January 26 2015 Latest news:
Public Affairs correspondent Dan Grimmer has spent the week investigating some of the biggest issues facing Norfolk County Council. The special reports have looked at controversial projects - the King\'s Lynn incinerator, the Norwich Northern Distributor Road and the former RAF Coltishall site. We have explored the problems in the council\'s troubled children's services department and posed the question - is the county council fit for purpose?
Is Norfolk County Council fit for purpose? That is the question the EDP poses today as we launch a five-day series shining the spotlight on some of the biggest challenges faced by an authority wrestling with £189m worth of savings.
A recommendation over which company should be picked to build the hugely controversial Norfolk incinerator at King’s Lynn was changed just hours before county councillors were due to make up their minds, it has emerged.
Workloads in Norfolk’s troubled children’s services have been “unmanageable” for some time, according to union leaders who say council cuts have contributed to the problems which have plagued the department.
A bargain-priced opportunity to boost Norfolk’s economy which was too good to pass up, or a rash purchase which is gambling with taxpayers’ money?
Almost £14m has been spent on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road, before the hugely controversial route has secured planning permission.
The EDP posed the question at the start of this week as to whether Norfolk County Council is fit for purpose.