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Message from County Council leader

20 December 2019

I would like to wish the people of Norfolk and all our staff and partner organisations a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

2019 has seen major progress at the county council. Our Together, for Norfolk plan has provided clear direction and priorities. An independent peer review said that there is a strong sense of a “reboot” and clear leadership.

This year’s achievements include:

  • Becoming the top-rated county council for highway maintenance
  • A new early childhood and family service, offering more targeted support for families with children aged from 0-5
  • Making major infrastructure improvements, from the A140 Hempnall roundabout to the Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing and the West Winch scheme
  • An independent survey showed that 75 per cent of people are satisfied with the way the county council runs things – up from 42 per cent, five years ago
  • Work starting on our first extra care scheme, in Fakenham – we’re investing £29 million in 3,000 more care places across the county

2020 should be a year of opportunity, with Brexit resolved and the prospect, with a new Government, of building new relationships and stepping up our campaign for fairer funding.

So, watch this space – it should be a significant and rewarding year.

Latest News

  • UK’s only public war memorial library based in Norwich set for exciting redevelopment

    15 January 2020
    The stories of US Air Force personnel stationed in Norfolk during WWII are to be brought to life for a new generation as the UK’s only public war memorial library is set for an exciting relaunch in Norwich in the coming months.

  • Cabinet backs £536.6m investment plan

    14 January 2020
    Plans for £536.6m of investment in physical and digital infrastructure, schools and services across Norfolk have been backed by the County Council’s Cabinet.

  • Norfolk museums celebrate success with 500,000 visitor target

    14 January 2020
    Ambitious plans to welcome half a million visitors a year to Norfolk museums have been unveiled, building on a record breaking five years across their 10 museums.

  • A new film work by artist Laura Wilson

    14 January 2020
    Artist Laura Wilson has created a new film work exploring the hidden landscape of Must Farm near Peterborough. The film will be presented in the Boudica Gallery at Norwich Castle from 18 January to 29 March 2020 and screened across the region from April to June 2020.

  • Plans to transform travel in Greater Norwich revealed

    14 January 2020
    Norfolk County Council has today published details of its proposals in a substantial funding bid to central government which, if successful, has the potential to transform travel in Greater Norwich.

  • Council outlines budget pressures

    13 January 2020
    The growing pressures facing Norfolk County Council – including an additional £1m for the national living wage – have been considered by the cabinet.

  • Norfolk Local Transport Plan and Rail Consultation opens today

    13 January 2020
    The consultation for the Local Transport Plan opens today, ensuring that it offers local people the chance to have their say on current and future priorities for transport provision in Norfolk.

  • Consultation on ten countywide special needs bases

    07 January 2020
    A consultation opened on Tuesday 7 January in respect of an ambitious plan to create around 142 new learning places at ten mainstream schools for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

  • £1m per year community fund proposed

    03 January 2020
    A £1m per year fund to boost community schemes is being considered by the County Council.

  • Latest budget proposals published

    03 January 2020
    Significant extra investment in adults’ and children’s services is proposed in the county council’s latest budget – but sustainable, long-term Government funding is still required.

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