Local Politics

Nigel Pearce

Two frustrated North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) members are hoping to lobby the government for changes to planning legislation.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb. 


People recently discharged from hospital who struggle to get around after operations should be given temporary permits allowing them to park in restricted areas while they recover, according to a Norfolk MP.

St Andrew's Hall, and Blackfriars' Hall, known together as The Halls. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

More than a quarter of a million pounds will be spent to fix the roof of Norwich’s St Andrew’s Hall - and that could limit events which can take place there.

Planning permission has been granted for a new solar farm at North Walsham

A new solar farm will be adding to north Norfolk’s renewable energy mix.

General view of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at Colney.

Towns halls in the region are gearing up to fight a potential attempt by the cash-strapped NHS to win a reduction in business rates similar to that enjoyed by charities.

Annie Walker, who was given contaminated blood in a transfusion in the 1970s. 
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Major concerns have been raised that new proposals to properly compensate those affected by the contaminated blood scandal will actually make their situation worse.

Blakeney after the 2013 tidal flood. Chairman of Blakeney Parish Council, Tony Faulkner.

A long running planning battle appeared to be at an end after approval was won for a controversial “farmstead” development in the north Norfolk area of outstanding natural beauty.

Sarcastic signs on the verge in Horsford, ridiculing the 30mph speed restriction on the B1149 Holt Road. Photo : Steve Adams

Signs with sarcastic slogans, which sprang up close to where speed limits have been introduced while work takes place on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road, are being removed.

Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner has proposed the element of council tax which goes to the constabulary should be increased by nearly 2pc - after his previous recommendation for a freeze was vetoed.

Central Park in New York.

Start spreading the news...a Norfolk town is taking inspiration from the Big Apple.

The Kings Head Meadow play area is being relocated, many local residents want the relocation halted and the park to remain in place.

Disabled parents in Wymondham say that an “unbelievable” decision to relocate a £75,000 play area will leave them with nowhere safe to take their children.

George Freeman looking relaxed before casting his vote at Litcham Jubilee Hall. Picture: Ian Burt

The opportunity for a joined-up East Anglia must not be lost, a senior minister has warned business leaders in a “game-changing” intervention about the region’s devolution future.

Norwich in action in last season's victory over Rochford Hundred.

Norwich Rugby Club has submitted a formal application for planning permission which would see it move into a new home at the University of East Anglia.

The advert for a consultant to work on assignment for Suffolk County Council Schools Choice traded service was posted on a number of job websites last month. Pic: David Davies/PA Wire.

A company working with Suffolk County Council to improve education standards has advertised for a £500-a-day consultant to join on a short-term basis.

Architects' image of what the proposed Generation Park in Norwich would look like.

A bid for a £370m energy park on the edge of Norwich city centre has been dealt another blow, after the county council lodged an objection to the proposal.

The proposed site of a new Lidl store at Bishop Bridge Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A controversial bid to build a superstore in Norwich has been handed a boost, after highways bosses signalled they would not object so long as ‘minor changes’ are made.

The cliffs and beach area on the edge of the Potters Leisure Resort in Hopton.
Proposed coastal protection scheme. 
February 2016.

Picture: James Bass

A multi-million pound plan to protect the coastline near a popular leisure resort has been approved.

Hellesdon - sign.  Photo: Bill Smith

Land in Hellesdon could return to the control of the community as the parish council pushes for it to become a neighbourhood area – with the prospect of a referendum on the horizon.

The cliffs and beach area on the edge of the Potters Leisure Resort in Hopton.
Proposed coastal protection scheme. 
February 2016.

Picture: James Bass

A multi-million pound plan to protect the coastline at Hopton will be discussed by Great Yarmouth borough councillors this evening.

Colin Noble and Christopher Hudson outside Endeavour House.

The deputy leader of Suffolk County Council is today facing claims that he was heard using offensive language to describe senior colleagues at the authority.

George Nobbs, leader of Norfolk County Council. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A devolution deal for Norfolk and Suffolk will be discussed by council leaders today, but only after a threat to snub the meeting amid anger over who could attend.

