Local Politics

A council is set to loan up to £21m to its own housing company - which lost £6m of public cash - to prevent it going into liquidation.

A controversial bid which would have seen nine homes built next to a parade of Norwich shops has been rejected - to the relief of neighbours.

One-way routes, messages sprayed onto pavements and barrier systems are part of a council masterplan to keep its shopping hotspots safe come June 15.

For parents of children with special educational needs, coronavirus lockdown has presented particular challenges - but a virtual helping hand has given them much-needed support.

A seaside council has approved plans to introduce an outdoor stage and screen at a popular holiday park, despite staunch opposition from neighbours.

A town hall will be lit up tonight to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

A market town will begin pedestrianising business areas to let shops and restaurants safely reopen while allowing social distancing.

n experiment which covered more than two dozen Norwich streets with a 20mph speed limit, without traffic calming, is being made permanent - despite police reservations.

A watchdog’s first inspection of services which look after some of Norfolk’s most vulnerable children is set to be made public, amid warnings that support has seemed “close to breaking point”.

The Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent group at Suffolk County Council has adopted a new leader.

A mental health refuge is to be set up in a residential area, despite neighbourhood fears over noise and parking problems.

A drive-through coronavirus testing centre is to open at a park and ride site on the edge of Norwich within days, the government has announced.

Up to 4,000 new homes and 6,000 extra jobs, including at the former Colman’s site, could be created as part of a new gateway to Norwich, say council leaders.

Markets in Sheringham and Cromer are set to reopen with the easing of the lockdown.

Car park time limits could be here to stay in a market town after a successful 10-month trial.

Norwich City Hall has been lit up in purple as an act of solidarity with George Floyd.

Hopes that Norwich could get a new swimming pool have been dashed, after a £200,000 feasibility study ruled it out.

A new petition is at the heart of fresh calls to save the city’s last grass tennis courts from being paved over by the council.

Carparks on the seafront in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston are being reopened.

County and district councillors have raised almost £6k for ongoing foodbank costs after completing their 365km challenge in record-breaking heat.

Desperately-worried council bosses took a “risk” to spend almost £900,000 on two million face masks from China as coronavirus hit Norfolk - because the national chain to get such equipment broke down.

Plans which will pave the way for thousands of new homes in a Norfolk village are on the brink of being lodged.

Businesses in north Norfolk that were ineligible for support during the government’s first round of funding can now apply for a new grant.

The value of pension fund investments by Suffolk County Council plummeted by £327million as a result of coronavirus, latest figures show.

The leaders of Suffolk council are being urged to create a climate emergency role at cabinet level so the issue can be addressed with greater “energy and conviction”.

Fewer pupils and schools returned in Suffolk today than anticipated, according to education chiefs, as parents proved to be cautious about sending their children back.

A Norfolk council has warned it could face a financial loss of more than £5m due to the cost of responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

A council has agreed to carry out a full review of its local plan - despite criticism over the membership of the committee looking into it.

A council has been criticised for using the coronavirus crisis as an “excuse to remove scrutiny”.

A new national campaign, created in Norfolk, aims to keep people across generations connected during coronavirus by discussing memories about days gone by.

Concerned parents and carers are set to gather at a distance outside of County Hall today to protest against the government’s schools return plan.

National Politics

A Norfolk MP has defended the government’s decision to bring in a 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals into the UK, despite warnings it could cripple the aviation industry.

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has criticised the government’s decision to force MPs back to Parliament amid the coronavirus lockdown.

A Norwich headteacher has warned that the prime minister’s “defending of the indefensible” over advisor Dominic Cummings’ actions is set to make school re-openings even more difficult.

The controversy over the journey to Durham taken by prime minister Boris Johnson’s chief advisor Dominic Cummings continues to heap pressure on the government.

Prime minister’s aide Dominic Cummings “will help make government better”, a Norfolk MP who insists he should not lose his job has said.

Matt Hancock has pledged to speak to the Treasury about whether fines imposed on families travelling for childcare purposes during lockdown should be reviewed.

Plans to “Covid-proof” seaside high streets are under way as the reopening of non-essential retailers begins from June 15.

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s chief advisor Dominic Cummings “followed the guidelines” when he travelled 260 miles to Durham despite coronavirus lockdown restrictions, a Norfolk MP has said.

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings has said he “behaved reasonably and legally” in driving to County Durham during lockdown.

Dominic Cummings will give a public statement this afternoon after allegations he breached coronavirus lockdown restrictions, Downing Street has confirmed.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous is calling for the prime minister’s chief aide to resign after his controversial lockdown travel as he admits receiving hundreds of emails from frustrated constituents.

Boris Johnson has admitted his government’s instructions have become “more complex” as the nation adjusts to the loosening of lockdown restrictions.

An MP has namechecked US presidential hopeful Joe Biden in his support for a policy that could help private tenants get cheaper rent during coronavirus.

Social care services could face “catastrophic” funding cuts if a £10bn gap in councils’ funding is not filled, it has been warned.

Frontline workers, including those in the NHS, will be the first to get a new antibody test for Covid-19, England’s deputy chief medical officer has said.

Annabelle Dickson

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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