Dan Grimmer

Concerns have been raised over the impact which coronavirus lockdown is having on the mental health and education of Norfolk’s children.

The “innate common sense” of people in Norfolk has helped keep down the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the county, according to the county councillor with responsibility for public health.

Playgrounds in Norwich will stay closed, council bosses have announced, despite the government giving the green light for children to be able to use them again.

The parents of 2,500 babies born in Norfolk during lockdown are still unable to register their births - creating problems for some families who hope to go abroad.

Work to repair Great Yarmouth’s Haven Bridge, which will cost £1.2m, will be carried out before Christmas, council leaders have said.

A lack of personal protective equipment fuelled the spread of coronavirus in Norfolk’s care homes, but maintenance workers, cooks and administrators may have been the reason the virus got into them in the first place - according to researchers.

Norfolk has been given about £100,000 less than ‘disappointed’ council bosses thought they would get from the government to make changes to roads to keep people safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Fears have been raised that an announcement of extra cash is unlikely to cover the impact to Norfolk County Council’s coffers because of the cost of coping with coronavirus in the county.

A call has been made for Norwich City Council to consider closing some of its car parks in the years ahead - to encourage more people to cycle or walk into the city centre.

A High Court battle to force humanist weddings to be legally recognised in England and Wales has been backed by Norfolk’s four celebrants who offer such ceremonies.

A revamp for a Norwich superstore is due to take place in the autumn, after plans were given the go-ahead.

The planned date when one of Norwich’s cinemas will reopen following lockdown for coronavirus has been pushed back - because major film releases have been delayed.

More than £20m is to be spent to fill in pot-holes and fix bridges around Norfolk, including £1.2m to repair Great Yarmouth’s Haven Bridge and half a million pounds to resurface a road through a village.

The ways lockdowns could be brought into place in Norfolk if there are sudden outbreaks of coronavirus have been revealed, with the county’s director of public health warning “we are not out of the woods”.

A question mark is hanging over what the future holds for one of Norwich’s community centres, because members of its long-standing management committee are retiring.

Norfolk is ready to play a key role in prime minister Boris Johnson’s Project Speed to fuel the country’s economic recovery, say county leaders.

Almost £2m could be spent on further changes to how traffic and people move around Norwich and Norfolk’s biggest towns due to coronavirus - and some alterations could be permanent.

Work to put in a new zebra crossing means one of Norwich’s main roads will be closed for a week.

Close to 100,000 homes and businesses in Norwich could have access to better broadband because of a £50m scheme to install fibre optic cables across the city.

Council bosses have spent £300,000 to buy back a house they sold 25 years ago, because a school needed it to be able to expand.

The pressure on the coffers of Norfolk County Council because of the impact of coronavirus has been reduced, council leaders have said - but they are still facing an overspend of nearly £16m by the end of the year.

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