Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       ) Chairman


                                                Mrs D Barrett                         ) Hockwold Parish Council

                                                Mr D Baker                            )

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr M Storey                              District Councillor

                                                Squadron Leader J Neild      RAF Lakenheath

                                                Three members of the public


Apologies for absence have been received from NCC Tony White and Parish Councillors

Mr T Gossage and Mr T Fothergill


1.            MINUTES


The clerk apologised to Mrs Barrett and the Council for missing out under ‘Planning Applications C & D Livestock, Councillor Mrs Barrett declared an interest in this application and left the room’.

The clerk gave a new ‘page 4 of the Minutes’ to the councillors to replace the page four sent out.

Resolved:      That the Minutes for the meeting held on the 11th March 2008 previously circulated and amended as above, be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by

Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Eade




RAF Lakenheath:   Squadron Leader Jerry Neild, who was present at the meeting, said he did not have anything to report from the base this month.  Mrs Sismey reported that some people in Brandon were still under the impression that Lords Walk may be opened again. The Sq. Leader said that this was a false hope and he will inform Bill Bishop of this fact.  Squadron Leader Neild then gave his apologies as he will not be able to attend the next Parish Council meeting.


Safer Neighbourhood Meeting:   Mrs Raburn attended this meeting and reported that Hockwold did not have the problems that some other parishes had.  After discussions with everyone present Hockwold was one of the villages to be give priority for the next eight weeks, regarding trouble with motorbikes etc, which has been reoccurring with the lighter evenings.  Community Support Officers do drive through the village twice a day, sometimes in unmarked police cars.  They also walk through the village.


Post Office:   Everyone was pleased to hear that Hockwold Post Office was not going to be closed.


Hockwold Village Hall:  A letter has been received from the Secretary of the Village Hall Committee thanking the Council for their cheque, and saying they will send a copy of the invoice once the work is finished and paid for.



Freedom Farm:   A letter has been received from Gary Lee at Freedom Recycling Ltd informing the council that all customers have been given full instructions for getting to the site, which they in turn pass on to their haulage companies and then to their drivers.  Mr Lee suggested that once Cowles Drove entrance has been enlarged a small sign could be put up.   The clerk will reply to say they would have no objections to this, but point out that Planning Permission might be required.  Mr Baker reported that he had been to see the work being carried out at Freedom Farm and said there was no rubbish about and it was all very tidy.


School Speed Limits:   A letter has been received from Christopher Fraser MP for South West Norfolk, saying that on the request of many Parish Councils and residents he has agreed to present a petition to Parliament calling on the Government to reduce the speed limit past schools.  Enclosed in the letter was a copy of the petition, which if the council is agreeable he would like to be distributed in the shops etc. in the village to collect signatures.   It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Baker that the clerk should give out copies of this petition to the shops, garage and school in the village.  The clerk will collect them several weeks later and send them back to Mr Fraser.


Donations:   The question of yearly donations for the Playing Field, Churchyard and Village Hall was discussed.  It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Barrett that they be sent £716.00, the same as last year.  This was agreed by all bar one member of the council.  These donations will be sent out after the May meeting.

With regard to the various donations the Council gives out during the year, including the Poppy Appeal, it was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Baker that the decision is made on receipt of each application.


Allotments:  The clerk pointed out that several sheds and glasshouses have been erected but no one had written in regarding this matter as is stated in the Agreement.  Two parishioners have applied for an allotment.  It was agreed that they be allotted one each of the three spare one allotments.  The clerk will write and inform Mr Moss and Mr O’Rourke.   The clerk reported that she had spoken to the Feltwell clerk Mrs Peckham regarding setting up an Allotment Committee, which would avoid the question of some councillors having to declare an interest.


Reeves Lane:   The clerk had received a reply from the Legal Department of the Borough Council regarding the questions of land in front of ‘The Birches’.  They can do nothing further for us and suggest we contact the NCAPTC for further help.  It was agreed that the clerk should write to them enclosing copies of all the correspondence that has taken place and ask for their advice.


N.C.A.P.T.C. Subscriptions:   Notification has been received that our subscription of £175.85 for the coming year is now due.  It was proposed by Mrs Arbour and seconded by Mrs Sismey that this amount is paid.


Allianz Insurance:    Notification has been received that the Parish Councils Yearly Insurance is due for renewal on the 1st June 2008.  It is now £663.65 an increase of 5% on last year.  It was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mr Denney that this amount is paid in May.


John Long Landscaping:  A bill for £85.00 has been received from Mr Long for the grass cutting at Cross Hill for last summer and various other works he had done for the Council.  He has asked for the money to be sent direct to Hockwold Primary School.  It was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mrs Arbour that this amount is sent.



Tree Surgeon:   An account has been received from Chris Hotson for £282.00 inc. VAT, who had been asked to do some pruning on the two Red Chestnut Trees in the village.  It was proposed by Mrs Arbour and seconded by Mrs Sismey that this account is paid.


