Local Politics

Flashback to protests over the incinerator. Photo by Adrian Judd.

Former county coroner William Armstrong was approached to help revive a report into the scrapped Norfolk incinerator, but turned down the opportunity because of a string of concerns, it has emerged.

New government figures have estimated that, by 2024, the population of Norfolk will be pushing close to a million. 

One can only imagine what the Normans would have made of it.

North Walsham Town Council offices.

Pub giant JD Wetherspoon has taken a step closer to opening in North Walsham, paving the way for a £1.6m investment and dozens of new jobs.

Residents campaign against possible future development on the North Denes area of Lowestoft.

“If it has to go to the High Court, then it will” – that is the defiant message from residents as they challenge a decision to lease an area of open space for a caravan park extension.

Plumstead Road East residents Don Presland, left, and Paul Woollard.

Norfolk and Suffolk’s elected mayor plans have been branded a “complete farce” by an MP who claimed it was a “democratic and constitutional outrage” that people living in four districts of Norfolk would have no say on the region’s new figurehead.

Rackheath sports pavilion which the parish council are planning to spend £200,000 on to upgrade. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A village is to benefit from a £200,000 upgrade to its sports facilities and “neglected” pavilion.

A trial which could pave the way for the closure of public enquiry offices in Norfolk police stations will start next month, with library staff tasked with helping the public to report crimes.

Norfolk County Council leader Cliff Jordan.

Thousands of people in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Breckland and North Norfolk will not be able to vote for the elected mayor who would control multi-million pound local transport budgets and have power over where homes are built, it has been confirmed.

A computer generated image of the proposed new medical centre in Cromer. 


A deaf motorist revealed she struggles to get in and out of her drive because parked cars block her view and she can’t hear if there are other vehicles coming.

Holt town centre  Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Plans to develop site in Franklyn’s Yard among roundup of latest planning applications.

Splash swimming pool in Sheringham.


Local authority owned land at one of the area’s most popular visitor attractions could be sold for housing to pay for its redevelopment.

Cyclists ride together at Heartsease Recreation Ground to celebrate the improvements to the Norwich cycle network. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Cycling has today been hailed as “the new rock’n’roll” as figures show that surging numbers of adults in the region are taking to two wheels.

Traffic on Prince of Wales Road, Norwich

Traffic surveys have been taking place in Prince of Wales Road as council bosses weigh up whether to propose the complete closure of the Norwich street within two years.

Bill Mountford and Colin Noble- Simon Ward

The controversial idea of an elected mayor across East Anglia has been defended by a Suffolk Council Leader who says the individual could be a “champion for business” in the area.

Travellers set up camp at Nuns Bridge's Road, Thetford.

A group of travellers are still camped beside a Thetford beauty spot after being given 24 hours to move on.

Sheila Oxtoby with Tom FitzPatrick (left) leader of North Norfolk District Council and Graham Plant (right) Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council.   Pictured in the Assembly Room in the Town Hall in Great Yarmouth.  Picture: James Bass

An arrangement which saw two Norfolk district councils share a chief executive and senior management staff looks set to break down.

The Five Guys burger restaurant in Norwich is due to open in October. 

American burger chain Five Guys has announced it will be opening its Norwich restaurant in October, after securing planning permission.

Children at the protest over the removal of play equipment at King's Head Meadow, Wymondham, last week .


Campaigners fighting to preserve Wymondham’s King’s Head Meadow play area are planning to protest at a public consultation about its future tomorrow (Friday).

The view over the fields close to the site of the proposed poultry farm near Sedgeford - The village sign. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Campaigners have vowed to continue a fight against a proposed poultry farm in west Norfolk, despite it being approved by councillors earlier this month.

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

The Red Ensign will be flying over Cromer next month to mark Merchant Navy Day.

Children at the protest over the removal of play equipment at King's Head Meadow, Wymondham, last week .


Residents of Wymondham who are fighting for the King’s Head Meadow play area to be left as it is have formed an official action group.

Diversions because of work on Westwick Street caused jams on Norwich's streets. Pic: Jo Clarke.

Drivers in Norwich have had to endure long queues today, with criticism that a diversion because of roadworks has been sending cars back the way they had come.

Caravans at the Thickthorn Park and Ride. Picture: Joanne Barker @JoBoBo777

A notice of eviction is to be served on Travellers who have set up on a park and ride site on the edge of Norwich.

