Local Politics

Boris Johnson has announced a raft of new measures in a bid to get Covid-19 transmission under control without resorting to a national lockdown.

Pubs, bars and restaurants in England will be forced to close by 10pm from Thursday, Boris Johnson is set to announce.

A local MP has called for further coronavirus restrictions to take into account the lower infection rates in areas like Norfolk.

A controversial move to spend almost £2m on a car park at Norfolk County Council’s County Hall headquarters has been defended by Conservative county councillors.

The leader of Norfolk County Council has said that the national testing system for coronavirus needs to improve - but was not able to give an answer when pressed on how many wasted appointments there had been in the county.

An ME sufferer who lives in fear of a blind bend outside of her house is calling for safety improvements.

The last thing Norfolk needs at the moment is a “resource-hungry, navel-gazing” debate over whether local government needs to be reorganised, the leader of the county council has said.

Public consultation is under way into proposals to improve a major bottleneck on the region’s railways.

More than £43million is the anticipated financial hit facing a Suffolk authority as a result of coronavirus this year – though Government grants have made up for most of that.

A by-election in Lakenheath is the latest in a string of planned polls set to take place in May 2021.

A new campaign has launched to dispel myths around who is eligible to adopt and highlight that, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, there are children looking for their new family.

Work to improve drainage near Norwich will mean four weeks of disruption, including the closure of a road leading to one of the city’s park and ride sites.

A company’s controversial bid to move its farm machinery headquarters is to come under the spotlight, with opposition councillors questioning why Norfolk County Council’s cabinet decided not to object to it.

A multi-million pound scheme to revamp one of the busiest junctions in Norfolk will only be able to take place after water voles are moved, highways bosses have revealed.

A bid by a car wash to create parking spaces where its customers could leave their vehicles has been rejected, amid opposition.

A city park which has remained shut due to broken glass has not been able to reopen as the council currently “does not have the budget” for the clean up operation.

Ministers are considering tough new coronavirus restrictions as Boris Johnson said the long-feared the second wave of the pandemic has arrived in the UK.

Back in the dark days of March Norfolk and Waveney were paralysed.

Residents are set to stage a last-ditch protest against the city council’s controversial plan to build new all-weather tennis courts in a Norwich park.

Two new ‘green’ jobs are being offered at a Norfolk council which aims to plant 110,000 trees in the next three years.

Calls have been made for a centre which has stopped providing day services for older and disabled people to be revamped because it is “no longer fit for purpose”.

This year’s Oktoberfest Norwich had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but organisers have been given the green light for the popular event next year.

Clean-up operations on a Norfolk beach have run on into their second day after more “bloody needles and syringes” were found along the water’s edge.

A man whose car tyres ended up covered in stones and tar when he drove over a newly-resurfaced road has said a county council “must take safety seriously”.

Norfolk has been taken off the national coronavirus ‘watchlist’ - at a time when lockdowns are being imposed in other parts of the country.

Dozens of jobs look set to be saved after plans to build a fuel depot at a bustling business park were approved.

Opponents of the controversial £271m revamp of Norwich’s Anglia Square shopping centre are taking advantage of the decision delay to hammer home their objections over the scheme.

A countryside charity has said it will actively lobby to stop the Western Link of the Norwich Northern Distributor Road from getting funding.

A mystery critic of a suburb’s new zebra crossing has laid down their thoughts on it in black and white - quite literally.

A former post office building which has been standing in a village for more than 50 years will not be turned into homes.

Promises to dual the Acle Straight appear, like a comet, every few years - before disappearing again into the night.

National Politics

Homes and businesses flooded during storms Ciara and Dennis will have nine more months to collect a £5,000 grant.

Readers have given their verdict on whether Norfolk should be included in a second coronavirus lockdown, as the government refuses to rule one out.

People who refuse an order to self-isolate will face fines of up to £10,000, the government has warned amid deepening concern at the sharp upsurge in coronavirus infections.

Calls for the East to avoid a further local lockdown have been made after warnings that it would be “disastrous”.

Health secretary Matt Hancock has warned a second national lockdown has not been ruled out to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The region’s MPs have reacted to the “disappointing” news that the Acle Straight will not be dualled for another decade, with some calling for a review and the break-up of the highways agency.

Campaigners have warned “time is running out” for women affected by changes to the state pension age after a landmark High Court appeal was lost.

A Norfolk Conservative MP who abstained on a controversial Brexit parliamentary vote has said he “100pc supports the government”.

A Norfolk MP has called on the government to introduce online VAT taxes to battle “the economic and social loss” online shopping is having on the high street.

This newspaper reported last week how the husband of Norwich North MP Chloe Smith described coronavirus as a “mental illness”, attended a mass protest against facemasks alongside thousands more without wearing the necessary facial protection and spread Covid conspiracy theories online.

College students say it is unfair to blame young people for an increase in corovavirus cases particularly as they are the ones working hard to enforce regulations in tourist shops and cafes.

Norfolk pub owners have shown support for the new laws put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus.

People living in parts of Norfolk with “sparse” public transport earn from £600 - £1,300 less than the national average.

An MP has claimed north Norfolk’s public loos are the best in the country - and called for them to be exempt from business rates.

A senior Tory has indicated that more house building could be on the way for places like north Norfolk when asked about the difficulties young people face getting onto the housing ladder.

Dan Grimmer

Dan Grimmer

Public Affairs Correspondent



Dan is the public affairs correspondent for the EDP. That means he reports on what local councils and our elected councillors get up to. The decisions they make can have a massive impact on our lives and it is Dan's job to scrutinise their actions.

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Jessica Frank-Keyes

Jessica Frank-Keyes

Local Democracy Reporter



Jessica is the Local Democracy Reporter for Norfolk. She covers the county’s local authorities and health organisations, from district councils to NHS trusts. This means she reports on their actions, investigates how decisions are taken and interrogates what public money is spent on and why.

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