Local Politics

Plans to demolish a Norfolk police station to make way for housing have been lodged with Norwich City Council.

Council bosses looking to plug a £78.5m funding gap in the coming years are hoping the taxpayer can shoulder some of the burden - and are looking for your views.

Three Norfolk County Council social workers and a social work team have been shortlisted for national awards.

A viewing platform that would give visitors a birds’ eye view of Nunnery Lakes nature reserve near Thetford is being planned.

A vote of no confidence in John Lee’s leadership at North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) will be held, following the resignation of yet another councillor from the Conservative group.

Volunteers have hit out at a council’s decision to remove a trio of smart bins from an infamous litter hotspot and place them in storage.

National road cycling championships will next year be hosted in Norfolk, it has been announced.

People could be given the chance to buy electricity and gas via Norwich City Council, with City Hall leaders saying it should mean cheaper bills for those who sign up.

The network of CCTV cameras which keep tabs on Norwich city centre needs to be replaced - because council bosses say they cannot afford to keep the current set-up running.

The consultation over controversial proposals which would see 46 of 53 children’s centres in Norfolk closed comes to an end today.

A sobering report into Norfolk’s care homes has revealed places for council-funded residential care will run out within five years - unless action is taken.

A cabinet maker is at loggerheads with Broads bosses, after using “wood effect” cladding on a holiday home, when the authority expected real wood to be used.

Two protests, with very different views on immigration, faced off against each other in Norwich city centre.

New figures have revealed the millions of pounds Norwich City Council is making from its car parks - but council leaders have said the money is desperately needed to preserve services.

The councillors tasked with sealing the fate of the latest bid to regenerate Anglia Square have been given a whistle-stop of the development site.

People will be able to have their say over potential routes for the road which would join the Norwich Northern Distributor Road to the A47 within weeks.

A Norfolk council has again kept a decision about the future of a multi-million pound asset shrouded in secrecy, despite outcry over “democratic failure”.

Two Norfolk councils have met to review the “sorry history” of the past 15 months of planning applications after issues were raised about private firm Capita handling planning decisions.

Pot-holes are to be filled in on Norfolk’s weathered roads, thanks to a £13m budget boost for the county.

Affordable housing arrangements around two planning applications in the same village have been left up in the air, after one of the proposals was rejected.

Norwich’s last publicly owned grass tennis courts are to disappear, after attempts to persuade councillors to keep them failed.

Academy leaders have come under fire as new figures reveal seven trusts with schools in Suffolk pay salaries in excess of £150,000.

A Norwich brewery’s bid to extend the opening hours of its tap room has been met with trepidation from close neighbours.

Placard-waving protestors are set to rally against shake-up proposals that could shut dozens of children’s centres across Norfolk.

More than 300 student flats above a city car park have been given the go-ahead, despite objections.

The green light has been given for ambitious £13m plans to transform Norwich Castle’s historic keep.

A date has been fixed for a decision on the controversial multi-million pound revamp of Norwich’s Anglia Square.

A council chief authorised a probe by the Conservative administration into fellow Tory councillors’ emails to hunt down the source of a leak.

One of the best known Norfolk-based brands can gear up to expand its base, after the first phase of its scheme was approved.

A vision for a new multi-million pound hospice close to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has taken a step closer to becoming a reality.

A special showing of a film, charting what happened to 1980s boy band giants Bros after their fame flickered out, is to be screened in Norwich.

National Politics

The government has launched a review into the tax rates paid by second home owners, following a petition from a north Norfolk MP.

A Norfolk MP has joined a national initiative to mark the Queen’s commitment to the Commonwealth - by planting trees.

A call has been made for Parliament to hold an annual debate in honour of Labour peer and former leader of Norwich City Council Patricia Hollis.

A tax loophole that allows second homes owners to avoid paying council tax on their properties will be investigated after a north Norfolk MP highlighted the issue.

More workers on the ground are urgently needed to help cope with a growing crisis in mental health amongst young people, a member of parliament has warned.

The chancellor’s announcement that mental health services for young people are set to get a funding boost has been praised as “a step in the right direction” by those working in the county’s schools.

Jeremy Corbyn will join the fight to protect Norfolk’s children’s centres during a visit to the county this weekend.

Government figures reveal a third of all properties bought in north Norfolk in 2017-18 were second homes. JESSICA FRANK-KEYES looks into the effect this rise has had on the area’s coastal communities

The most vulnerable people in society are being put under “enormous pressure” by a change in the benefits system, a Conservative MP has warned.

Norwich City Football Club was given a seat of power after their safe standing debate was taken to parliament.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has joined others in paying his respects to Patricia Hollis, Baroness Hollis of Heighman who has died aged 77 after a long illness.

The developer behind a bid to build a controversial new 10,000 home garden town in Norfolk will not be not be able to dodge local planning rules and must have Breckland District Council’s support in order to get its development approved, a government minister has confirmed.

In the wake of a stark report by the United Nations about how the clock is ticking to limit a climate change catastrophe, the government’s minister for energy and clean growth has outlined how Norfolk can play its part.

A Norfolk MP is spearheading a petition demanding an end to a tax loophole that allows second home owners to pay no council tax.

A Norfolk MP has raised concerns over proposed changes to the county’s fire service.

Richard Porritt

Richard Porritt

Political Editor



Richard is our Political Editor and works both in the Norwich and Westminster offices. He 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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