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A new lap dancing club for Norwich’s city centre could add “sexual arousal to the drunkenness that afflicts the late night zone” according to councillors objecting to the idea.

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

A call has been made for work to start to pave the way for a unitary council or councils in Norfolk.

Former Sheringham town mayor Patricia Brooks. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Councillor cites “family reasons” for decision.

Norfolk County Council. County Hall. Photo : Steve Adams

Bosses at Norfolk County Council have come under fire for looking to create two highly paid officer roles at a time when the authority is having to consider cutting millions of pounds.

Attleborough Post Office changes. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2016

Postal services are due to return to Attleborough town centre today after technical problems forced a delay.

Lollipop Lady, Mandy Thain works a crossing outside Magdalen Gates Primary School, her role is currently under threat due to budget cuts.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2016

Parents have been urged to help save under threat lollipop patrols – by taking photographs of bad driving and busy roads to demonstrate why they should be spared the axe.

Sam, who has been helped by The Benjamin Foundation.
Byline:: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2016

Sam is brutally blunt when asked where he would be without support from The Benjamin Foundation - ‘I’d be in a crack house’.

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

Recommendations include axing eight councillors.

Hannah and Richard Smith, from Lowestoft, with their children Joshua (9) and Lauren (6).

A family taken to court for going on holiday during term time has had their case withdrawn at the last minute.

Proposed Heacham Lidl. Picture: Lidl

Controversials proposals for a new Lidl store in Heacham were deferred today, to allow the company to look again at the design and the materials used in the building.

Thetford lord mayor Terry Jermy, left, and twon councillor Mike Brindle at Thetford's former Cottage Hospital site. Picture: VIA MIKE BRINDLE

Town councillors have clashed over a petition to bring a derelict community hospital back into use.

Cromer Christmas Lights switch on. Local children and performers from the Cromer Pier Show performing the honours.Photo: Steve Adams

Five-year-old schoolgirl Metiya Nudchanad lit up Cromer - by turning on the town’s Christmas lights.

A bus in Castle Meadow. The city council had said it would look at whether it could fine drivers who do not turn off their engines when stationary. 

Fines for drivers who leave engines running while stopped in city centre streets have yet to be introduced - with “staff absence” blamed for a lack of progress in bringing them in.

Barry Hester, North Walsham mayor for 2016-2017, with deputy mayor Sally Stuckey. Picture: SUBMITTED

North Walsham mayor Barry Hester has defended another steep rise in the town council part of residents’ council tax bills.

Cromer mayor Tim Adams, left, and former mayor David Pritchard, right, clashed during a debate over the future of the bus stop in the town's Mill Road, top.

Faeces found at a bus stop in Cromer are not believed to belong to a dog, town councillors were warned this week.

Work is continuing on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Drivers have been warned that work on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road will mean a road in Horsford will have to shut again next week.

Council leader Tom FitzPatrick, bottom left, welcomed the progress of work at Cabbell Park, top, to pave the way for the new medical centre, bottom right. Pictures: NNDC

Work on plans to build a new health centre in Cromer is continuing - despite concerns it will leave the town’s football club homeless.

The black and white rosette of the Tribune party. Photo: Tribune Party

After six months of planning, a movement has been set up to challenge party politics at a local level.

Thetford lord mayor Terry Jermy, left, and twon councillor Mike Brindle at Thetford's former Cottage Hospital site. Picture: VIA MIKE BRINDLE

The future of a derelict hospital is looking brighter after 1,600 people signed a petition to see it reopened.

Rosinda Louro. 
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Rosinda Louro came to England 20 years ago with her two young children to work in a packaging plant in Peterborough.

Jackie Esposito and Sue Dawson. Great Yarmouth landlords who are owed thousands of pounds in rent arrears brought about by the introduction of universal credit. 
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A welfare revolution has left a trail of damage to people’s lives in Great Yarmouth.

Proposed Heacham Lidl. Picture: Lidl

A new Lidl looks set to be built on the outskirts of Heacham, despite continued opposition from the parish council.

