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Services could be under threat if cuts to funding in adult social care funding are approved. Picture submitted to Archant.

Councillors will today debate cutting more than £5m of funding for services that support vulnerable people such as the homeless.

Volunteers at The Meadows playground in Mulbarton. From left, Peter Leigh, Steve Sewell, Derel Aldous, Richard Tucker and Adam Banham. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

In a time of tightening budgets, local authorities hiking up their council tax to pass on more of the cost to residents has become not only a regular, but an expected burden.

Syrians evacuated from the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo. Pic: AP Photo.

The first five Syrian refugee families will arrive in Norwich next month, with the county pulling together to welcome them to their new life.

Most Ipswich houses are in council tax Bands A or B.

More than half the homes in Suffolk are in the bottom two council tax bands it has emerged.

The NDR bridge over Plumstead Road is installed.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A road in Norwich which was shut while the first major bridge beams on the route of the Norwich Northern Distributor Road were hoisted into place has reopened.

Thetford Town Councillors in their ceremonial outfits before an event last year.

An ongoing row over headgear at a council has come to an end after it ruled all councillors shall have to keep their hats on during ceremonial meetings.

Councillors pictured outside the former rectory during a site visit. They have now voted in favour of its demolition and replacement. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

A former rectory, built by a well-known north Norfolk architect, will be demolished and replaced with a controversial modern home - designed by his great nephew.

Works starts on the Greyhound Opening housing site. Leader of Norwich City Council cllr Alan Waters and deputy leader cllr Gail Harris.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Construction has at last begun at the site of the scandal-hit Greyhound Opening site - almost eight years since the former homes were demolished.

Placard-waving protesters objected to the proposed development during a site visit in Weybourne. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

A north Norfolk planning application which prompted a banner-waving protest has been given approval.

The NDR bridge over Plumstead Road is installed.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A bridge which will one day carry thousands of cars travelling on the £178.5m Norwich Northern Distributor Road is taking shape.

Sweet Briar Road roundabout in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

A £1.6m scheme to replace a roundabout on Norwich’s ring road has been given the go-ahead by councillors.

Plans are being put forward to strengthen the sea defences at Mundesley, 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

New measures are being proposed to enhance some of the oldest sea defences on the Norfolk coast.

A dog bin in Mulbarton. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

A parish council is facing a huge increase to the amount it has to pay for having its dog bins emptied by South Norfolk Council.

“New road designs are shortly to be unveiled for the “Heritage Triangle” area of Diss, including St Nicholas Street, Market Hill, and the section of Market Place that connects them.

A major project to make Diss pedestrian-friendly and attract more visitors to the town will start in April, it has been revealed.

The damage to Cromer Pier after the tidal surge is evident, left. Also pictured, right, once the repairs were completed. Picture: NNDC

But council warns damage along the coast will take weeks to repair.

An artist's impression of Great Yarmouth's third river crossing

People have less than two weeks remaining to respond to a public consultation on transport issues in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston, which particularly seeks to establish how much support there is for a third river crossing for the towns.

Work on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Drivers have been reminded that a city road has shut because a bridge which will carry the Norwich Northern Distributor Road is having its main beams lifted into place.

A ballot box. Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth residents are to be asked to take part in another referendum in May.

A car passes the visitor centre entrance at the nature reserve at Cley on the mud-strewn A149. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

One of the region’s busiest routes was closed for four days after becoming swamped during storm surge.

Martham village sign.

Picture: James Bass

A plan has been submitted for a new roundabout and access road in Martham.

A ceremony was held at Lowestoft Train Station to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in 2016. Cllr Bruce Provan, Ray Wang and Cllr Stephen Ardley

A wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day will be held in Lowestoft next week.

Roger Smith, chairman of Norfolk County Council's children's services committee. Photo: Bill Smith

The time it takes for vulnerable children to be adopted could be sped up through a new region-wide partnership, council bosses have said.

A Salthouse resident struggles to walk along the A149 Coast Road which is caked in debris dumped by the sea. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

Flood-hit coast road has been closed between Cley and Salthouse following a tidal surge on Friday evening.

Work on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Work on a significant milestone in construction of the Norwich Northern Distributor Road -- which will mean a three day road closure - has been delayed by a day because of bad weather.

North Norfolk District Council headquarters in Holt Road, Cromer.