A migrant girl tries to warm herself as she disembarks a boat at Lesbos Island, Greece last month. Pic: AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov.

Council leaders are waiting to hear back from the government after opening negotiations over Norfolk taking in 50 Syrian refugees.

Local government Secretary Greg Clark

A funding boost of £4.6m has been announced for Norfolk next year to ease the transition towards more local funding, the communities secretary has said.

Protesters outside County Hall spreading the message on how they feel the cuts will impact on the people of Norfolk. Photo: Steve Adams

People in Norfolk look set for a council tax increase after councillors recommended a hike to head off cuts to frontline services.

Criticism of temporary speed limits on roads along the route of the £178.5m Norwich Northern Distributor Road has led to a review of their use.

Norfolk's chief fire officer Roy Harold.

Norfolk’s fire chief has said he is optimistic cuts which would have led to fire crews being downgraded will be avoided.

The former venue of The Owl Sanctuary. Photo by Simon Finlay.

A popular Norwich venue has been given a new status to help secure its continued use as a pub.

Sandie Bailes with her husband Arthur, at their home in Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

“They have taken away everything that made me smile and my life worth living. The tragedy is they don’t even seem to care. If they cut my budget any more I’ll end up being stuck in my home, not even wanting to speak to people. Not even being a human being, just someone stuck in a home, a disabled person, sitting in a wheelchair with a blanket over my legs.”

Mark Harrison, chairman of disability charity Equal Lives. Photo : Steve Adams

A campaign group representing disabled people in Norfolk has submitted a formal complaint over claims an increasing number of disabled and vulnerable people have seen the support they receive cut by Norfolk County Council.

The Norwich City Council Eco Awards for 2015. Lord Mayor Judith Lubbock with winners, left to right, Wendy Howes from Heather Avenue Infant School, Lorraine Leeder and Louise Jacobs from EKS Living Clean, Fiona Webster-Lee and Sara Dunseath from Parkside Special School. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The clock is ticking in the hunt to find the schools, businesses and community groups across Norfolk which are showing outstanding commitment to safeguarding the environment.

Lost in Translation Circus perform in Gorleston. 

Picture: James Bass

An empty city church is on the brink of a new lease of life as a circus school, with a decision on its future due to be taken within days.

National Politics

The poster for the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign in Yarmouth town centre. Photo: George Ryan

A publicity launch for the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union didn’t go quite to plan when a van displaying a giant poster arrived in Great Yarmouth town centre.

Sea Palling beach

It is intended to wind alongside idyllic beaches, dunes and cliffs for the enjoyment of holidaymakers and ramblers.

Norwich MPs Chloe Smith and Clive Lewis take part in debate on social mobility

Norwich’s social-mobility problem is “deep-rooted” a city MP has told parliament.

Prime minister David Cameron faces a dilemma over Europe and the forthcoming referendum. Picture: PA

The brilliant Danish scientist and wit Piet Hein summed it up beautifully in verse:

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis takes part the annual Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race in which MPs, Lords and members of the media race each other on pancake day to raise money for the charity Rehab, in Victoria Tower Gardens. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

It is the annual event when old Westminster enemies line up to batter each other.

A previous debate in Westminster Hall where today's debate on social mobility will happen today. PA Wire

The poor prospects of the most disadvantaged children in the region will be debated in parliament today.

Dr Dan Poulter speaking in Parliament

Energy giant E.ON and pensioner charity Age UK have a “moral obligation” to recompense energy users who appear to have paid hundreds of pounds too much last year, a Suffolk MP has said.

Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

David Cameron has pledged an additional £1.2 billion to support refugees fleeing Syria’s brutal civil war as world leaders gather in London for talks on the crisis.

Warnings of housing shortfall. But homes have been built in recent years. An aerial pic of Queens Hills housing estate development, Costessey

Norfolk and Suffolk had 7,000 fewer homes than it needed last year - and could face a 28,000 home shortfall by 2026, new figures have revealed.

