Local Politics

Two main roads will be closed for a day each next week as resurfacing work takes place.

Holt’s High Street and Market Place will be off limits to vehicles for at least three days because of a £120,000 road resurfacing project.

‘Terrific good’ could be done if communtiies secretary decides to call in the decision to approve the controversial Anglia Square revamp, according to an architecture author.

Fewer lorries could be travelling through rural Norfolk if plans are approved for a chemical storage unit, developers say.

A new ‘super district’ council is set to spend more than £20,000 updating signage at its headquarters with a new logo.

Two boys with special educational needs missed out on a total of two and a half years of education while waiting for “vital support” from the local authority, a new report reveals.

It is a regular match day haunt for Norwich City fans and even has the word Canary in its name.

A key figure in illuminating Dereham’s Christmas lights display has stood down, prompting a search for a new person to take on the baton.

Parents have welcomed a rethink over children’s centres which would see more of them survive, but anger still surrounds Norfolk County Council’s proposals to shut 38 of the 53.

Any road linking the Northern Distributor Road to the A47 west of Norwich would cause “irreversible harm to the Wensum”, it has been alleged.

Concerns that a new pedestrian crossing on the busiest road in Diss is too dark are set to be investigated by highways engineers just two months after it was installed.

Hopes have been raised that an historic Norwich home, which council officers blocked from being knocked down, could get a new lease of life through a ‘Grand Designs’ type makeover.

A council has pledged to pump £1.5m into a service for children with special educational needs which is currently ranked the second worst in the country.

More must to be done to get quality tutors into Norfolk’s colleges to train the next generation of apprentices, council leaders have said.

Eight more children’s centres in Norfolk could be spared the axe, after a rethink by council leaders, but opposition councillors say there remains a risk children will miss out on crucial support.

Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News editor David Powles spends a day with Norwich homeless charity St Martin’s Housing Trust.

The wait for a park with a 30ft deep hole in it to re-open could soon be over, with the saga’s end on the horizon.

A new £100,000 fund has been launched in Breckland to support local entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses in an effort to boost employment and training opportunities in the area.

Plans to build a £200m gas-fired power station on the A140 close to the Norfolk-Suffolk border have been put on hold following an EU court ruling.

A council project hoping to transform former Norfolk railway lines into traffic free and cycle ways is seeking the public’s views.

A Norfolk town could soon be getting “vandal proof” public toilets when the plans are discussed at a council meeting.

Many of the county’s most vulnerable people are facing lives of isolation and social poverty, families have claimed, after councillors slashed their financial support.

“It is hitting the poor once more. I will have to turn to food banks “ - one of hundreds of responses to a controversial move to charge thousands of vulnerable people more for their care.

A leisure complex which cost a district council £8m to build is still not fully let more than two years after it opened.

A widow who had planning permission to build on her smallholding withdrawn after an objector threatened a judicial review said she had faced “personal harassment” from opposers of the project.

Plans for nearly 200 new homes on the edge of a small Norfolk town have been described as catastrophic and absurd by residents.

A new fund of up to £3,000 for groups trying to improve the health and wellbeing of their community has been launched.

The “Japanese restaurant” at the centre of controversy is subject of a two-pronged investigation from the city council.

A public meeting to discuss plans to change a hotel into a rehabilitation centre for addiction has been called by concerned residents.

All four potential routes for the Norwich Northern Distributor Road Western Link will cause “unnaceptable” damage to vital habitats for animals, plants and birds, wildlife watchdogs have warned.

The latest phase of work on the multi-million-pound shake-up of how traffic uses the area around Prince of Wales Road in Norwich started this week.

National Politics

The prime minister suffered the worst defeat in the House of Commons in more than 100 years on Tuesday as MPs categorically rejected her plan on how to take the UK out of the European Union.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has accused Norfolk County Council of ignoring the views of residents over proposals to close children’s centres in the county.

A Norfolk MP has said the country must “move on from this civil war” ahead of a monumental vote on Brexit.

MPs have rejected Theresa May’s Brexit plans by an emphatic 432 votes to 202 in a historic vote which has thrown the future of her administration and the nature of the UK’s EU withdrawal into doubt.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has spoken out to back a second referendum just hours before Theresa May puts her Brexit deal to the Commons.

Theresa May will put her Brexit deal to the Commons on Tuesday, with defeat almost guaranteed.

A Norfolk MP is set to be one of around 64 who will vote against Theresa May’s Brexit deal after the prime minister made a last-ditch attempt to garner support.

A Norfolk MP is amongst 20 Tory rebels to vote against the government and back an amendment designed to limit ministers’ tax raising powers in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

People need to change how they live, including cutting back on red meat and taking fewer flights, to help avert climate change, Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has warned.

The campaign to get safe standing at Norwich City’s Carrow Road ground and other football stadiums has been backed by cabinet minister Elizabeth Truss.

The national ‘Bollocks to Brexit’ bus has come to Norwich.

A Norfolk MP has asked the health secretary to meet with his constituents who “felt they have been let down” by the region’s mental health trust.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb suffered a narrow defeat on a bill calling for the legalisation of cannabis, ahead of an emergency debate on the delay to the vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

Enough Conservative MPs have requested a vote of confidence in Theresa May to trigger a contest, chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady has announced.

Richard Porritt

Geraldine Scott

Political Editor



Geraldine is our Political Editor and also covers health. She scrutinises our region’s members of parliament and holds them to account on your behalf while also reporting on wider national politics.

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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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