The Gulliver wind turbine in Lowestoft. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH

A government planning inspector is expecting to announce his decisions on two wind turbine applications in north Norfolk around the end of February next year.

Paul Cunningham, chairman of the Eastern Landlords Association. 

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Universal credit is the biggest threat to landlords and tenants in 25 years, according to the chairman of the Eastern Landlords Association.

Landlords have warned problems introducing the welfare changes could lead to a rise in rough sleepers in Yarmouth. 
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

When Mathew Wright lost his job as a maintenance engineer in April he assumed he would be able to get welfare to see him through.

Universal credit has replaced six other benefits including job seeker's allowance. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Since April, all new benefit claimants in the Great Yarmouth council area have been put onto the new Universal Credit system, rather than claiming lots of different types of benefits.

Jackie Esposito. 
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Landlord Jackie Esposito is now owed £13,000 in rent arrears from tenants waiting to get universal credit.

The Sea-Breeze Club on Commercial road, Lowestoft.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A man suffered life-threatening injuries after he was hit around the head with a beer barrel as shouting and screaming onlookers raced for cover.

Attleborough Post Office changes. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2016

A Post Office is due to start operating at a convenience store in Attleborough’s High Street today following a controversial move from the nearby post office building.

Deputy Mayor of Cromer, John Frosdick with Deputy Town Clerk Janet Warner on the Cromer Town stand at the Royal Norfolk Show.

Every household in Cromer will be asked to pay an average of around £6 more a year towards the upkeep of the town.

National Politics

Liz Truss, justice secretary, during her visit to HMP Norwich at the Café Britannia. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss has delivered another baffling despatch box performance which left a colleague trying to stifle his giggles.

South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen

A Conservative MP will fight to be the mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in elections due to be held next year.

Louise Casey PA Wire

Immigrants should swear an “immigration oath” and school children should be taught “British values”, a Government-commissioned report has suggested.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous.
February 2014.

Picture: James Bass

Judges forcing violent fathers who have shown no remorse to attend “Caring Dads Programme” are making the sessions hard to run, an MP has said.

Ballot boxes arrive at Richmond upon Thames College in Richmond, London, for a by-election where former Conservative Zac Goldsmith was defeated by the Liberal Democrats Yui Mok/PA Wire

As the dust settles on a shock Liberal Democrat by-election result, Annabelle Dickson asks what it means for Brexit, the Lib Dems, Labour and Conservatives, and what it can tell us about next year’s local council elections.

Lowestoft fishing boats in the harbour.

Fishing must not be the “sacrificial lamb” in Brexit negotiations, a Tory MP has said as he urged the government to “grasp the opportunity” to breathe new life back into the industry.

Councillor Andrew Proctor.

Broadland’s council leader has said any new devolution blueprint must benefit his district and should not be seen as a Suffolk deal with a couple of bodies tagged onto it.

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

Stuart Agnew will continue as UKIP’s agriculture spokesman under new leader Paul Nuttall.

The F-15 taking off from RAF Lakenheath

The outgoing US ambassador urged people to focus on today’s “inspiring” links between airbases such as RAF Lakenheath and their communities as he highlighted their important role in the UK’s relationship with his country.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous.

Conservative Peter Aldous has issued a passionate defence of those campaigning for the government to help women who have been adversely affected by state pension age increases.

Adnams chief executive Andy Wood will continue to lead negotiations for a Suffolk-only deal. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Pro-devolution leaders have 
vowed to go back to the government “as quickly as possible” in the 
hope of securing a new devolution deal.

Clive Lewis speaking in the House of Commons  PA Wire

BHS and Sports Direct scandals may not have been stopped by proposed rules to curb business excesses which have been set out by the government, Labour MP Clive Lewis has said.

Prime Minister Theresa May (right) welcomes Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo to 10 Downing Street, London, ahead of a summit meeting. Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Poland’s prime minister put guarantees for Polish citizens living and working in the United Kingdom following Brexit at the top of her agenda during a visit to London.

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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