Norfolk County Council

The home secretary has pledged to “fight back” against “evil” drugs gangs who have recruited and enslaved thousands of vulnerable children across the country, including in and around Norwich.

A new primary school and nursery with capacity for more than 200 children has been touted for a village close to Norwich - replacing its existing one.

A charity is calling for nominations for its annual Norfolk Youth Awards, which will be hosted by a presenter of The One Show.

Ever since that fateful day in June 2016, questions have been asked over just what the people of the United Kingdom - and Norfolk - had voted for.

Traffic counts in the west and north of Norwich have strengthened the case to complete the missing link of a major route.

A swathe of changes to Norwich’s roads have been approved by councillors, including reduced speed limits, new permit zones and almost £2.5m of spending on one road.

A busy road linking two South Norfolk market towns is to be closed on a Saturday while resurfacing work is carried out.

A care home issued with a closure notice last month has unveiled a change of direction, as it looks to restore its reputation.

A Norfolk primary school is closed today following a power failure caused by a fallen tree.

Former education secretary Justine Greening visited Norwich today to promote a scheme which encourages employers to take on staff from a wider range of backgrounds.

Proposals which would see all but seven of Norfolk’s children’s centres close have been attacked by two of the county’s MPs.

More than one in seven nurseries and other early years childcare providers in Norfolk have closed since 2015, new statistics have revealed.

Parents in Great Yarmouth have reacted angrily to Norfolk County Council’s proposals to close five children’s centres in the borough.

It was at the start of the year when we first reported how the future of Norfolk’s children’s centres was looking uncertain.

A 23-year-old Norwich entrepreneur will be the keynote speaker as Norfolk libraries mark Start-up Day on Thursday.

Forty-six of Norfolk’s 53 children’s centres could be closed after council bosses finally revealed proposals for a review of the service.

A care centre in Great Yarmouth designed to provide residents with additional short-term support has helped 24 people return to their own homes following treatment in hospital.

A major Norwich road is to be closed overnight for two weeks so that £180,000 of resurfacing work can be done.

The negative stereotypes around disability were challenged as Norfolk Disability Pride promoted positivity, with the help of the first paralysed man to complete the London Marathon.

Efforts to improve mobile phone signal in the county has been praised in Parliament.

A disabled boy went 18 months without having their social care needs met because of mistakes made by Norfolk County Council, a watchdog has said.

Options for the ‘missing link’ which would connect the Norwich Northern Distributor Road to the A47 to the west of Norwich are due to be presented to the public within two months.

A Norfolk councillor has paid tribute to a relative who lost his life in the Second World War at a special event marking Battle of Britain Day.

The multi-million pound budget gap which Norfolk County Council is facing has been cut more than half, council leaders have announced.

Thetford Town Council will look into registering a former school site as an Asset of Community Value.

A coastal village is to remember the fallen troops from two world wars and other conflicts by building a war memorial.

Opinion: Why speed limits signs left me confused

Thursday, September 13, 2018

If you think a dual carriage is only a section of road with two lanes going in one direction read on. Motoring editor Andy Russell says you never stop learning as a driver.

A hundred more refugees from the civil war in Syria are to be offered a new life in Norfolk - but council bosses say it will be a “challenge” to find them housing.

Motorists have had to wait for up to an hour as roadworks cause traffic jams in a town centre.

Neatherd Road set to reopen

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Neatherd Road in Dereham is set to reopen tomorrow, September 13, after being closed for nearly two weeks.

Traffic lights at two busy junctions in Great Yarmouth could be removed under a £8.9m package of measures aimed at cutting jams.

Plans to build 52 new homes on two fields at the edge of Long Stratton have been rejected by councillors despite being recommended for approval.

Flood alerts remain in force along the north Norfolk coast this morning despite no flooding having been reported to the Environment Agency.

A resident of a village near Norwich was outraged to find out that new signs had appeared to change the village boundary, relocating a historic landmark to a nearby town.

A new approach focusing on prevention before the need for serious intervention is being adopted by those responsible for caring for the county’s most vulnerable children.

A village primary school that has dwindling pupil numbers is still set to be taken over by an academy trust - despite only 21 children turning up on the first day of term.

Social workers accused the council they work for of “failing” vulnerable children last year, it can be revealed today.

A school bus was held up at roadworks by contractors who had been told to let it through, making many of the pupils on board late for their first day.

The vital work of Norfolk’s blue light services will be celebrated today with a social media campaign, as the county marked the first Emergency Services Day.

Motorists are facing disruption as the start of major resurfacing works sees one of the busiest junctions in a South Norfolk set to close with the setting up of a 45-mile diversion.

Essential maintenance work to the pavement on The Warren in Cromer will start on or shortly after Monday, September 10.

A campaign to combat fly-tipping in Norfolk has been backed by county councillors, but critics said it comes “after the horse had bolted.”

Motorists in a Norfolk town are facing more lengthy delays following the closure of one of the town’s busiest roads for the second time in a matter of weeks.

A Norwich bridge will be closed for part of this weekend because of urgently needed repair work - and council bosses have warned further disruption could follow to find a long-term fix.

An ongoing consultation over the £121m third river crossing for Great Yarmouth has seen about 100 people respond to it so far, Norfolk County Council has said.

The chief executive of an academy trust based in Norwich has stepped down, with an interim replacement now appointed.

The NFU in East Anglia has named its new regional director, who takes over at what he calls a time of “seismic change” in the industry.

Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner has said he will take his time to analyse the “huge response” from the public to his consultation over a possible takeover of the county’s fire service.

