Local Politics

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.

People in Norwich are facing an increase on their council tax. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A council tax increase for people living in Norwich has edged closer.

Work in progress at the new Postwick hub. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Drivers have been warned to brace themselves for disruption tonight when further work takes place on the A47 Postwick hub junction on the outskirts of Norwich.

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

My 18th birthday came just in time for the 1975 referendum on whether Britain should remain in what at that time was called the European Economic Community. I thought it the best present to be able to vote a resounding “Yes!”

A freeze in Council Tax is on the cards for a sixth year running in north Norfolk.

North Norfolk District Council/NNDC car park, Vicarage Street, North Walsham.

Traders’ leaders have attacked plans which could see car-park fees jump by up to 30p-per-hour across north Norfolk from July.

Roadworks on Hall Road in Norwich. 

Motoring experts have warned about the danger of removing white lines from highways because of the “vital role” they place in safety.

Cromer mayor Tim Adams is concerned about the possible loss of grit bins in the town. Picture: Dave Roberts

Elderly and vulnerable people could be put at risk if grit bins stopped being filled according to a council leader.

Forest Heath Council office in Mildenhall

A district council is set to freeze its share of council tax for the seventh year running.

The Elm Road Centre in Thetford

A disused former school site is set to undergo an £800,000 revamp and become a hub for adult social care, it has been revealed.

Borough Council Leader Cllr Nick Daubney. Picture: Ian Burt

West Norfolk councillors last night approved a 0.8pc increase in council tax as it looks make a further £3.9m in savings over the next three years.

Work continues on The Avenues in Norwich. Contractors Tarmac have just had to replace speed bumps just months after they were installed. 

A scheme to make a street safer for cyclists, dubbed a ‘shambles’ after tree roots scuppered the original plans, today came under fire yet again - because speed bumps installed just months ago have had to be replaced.

Pete Greeves, left, and Kev Game from Norfolk Fire Brigades Union pictured with a petition against service cuts.

Communities across Norfolk today stand on the cusp of victory after political leaders signalled threats to close fire stations and impose cuts which would have hit thousands of older people will be abandoned.

Children and their families enjoying the new King's Head Meadow play area at Wymondham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A £75,000 play area which was built in 2014 will be dug up and relocated despite fierce objection.

The public meeting held at Waveney District Council's Riverside offices to discuss proposed fire service cuts in Lowestoft.

“I think we can remove one of four fire engines and still maintain a good level of cover in the town” – that was a chief fire officer’s explanation as to why Lowestoft could lose an 
on-call fire engine under proposed cutbacks.

St George's today with Pavilion and Plaza in the foreground after restoration

A conservation regeneration scheme has finally come to an end after transforming one of Great Yarmouth’s most historic quarters.

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

A proposed freeze in the share of council tax to pay for policing in Norfolk has been vetoed, after the chief constable and the county’s police and crime commissioner disagreed over the move.

Council tax bills look set to rise. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

People in Norwich could be facing the biggest hike in their council tax bills for years.

Loose stones in Colegate. Pic: Norwich Society.

The character of some of Norwich’s most historic streets is being destroyed by the use of a low-cost measure to fix roads, the city’s civic watchdogs warned today.

The Benjamin Foundation has produced a short film, featuring views from young people who have been supported by them. Pictured: Kayleigh. Picture: Supplied

A “lifeline” for more than a hundred young homeless people would be threatened if Norfolk County Council went ahead with £5.1m worth of cuts to preventative services, charity bosses have warned.

Southwold Town Council.
Matthew Horwood.

It is one of the few local authorities in the country that has never charged residents its own separate council tax precept.

Land at Cringleford next to the A11 where new homes could be built.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A community is today facing up to news that a controversial homes scheme on the edge of Norwich has been given the go-ahead.

Woodgate Nursery in Aylsham is built over a Roman settlement. In the summer they launched a community project to get the community involved with finding out about it. On Wednesday Britannia Archaeology are on site digging a trench over two possible Roman pottery kilns found using geophysics. Pictured from left Matthew Adams of Britannia Archaeology. 


Cuts to Norfolk’s archaeology team have been removed from proposals to the council in favour of hiking council tax.

Great Yarmouth Town Hall's Victorian clock is back in working order

In a moment of unity, borough councillors voted to oppose cuts to the fire and rescue service being proposed by the county council.

National Politics

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 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 will make the final decision on devolution - will he tell the region's councillors that they have to be more ambitious?

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.

A gas rig on the east coast near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
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The oil and gas industry is fighting for its very existence on the UK continental shelf with thousands of livelihoods on the line, Waveney MP Peter Aldous has warned making a radical plea for tax cuts.

Early voters at Angel Road Junior School, Norwich. Labour candidate for Norwich North Jess Asato before voting.Photo: Steve Adams

The inquest into Labour’s general election defeat must be digested with an open mind, a former candidate has said.

Dave Hill of Essex County Council who has been brought in as a commissioner for Norfolk children's services

Norfolk needs more help to attract top quality social workers and must put in a strong bid for a slice of a new £100m fund, MPs from the county have said.

Artists impression of Norwich Aviation Academy

A seven-point plan to turn young aeroplane enthusiasts into the aviation workforce of the future has been launched in parliament.

RAF Mildenhall is due to close in four years.

The RAF airbase at Mildenhall and Barnham will be sold off and turned into housing, a defence minister has said.

Phil Webster Re. Election film Picture - David Bebber

Former EDP journalist Philip Webster – described by peers as one of the most well-regarded political journalists of his generation – retired this week after a 43 year career at The Times. Political editor ANNABELLE DICKSON looks back on a career which begun in East Anglia

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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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