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My New Year resolutions for Norwich in 2018

PUBLISHED: 15:58 30 December 2017

Homelessness is an issue that needs to be tackled in Norwich, says David Powles. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Homelessness is an issue that needs to be tackled in Norwich, says David Powles. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Christmas and New Year is a popular time for reflection, so here is what I believe should be some of Norwich resolutions in 2018.

Tackle the growing homeless problem

Traffic was undoubtedly the issue of the year for Norwich in 2016. This year it’s been homelessness, a problem which has increasingly featured on our news pages and is growing as a problem locally and nationally. With Universal Credit soon to roll-out there’s a danger it could get worse and this needs to remain a key focus of the relevant authorities.

Reduce the haves and have nots in our society

So-called social deprivation remains a big issue in Norwich, a city which on the face of it is thriving and affluent. We must find ways to improve education and the life chances of those in our deprived areas.

Reduce loneliness

Loneliness is an issue that I predict will grow in 2018, both in terms of the problem and the coverage it will receive. A return to the community spirit of old is needed.

Continue to fight for better transport links

The NDR remains a key talking point but in many ways we need to move on as it’s on the way whether we like it or not. The ‘missing link’ is vital if its true potential is to be realised. Our city continues to be held back by a lack of fully dualled A47 and a train service that meeds to be improved. It’s vital we keep fighting on this.

Get the economy thriving again

There has been a worrying trend of job loss announcements in Norfolk in recent months, starting with Britvic/Colman’s. Some have blamed Brexit, some our poor location and transport links. I fear it could get worse so we need our MPs and national government to be fighting our corner more than ever before.

And finally, get the football club back on track

A successful football club is vital to a successful city. It needs to happen, end of.

I would love to hear your views on the biggest issues facing our city next year. Email me at david.powles@archant.co.uk.

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