British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media after an EU summit in Brussels on Friday,  (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

As the blueprint for a new deal between the UK and the European Union is published, has Political Editor Annabelle Dickson looks at what it is and gauges the reaction

The official opening of the newly-refurbished King's Lynn Bus Station. Pictured is council leader Nick Daubney. Picture: Ian Burt

Norfolk and Suffolk leaders have called for more detail from central government about what devolution could mean for the area amid a report from a cross-party group of MPs criticising a lack of public engagement.

The Union flag behind the European Union flag Tim Ireland/PA Wire

A draft deal aimed at meeting David Cameron’s European Union reform demands has been unveiled.

Nicky Morgan  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Schools in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire will not be forgotten in the national drive to bring teachers to struggling areas, Nicky Morgan has said.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The race to be the next Conservative leader must not come down to a battle between two white men, Nicky Morgan has said.

The Goats for Votes initiative at the UEA as students meet and pet goats to encourage higher numbers of student voter registration. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

An estimated 800,000 people have dropped off the electoral register since the new system of individual sign-ups was introduced, according to Labour.

Prime Minister David Cameron (right) meets with European Council president Donald Tusk on Sunday January 31. Photo: Toby Melville/PA Wire

A day of “intensive” negotiations over EU reforms is getting under way as David Cameron battles with Brussels to secure a reform package in time for an early in/out referendum.

Baroness Shephard of Northwold - deputy chairman of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA

The life prospects of the poorest children in parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and the Fens are among the worst in the country, new research has shown.

George Nobbs(pictured), leader of the council says control over flood defences is being considered as part of a devolutiond deal. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Local leaders could seek more power over flood defence decisions and spending as part of a devolution deal with the government.

Norwich South Labour MP Clive Lewis. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Scottish nationalists have rounded on Norwich MP Clive Lewis over his “insensitive” comments about the oil and gas industry.

The A1101 road at Welney is currently under water and closed for access. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss has hailed a Somerset scheme which is set to see £15 added to local tax bills to fund flood defences. Political editor annabelle dickson asks if we should be considering something similar.

Oil and Gas platform

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to build a bridge to the future for those involved it the oil and gas industry.

Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Bett in the control room at Wymondham HQ. Photo: Bill Smith

Norfolk’s fire service call handlers are set to join their police counterparts in Wymondham under plans for a joint control room.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith. Picture: Antony Kelly

Not considering online voting is almost immoral, a Norwich MP has said amid calls for the innovation to be introduced in time for the next general election.

Home secretary to press ahead with blue light merger plans

Fire chiefs with no experience of fighting crime could head police forces in a drive to increase collaboration between emergency services.

Norman Lamb (Lib Dem) arrives at the Norfolk North Parliamentary Constituency General Election 2015 count at North Walsham Sports Hall, The verification of votes is well underway with nearly all of the ballot boxes back and being sorted before the count. 


The boss of Norfolk and Suffolk’s mental health trust has insisted the service is safe after “deeply distressing” data showing the highest number of “unexpected deaths” in the country.

Local government Secretary Greg Clark

An overture from Norfolk and Suffolk to join forces to win more power from Westminster has been rejected by Cambridgeshire’s leaders.

Lowestoft Magistrates Court.

Picture: James Bass

Almost £1m has been spent on maintenance and improvements at two Suffolk courts earmarked for closure.

Annie Walker, who was given contaminated blood in a transfusion in the 1970s. 
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A victim of the contaminated blood scandal who has been told she has just one or two months to live has today spoken of her anger that she will never receive compensation.

Health minister Jane Ellison speaks in the House of Commons, London, during a Commons debate which could see Britain become the first country in the world to permit the creation of IVF babies with DNA from three different people. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 3, 2015. MPs will have a free vote at the end of the 90-minute debate on a controversial amendment to the 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act. See PA story HEALTH Mitochondrial. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

A long-awaited blueprint of support for the victims of contaminated blood has been set out by a health minister today.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell Yui Mok/PA Wire

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell is set to bring his over-subscribed economics tour to East Anglia in March.

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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