Norwich City Council

Norwich is an amazing city which seamlessly combines the modern with the historic. It’s also a vibrant city with a thriving economy and cultural scene.

With creativity in its DNA, Norwich is the perfect place to be when it comes to pushing the boundaries and doing things differently. The city council plays a pivotal role in leading the collaborative agenda for shaping the city of the future.

This work, which builds on the city’s successes, and addresses the challenges it faces, is encapsulated in the collectively owned Norwich 2040 City Vision document which was agreed in November 2018.

The themes which form the foundation of this shared vision for the city are:

  • creative
  • fair
  • liveable
  • connected
  • dynamic

Clearly, the pandemic has thrown many new and different challenges our way, but work is well underway to tackle these after the publication of our comprehensive Covid-19 recovery plan which sets out our recovery journey.

The Council’s draft accounts for 2020/21 are currently being audited by EY. The Council prepared and published its accounts in line with the statutory timetable although the Council’s auditors were not able to commence their audit until December 2021.

Our corporate priorities

The city council’s three corporate priorities are the outcomes we want to see in Norwich:

  • People living well
  • Great neighbourhoods, housing and environment
  • Inclusive economy

Our employees and services

We currently have about 540 full-time equivalent employees. Along with our partner organisations, they provide a range of different services for Norwich residents and visitors. These include: 

  • Planning, regeneration and economic development
  • Culture, tourism and leisure
  • Parking Services
  • Housing services, including providing and maintaining over 16,000 council homes - making us one of the nation’s largest local council landlords
  • Parks and open spaces
  • Street cleansing, waste collection and recycling
  • Processing housing and council tax benefits
  • Public protection, including licensing and environmental health
  • Electoral services

Political make-up

The council has 39 councillors representing 13 wards throughout the city (composed of three councillors in each ward). All councillors serve a four-year term. The current political make-up of the council is: Labour: 26 seats; Green Party: 10 seats; Liberal Democrats: 3 seats

The council operates a 'leader and cabinet' structure. The current cabinet consists of eight members of the Labour Group, as follows:

  • Leader of the council, Councillor Alan Waters
  • Deputy leader and social housing, Councillor Gail Harris
  • Social inclusion, Councillor Karen Davis
  • Safer, stronger neighbourhoods, Councillor Beth Jones
  • Resources, Councillor Paul Kendrick
  • Inclusive and sustainable growth, Councillor Mike Stonard
  • Health and wellbeing, Councillor Matthew Packer
  • Environmental services, Councillor Catherine Oliver
  • Climate change and digital inclusion, Councillor Emma Hampton

Notable achievements and awards

In more recent years, the city council has proved to be a high-performing and award-winning council. Some notable achievements include:

  • Winner of the RIBA 2019 Stirling Prize for the Goldsmith Street development – a 100% social housing and Passivhaus scheme and the first housing scheme of any kind to be shortlisted for the prize. 
  • Norwich Market – winner of the National Association of British Market Authorities (NAMBA) Best Large Outdoor Market Award 2019.
  • Our award-winning council-commissioned ‘Pathways’ project – an ambitious and innovative scheme which brings together eight specialist organisations to provide support for rough sleepers.
  • Winner of ‘Climate Action of the Year’ at this year’s The Global Good Awards (this champions our work and commitment to our effective carbon reduction programmes).

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