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£20m for county’s roads and finishing the NDR made priorities at Norfolk Conservatives’ manifesto launch

PUBLISHED: 14:13 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:36 17 March 2017

Launch of the Conservative manifesto for Norfolk, with Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP and Norfolk Conservative councillor Cliff Jordan.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Launch of the Conservative manifesto for Norfolk, with Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP and Norfolk Conservative councillor Cliff Jordan. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Improvements to the A47 and the railways were at the centre of the launch of the Conservative Party’s manifesto for May’s county council elections.

Launch of the Conservative manifesto for Norfolk, with Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP and Norfolk Conservative councillor Cliff Jordan.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY Launch of the Conservative manifesto for Norfolk, with Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP and Norfolk Conservative councillor Cliff Jordan. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norfolk Conservatives set out their stall at County Hall yesterday afternoon.

And council leader Cliff Jordan - joined by transport secretary Chris Grayling - said: “Our theme for Norfolk is that we actually care.”

Mr Jordan said: “We care about the front line, we care about people having the services when they need them.”

But the stand-out message was a commitment to investing £20m in Norfolk’s roads, finishing the Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR) and bringing new jobs into Norfolk.

Launch of the Conservative manifesto for Norfolk, with Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP and Norfolk Conservative councillor Cliff Jordan.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY Launch of the Conservative manifesto for Norfolk, with Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP and Norfolk Conservative councillor Cliff Jordan. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Mr Grayling said he was optimistic the elections would bring “the majority we need to do a good Conservative job in Norfolk”.

He said improvements to the A47 were key to supporting and expanding business and new technology, and new trains on the rail franchise would improve links to London and Cambridge.

“I think if we are going to unlock the potential of Norfolk’s new generation of enterprise then we need to make sure this part of the country is linked up.

“With the A47 we are now starting a rolling program of improvements and the rail services are having new carriages right across the region,” he said.

But he added: “You can’t deliver the potential this county has without that strong majority.

“Nobody benefits if you have a council not capable of making decisions.”

Amongst the transport improvements promised, the party vowed to target potholes and small works of local concern, as well as pushing the government to fully dual the A47, including the Acle Straight.

Mr Jordan also said he “can’t wait” for the NDR to be finished, including the western link - but joked he would “probably be 150” before it was complete.

As well as transport, the Conservatives said they would protect services such as Norfolk Fire and Rescue, libraries and museums.

But there was also a pledge to keep council tax as low as possible.

They will also look to deliver better care for vulnerable adults and children, help first-time buyers and provide more opportunities for young people.

3 comments

  • Oil Warner .... Read the manefesto from th incumbents. Caring for your family, does mention all th things you define as lacking.... Social care..... Home care..... Looks like roads became the flavour yesterday due the minister visit who is responsible for th roads, had it hav been social care th press would have prioritised that instead. Get a copy of the documents they produced and you will see that it covers all areas of concern accrost Norfolk. I will be asking my Councillor for a copy when I see them!

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    Matilda

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • £20m for all of Norfolk to share! Thanks for the pocket money, dad! Seriously though, they're talking about spending £300m on one roundabout (Thickthorne) so if that's the price of development these days, I guess they might be able to drop a few kerbs for twenty-mil, but little else. So thankful we tender this stuff out. On the other side of the coin, Norfolk's hospitals have been at bursting point for years. People are literally dying trying to get admitted to hospital but can't because we can't free up beds because there's nowhere for "well-enough" old people to go. Community care is drying up as various councils have shown they want nothing to do with social and mental health care. I know they're limited in what they can do here but it would have been nice to see the incumbents promise to try to do something about that rather than digging up the roads again.

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    Oli Warner

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • £20 m for Norfolks roads? That won't go far considering the sad state of Norfolks road. Just watch them blow that away the same way they did the money for Broad Band, not gforgetting the mess they made of the incinerator debacle.

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    Rob44

    Friday, March 17, 2017

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