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Barnham Broom Hotel.

An investigation has found the region’s councils own commercial assets worth millions of pounds. But is it time to sell-off the family silver? Investigations editor David Powles reports.

A migrant mother and her five-year-old child (hidden under blanket) is approached by a French police officer during a nightly sweep of the perimeter fence of the Eurotunnel site at Coquelles in Calais, France. PRESS ASSOCIATION

The impact of chaos in Calais is set to last all summer, David Cameron has warned as he launched the government’s latest attempt to get a grip on the crisis.

A treasure emerges: The stunning Anglo-Saxon pendant found in South Norfolk emerges from the mud.

‘Breath-taking’ archaeological discoveries in Norfolk over the past 12 months mean the county can hold its own against the likes of Stonehenge and Sutton Hoo when it comes to heritage, according to experts.

Bernie Reddington, her son Chris and guide dog Ashley attempt to negotiate the A-boards in Gentleman's Walk. 
Picture by: Sonya Duncan

Norwich’s status as a Fine City is being threatened because of street clutter, graffiti and flyposting, civic watchdogs have warned.

Norwich City Council is awarded White Ribbon Status from the White Ribbon Campaign. Cllr Alan Waters, left, with Chris Green, chief executive of WRC.

Passers-by were more than intrigued when a set of large white ribbons appeared wrapped around the lions guarding the entrance to Norwich’s City Hall yesterday.

Migrants, including young children, are moved away from the perimeter fence of the Eurotunnel site at Coquelles in Calais, France. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

British troops could join efforts to ease traffic congestion in Kent as the migrant crisis shows no sign of abating.

Cromer Town Council's North Lodge headquarters where the basement flat at the centre of the legal battle is located. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

A town hall flat access row is set to cost Cromer council more than £80,000 in costs after an appeal court defeat.

Migrants walk on a road outside the Eurotunnel area, in Calais, northern France, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. About 2,100 migrants tried to storm the area surrounding the Eurotunnel early Tuesday before being repelled by police, an official in the northern French port of Calais said. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

One migrant has died after hundreds tried to enter the Channel Tunnel in Calais, operator Eurotunnel said.

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

Radical change is needed to stop police officer time being lost through having to deal with people with mental health issues, Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner has warned.

The Royal Norwich Golf Club in Hellesdon, which could make way for up to a thousand homes.  Photo: Bill Smith

People have been urged to make their views known over proposals which would see a thousand homes and a school built on the edge of Norwich.

The spotlight fell on social worker Gail Barnard, pictured in 2004, during the case. Photo: EDP Library.

Even before the trial started, there were questions about some of the evidence due to be used – which placed the actions of Norfolk social workers in the spotlight.

Marie Black. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norfolk’s chief constable Simon Bailey has warned that the horrific abuse in the Marie Black is case, “some of the worst he has been made aware of”, is just the “tip of the iceberg”.

Norfolk County Council's County Hall in Martineau Lane, Norwich.

Old wounds have been re-opened after the possibility of a unitary council in Norfolk was revived.

The change will benefit around 100 Norfolk veterans at an annual cost to Norfolk County Council of around £400,000.

About one hundred Norfolk war veterans have been handed a boost, after councillors finally agreed to tackle a disparity in how their care costs are worked out.

Sandie Bailes at her home in Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

As a charity calls for an overhaul of how care for disabled people is arranged, MARK SHIELDS reports on what personal budgets meant to those who rely on them.

Police are due to get more powers to tackle street drinking

New police powers are to be rolled out across the entire borough in a bid to crack down on anti-social behaviour fuelled by drinking.

Mildenhall Stadium, West Row.

Mildenhall Stadium “could close” after Supreme Court judges ordered the owners to pay nearly £500,000 in costs.

John Lee.

Outline planning permission for 68 retirement flats on the edge of Cromer has been granted conditional approval, despite strong objections from local representatives.

Cromer Town Council's North Lodge headquarters where the basement flat at the centre of the legal battle is located. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Cromer Town Council has suffered humiliating and costly defeat in its epic legal struggle over a right of way at the town hall.