Four candidates are to contest a by-election in north Norfolk next month - including two from parties not currently represented on the local authority.

Cley visitor centre escaped any damage but its bottom car park was flooded and the neighbouring access road remained partially blocked by flooding and sea debris. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

Norfolk Wildlife Trust has confirmed its visitor centre in Cley has reopened following the weekend’s floods.

This couple were preparing to dig their way out of Salthouse. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

A section of road between Cley and Salthouse remained closed - three days after the storm surge hit.

MP Steve Barclay in Wisbech on Friday to address 2020 update conference

In a series of articles beginning today we will be examining astonishing claims made by MP Steve Barclay about the Greater Cambridge and Peterborough Enterprise Board (LEP). What was meant to be a vehicle for growth and opportunity is working, says the MP, but for almost everyone except those in Fenland.

Land at the end of Swanton Road, next to an existing travellers site, where a further 13 travellers pitches could be created. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

An expansion to a Travellers’ site at Swanton Road in Norwich has been approved by the Norwich City Council planning committee.

House in mulitple occupaction on Cunningham Road, Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich City Council has voted in favour of a crackdown on landlords who own properties which have multiple tenants without planning authorisation.

Cromer Pier has been closed today for safety checks following last night's storm surge.

Cromer Pier will remain closed today for safety checks following last night’s tidal surge.

National Politics

Prime Minister Theresa May Matt Cardy/PA Wire

Theresa May has backed moves to put up council tax bills in Norfolk to plug a gap in social care funding.

Theresa May  in Downing Street  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The prime minister has insisted GPs are “part of the solution” to the NHS crisis after she faced an angry backlash from local family doctors following a Number 10 threat over opening hours.

Theresa May Philip Toscano/PA Wire.

Britain will welcome the “brightest and the best” migrant workers to the region post-Brexit, the prime minister has said as she launches her 10-point industrial strategy to create an “economy that works for everyone”.

President-elect Donald Trump waves from the podium as Melania Trump looks on during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Prime Minister Theresa May was put on the spot over her policy chief George Freeman’s Twitter outburst about Donald Trump’s speech just days before she will meet the US president.

Some of our MPs could face a dilemma over the triggering of Article 50

Theresa May spoke again about uniting the country this week in her long-awaited Brexit speech.

Clive Lewis speaking at Jeremy Corbyn's leadership rally at Open in Norwich. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich MP Clive Lewis has said triggering Article 50 - the formal process for leaving the European Union - under Theresa May’s blueprint is not in the interests of the people of Norwich and the country.

As part of the new franchise agreement towns on the east Suffolk line will regain a direct service to London Liverpool Street.

Sizewell C could be the “catalyst” to improvements on the East Suffolk railway line, the rail minister has said.

Paul Nuttall (left) is congratulated by Nigel Farage after he was announced as the new Ukip leader at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The UK Independence Party’s ruling committee would back leader Paul Nuttall “100pc” if he decides to stand in Stoke, one of its members has said.

Hannah Witheridge.

Home office minister Brandon Lewis has spoken of the “devastating impact” the murder of student Hannah Witheridge had on her family and the local community.

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 18, 2017. See PA story POLITICS PMQs May. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

People must take flood warnings seriously, the Prime Minister has said after the region was put on high alert over a tidal surge last week.

Migrant workers are employed within many sectors across the East of England - pictured are migrant workers employed in the rural/farming sector.
 
MMP Cambridge (Masons)

A new system should be put in place now to recruit migrant workers from across the world to pick East Anglia’s fruit and vegetables, MPs have been told.

Montage of Theresa May's Brexit speech

Theresa May failed to quell business uncertainty over Brexit as she delivered a warning to her European counterparts that she would be willing to walk away with no Brexit deal.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech on leaving the European Union at Lancaster House in London, AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

The full text of Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech

Prime Minister Theresa May after speaking at Lancaster House in London where she outlined her plans for Brexit. Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

Britain is willing walk away from the European Union without out a deal, Theresa May warned today in a speech setting out her plans for extricating Britain from Brussels.

Theresa May headshot 2016, Photo by Andrew Parsons/I-Images

Theresa May will set out her 12 priorities for Brexit on Tuesday, telling diplomats she wants Britain to be “truly global” – but also a “best friend and neighbour” to its European partners.

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