Dear David: Eight issues impacting our region that the Prime Minister needs to know about - what do you think?

Traffic queueing over a section of the new A11 that runs near Elveden taken from one of the new bridges. Traffic queueing over a section of the new A11 that runs near Elveden taken from one of the new bridges.

Friday, January 17, 2014
9:24 AM

As David Cameron prepares to visit the region, we look at eight ofthe key issues we are facing.

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Traffic on the A47 Acle Straight  which runs between Great Yarmouth and Acle passing through Halvergate Marshes.

Picture: James BassTraffic on the A47 Acle Straight which runs between Great Yarmouth and Acle passing through Halvergate Marshes. Picture: James Bass

TRAINS: For too many years the region has suffered from a poor train service and the Norwich in 90 campaign - made up of key figures from Norfolk and Suffolk - have teamed-up to try and improve services from Norwich through to London. There is expected to be news on this today.

A47: Campaigners, including the EDP and Evening News, are calling for a raft of improvements to this key road, which would bring untold opportunities to places from Peterbrough, all the way to Lowestoft.

Prime Minister David Cameron visits Wells Lifeboat Station after the floods. Pictured with crew members, left to right, Ray West, Chris Hardy, Allen Frary, Mark Frary, Tony Wailing-Darrell and Niery King.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYPrime Minister David Cameron visits Wells Lifeboat Station after the floods. Pictured with crew members, left to right, Ray West, Chris Hardy, Allen Frary, Mark Frary, Tony Wailing-Darrell and Niery King. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

A11: This is one thing Mr Cameron will soon be able to tick off his list as complete dualling nears completion.

AMBULANCES: It is more than a year since we launched our Ambulance Watch campaign. There has been a high profile change of leadership, promises of more front-line staff, yet all is not still right and targets are being missed.

MENTAL HEALTH: An investigation by the EDP last autumn revealed that the Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust had ordered a review into the reasons behind a spike in unexpected deaths in Norfolk after 20 patients in their care died during a five-month spell. Yet GPs in charge of NHS purse strings have ruled out any significant increase in funding for mental health services.

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL: The authority is wrestling with £189m worth of savings at the same time it is grappling with a number of big issues. King’s Lynn incinerator plans remain unresolved. A £169m government PFI credit was pulled last year, but the cabinet plans to continue with the project, however it is still waiting to hear if it will be given planning permission. Elsewhere social workers have been struggling to cope with “unmanageable” case loads in children’s services and Ofsted has also criticised the support it gives to schools.

FLOOD COMPENSATION: Norfolk and Suffolk councils are facing a huge costs in the clean-up operation following the floods at the beginning of December. There are concerns about the cost of fixing flood defences and the clean-up operation and DCLG will only cover some of those. With Environment Agency cutbacks, there are very real concerns about our ability to cope with future storm surges.

PHONE SIGNAL: Our communication infrastructure continues to be a problem in our rural area. Many communities still struggle to get a decent, if any, broadband connection.

Have your say on what issues matter to you by leaving a comment below.

13 comments

  • SECOND HOMES: Need I say more...

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    NigelS

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Aaaand, who has written this wishlist?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Billing Authorities (District Councils) not passing on Government council tax support grant to parish and town councils as intended and instead using it to plug the black holes in their budget. Brandon Lewis MP wrote to billing authorities AGAIN on 6th January telling billing authorities to pass the money down. AGAIN some billing authorities (yes, Breckland Council - that means you) are ignoring this.

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    Catty

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Just on the subject of NCC, can he be told how out of touch and how unfit for purpose they are.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Well first and foremost has to be the unfair distribution of central government funding under the current discredited system. It is no good us pushing tourism etc if we do not get back a fair share of business rates, nor working our selves into the ground if our taxes are spent on inner London and Scotland.We need an immediate end to immigration by the unskilled or low skilled -this is a major problem for places like Yarmouth. We need Osborne to help manufacturing so there are more steady employment opportunities and to regulate those businesses which treat workers like disposable commodities-lack of security inhibits spending. We need better trunk roads Decent broadband and investment by Open Reach in their system-I am currently in the west of the region where broad band is a joke because of a crumbling wire system. We need investment in next generation 4G mobile networks to deliver the internet to those who Open Reach fail- eg out in the Fens. We need all second homes to be subject to a retrospective plabbing application and the majority to be returned to full time occupation .And I suppose Scottish Independence would be something to wish for so that any government is not swayed by Scottish MPs and has to worry a bit more about our votes.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Have you told him how you make all staff pledge allegiance to Chloe Smith every morning? I'm sure that will impress him.

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    Mooseyt3

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Well said peter Blyth, you have put your finger on it. I shan't be looking to any political party as there is sod all between them. Those poor souls forever craving for leadership, their need for firm guidance by some unprincipled self serving careerist is beyond me. I have never thought that road provision could determine an election, but the principle has been used for decades to ruse voters. Its true Independents or nothing for me.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Get down to Tesco's sharpish and stock up with plenty of maple syrup. There's going to be loads of waffle on offer.

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    Dictate

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • More windfarms please - especially near pretty villages.

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    Inactive account

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • I think he should be told that NCC have no concept of the meaning of democracy. To ignore an overwhelming vote against the incinerator in such a blatant and flagrant display of arrogance doesn't serve the Tories one bit. Vote UKIP. It's the only way forward.

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    Carborundum

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Free baked potatoes for all local MPs every day and a report in the EDP obsequiously telling us what filling they each had every day. How pathetically grateful we shall all be to have this important subject to discuss.

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    alecto

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • We can all have dreams about how we want things to be. I am looking to see which party goes into the election with a policy of increasing tax, national insurance and VAT. Real vote winners all of them! So it's back to more borrowing and an increased national debt then. Well done to those who think that is a good idea - will their children and grandchildren, who will suffer the cost of this big idea, be so happy when they have to pay back that debt? Some how I think not, but by then, with any luck, I shall be dead.

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    peter blyth

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Well said peter Blyth, you have put your finger on it. I shan't be looking to any political party as there is sod all between them. Those poor souls forever craving for leadership, their need for firm guidance by some unprincipled self serving careerist is beyond me. I have never thought that road provision could determine an election, but the principle has been used for decades to ruse voters. Its true Independents or nothing for me.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

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