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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Hundreds of people have signed up for the first ever cycling parkride in Norwich, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.

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.

Parents hoping to secure their primary school of choice in Norfolk for the new academic year are being reminded to get their applications in.

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.

A couple and their new born baby were left without heating by a Norwich builder who was working on their new home extension, a court heard.

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

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 North Norfolk football club had to cancel its weekend game after cars churned up its pitch on New Year’s Day.

Could the next agri-tech breakthrough be developed in Norfolk? The world’s next leading geneticist have their first biology lesson in Norwich? The next celebrity hairdresser complete their apprenticeship in Dereham?

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.

Another two people have been arrested as an investigation into safeguarding at a children’s home continues.

A crash blackspot could be made safer thanks to a new £1.2m roundabout, after it was picked to benefit from a share of £20m being pumped into Norfolk’s roads.

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

Bus passengers in Norwich can expect delays this morning as a city bus operator said it was suffering the effects on “congestion”.

The future of a town council’s involvement in a community asset will be decided in secret after councillors voted to exclude the public from the discussion.

One of the country’s only state boarding schools for primary age children could open in Norfolk next year.

Money for a £1m revamp of Norwich bus station, a new £1.5m roundabout and more cycle routes is being sought from a multi-million pound pot of government cash.

A trial of ‘pop-up’ libraries concluded they would cost twice as much as mobile libraries to run, but only after councillors had already agreed to mobile library cuts.

Parents and campaigners will soon find out if councillors are likely to push ahead with proposals to close all but seven of Norfolk’s children’s centres.

Households in Diss will have to fork out more for their council tax this year after the town council agreed to increase its share of the bill after taking over responsibility for street lights and public toilets.

A handful of the most influential names in Norfolk’s economy will be coming together for the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce’s Big Debate.

The director of one of Norfolk’s largest bus groups has blamed delays on “too many selfish car drivers”.

The contractor who will develop Great Yarmouth’s third river crossing has been announced by Norfolk County Council.

Taxi drivers in a Norfolk borough have claimed it is too easy to get a licence after they struggled for business during the festive period.

Councillors look set to call time on a building’s life as a night club and bar, with plans to turn it into flats poised for approval.

City councillors are to give their verdict over routes to connect the Norwich Northern Distributor Road to the A47 - with officers urging them to back all options, except one.

Three works of work on a roundabout on Norwich’s ring road has begun, while roadworks elsewhere in Norwich have been causing delays.

The family of an anorexic teenager who took her own life say they were “failed by everyone” before her death.

Norwich’s Wensum Lodge could be set for a revamp, if proposals to turn it into a creative hub for the city get the go-ahead and the money needed for the transformation can be found.

A home familiar to Norwich City football fans is among a string of properties Norfolk County Council is looking to offload.

A north Norfolk council has warned residents that their journeys could be disrupted while roadworks take place.

More than 700 children were taken out of schools in Norfolk to be home-educated in the last academic year.

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

A school which starred in a television series is set to close this year despite a plea to the public to help save it.

A shortage of retained firefighters in Norfolk, with more than 50 vacancies across the county, has prompted a recruitment drive to ensure the county is properly protected.

As time runs out for people to have their say how the Norwich Northern Distributor Road should connect to the A47 west of Norwich, Broadland bosses have made their views clear.

They live close enough to hear our arguments and be kept awake by our late-night parties.

‘Once a highway, always a highway’ goes an old legal maxim, but what happens when a pathway is wrongly recorded on council maps?

Hairdressers and beauty professionals in Norfolk are to be offered training around domestic abuse - in the hope it will give them the skills they need to encourage victims to escape the cycle of violence.

They say Norfolk is one of the flattest counties in England.

A horse sculpture that has stood on the Broadland Northway for more than a year has been removed after the artist was spotted by a police officer while moving the artwork.

Almost 600 people have told council bosses how they think the Norwich Northern Distributor Road should join the A47 to the west of the city.

Millions won’t be enough to fix west Norfolk’s bumpy roads according to the RAC.

Budding knights are invited to join the exclusive Knight Club at Norwich Castle to learn the tricks of the trade.

A pub frequented by an army veteran killed in a car crash on New Year’s Eve is fundraising for his family.

Legal action could be taken against a group of travellers who have moved onto council-owned land at Postwick.

The boss of an autism charity has said she is ‘beside herself with anger’ after it was denied the funding it says it needs to continue providing services in Norfolk.

Who has Norfolk County Council been spending your money with this year?

Drivers and cyclists are facing three weeks of disruption from next week, because £25,000 needs to be spent to fix a ring road roundabout which was only completed in the summer.

The demographics of Norfolk are changing.

