Local Politics

The fence that was restricting access to a footpath at Hautbois Hall near Coltishall. Picture: OPEN SPACES SOCIETY

The owners of a Tudor mansion have been forced to remove a fence from their driveway because it forms part of a public footpath. The 20ft-long wooden fence and gate was erected at the entrance to 16th-century Hautbois Hall near Coltishall.

Alan Waters says the council wants to hear from the public about how they can strengthen the city. Pic: Jeff Taylor.

People in Norwich could be set for a 2.05pc increase on the share of their council tax which goes to City Hall.

The district council is proposing to purchase the former golf practice ground on Overstrand Road in Cromer as the new home of Cromer Football Club. 


An ambitious plan to create a new community sports hub at a former golf practice ground on the edge of Cromer looks set to be abandoned.

Rough sleepers in the doorway of  Debenhams at Red Lion Street, Norwich, on Tuesday October 18 2016. Photo: Archant

About 20 people a night are sleeping on the streets of our city – but according to the council, 15 of them could have accommodation if they wanted it.

Due to safety concerns, Waveney District Council and the Sentinel Leisure Trust have taken the decision to close a number of chalets on Jubilee Parade in Lowestoft.  Pictures: MICK HOWES

New beach huts are to be brought in to temporarily replace a number of chalets, which were closed earlier this year along a popular seafront due to safety concerns.

Cattle Market Street road closure for road works to move a pedestrian island. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A road closure in the centre of Norwich which contributed to lengthy traffic jams has been temporarily lifted.

Heacham village sign: Picture Archant

Independent candidate Terence Parish has been elected the new West Norfolk borough councillor for Heacham ward.

The face of our rural county is changing as more and more red phone boxes become redundant and British Telecom lose the market they had to the mobile phone. Some villages have managed to keep their phoneless phone boxes, keeping the loved look of the landscape so familiar to us even if we can no longer

More than 50 public telephone boxes in Norfolk look set to disappear - unless communities come forward to ‘adopt them’.

Work on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road. 
Picture: Nigel Pickover

Highways bosses have been urged to make sure they account for a potential link to the Northern Distributor Road when long-awaited improvements to the A47 are made.

12 community organisations in Thetford have received grants totalling almost £22,000 from the town council. Representatives gather at King's House with members of the council's amenities committee, which issued the grants.

Sports clubs and arts organisations are among those to benefit from nearly £22,000 of grants from a town council.

Campaigners have called for improved road safety. Councillor Sarah Butikofer (centre) on patrol with the Poppyland SpeedWatch group. Picture: PIERRE BUTIKOFER

Plans to move a bus stop away from the scene of a fatal accident in a drive to improve road safety have been branded “nonsensical”.

Cattle Market Street road closure for road works to move a pedestrian island. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Transport bosses are taking action to prevent a repeat of the traffic problems which clogged up the centre of Norwich last night.

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

Controversial plans to build 28 new homes on land earmarked for employment have been approved by councillors - after they were told it could create hundreds of new jobs.

Cattle Market Street road closure for road works to move a pedestrian island. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Frustrated drivers last night found themselves caught up in rush hour jams in the centre of Norwich.

Rough sleepers in the doorway of  Debenhams at Red Lion Street, Norwich, on Tuesday October 18 2016. Photo: Archant

It’s just before 8am on Tuesday in Norwich city centre and four shapes wrapped in blankets are lying in the doorway of Debenhams.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb. Pic: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Evidence from foster carers who claim they were unfairly treated by Norfolk County Council is to be submitted to a national inquiry into fostering.

Business owners from the Royal Arcade and Castle district are urging people to vote for the shopping area in Britain's best high street award.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Vote for Norwich – that was the message to shoppers today after part of the historic city centre was named as a finalist in the battle to be crowned as Britain’s best high street.

Long line of buses on Red Lion Street, Norwich during roadworks. Photo : Steve Adams

The number of bus journeys taken in our region plummeted by two million in the space of a year, new figures revealed today.

People from different unions and organisations come together in Norwich to protest about the NHS cuts hitting local facilities like the Henderson Ward .
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2016

The closure of a hospital unit which helps to speed up the process of discharging patients could add pressure to already-stretched social services, councillors have warned.

Foundation piles at the Northern Distributor Road Rackheath rail bridge. Pic: Norfolk County Council.

Work described by council officers as “critical” in the building of the controversial Norwich Northern Distributor Road has been completed two months ahead of schedule.

Concerns have been raised that hooks and floats have been left by anglers near Cromer lifeboat station. Cromer lifeboat operations manager Richard Leeds. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

They are a familiar sight amid the seaside crowds – waiting patiently to land a catch.

A concept design for the new crematorium in Scoulton, which has been given planning permission for a third time by Breckland Council.

A new crematorium has been granted planning permission by a district council for the third time.

