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Parents of people with disabilities, who stand to lose money because of county council cuts, have pledged to continue their fight against the proposals.

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

Norfolk County Council’s Conservative leadership has a New Year’s Resolution to give themselves more power – but Liberal Democrat councillors Dan Roper and Steff Aquarone argue that you should be worried

They were once Norfolk’s arteries, conveying residents and visitors in their thousands across the county for business as well as pleasure.

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.

Resurfacing work costing £24,000 will see a junction in Costessey closed to traffic later this month.

The community have been asked to give their opinion on changes to the Citizens Advice service in Suffolk after proposed cuts to the service.

Plans to introduce a 20mph zone in Eye could finally become a reality more than five years since campaigners first launched a bid to slow traffic in the town.

Care providers in Norfolk could get paid an extra £11.2m if councillors agree to an increase in fees.

The demographics of Norfolk are changing.

Families of people with learning disabilities have blasted a cost-cutting proposal which would save council bosses £3m - by charging thousands of people more for their care.

Motorists are being warned to brace themselves for two weeks of delays on the A149 due to roadworks costing £235,000 being carried out.

Almost £50,000 is to be spent to improve the condition of a pavement and upgrade bus stops.

A consultation has been launched for people to have their say about funding for the Citizens Advice service in Suffolk.

Norfolk County Council has said plans are in place to improve broadband speeds in the county on some of the worst streets in Norfolk, according to figures, with some already having access to superfast broadband.

Generous shoppers helped a campaign to bring Christmas cheer to children in care in Norfolk to a record year.

Drivers have been warned they could face delays as work on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road moves to the Salhouse Road roundabout.

A west Norfolk care home which was threatened with closure is to be replaced by a new dementia service.

Amid the frenzy of shopping, wrapping, decorating, cooking, writing cards and generally Christmasifying anything and everything, spare a thought for the hungry, lonely, poorly and even the furry in Norfolk this Christmas. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Opinion Clive Lewis: We must save our children’s centres

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

In his monthly column, Norwich South MP CLIVE LEWIS argues against the proposed closures of children’s centres.

Concerns that a proposed new system of working at County Hall could lead to a similar “debacle” as the aborted incinerator plan have been raised.

Calls have been made for controversial plans to axe a six figure grant for Citizens Advice Bureaus in Suffolk to be phased in over a longer period of time.

Suffolk County Council’s Tory administration has launched a bid to tackle period poverty – just weeks after it failed to commit cash to the cause.

Norfolk County Council has stepped in to move services from one of the biggest home care providers in England after concerns were raised over its financial viability.

Norfolk’s main roads are slowly clogging up as a record number of vehicles take to the streets.

Norfolk County Council is warning people to be aware of cold callers pretending to represent trading standards who are using ‘gift card scams’ involving the purchasing of fake vouchers.

Businesses in Diss say their income has been hit by delayed works to upgrade a pedestrian crossing that have been causing congestion.

Council bosses have insisted seven children’s centres would remain open to the public if proposals to close the remaining 46 do go through.

The row over controversial proposals to close Norfolk’s children’s centres has intensified after Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis accused campaigners of “playing politics”.

Opponents of proposals to close 46 of Norfolk’s 53 children’s centres took part in a demonstration in King’s Lynn on Sunday.

A road is to close for urgent repairs after the pavement and road began sinking.

Emotional tributes to the work of Thetford’s two children’s centres provided the backdrop for a council’s unanimous objection to the proposals to shut both.

After recent deaths in north Norfolk, bereaved parents, a GP and a campaigner tell JESSICA FRANK-KEYES how a lack of local services is failing suicidal young men.

Why did the recycling centre cross the road? To make way for a new power station.

Works to improve a busy pedestrian crossing for cyclists lasting two weeks will begin on Monday, November 5.

An administrative blunder means consultation over the proposed £121m Third River Crossing at Great Yarmouth will need to be extended, but council bosses insisted it will not delay the project.

Millions of pounds of the £121m budget for the Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing has been set aside to pay fees, such as for specialist solicitors and cost consultants brought in to help manage the process.

Calls have been made for a full traffic survey in Beccles following the opening of the southern relief road to maximise its effectiveness.

The “almost daily” cancellation of early morning train services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth is damaging the seaside town, councillors have claimed.

A £20.6m education shake-up in a Norfolk village has moved a step closer, with plans submitted for a new primary school and nursery.

A former school in Thetford has been given a reprieve from being sold just yet - to give the community the chance to come up with plans to take it on.

The number of Norfolk Recycling Centres which offer reuse shops could increase, as council bosses continue to find ways to save money.

More council property and land could be sold off, as County Hall looks to plug a multi-million pound budget gap.

A brand new event aims to give West Norfolk businesses the support and advice they need to flourish.

A new primary school and nursery with capacity for more than 200 children has been touted for a village close to Norwich - replacing its existing one.

Hopes for key historic artefacts staying in Lowestoft were served another blow today as a consultation was launched.

A group of Dutch buyers is set to get a VIP welcome at an East Anglian food and drink showcase as the region strives to encourage more trade with the Netherlands.

It was at the start of the year when we first reported how the future of Norfolk’s children’s centres was looking uncertain.

A major Norwich road is to be closed overnight for two weeks so that £180,000 of resurfacing work can be done.

Efforts to improve mobile phone signal in the county has been praised in Parliament.

Thetford Town Council will look into registering a former school site as an Asset of Community Value.

A hundred more refugees from the civil war in Syria are to be offered a new life in Norfolk - but council bosses say it will be a “challenge” to find them housing.