The father of a cyclist who died from serious head injuries after crashing down a flight of steps said he hopes other people’s lives will be saved in his son’s memory following a raft of safety changes.

Burnt toast costs not only vital minutes in the morning rush, new figures can reveal, but also time and money for firefighters.

Sceptic Skip, self-styled Cromer seer, is back to pass on the only authentic home-grown crop of prognostications untainted by prejudice or pressures dressed up as promises.

Work to upgrade a bus stop and improve the condition of a pavement in Thorpe St Andrew begins on January 7.

A footbridge providing a key route over the River Wensum to Carrow Road for Norwich City fans is to close for more than two months for essential repair works.

The beautiful and varied Norfolk Trails network consists of 1,600 miles of linear trails and their associated circular walks, covering coast, woodland, broads and wetlands.

Plans for a new care village in the Broadland market town have been recommended for approval by council officers.

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.

A Norwich care home where Father Christmas answered a call bell at 4am on Christmas Eve has been rated as outstanding.

More than £130,000 in funding has been secured as part of an “innovative project” to boost the East Anglian fishing industry.

Parents fed up with “fighting tooth and nail” to get an education for their children with special educational needs have hit out at the authorities.

The next work in a multi-million pound shake-up of how traffic uses the area around Prince of Wales Road in Norwich will get under way in the new year.

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

A man has appeared in court following a raid in which the largest haul of illegal tobacco uncovered by Norfolk Trading Standards was found amounting to an estimated three quarters of a tonne and worth thousands of pounds.

A desire to bring a second sixth form to a mid-Norfolk town still remains as a new headteacher prepares to take up his latest position.

Drivers and cyclists on Norwich’s outer ring road will face three weeks of disruption - because a roundabout which was only completed in the summer already needs to be repaired.

The son of a family who have benefited from a food and gift parcel from The Salvation Army has described the world of difference it will make to their Christmas.

Decisions on contentious issues surrounding the proposed food hub at Easton have been branded “disgusting” by opponents, who are taking the matter to the High Court.

A 95-year-old woman who died of hypothermia and pneumonia told her daughter she was “freezing” and had not had a shower for three weeks at her failing £500-a-week care home.

Smokers are being warned to take extra care putting out cigarettes and not to buy fake ones, after tests showed counterfeits are more likely to cause fires.

Construction could begin next year on three new roundabouts within a 15 mile stretch of the A140 after plans were submitted for a second scheme on the main Norwich to Ipswich road.

While you’re tucking into Christmas lunch, opening presents, playing boardgames with the family or watching the Queen’s speech, there are others in Norfolk who will be doing something a bit different. Here we tell their Christmas Day stories.

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

An Anglo-Saxon gold treasure unearthed by a student while metal-detecting in Norfolk has been named the UK’s museum acquisition of the year in a national poll.

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.

The former deputy leader of Norfolk County Council has turned novelist, drawing on his own years of experience working in cancer research for his mystery thriller.

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

The final bill for the Norwich Northern Distributor Road might not be known until six months from now, it has emerged.

Rock band Mud may have been feeling lonely at Christmas but to prevent the same happening to people in Norfolk, dozens of organisations are opening their doors to ensure no-one spends the festive season alone.

People living in the Heartsease area of Norwich are being asked to vote for their favourite healthy living project.

A 95-year-old died of hypothermia and pneumonia after both boilers failed in a Norfolk care home, where residents had to rely on temporary heaters and hot water being carried in jugs.

Campaigners wanting to highlight a lack of action over climate change took part in a ‘funeral’ procession and ‘die-in’ beneath Norwich’s tunnel of light.

Experts say there is “high potential” for Roman remains, including bodies, to be uncovered if a £9m revamp for a hospital gets the go-ahead.

A primary school, whose parking system has been branded “lethal” by parents, has vowed to introduce new safety measures.

A “dangerous” new roundabout in Horsford has left people fearful of exiting their driveways.

One of the county’s worst performing healthcare trusts could merge with Norfolk’s best in a bid to bring together care in the community.

Norfolk councils are to be allowed to keep more money raised from business rates, but cash-squeezed leaders warn a better long-term deal is needed or services will suffer.

The days when drinking was part of being a professional footballer are gone, says Darren Eadie.

More than 400 new homes are to be built in Norfolk over the next three years, as County Hall begins building and selling houses for the first time to raise millions of pounds.

On cold winter nights, most people are wrapped up in a blanket and sipping a hot drink. But while we sleep, a team of up to 56 gritters are out in the early hours keeping Norfolk’s roads safe.

Norfolk had the biggest proportion of under-performing primary schools in the country when it comes to 11-year-olds meeting expected standards in reading, writing and mathematics, official figures have shown.

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