Firefighters across Norfolk now have £1.44m of new kit, with new fire vehicles, which stoked controversy, about to be put into service.

A call has been made for Norwich City Council to reopen its playgrounds and to trust parents to sanitise the hands of children using them.

Drivers have been warned that part of the A47 will be closed tonight (Friday, July 10).

Campaigners trying to stop the Norwich Western Link say a report, stating 80pc of carbon savings through cleaner cars will be wiped out by road building, demonstrates why the scheme should be scrapped.

A £13.4m link for buses to get from the University of East Anglia to Norwich Research Park and a £5m plus car club expansion are among casualties of the government’s decision to pick other cities ahead of Norwich in sharing out more than £1bn.

Drivers and cyclists have been warned that a road on the edge of Norwich will be shut for almost eight weeks as part of a £900,000 safety scheme.

Decisions over new developments in Norwich will once again be taken by members of the city council’s planning committee from next month - after councillors agreed to start virtual meetings.

The leader of Norfolk County Council has welcomed the chancellor’s mini-budget, but said the funding crisis local authorities are facing must be tackled when he presents his autumn budget.

People will be able to have their say over elements of the controversial Norwich Western Link, which would connect the Northern Distributor Road to the A47, later this month.

“Don’t let your gender get in the way” - that’s the message from a Norfolk firefighter as a new recruitment drive is launched to fill vacancies in the county’s fire stations.

Calls for a green belt around Norwich have been revived, with campaigners saying coronavirus lockdown has made people more aware of the benefits of retaining countryside.

Police caught a number of drivers speeding on Norfolk’s roads - and also arrested an A47 driver who tested positive for drugs.

A warning has been issued that hoax calls can put lives at risk, after Norfolk coastguard and lifeboat crews were called out in the early hours of the morning.

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s comments that “too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures” in dealing with coronavirus had no justification, says a Norfolk expert in infectious diseases.

A team of volunteers are helping to combat loneliness and isolation during the coronavirus pandemic - and say they are available for friendly chats with people who are struggling.

Campaigners against the £271m revamp of Norwich’s Anglia Square have raised further concerns, following a controversial decision to approve a 17-storey London tower block.

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

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

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.

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