A new approach focusing on prevention before the need for serious intervention is being adopted by those responsible for caring for the county’s most vulnerable children.

Leaders from across Suffolk came together to discuss the ongoing work to transform Lowestoft and secure a bright economic future for the coastal town.

A new campaign, spearheaded by a “well-known” figure with links to Norfolk, is to be launched to try to improve the health of men aged 40 to 75.

A number of defects in need of urgent repair have been found in a lifting bridge on a busy Norwich road.

Drivers could face delays as major resurfacing works, costing more than £60,000, are carried out along a busy commuter road.

A former school, along with acres of farmland, are to be sold off by council bosses looking to plug a funding gap of almost £100m.

A former school and acres of farmland look set to be sold off by council bosses as they grapple with ways to close a budget gap of almost £100m.

Child car seat checks carried out in Norfolk revealed more than 600 faults.

In a case that is likely to cost thousands, a council has taken a Traveller leader to court for trespassing on land he has lived on for years.

A ‘smart flat’ is being developed to highlight how technology, such as devices which use Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, can help keep older and vulnerable people out of care homes.

Three roads in Norwich city centre will be closed next month to allow resurfacing to be carried out.

Norfolk County Council leader Andrew Proctor discussed a range of key subjects in an interview with BBC Norfolk. Here is what he had to say:

Norfolk County Council failed to tell an elderly couple the cost of care they did not want, or need, leading them to rack up £10,000 worth of debt.

Thousands of homes across Great Yarmouth and Gorleston have been receiving letters informing residents about the launch of a third river crossing consultation.

An MP has slammed Suffolk County Council’s decision to move archives out of Lowestoft prior to a public consultation 
on the future of the town’s 
record office.

A group of Travellers will be evicted from the Postwick Park and Ride site in Norwich after ignoring a notice to leave last week.

Major carriageway resurfacing works will close a busy city junction for several nights.

Norfolk organisations which go the extra mile to tackle loneliness have been praised as part of a countywide campaign.

Lessons learned from building the Norwich Northern Distributor Road will be used to prevent similar issues when it comes to Great Yarmouth’s third river crossing, pledge council bosses.

Drivers will face diversions later this week because a Norwich bridge will have to be closed for £18,000 of urgent repairs.

Norfolk County Council has been warned that requiring Freemasons to declare their membership could be “unlawful”.

Motorists have been warned of possible delays when £19,000 road resurfacing works get underway on the A1066 Diss Road at Roydon.

Councillors have agreed that one hundred more Syrian refugees could be welcomed to a new life in Norfolk over the next two years - so long as district councils are content with the move.

A woman has highlighted how railings to stop cyclists in parks ‘make life even tougher’ for wheelchair users.

Norfolk County Council is consulting on closing Winterton Primary School, after the idea was put forward by the school’s interim executive board. The school has been without a permanent headteacher since the end of 2016, and has a dwindling pupil roll.

Children’s comic The Beano is being used to inspire children to keep up their reading over the summer holidays, as the popular magazine marks its 80th birthday.

A new sign which lights up when a motorist is using a mobile phone behind the wheel has been unveiled as the latest weapon in the war against danger drivers in Norfolk.

Reassurances are being sought that the construction of the world’s biggest offshore windfarm off the coast of Norfolk will not create dangerous conditions on some of the county’s roads.

A hundred further Syrian refugees could be welcomed to a new life in Norfolk over the next two years, using funding from the Home Office.

A controversial move which will allow cars to use part of a bus and cycle route is to go ahead, to the anger of people who objected.

More than 1,700 people had their say in a consultation exploring whether the ‘missing link’ to join the Broadland Northway to the A47 should be pursued.

Shoppers could soon be able to make use of a new car park in Norwich city centre, after a council spent £150,000 to revamp an underground car park and decided to lease it to a private operator.

Inadequate care homes which fail to get better will not be tolerated in Norfolk, the county’s adult social care chief has said, as a drive is launched to improve their quality.

MPs will today be urged to give Norfolk the money to pay for key services to redress a government “false perception” which has meant the county has missed out on millions.

Norfolk MPs have called for “radical changes” to help fund the social care system.

Temporary traffic lights are set to be installed in Shakespeare Way in Taverham this week ahead of resurfacing work.

Luxury homes have been built and marketed in South Norfolk before planning conditions for them have been met.

People across Suffolk are being asked for their views on proposals for sand and gravel quarrying at 10 sites over the next decade.

Villagers turned out in their hundreds to raise concerns with developers over controversial plans to build 170 homes and a new school in Brooke.

Work costing more than £30,000 will cause disruption to roads for a week at the end of June.

More than £1m of taxpayers’ money has been used on pay-offs accompanied by gagging orders to departing council staff in the past two years.

A Norfolk primary school could shut by the end of the year after its board called for closure to be considered.

A scheme which sees vulnerable children in Norfolk placed in boarding schools will be praised at a national conference.

Why is freezing old bananas good for sustainability? The answer to this and more can be found this weekend at a family friendly free festival at The Forum in Norwich.

Suffolk County Council has a brand new chairman following their annual meeting in May.

The dream of Lowestoft’s long-awaited third crossing is moving a step closer to reality as the first formal planning application is lodged.

But despite the idyllic nature of our forests and woodlands, they are being blighted by fly-tipping.

A Suffolk council, which came under fire after investing millions of pounds from the pension fund in tobacco firms despite promoting stop smoking messages, has bought stocks in another cigarette company, it has emerged.

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