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Coronavirus cases in Norfolk “are linked through family and social contact”, the county’s top public health official has revealed.

Controversial plans to build new housing in a rural village have been dropped, in a move which has left villagers “delighted”.

“Nightmare” road closures put in place to help social distancing have been slammed by frustrated businesses and shoppers.

Proposals have been put forward to tighten rules on public drinking in west Norfolk.

A long-serving town councillor has resigned after “harassment, threats and abuse” following a controversial plan to pedestrianise the town centre.

Historic reforms of the planning system have been slated as “contentious”, “pitiful” and “a bad day for local democracy”, over fears communities will be excluded from decision-making.

A scheme to digitally transform East Suffolk’s market towns and help them recover from the impact of coronavirus has been awarded £450,000 in funding.

Plans have been submitted to rebuild a warehouse and storage depot that was destroyed by a “significant blaze” in March.

A parish council rocked by resignations says it wants to move on and draw a line under a “bullying” saga.

Construction of a new skate park has started after years of planning between the skating community and councillors.

Car parking charges are to return at council-owned facilities from this weekend.

A final call is being made to businesses that haven’t yet claimed their Covid-19 Government grant.

The death of a four-year-old child who died after being trapped between two stairgates was a “tragic accident”, a serious case review has found.

A man has pledged to challenge the council after it stripped a string of memorial benches of floral tributes amid the pandemic.

Families have been warned spare school bus seats will be “limited” from September due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions.

Plans to change a controverisal road closure to allow more town centre parking have been put on hold in a bid to find the best solution for shoppers and businesses.

City eateries will be free to use outdoor space for al-fresco dining and drinking in a bid to boost businesses following the impact of the coronavirus lockdown.

A fly-tipper who abandoned a pile of rubbish next to a public bin has been fined £300.

A fresh appeal has been launched for people to sign a petition calling for a roads shake-up to an “accident waiting to happen” area near a retail park.

Live firing and military aircraft flying will be taking place at bases on 22 days and nights this month.

A former environmental centre could be taken over by a town council - with the public asked to have its say on whether the move should go ahead.

The mother of a child who the county council twice failed to provide education for says he is now anxious and sleepless after being told his school transport is set to be altered.

A mid Norfolk town’s newest elected mayor has said it was an “unexpected surprise” to be given the title at the age of just 27 - becoming what is thought to be the council’s youngest civil leader in its history.

Parking on a high street has been restored after barriers placed on the road to allow room for social distancing were removed.

Councillors have been accused of “making a mountain out of a molehill” after calling for a multi-million pound decision on a new waste services contract to be taken by the entire authority.

North Norfolk residents have been urged to make sure their electoral registration details are up-to-date ahead of next year’s local government polls.

Small businesses in north Norfolk who have missed out on government support during the pandemic can apply to the district council.

A council which allowed a child to go without education for seven months has vowed to families not to let it happen again.

A row over councillors being accused of taking credit for the county’s low rates of coronavirus has rumbled on - after the cabinet hit back at opposition criticisms.

People who feared for children’s safety have won a five year campaign to halve the speed limit on a ‘dangerous’ road.

Beauticians have been left feeling “deflated” after the government’s last minute decision to push back the date for allowing them to resume offering treatments on the face.

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Three rural Norfolk constituencies are among the slowest in the country when it comes to broadband speeds, it has been revealed.

A Norfolk MP has defending accepting donations from wealthy individuals with links to Russia and President Vladimir Putin, insisting the benefactors are “British citizens.”

A Norfolk MP has raised the “hard and destructive” issue of how rural deprivation is being addressed.

A beauty salon owner has told how she felt beauticians were “put on the back burner” amid the easing of lockdown and said “more women” should have been involved in decision-making.

Campaigners battling changes to the women’s state pension have spoken out ahead of a landmark appeal court case and urged tens of thousands of affected Norfolk women to “stay positive”.

A Norfolk MP and vice-chair of an inquiry into the government’s response to Covid-19 said the UK has seen “catastrophic” failings in dealing with the disease.

A Norfolk MP has described a report warning that parts of the UK could run out of water in the next 20 years as a “wake up call”.

A Norwich MP has called on the government to look into the idea of a four-day working week to help the country recover from the coronavirus lockdown.

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s comments that “too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures” in dealing with coronavirus had no justification, says a Norfolk expert in infectious diseases.

One of Norfolk’s most loved heritage railways has applied for funding to restore regular passenger services between two towns and Norwich.

A Norfolk councillor has hit out at government funding news which will see the county get a share of just over £30m as “crumbs”.

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.

Dan Grimmer

Dan Grimmer

Public Affairs Correspondent

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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

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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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