A new campaign, spearheaded by a “well-known” figure with links to Norfolk, is to be launched to try to improve the health of men aged 40 to 75.

Drivers could face delays as major resurfacing works, costing more than £60,000, are carried out along a busy commuter road.

Roadworks to create a new roundabout at the entrance to a busy industrial estate get under way from September 10 - and are likely to cause 13 weeks of disruption.

Two craft beer entrepreneurs have spoken of the impact that a £176,000 European grant has had on their business – and urged other rural firms to apply for a share of the remaining £2.8m.

The number of new apprentices starting in Norfolk has fallen by almost a quarter, with the significant drop being blamed on government reforms.

A former school, along with acres of farmland, are to be sold off by council bosses looking to plug a funding gap of almost £100m.

Transport for some of Norfolk’s vulnerable people is to be taken away, with councillors saying they will be handed more freedom if they use public transport instead.

Campaigners have criticised Norfolk County Council for investing workers’ pensions into companies which frack.

The programme of events for Norfolk’s fourth Walking and Cycling Festival 2018 has been unveiled.

Clear the air talks have been held after walkers were left unhappy by major works to improve access on a stretch of the Boudicca Way.

Work to repair paving on a heritage project in a South Norfolk town is to be undertaken less than 18 months after it was first installed.

With the cost of dealing with fly-tipping in Norfolk topping £1m a year, councillors will soon be discussing whether to support the delivery of a new campaign.

People in Norwich are creating almost half as much carbon emissions as they were a decade ago, the city council has claimed.

Fewer than half the people using the NHS Stop Smoking Service in Norfolk managed to quit, according to the latest figures.

Claims that £10m would be saved if Norfolk’s fire service passed into the control of the county’s police and crime commissioner are “speculative and misleading”, councillors have said.

Nominations will open next week for the sixth Norfolk Care Awards.

The roundabout where Wroxham Road meets the new Broadland Northway is to be made a focus by the county council, following a week of cameras tracking the roads.

More than 15,500 Norfolk men and women will be represented in the display of handmade poppies to commemorate the end of the First World War 100 years ago.

A community shed where men can improve their health and well-being by sharing skills, tools and banter is set to open in North Walsham.

A homeless girl who was recovering from being raped was not offered a home by a council for months - despite them having a legal duty to look after her.

Extra space could be freed-up for cars to manoeuvre at a Norfolk recycling centre if a £150,000 revamp gets the green light.

We have heard of The Wrong Trousers and the “wrong kind of snow” - now we have the wrong bricks.

Some of Norfolk’s vulnerable people could be told that the county council will no longer pay for special transport to help them travel - and they will need to rely on public transport such as buses.

One reader thinks that the council’s continued spending on the NDR (Broadland Northway) could result in the public paying the price. What do you think?

A former school and acres of farmland look set to be sold off by council bosses as they grapple with ways to close a budget gap of almost £100m.

The need for extra beds for the growing number of people in Norfolk with dementia means a Norwich care home which shut two years ago could be revamped and reopened.

A controversial consultation about whether Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green should take over the running of the county’s fire brigade has seen a protest in Great Yarmouth.

Controversial plans to build a waste processing plant on the banks of the River Wensum have been allowed at appeal.

The first in a series of public consultation events over the proposed £121m third river crossing for Great Yarmouth has been held in the town.

Drivers will face diversions when work to resurface one of the bridges over the A47 at Postwick starts at the end of the month.

A woman who is bed bound with dementia and only has half a spine had her home support stopped after her son raised complaints about her care.

Child car seat checks carried out in Norfolk revealed more than 600 faults.

A Norfolk village primary school looks set to be saved from closure - but only if enough pupils attend it from September.

A set of traffic cones in a Norfolk field is giving drivers a glimpse of the route for a due-to-be dualled section of the A47.

In a case that is likely to cost thousands, a council has taken a Traveller leader to court for trespassing on land he has lived on for years.

A ‘smart flat’ is being developed to highlight how technology, such as devices which use Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, can help keep older and vulnerable people out of care homes.

The UEA says it remains committed to Norwich Rugby Club’s proposed despite the plans being put on hold.

The safety of the public would be put at “unacceptable” risk if control of Norfolk’s fire and rescue service passed to the county’s police and crime commissioner, councillors are expected to state.

A road in west Norfolk will be closed for a number of days to allow for repair works to take place.

Three roads in Norwich city centre will be closed next month to allow resurfacing to be carried out.

A divisive vision for a 10,000 home town in mid Norfolk has been dealt a blow after councillors were advised not to give their backing to the plans.

Work to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety in Attleborough is set to start as part of a £4.5 million transport improvement project in the town.

A local authority is experiencing problems with its telephone and email systems.

A couple who were given a half price discount on dump charges have questioned the consistency of controversial DIY waste fees.

An actress who starred as Donna Ludlow in Eastenders and Mr Bean’s girlfriend Irma Gobb re-opened a Norwich charity shop, and even donated some of her clothes.

His illegal waste site made an estimated £233,000, but operator Mark Fuller has been allowed to pay back just £1 of that figure.

A new pedestrian and cycle crossing at St Crispins Road in Norwich will soon be open for use, after the final phase of road works are completed.

A former Gorleston nursing home that specialised for people with Huntington’s Disease is up for sale.

Norfolk County Council leader Andrew Proctor discussed a range of key subjects in an interview with BBC Norfolk. Here is what he had to say:

Norfolk County Council failed to tell an elderly couple the cost of care they did not want, or need, leading them to rack up £10,000 worth of debt.

A recycling centre that closed after a fire has re-opened to the public.

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