Norwich and Great Yarmouth will go to the polls next month. Picture: Matthew Usher. © Archant Norfolk 2015 Norwich goes to the polls next month for the city council elections. DAN GRIMMER focuses on the fights for Bowthorpe, Catton Grove and Crome wards. Candidates for Bowthorpe in the Norwich City Council elections 2018: Andrew Wiltshire (C), Sue Sands (L), Jean Bishop (G) and Oliver Healey (LD). Pics: Conservative Party, Labour, Green Party, Liberal Democrats. When Norwich last went to the polls to pick who should represent them at City Hall two years ago, it was a good night for Labour, taking 44pc of the vote and four seats from the Greens. Labour will be keen to build on that performance, but the Greens, who lost all their Norwich seats at county council level last year, will want to prove they can still thrive. However, the wards of Bowthorpe, Catton Grove and Crome are unlikely to be a barometer for the battle between the two biggest groups at City Hall. Labour … [Read more...] about Norwich City Council Elections 2018: Candidates in Bowthorpe, Crome and Catton Grove say why they deserve your vote
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PUBLISHED: 11:06 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:08 28 November 2018 The action being taken to reduce carbon emmissions in Norwich has been questioned by campaigners. Pic: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire Archant The green credentials of Norwich City Council have been questioned by campaigners who want more rapid action to combat climate change. Dr Jo-anne Veltman is a member of Climate Hope Action In NorfolkA stark report by the United Nations warned unprecedented changes, including halving carbon by 2030 and bringing it to zero, are needed to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.And, at a meeting of Norwich City Council, campaigners from Climate Hope Action in Norfolk called on the council to declare a climate emergency.Dr Jo-anne Veltman, a children’s doctor at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, asked a public question at City Hall on the issue.She said: “We also know that Norwich and Norfolk face specific impacts, including, but not limited to … [Read more...] about Green credentials of Norwich City Council questioned amid ‘climate emergency’ call
PUBLISHED: 12:23 18 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:23 18 August 2018 Bethany Wales Stuart Webber, Norwich City's sporting director, has revealed the unusual pink changing rooms plan. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant Norwich City Football Club is using the testosterone-lowering powers of the colour pink to throw opposition teams off their game. During a fans’ forum at Carrow Road on Thursday night, City sporting director Stuart Webber revealed that the away changing room had been painted a “deep pink” colour, used in American prisons to lower aggression and promote empathy. The pink technique was used for years in college football in America and was believed to be so effective that the governing body banned the tactic.In contrast, Norwich’s changing room is bright white and decorated with motivational phrases. But will the move be enough to secure Norwich a promotion?Dr Andrew Bayliss, senior psychology lecturer at the UEA says although … [Read more...] about Norwich City paint away changing room pink to lower opponents’ testosterone
PUBLISHED: 08:40 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:40 23 July 2018 Pablo Fanque House, student accommodation which is being built in All Saints Green in Norwich. Pic: Archant. Archant The surge in applications to build student housing in Norwich has prompted council bosses to investigate how much such development is appropriate in the city. Hundreds of new student flats are being built in the city centre, with schemes such as Pablo Fanque House in All Saints Green and the former Aviva towers in St Stephens Street under way.However, proposals for flats on the former Sentinel House car park in Surrey Street have twice been rejected by councillors.And, at a meeting of Norwich City Council’s sustainable development panel, concerns were raised over whether too much such accommodation is being built in certain parts of the city.David Fullman, Labour councillor for Mancroft, said: “It’s something that has worried me quite considerably. A large amount of this is in Mancroft … [Read more...] about Are too many student flats being built in Norwich city centre?
PUBLISHED: 10:37 29 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:37 29 November 2018 Norwich City Council bought the gym in Ramsgate for £2.3m. Photo: Google Archant Council leaders have made a fresh defence of their commercial investments, which included spending £9.5m on a gym in Kent and a Northamptonshire cold store. Paul Kendrick, Norwich City Council's cabinet member for resources. Pic: Archant Library.Norwich City Council came in for criticism after it emerged that it had bought a gym at the Westwood Cross Shopping Centre in Ramsgate for £2.3m and a coldstore in Corby for £7.2m.But at a full city council meeting this week, the Labour-run council defended the investments, saying they were essential to generate money to protect services.Member of the public Peter Kemp asked councillors whether it would be more reasonable and a better use of locally-raised council tax and business rates, for the authority to be buying local properties.Paul Kendrick, cabinet member for … [Read more...] about Norwich City Council defends decision to buy gym in Ramsgate for £2.3m after fresh criticism