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One of the new Norwich park and ride buses. Pic: Submitted.

A major shake-up of Norwich’s park and ride service will be launched in just over a week, with bosses having spent £3.3m on a new fleet of buses.

Tony Burlingham in Upper St Giles, where he owned four properties in 2007.  Photo: Bill Smith
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The manager of several under-fire budget hotels, marketed under the MJB Group label, has outlined plans to either redevelop or sell off the properties.

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The manager of a number of budget hotels today pledged to either close or upgrade the properties, as an investigation revealed a string of complaints about them.

Bailiffs are increasingly being used by councils to chase debts. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The use of bailiffs by councils in Norfolk has soared over the past two years, with authorities instructing them to collect debts more than 21,000 times in 12 months.

Basil Todd, owner of Billingford Lakes, has withdrawn his planning application to turn the lakes in to a caravan park and wildlife area. Picture; Matthew Usher.

A businessman has been told a building he erected without planning permission at a beauty spot will be torn down by a council.

Migrants walk next to a road as they try to access train tracks which lead to the Channel Tunnel, in Calais. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Net migration to Britain is at an all time high, official figures have confirmed today.

Aylsham Mill.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

A decision is set to be made which could see a piece of land in Aylsham returned to public use after a decade.

Nigel Barrett (left) and Shane Scarff  are helping to keep Cromer clean tidy by taking matters into their  own hands by grass cutting, hedge trimming and dog poo clearing.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Armed with their lawn mowers and strimmers two men have set themselves a mission to clean up Cromer.

Fly-tipped waste, including door panels, parcel shelves, bumpers, trim, a petrol tank and lights, found in a field in East Somerton

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is appealing for information to help catch those who dumped a large quantity of old car parts in a field in East Somerton.

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn at Open, Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Women-only train carriages could be introduced at night to guard against sexual attacks, Jeremy Corbyn has suggested.

Members of the public study the latest plans for the NDR, on display at the Forum. Picture: Denise Bradley

The controversial £178.5m Norwich Northern Distributor Road should be scrapped, campaigners have said.

A First bus at Salhouse. Pic: DENISE BRADLEY

A deal has been struck to prevent bus passengers in Norwich and Broadland villages from losing their services.

Bidders for the Greater Anglia Main Line franchise will be quizzed today. Photo: Bill Smith

Rail companies which want to run trains between Norwich and London will today be grilled on whether their ambitions match those of passengers who demand improvements.

The chairman of Tivetshall Parish Council has been rebuked

The chairman of a south Norfolk parish council has been asked to make an apology after he voted for his wife to receive £470 worth of training.

Former airline pilot John Hoyte is at the centre of a fight after he quit in 2005 after suffering 16 years of adverse reactions, dizziness, slurring, and headaches. He now runs his flight simulator business in Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

We revealed yesterday how a Norfolk man is at the heart of a campaign to prove contaminated air inside planes poisoned him, dozens of fellow cabin crew and even passengers. Investigations editor David Powles takes a closer look at the issue.

Postwich hub, picture Mike Page

Traffic could be making use of a controversial new road junction on the edge of Norwich by November, council bosses have said.

Norfolk County Council's headquarters in Martineau Lane. Pic: Mike Page.

Council staff could be charged to park at work, with controversial proposals put on hold last year due to be resurrected next week.

The number 25 First bus at Castle Meadow, Norwich.
 Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich’s night bus service between the railway station and the University of East Anglia has been handed a partial reprieve from the axe.

Brandon Lewis. 

Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis has defended his expenses after it was revealed he claimed more than £30,000 for hotel accommodation in London in two years.

Norwich city centre businesses are being asked whether or not they support extended Sunday trading. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Store bosses in Norwich city centre are being asked to make clear whether they would be in favour of longer Sunday opening hours, in what would be the biggest shake-up in trading laws for 20 years.

More than 1,000 track defects on one of the region’s busiest rail routes were identified last year – the equivalent of three faults per day.

