Local Politics

A woman who was involved in a road crash at a notorious blackspot has called on something to be done “sooner, rather than later” to reduce accidents.

Seven of the 10 biggest nations Suffolk and Norfolk firms export to are EU nations, data has revealed.

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 row over claims scrutiny was being “bypassed” broke out at a Norfolk council meeting, after members objected to an informal panel assessing housing policies.

A councillor has stepped down from a senior role because he is feeling his age.

Norfolk County Council has paid hundreds of pounds to a family after allowing the same child to “fall through the cracks” of the education system twice.

A dozen of the region’s libraries are due to re-open in a week’s time with one-way systems among new safety measures.

A town’s public toilets are set to reopen from July 3, in a bid to encourage shoppers to come out and support local businesses.

A councillor who is shielding his 93-year-old father has hit back at criticism from a colleague, who claims he has been “hiding behind the sofa” rather than supporting a town recover from the effects of Covid-19.

Businesses in Great Yarmouth could be eligible for grants of up to £25,000 as the borough council expands a financial assistance scheme for traders impacted by coronavirus.

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.

Proposals for a new £3.5m market in Great Yarmouth have taken a step forward after full plans for a modern replacement were put forward.

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

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.

A Norfolk council that gave away the lease of a £500,000 EcoCube for nothing has admitted a “fault line” ran through the project.

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 seaside council is already putting plans together for a key date on the 2021 calendar - the much-loved Wheels Festival in Great Yarmouth.

Opposition politicians have hit out at a council’s decision to end a probe into a controversial business hub.

The government has warned councils against “excessive restrictions” on tips and public toilets in a bid to “support outdoor hospitality” and avoid harm to public health.

A man has been fined for littering outside a community centre and dumping household waste in public bins.

Thousands of prescriptions delivered, millions of pounds handed out and hundreds of calls made - the coronavirus has seen a total change in the way a council operates.

As a Norfolk village prepares for the reopening of its cherished community haunts, tributes were paid to the man who was instrumental in their founding.

Boris Johnson has unveiled his own New Deal in a bid to spark the economy. But East Anglia did not even get a mention.

The struggle to find public toilets in a busy town centre is leading people to relieve themselves in the open air, it has been claimed.

A widely-used phrase throughout the past three months of lockdown has been: “We are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat.”

Vulnerable children are being referred to social services in Norfolk half as often as before the coronavirus lockdown came into force, it has been revealed.

A developer hoping to build a 56-bed care home in the place of £1.2m house near Norwich has been sent back to the drawing board after falling short at appeal.

The head of a city homelessness charity has welcomed a £105m funding package to help end rough sleeping but warned there were still challenges ahead.

The theft of loo roll and liquid soap at the start of the pandemic forced a Norfolk council to close almost half its public toilets, it has been revealed.

The purchase of a two-bedroom house at more than £170,000 in North Walsham would complete a council’s new property portfolio to help the homeless.

National Politics

Campaigners warn planned tax changes could leave thousands at risk of financial ruin and serious mental health problems as MPs prepare to debate a finance bill in parliament today.

Ever-rising amounts of traffic mean there is an “urgent and pressing need” for improvements to the A12 along the Suffolk coast, MP Dan Poulter has warned.

A Norfolk MP has urged the government to ensure a “wider compulsory offering” of apprenticeship schemes to boost the rural economy in the face of the impact of the coronavirus.

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.

Young carers are “not getting a proper childhood” and have to be better supported by the government, according to a Norfolk MP.

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.

Lessons have been learned from problems which plagued Suffolk rail passengers last winter, a transport minister has said – and vowed that commuters in the county will not suffer in the same way in future.

A Norwich MP echoed criticism of former shadow education secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey’s sacking from the Labour front bench as “a loss for our party”.

Prime minister Boris Johnson says he is standing by the cabinet member due to make a decision on Norwich’s Anglia Square revamp - despite him being embroiled in controversy.

Children from underprivileged backgrounds are not returning to schools “in the numbers they could and should”, the prime minister had said.

Boris Johnson has announced lockdown restrictions are to be eased across England from July 4 - but some businesses must stay shut.

MPs in Norfolk and Suffolk are calling for more support for the creative arts sector after a damning report suggested one in five jobs nationally could be lost due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Thousands of Norfolk parents whose children are eligible for free school meals will continue to receive vouchers through the summer after a government U-turn following a campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford.

Suffolk Coastal MP and cabinet minister Dr Therese Coffey found herself in a Twitter row with England striker Marcus Rashford in the hours before the government performed its u-turn on free school meals for the poorest children.

Suffolk Coastal MP and cabinet minister Dr Therese Coffey has found herself embroiled in a Twitter row with Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford who has found himself in the headlines this week after highlighting child poverty.

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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