ed Sheeran has won his planning appeal

Ed Sheeran’s year of triumphs has continued – with a planning appeal victory.

Nearly 30 public call boxes will be removed from towns and villages in north Norfolk, following a consultation with BT. Photo: Simon Finlay.

Nearly 30 public call boxes - many of them the classic red box - will be removed from towns and villages in north Norfolk, following a consultation with BT.

The baby witnessed domestic abuse before he was attacked. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

A baby and a three-year-old child were badly beaten and taken to hospital in two separate cases which have exposed further concerns into how authorities in Norfolk protect the county’s most vulnerable children.

Picture posed by model. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

An investigation into how a girl was beaten by her mum’s partner has found there was “miscommunication” between the girl’s childminder and a social worker.

New Attleborough town councillor Phil Spiby. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

The newest member of Attleborough Town Council said he wanted to help make sure the town remained a special place to live as its population grows.

LibDem candidate Marion Millership was joined on the campaign trail by North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb and Cromer Mayor Tim Adams.

The Liberal Democrats have taken a seat off the Conservative Party at North Norfolk District Council.

The award being presented by councillor Peter Wilkinson, president of the Norfolk Association of Local Councils, to Necton Parish Council chairman David Matthews.

Necton Parish Council has received a prestigious award as part of the Local Council Award Scheme.

Norwich Market.  Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Traders on Norwich Market are facing rent and service charge increases - sparking a warning some stallholders might not be able to afford to stay.

National Politics

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis Yui Mok/PA Wire

Yanis Varoufakis - the former Greek finance minister - will reveal the full story of his attempt to re-negotiate his country’s relationship with the European Union at an event in Norwich.

Norwich wakes up to another day of mist and pollution.
Photo by Simon Finlay.

Diesel emissions will cause “irreversible lung damage to the current generation of children”, hundreds of doctors and nurses have warned in an open letter to the prime minister.

Lord Chancellor Liz Truss appearing on the BBC One current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show.  Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

Elizabeth Truss has said she would vote “out” if a second referendum on our relationship with the European Union was held.

Critics warn the cuts could leave more people in Norfolk homeless. Picture: Archant

Attempts are being made to scale back a multi-million pound budget cut which critics warn could leave more people in Norfolk homeless.

Caroline Flack   Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Television presenter Caroline Flack is among a host of celebrities to have put her name to a letter calling on the prime minister not to end the Dubs scheme for vulnerable and lone child refugees.

Pensioners incomes are higher than workers for the first time Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Generations must not be played off against each other, a manager at Age UK Norfolk has warned after a new report found pensioners’ incomes were exceeding those of workers for the first time.

Secretary of State for Justice, Liz Truss Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Justice secretary Elizabeth Truss has dismissed calls to cut prisoner numbers as a “dangerous quick fix”.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has so far fit more drama into his short parliamentary career than some MPs fit into 40 years on the green benches.

Jeremy Corbyn and Clive Lewis. Photo: Stuart Goodman

This is the letter Norwich South MP Clive Lewis sent to Jeremy Corbyn about his resignation

Clive Lewis speaking at Jeremy Corbyn's leadership rally at Open in Norwich. 

Clive Lewis has told Jeremy Corbyn he would be voting against the wishes of his constituency if he had backed Article 50.

Labour MP Clive Lewis. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A Norfolk councillor has described her upset after an MP wrongly told a BBC journalist she was the partner of Norwich South MP Clive Lewis.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis. Photo: Mark Tillie

Clive Lewis said he was keeping his promise to his constituents as he resigned from the shadow cabinet after failing to obey his leader’s three-line whip to back the Brexit bill.

Abellio Greater Anglia unveil their first refurbished coach at Norwich Train Station. Jamie Burles, MD of Abellio Greater Anglia. 

A 10-point plan which would allow regular Norwich in 90 and Ipswich in 60 trains has been set out by Greater Anglia - with a plea for businesses, travellers and politicians in East Anglia to get behind it.

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons PA Wire

Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Government of arranging a “sweetheart deal” with a Tory-led council to stop a controversial council tax referendum.

Labour MP Clive Lewis speaks to the media outside Portcullis House,  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Clive Lewis is yet to decide how he will vote in the crucial Brexit bill vote tonight.

Annabelle Dickson

Annabelle Dickson

Political Editor



Annabelle is based in the Houses of Parliament and writes about how decisions being made in Westminster affect our region.

Annabelle covers debates in both houses and the work of select committees, as well as Government announcements.

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Dan Grimmer

Public Affairs Correspondent



Dan is the public affairs correspondent for the EDP. That means he reports on what local councils and our elected councillors get up to. The decisions they make can have a massive impact on our lives and it is Dan's job to scrutinise their actions.

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