Breckland Council leader Michael Wassell. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A developer has been compared to the evil uncle from Babes in the Woods as heavily criticised plans for a new housing estate in Watton were turned down.

Michael Langwade. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The family of former King’s Lynn mayor Michael Langwade have paid tribute to him as a man of many talents, who was not ready to die.

North Lodge Park in Cromer where a transfer of ownership deal has collapsed. Pictured are members of the Claridge family sailing boats on the boating lake.  


In a surreal twist to a tale of two councils and a prime north Norfolk leisure asset, one voted last night in favour of a deal the other had called off earlier in the day.

A dossier of confidential council papers detailing the issues surrounding the deficit in the adult educaton budget released to the EDP under the Freedom of Information Act.

Freedom of Information laws are to be reviewed to make it harder for members of the public and the press to obtain details about the inner workings of government.

Plans have been submitted for four retail units behind Thatcher's Needle pub on Park Road in Diss.

Councillors have raised objections to plans for four retail units on land off the busy Park Road in Diss.

Norwich Castle gardens.

A £1.5m drive to rejuvenate green areas of Greater Norwich and create better footpaths and cycleways has been revealed.

Lowestoft mayor Stephen Ardley.

Waveney residents are facing a charge for the collection of garden waste after a council said it was put in “an almost impossible position” by a cut to recycling payments.

Artists impression of Norwich Aviation Academy

Norfolk County Council has agreed to loan £6.25m for an aviation academy at a time when it is being forced to make millions of pounds of savings.

County Hall.

Norfolk County Council will provide a £6m loan for an engineering project amid fears over a multimillion funding gap this year alone.

Little Whirlpool Ramshorn Snail - Anisus vorticulus. Pic: Paul Sterry.

Tiny snails, with shells less than a fifth of an inch in diameter, are revealed today as holding the key over whether the A47 Acle Straight can ever be dualled.

The work being carried out at the Avenues,, but tree roots have meant the plug has been pulled on the originally planned Danish-style cycle paths. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A £785,000 project hailed as a way to improve cycling in Norwich will no longer include dedicated lanes for bicycles, after council officers realised trouble with tree roots would make the project too expensive.

National Politics

Extra £5.3m for Norfolk broadband pot after BT enjoys better-than-expected results

Millions of pounds will be ploughed back into Norfolk’s flagship broadband roll-out deal with BT after the telecoms giant has seen a higher-than-expected take up of its services.

Mark Bee and George Nobbs at Beccles bridge.

Norfolk council leaders still want to work with neighbouring Suffolk on a bid to win economic powers from Whitehall.

Nurse and senior lady in a care home

People are shunning jobs in social care to work in supermarkets, leaving a shortfall in the army of workers needed to look after us in old age, it has been warned.

The A47 Acle straight which runs between the village of Acle and Great Yarmouth for about 8 miles.

Picture: James Bass

MPs have said they are “horrified” that it could take up to eight years for the £300m A47 upgrade to be finished.

A Kersey Freight lorry

“Swarms of migrants” are causing havoc to a Suffolk haulier who is losing about £40,000 each week as a result of the Calais crisis.

Cuts to benefits for disabled people demonstration at DWP, Job Centre, Norwich. Mark Harrison, CEO of Equal Lives leading the protest.

Disability campaigners took to the streets to highlight “brutal” benefits sanctions in Norwich.

Floods. Firefighters go house to house to check on residents in Westgate Street, Blakeney.

Soldiers may need to be called upon if floods hit again, an Environment Agency whistle-blower has claimed in the wake of 1,000 job losses.

Mark Bee and George Nobbs at Beccles bridge.

Norfolk County Council’s chief has raised the prospect of working with Suffolk to claw more powers and control of budgets from Whitehall.

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn appearing on BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show.

Hundreds of people have signed up to hear Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn speak in Norwich next week.

Lord Sewel. Photo: PA

Lord Sewel has quit the House of Lords and apologised for the “pain and embarrassment” he has caused after footage emerged of him allegedly taking cocaine with two prostitutes.

