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North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) has backed a county-wide effort to encourage Norfolk residents to recycle.

A new primary school and nursery with capacity for more than 200 children has been touted for a village close to Norwich - replacing its existing one.

A father whose two sons rely on one of the 46 children’s centres under threat of closure has urged people to make their voices heard over the controversial proposals.

Ever since that fateful day in June 2016, questions have been asked over just what the people of the United Kingdom - and Norfolk - had voted for.

A parish council has branded as ‘reckless and irresponsible’ plans for pedestrians to share the road with traffic around a blind bend leading to and from a new housing estate.

Labour MPs are gathering in Liverpool for their annual conference. Here political editor Richard Porritt talks to the East’s Labour MPs about in-fighting and if the party will back a second referendum

Up to 37 bills asking residents to pay for their garden waste bin service have been sent out in error by North Norfolk District Council.

Hopes for key historic artefacts staying in Lowestoft were served another blow today as a consultation was launched.

Norwich City has hinted that more stars of the music world could soon be heading to Carrow Road, after a licensing bid was submitted.

Plans for a major housing development in a part of Norfolk boasting some of the UK’s darkest skies have left amateur astronomers fearing it will blot out their view of the stars.

The cost of residential parking in the city area is on the rise, after councillors agreed to increase the charge for permits.

A rethink to a multi-million pound traffic shake-up to part of the city centre has been given the green light by councillors.

A swathe of changes to Norwich’s roads have been approved by councillors, including reduced speed limits, new permit zones and almost £2.5m of spending on one road.

Over the years, many weird and wondeful ideas and schemes have been announced but never came to pass. In the first of a new series, Norfolk’s Pipe Dreams, DAN GRIMMER looks at when there were hopes Eurostar could come to Norwich.

A new enterprise hub which will cost around £2m was given the go-ahead at a planning meeting.

A busy road linking two South Norfolk market towns is to be closed on a Saturday while resurfacing work is carried out.

A care home issued with a closure notice last month has unveiled a change of direction, as it looks to restore its reputation.

The designs of more than 150 new homes to built in Halesworth were passed at a council meeting despite worries around sewerage and drainage.

Planners are investigating whether the Diocese of Norwich breached planning rules when it chopped down trees in a Norfolk village.

A move by Anglia Square developers to alleviate concerns over a controversial high-rise tower in their regeneration plans has been met with mixed reaction.

Plans for a new two-storey McDonald’s drive-through restaurant in Lowestoft have been approved.

Warnings have been issued about a hoax calls from fraudsters pretending to be from a north Norfolk council.

A campaign group attempting to stop the sale of school land to allow 69 houses to be built was hit with a blow after plans passed the next stage.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is holding its final public exhibition event on Friday, September 21 in Hemsby as part of the initial public consultation to shape a key planning document to help guide and enable sustainable growth, development, jobs and investment until 2030 and beyond.

New second homes should be banned because they cast a “dark shadow” over a coastal town, a councillor has said.

Work which would make a junction on a busy Norwich road safer will start next month, but it will involve road closures.

The height of a controversial tower planned for Norwich’s Anglia Square has been cut by five storeys as developers submit another bid for the area’s revamp to go ahead.

A new report has revealed the amount of shop space standing empty in Norwich has gone up, with the closure of major stores such as Toys R Us contributing to the increase.

Former education secretary Justine Greening visited Norwich today to promote a scheme which encourages employers to take on staff from a wider range of backgrounds.

Major works on the £80,000 refurbishment of a mid Norfolk car park begin later this week.

A campaign group has branded a consultation over the future archive facility in north Suffolk as “worthless”.

National Politics

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss championed Norwich City on a visit to the US as part of efforts to woo an American football team to relocate to the UK.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War the Western World heaved a deep sigh of relief.

Former health minister Norman Lamb says the key to tackling mental health issues is helping struggling families as early as possible.

Has a prime minister ever faced such a crucial few months during peacetime?

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has ripped into the planning system and knocked government ministers out of frustration over proposals to site a windfarm substation in his constituency.

George Freeman has announced he will stand to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister if he is “asked to”.

A former Norfolk man, who has built a successful business in Catalonia, has launched a fight against what he describes as a “gross failure of democracy”.

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has said the prime minister should stand down after she has agreed a Brexit deal.

Why are the Liberal Democrats doing so badly?

A proposed shake-up of parliamentary boundaries in Norfolk could make it tougher for Norwich North MP Chloe Smith to hold on to her seat at the next general election.

Michael Gove has been listening out for leaks - but this time not from the Cabinet.

The Minister for the Environment, Michael Gove, has insisted fishermen will get full control of British waters following Brexit.

Boris Johnson is facing a court room showdown with a Norfolk prosecutor over claims the former foreign secretary made during the Brexit referendum.

East Anglian MPs are demanding greater devolution for the region and more infrastructure spending from government.

A Eurosceptic Norfolk MP has vowed to back Theresa May’s controversial Chequers Brexit plan in parliament.

Richard Porritt

Richard Porritt

Political Editor

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Richard is our Political Editor and works both in the Norwich and Westminster offices. He scrutinises our region’s members of parliament and holds them to account on your behalf while also reporting on wider national politics.

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Dan Grimmer

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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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