Norfolk County Council leader re-elected for another year

Cliff Jordan, leader of the Norfolk County Council. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Cliff Jordan, leader of the Norfolk County Council. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Cliff Jordan has been re-elected as the leader of Norfolk County Council.

At a full council meeting held at County Hall in Norwich today, Mr Jordan received a majority vote to stay in his role for another year.

Addressing those who did not support him, Mr Jordan said: 'It's very nice to see my opposition. I'm sorry that you don't agree with me being the leader but I am.'

A total of 15 minutes were then given for members of the council to question Mr Jordan on his year ahead.

He was asked about the performance of the Broadland Northway (previously known as the Northern Distributor Road) and the possible development of the Norwich Western Link (NWL), which would connect the new NDR from the A1067 to the A47 west of Norwich.

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Councillor Daniel Roper asked if there would be robust traffic monitoring of roundabout performances and roads leading off the NDR.

Mr Jordan asked Martin Wilby, chairman of the environment, development and transport committee, to answer the question.

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Mr WIlby said: 'The NDR is making a huge difference straight away. We are currently monitoring the road and there is still some work to be done. Any financial issues will not fall under the parish councils.'

He added: 'We've done the NDR and now we need to link it up to the A47.'

Mr Jordan was also questioned over plans for the county's fire service to come under the control of Norfolk's police and crime commissioner (PCC).

He was asked whether it would make more sense for the PCC to focus on fighting knife crime and to abandon taking over the fire service.

Mr Jordan said he could not comment on what the PCC was doing but he supported the fire service and still supported the idea to keep it under control of the council.

Among other new county council appointments was Margaret Stone as the new chairman.

She said: 'It is indeed an honour to be elected by my peers to be chairman for the year.'

Outgoing chairman, John Ward, said: 'It has been an honour and a privilege to serve Norfolk County Council and I travelled widely across the county in excess of 250 visits.'

The new vice chairman is Harry Humphrey.

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