A First Capital Connect train heading to King's Lynn along the Fen Line after passing the Ely North junction. Picture: Ian Burt

Level crossings in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire towns and villages are to be shut to allow twice-hourly train services to run between King’s Lynn and London.

File photo dated 27/07/08 of David Cameron and his wife Samantha relaxing on Harlyn Bay beach near Padstow, Cornwall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 5, 2014. On their latest holiday Mr Cameron and family are in Cascais in Portugal. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Parliament has broken up for summer. After a gruelling election campaign and busy start to the term. Political editor Annabelle Dickson asked if they will be coming on holiday in Norfolk.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne outside 11 Downing Street, London, before heading to the House of Commons to deliver his first Tory-only Budget. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Chancellor George Osborne fired the first shot in the latest Whitehall spending review.

Lucy Silvester(centre), who has won a national 'Propose a Law' competition, will be leading her friends(l to r) Lucas Cater, Emily Culling Ford, Maggie Carey and Ruby Morgan to the Houses of Parliament to present her ideas to MP's.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A 10-year-old aspiring law maker has “wowed” politicians on a visit to the corridors of power with her pitch to give parents a day off to spend time with their children.

Paramedics meet MPs in Westminster to present petition to keep Anthony Marsh

The “extraordinary” 700-name petition calling for stand-in ambulance boss Anthony Marsh to stay cannot be dismissed, a Norfolk MP and former health minister has said as paramedics descended on parliament to raise their concerns about losing their leader.

Clive Lewis. Photo: Mark Tillie

Almost 50 Labour MPs, including Norwich South MP Clive Lewis, have defied Harriet Harman to vote against controversial Tory welfare reforms.

Norwich North M.P Chloe Smith. Photo: Steve Adams

MPs from across the country rounded on the Government over its “shabby” announcement that help for the victims of the contaminated blood scandal will be delayed.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who has pledged to help America

New Government legislation will include powers to put non-violent extremists who radicalise young people “out of action”, David Cameron has said.

Norman Lamb at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Former health minister Norman Lamb has said Tory -u-turn to bring in a cap on care costs is an “outrageous betrayal” of the electorate.

Jeremy Corbyn Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has received the backing of three branches in Norfolk.

Tim Farron (left) and Norman Lamb. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has been defeated in the race for the Liberal Democrat leadership, with Tim Farron taking the top job.

Acting Labour party leader Harriet Harman speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 1, 2015. See PA story POLITICS PMQs Harman. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire

MPs are to receive a 10pc pay rise which will be backdated to the start of the parliamentary year.

Shailesh vara Con cand for NW Cambs

Courts in King’s Lynn, Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds are all earmarked for the axe by Government.

Pasha Kovalev and Caroline Flack on the live show of the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing.

A blueprint for the future of the BBC will be published today. Political editor ANNABELLE DICKSON analyses what is in store for the corporation.

Senior doctors will be forced to work on Saturdays and Sundays to address poorer care, the health secretary will announce today.

Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

The Prime Minister will today pledge to “end the gender pay gap in a generation” setting out plans to force big businesses to publish the gap between what they are paying men and women.

Singer Charlotte Church attends a press conference at the headquarters of the union Unite in London to announce the march against the government's austerity policy. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Unions have reacted furiously to new legislation that would tighten rules on strike ballots and political donations.

New education centre in Parliament. Picture: UK Parliament/Roger Harris

A Norwich-based architects firm has designed a new education centre for Parliament, to be opened today.

Large firms will be forced to reveal details of the gap between how much they pay male and female employees  Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Bigger firms will be forced reveal how average pay varies between men and women in a bid to address inequalities. Political Editor Annabelle Dickson looks at why there is a difference, and asks if it is as simple as “casting sunlight on discrepancies”.

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A vote to relax the fox-hunting ban in England and Wales has been postponed after the Scottish National Party’s decision to take part in the division made defeat almost certain.

Dan Poulter MP

Telecoms giant BT is not getting broadband to Suffolk homes as quickly as it could, one of the county’s MPs has claimed.

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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