Former airline pilot John Hoyte is at the centre of a fight after he quit in 2005 after suffering 16 years of adverse reactions, dizziness, slurring, and headaches. He now runs his flight simulator business in Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A Norfolk man is at the heart of a growing campaign to prove that contaminated air inside planes poisoned him, dozens of fellow cabin crew and even passengers.

Prime Minister David Cameron. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Prime minister David Cameron has insisted improvement work to the A47 will start during this parliament, quipping that he would get in the diggers himself if he had to.

Allotments in The Avenues. Photo: Steve Adams

Allotments in Norwich are to be offered to people living outside the city’s boundary - but the opportunity to take on a plot will come at an extra cost.

The Former Hemsby Pontins Holiday camp.

The controversial development of a former holiday camp is back on the table with plans to build 200 homes - but the firm behind the scheme has scrapped its bid to build a pub on the site.

Prime minister David Cameron, who will be visiting Norfolk today. Photo: Lucy Davies/Plymouth Herald/PA Wire

Prime minister David Cameron is in Norfolk today to outline a package of plans to increase the number of quality apprenticeships across England.

Gapton Hall retail park on the edge of Great Yarmouth.

Picture: James Bass

Calls for public transport to serve Great Yarmouth’s out-of-town retail park have finally been answered with the introduction of a new bus service.

The  Little Whirlpool Ramshorn snail.

Further details of an experiment to move tiny endangered snails from ditches on the edge of the A47 Acle Straight have emerged - after a 50-plus page document drawn up to discuss the trial was made public.

Jeremy Punchard shortly after he was first elected, in 2011.

Jeremy Punchard has resigned from his post as mayor and chair of the town council, officials said today.

Drivers have been warned they will face disruption when resurfacing work is carried out on part of Norwich’s outer ring road next week.

The proposed site of a new Lidl store at Bishop Bridge Road, where the Value Car Centre is situated. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A bid to build a new Lidl in Norwich has run into opposition, with concerns raised that the store would create traffic problems.

National Politics

Harriet Harman, shadow deputy prime minister, is the guest in Charles Clarke's in-conversation event at the UEA. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

If former Norwich MP Charles Clarke were in charge of the job description and judging for a new Labour Party leader, bookies’ favourite Jeremy Corbyn would unsurprisingly not score highly.

Labour leadership condender Yvette Cooper in Norwich addressing members of the Norwich South branch. Photo : Steve Adams

Yvette Cooper has vowed to fight for every vote until the last minute during a visit to Norwich.

Andrew Boswell. Photo: Submitted

There are “big questions” over a three-way deal to plug a £30m shortfall amid spiralling Norwich Northern Distributor Road costs, a councillor has said.

Prof Martyn Sloman

A leading member of the Labour Party in north Norfolk, who has tried and failed to become an MP on several occasions, has written a memoir of his political life, including his despair at the current state of his party.

Yvette Cooper will visit Norwich tomorrow Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Yvette Cooper will be the latest leadership hopeful to pitch up in Norwich to scoop up undecided voters in her quest take the Labour Party top job.

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn at Open, Norwich. MP for Norwich South Clive Lewis.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Bookies are offering odds of 25 to one on Norwich South MP Clive Lewis becoming shadow chancellor.

Chloe Smith MP and Mark Pendlington will be at Endeavour House to meet potential rail operators.

Campaigners seeking to improve rail services across East Anglia underlined the need for new trains at a series of meetings with bidders for the new franchise for the region.

Prime Minister David Cameron visits Archant's head office in Norwich where he met apprentices at the media company.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Prime minister David Cameron visited EDP publisher Archant’s Norwich headquarters while on a tour of the region.

Prime Minister David Cameron meets apprentices employed by KLM Engineering at Norwich Airport in Norfolk, where he restated the importance of apprenticeships to his vision of a

The prime minister promised improvements on the A47 would begin by 2020, even if he had to “get the diggers out” himself.