Cromer Railway Station.  Photo: STEVE ADAMS

Concerns have been raised that coastal towns could miss out on promised improvements to rail services if a new station is built on the edge of Norwich.

A police photo of one of the graves in Holt Cemetery. Photo: @NorthNorfPolice

A misunderstanding by Norfolk Police over the state of gravestones in Holt cemetery has led to a swift and firm rebuttal by the town council.

The proposed site of the incinerator at Saddlebow. Picture: Ian Burt

A call to explore the revival of a report which was meant to examine the conduct of county councillors in relation to the axed Norfolk incinerator has been defeated - by a single vote.

Students on Cromer seafront in the 1960s. Picture: POPPYLAND PUBLISHING

One was the era of evacuees, ration books and GI brides the other a time of teenage rebellion, “peace and love” and Beatlemania.

Kier at work collecting rubbish in north Norfolk

Refuse collections across north Norfolk face disruption after a strike vote by some Kier workers.

The Scoulton village sign on the B1108 Norwich Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Controversial plans for a crematorium in a Norfolk village which were thrown out by the High Court are going back before local planners next week.

Andrew Gibbs says he was let down by a Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) business turnaround unit called GRG. 
Byline: Sonya Duncan
. Copyright: Archant 2016

A Norfolk architect behind the regeneration of one of Norwich’s most rundown districts today describes how he fought back from the brink after he said one of his businesses was ruined by a battle with his bank

As work continues on the Norwich NDR, council leader George Nobbs unveils one of the new scheme boards near Postwick.

Fears have been voiced that the largest local authority-led road construction project in the country could wipe Holt off the map.

Simon Tobin.

He has “lived, dreamed and slept UKIP”, having stood as a parliamentary and police and crime commissioner candidate.

National Politics

The approach to Great Yarmouth on the A47.
March 2016.

Picture: James Bass

Tiny rare snails which have colonised the dykes on a treacherous part of the A47 are likely to have four years to settle into a new home before a safety upgrade can begin.

Medicines and drugs on a shelf in a pharmacy  Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Warnings that pharmacies in the region could close have been reiterated after the government said it was pressing ahead with plans to slash funding for community chemists by more than 7pc over the next two years.

Clive Lewis. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Clive Lewis has said MPs need to bring in new legislation to prevent a repeat of the BHS collapse rather than “indulge in competitive scapegoating”.

Secretary of State for education, Justine Greening visits City College, Norwich.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The education secretary has stressed the need for organisations to work together to improve the life chances of children in Norwich.

Adnams Bitter pairs well with roast meats.

The finance boss of East Anglian brewer Adnams has urged MPs to consider if “over-generous” pension promises which could bring companies to their knees could be watered down or reversed.

Education Secretary Justine Greening. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The education secretary has revealed more details of the government’s flagship initiative to improve the life chances of young people in Norwich.

Toby Coke, leader of the UKIP group at Norfolk County Council. Picture: Matthew Usher.

One of the UK Independence Party’s (UKIP) ruling executive has welcomed the departure of the MEP Steven Woolfe claiming it was “all for the good”.

Stuart Agnew MEP outside his Polling Station in Helhoughton. Picture: Ian Burt

One of the region’s UK Independence Party MEPs has dismissed suggestions the party is in a “death spiral” after a former leadership contender quit the party after an altercation with a fellow MEP which left him in hospital.

Jamie Burles from Abellio and Richard Schofield from Network Rail.

Rail infrastructure around Ely is “flashing at the top” of Network Rail’s list of priorities, a boss of the body responsible for the country’s rail tracks and signals has said.

Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles and rail minister Paul Maynard at the new franchise launch at London Liverpool Street. Pic by Paul Bigland

Passengers will have a “tiny bit of pain” for a very large gain to transform the region’s train services over the next decade, the boss of the reappointed operator has said.
Speaking on the first commuting day of the new East Anglia franchise yesterday, managing director of Great Anglia, Jamie Burles, said he realised reliability was the number on priority for passengers. He said Abellio and Network Rail were going to need a “step-change” in performance if they were going to improve the punctuality of services.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

It was a sign outside a cafe which summed up international politics for one of the region’s Americans abroad.

Phil Webster Picture: David Bebber

From being caught in the bush with Neil Kinnock to an eve of election phone call with Tony Blair, former Times political editor Phil Webster, has chronicled the inside story of his illustrious career in a new book out this week.

Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust.
Hathors relaunch and 110th anniversary celebrations at How Hill.
The Bishop of Norwich, Rt Revd Graham James.

Picture: James Bass

The Bishop of Norwich has warned every child must attend an excellent school amid government proposals to allow new grammar schools to open.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

When it comes to sport, bookmakers sometimes pay out early if a team is running away with it. There’s a risk to this, of course, because there is always an outside chance that the tables will be turned at the last moment.

Tim Farron at the Archant office

The leader of the Liberal Democrats has said he hopes leading Brexit campaigners will live long enough to apologise for what they have done to their children’s future.

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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