Council leader Tom FitzPatrick joins England dodgeball players Lauren Hems and Holly Edmonds in the gym at Splash. Also pictured are Councillor Becky Palmer and general manager Stephen Mews. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

Leisure chiefs show their support for dodgeball players.

Andrew Wells, who has resigned from North Norfolk District Council. Picture: SUBMITTED

The leader of the Liberal Democrat group on North Norfolk District Council has resigned.

A view of the new flats, proposed for the former Mecca Bingo site. Pic: Alumno Developments.

Bosses at Aviva say working conditions for more than 2,000 city centre staff will suffer if a 13-storey tower block next to their offices gets the go-ahead – because it would take away their sunlight.

Caravans at the Thickthorn Park and Ride. Picture: Joanne Barker @JoBoBo777

A group of Travellers have arrived at a park and ride site in Norwich.

Traders are raising concerns about traffic in Cley. Picture: MILES JERMY

It is famous for its windmill, nature reserve and pebble clad cottages - but the charming coastal village of Cley has also become increasingly well known for congestion.

Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

More than £20m in council tax and business rates owed to the region’s councils went unpaid and uncollected in the past financial year, new figures have revealed.

The proposed silica sand site at Dersingham. Picture: Ian Burt

Campaigners are hailing it as a victory for residents after a site in west Norfolk was taken off a list of potential silica sand extraction locations.

Migrants and refugees in a rubber dinghy arriving on the beach at Psalidi near Kos Town, Kos, Greece. Pic: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Preparations are being made for the arrival of 50 Syrian refugees in Norfolk – but it is still not known when they will be coming to the county.

National Politics

US election diary: Adam Aiken will look at the race between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump for the White House over the coming months.  AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Something amazing has just happened in the US presidential election campaign.

For EDP Originals - Tax campaigner and accountant Richard Murphy. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Just over a year ago he shared a stage with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Fens-based economist and tax campaigner Richard Murphy wouldn’t now. He tells political editor Annabelle Dickson why.

Jeremy Corbyn watches as Owen Smith (right) speaks during a Labour leadership hustings at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead hotel. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Labour’s leadership candidates have both claimed they hold the key to winning back voters in East Anglia, as they said they would be bringing the campaign to the region in the run up to polling day.

Votes are sorted into Remain, Leave and Doubtful trays as ballots are counted during the EU Referendum count. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

When the European Union referendum votes were counted, Norwich stood out. A remain stronghold amid a sea of Brexit districts across East Anglia.

City of Norwich Grammar School. Date: 1950

With the prospect of new grammar schools back on the agenda, political editor annabelle dickson asks if there is an appetite for a return to selection in our region

Toby Coke, UKIP leader at Norfolk County Council.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The UK Independence Party should concentrate its firepower in the north leaving Brexit-supporting MPs unchallenged, one of the party’s national executive committee members has suggested.

MP Sir Henry Bellingham outside the Heacham planning inquiry

Plans for a directly-elected mayor for Norfolk and Suffolk could “damage business interests”, two high profile opponents of the move have said.

UKIP PCC for North West Norfolk Richard Coke. Photo: Submitted

Leading Norfolk UK Independence Party member Toby Coke has said it was the right decision to exclude leadership frontrunner Steven Woolfe from the contest to replace Nigel Farage after he missed the deadline to stand.

Who will replace this man as leader of UKIP? Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The UK Independence Party has revealed the slate of candidates who will compete to replace Nigel Farage at the top of the eurosceptic party.

Charity fundraiser David Foulkes, 74 of Hunstanton. 


Apparently leaked details of David Cameron’s resignation honours have prompted more questions about whether our honours system is fit for purpose. ANNABELLE DICKSON and EDP REPORTERS report.

David Campbell Bannerman Photo: Bill Smith

Leading Brexit-supporter David Campbell Bannerman has played down the idea of a second European Union referendum once the terms of a deal have been sought.

A laboratory at the Norwich Research Park. Photo: Bill Smith

The Brexit vote has already contributed to the departure of a Norwich-based scientist, with local research directors fearing more could follow.

Shadow Defence Secretary Clive Lewis speaks in the House of Commons in London during a debate on whether to renew the Trident nuclear deterrent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 18, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Trident. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

It has certainly been a busy year for Norwich South MP Clive Lewis. One month after his sudden promotion to the shadow cabinet, reporter Lauren Cope catches up with him.

South Holland leader Gary Porter.

Breckland Council is proposing a tie up with South Holland District Council.

For Ian Clarke.

Brexit must not be allowed to block billions of pounds worth of EU regeneration funding, English councils have warned.

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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