Cllr George Nobbs, leader of the Council, Cllr Toby Coke, chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee and Tom McCabe, executive director of Community and Environmental Services brief the media on the latest news for the Norwich NDR at County Hall. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A £30m funding gap for the controversial Norwich Northern Distributor Road could be plugged, after the government and business leaders indicated they could be prepared to come to the rescue.

The North Norwich and Broadland count at Norfolk Showground. Norwich North Conservative MP Chloe Smith is congratulated by her team.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

It is 100 days since the Tories won power. POLITICAL EDITOR ANNABELLE DICKSON looks back at what has been achieved and asks: What next?

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 15, 2015. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

I said at the election that we would be a government for working people. In the 100 days since we haven’t wasted a moment in demonstrating what that means – bringing in measures to make a real difference right across East Anglia.

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn at Open, Norwich. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Labour would be submitting its resignation letter to the British people if Jeremy Corbyn wins the leadership, his rival Liz Kendall has said.

Cllr George Nobbs, leader of the Council, Cllr Toby Coke, chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee and Tom McCabe, executive director of Community and Environmental Services brief the media on the latest news for the Norwich NDR at County Hall.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Norfolk’s MPs have been urged to lobby the government to help cover the hiked cost of the Norwich Northern Distributor Road.

Former Culture Secretary and Labour party deputy leader candidate Ben Bradshaw meets the public at Open.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Labour’s deputy leadership contest was the latest political campaign to come to Norwich.

Labour leader contender, Jeremy Corbyn outside his campaign headquarters in north London. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Jeremy Corbyn now has the support of more than half of those with a vote in the Labour leadership contest, a new opinion poll suggests.

feature with Former MP Simon Wright.

Former Norwich South MP Simon Wright was one of many Liberal Democrats to lose their seats at the General Election. He talked to Annabelle Dickson about life after politics

Michael Foot in Norwich in 1983

Left-wing Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn packed out a city venue on Thursday night.

Former culture secretary Ben Bradshaw who is standing for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party. Laura Lean/PA Wire

Former culture secretary Ben Bradshaw is holding a ‘meet and greet’ in Norwich tomorrow at the Open venue on Bank Plain from 1pm until 2pm. He writes about growing up in Norfolk and why he wants to be deputy leader of the Labour Party.

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn at Open, Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of plotting to take Labour back to the failed policies of the 1970s after he suggested he could seek to restore the party’s historic commitment to the public ownership of industry.

An audience member reads a leaflet from Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn at Open, Norwich. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn drew a crowd of hundreds to the Open in Norwich on Thursday night.

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn at Open, Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn sparked one of the biggest political rallies in Norwich of recent times as hundreds turned out to hear him speak.

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

More than 1,500 people have signed up to see the left-wing Labour leadership frontrunner in Norwich this evening.

Protest at the gates of Hewett School after it was announced it will become an academy.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Parents and children gathered outside Hewett School to protest, following the announcement that the school has been handed over to the Inspiration Trust academy chain.

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock

Charity Kids Company has reportedly told ministers it will close - just days after it received a £3 million grant from the Government.

Jeremy Corbyn takes part in a Labour Party leadership hustings at Parr Hall, Warrington, Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 25, 2015. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

He is the surprise candidate who has electrified the Labour leadership elections. Ahead of Jeremy Corbyn’s visit to Norwich tomorrow, political editor ANNABELLE DICKSON assesses his standing in the region

Aerial photograph showing the affected areas at the Earlham Early Years Centre and Norwich Primary Academy

Parents have been reassured that childcare and health services will still be delivered on Cadge Road.

Jeremy Corbyn takes part in a Labour Party leadership hustings at Parr Hall, Warrington, Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 25, 2015. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Hundreds of Norfolk Corbynistas could miss out on seeing the Labour leadership frontrunner in action on Thursday after demand for his Norwich rally looked poised to reach twice the capacity of the hall he has booked.

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.

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