I don’t want my first column of 2018 to be negative, but it’s hard to talk about anything else other than Thursday’s confirmation of the Colman’s factory closure. And my concerns this is the start of a trend that could become commonplace in Norwich and Norfolk - unless we do something about it. Let’s be honest, once the desire to leave was stated by Colman’s, the writing was pretty much on the wall.
Christmas and New Year is a popular time for reflection, so here is what I believe should be some of Norwich resolutions in 2018. 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.
Does anyone else partake in New Year running resolutions? While generally I’m not a massive one for making lists of things to change in the year ahead (it only makes you depressed when you look back and see how many you’ve failed! ), I normally start the year with a few ambitions based around running. I would imagine that’s probably a result of all that available thinking time when pounding the streets of Norfolk, it always makes running easier when you have something to focus upon.
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Selecting a term
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