Trees on Glebe Land:   A letter has been received from the Secretary of the PCC regarding the trees in the Beech Walk and Church Lane.  The Diocesan Estates Surveyor is being contacted with a view to an inspection of the trees. 


Connecting Communities:    A letter has been received from this mobile services giving dates when they will be visiting the village at the School.  Their visits are every four weeks and the next one will be on the 24th April 1.30 to 3.30pm.  Copy of the dates has been put on the Notice Board.


Local Government Review:   The next meeting regarding an update on the matter of Norfolk having two unitary authorities based around King’s Lynn and Norwich, is tomorrow night Wednesday 9 April 2008 at King’s Lynn, unfortunately no member of the council was able to attend.


Norfolk Mineral & Waste Local Development Framework Consultation:  Notification has been received that the consultation deadline for the following documents has been extended to 25th April 2008.  Mrs Raburn has all the documents and is going through them to see if there is anything relevant to this area.


Clingos Way:    A letter has been received from a resident in Clingos Way asking if there would be another Street Sign put up in Boundary Close pointing to where Clingos Way is.  The clerk will write to the Borough Council regarding this matter.


Enforcement Forms:  Councillors were given out a copy of the letter from the Borough Council Enforcement Office and some of the forms they have asked councillors and parishioners to fill in themselves, when they see any building being done which should have planning permission.


Side Table:   Norfolk Matters (Spring 08) Copy given to Councillors.  Local Channel – New services for local councils.   The Boundary Committee – Structural Review of Norfolk and Suffolk.  Town & Parish Standard March 2008 (Standards Board Guidance).  Village Sports co-ordinators.




Planning Appeal – Masterman Park Homes Ltd                       Ref: APP/V2635/A/08/2070112/NWF

Land east of Plantation Cottage.  Brandon Road Hockwold.

Change of Use of land to site for holiday homes & nature reserve.

Any further comments on this application should be sent in to The Planning Inspectorate at Bristol by the 8 May2008.


Ref: 08/00531/CU                                                    Name: Masterman Park Homes Ltd

Location – Land East of Plantation Cottage Brandon Rd Hockwold

Details – Change of Use of site for holiday homes & nature Reserve.

Two parishioners spoke in the open forum at the beginning of this meeting against the application, and have also given the council copies of letters they have written to the Planning Department.


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After some discussion it was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Sismey that the Council should vote against this application as they had done twice before, Inappropriate and unacceptable to the area, detrimental to the SSSI sites nearby, and access on to an already very busy road.   A vote was taken – one councillor voted for the application, four councillors voted against the application.




Payments:     8.04.08           Pearce & Kemp Ltd. – Lights Maintenance        £113.13

                                                Mrs Taylor – Wages Telephone & Postage         £364.77

                                                Norfolk RCC – Renewal of Membership             £  15.00

                                                Chris Hotson – Tree Surgeon                               £282.00

                                                Hockwold Primary School – (J Long’s Fees)      £  85.00

                                                NCAPTC – Subscriptions for 2008/2009             £175.85

                                                Mick Moore – Bus shelter                                       £  23.50

                        15.04.08         EDF Energy – Street Lighting Energy DD          £116.26

Receipts:       4.04.08           EDF Energy Networks plc – Wayleaves              £  39.67

It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Barrett that these accounts are paid.




Litter Bin:       It was reported that the litter bin at the end of the alleyway from College Road to Main Street has not been emptied and is overflowing.  The clerk will report this matter.


Potholes:       It was reported that the potholes in Nursery Lane, Crossroads and outside 8 Mill Lane have not been attended to yet.  The clerk will write to Highways Department.


Nursery Lane – Bollards:     It was reported that there were bollards down Nursery Lane, making it rather a bottleneck as two vehicles cannot pass.  It is understood that a wall has been taken down and they were put there to warn of this.  A Boundary Fence will be put up and they will then be taken away.


Caravan Black Dyke Farm:               A caravan has appeared on this site.  Mrs Sismey will fill in one of the enforcement forms and send to the Borough Council.


Allotment Gate:   It was reported that a new gate post for the Allotment Gate has been ordered.


Police:    It was reported that the police are to have a three-week blitz on parking outside schools.  It is understood that if there is a continuous white line through the village parking should not be allowed.

It was also reported that a vehicle from Children’s World is parking at the Bus Stop outside the Garage.


Fly Tipping:   Is filling in potholes with spare rubble classed a fly tipping, and could someone be charged for this offence.  The clerk will check with highways regarding this matter.


Mr Denney congratulated Councillor Dick Baker on his record breaking weight loss and recent TV appearance.




Station Road:   Manhole covers, gutters and drains in Station road are sinking and breaking up, and also there is a pothole in Plovers Way.  The clerk will report these matters to the Highways Department.


Speed Flashing Sign:   It was reported that the flashing 40mph speed sign coming into the village from Lakenheath is not always working properly.  The clerk will report this matter.


Children’s World:   Parking outside this property on the corner of Mill Lane is causing a problem, Mrs Sismey said she will go round to speak to the owners about this matter.




It was agreed that the date of the next meeting of the Council, which is the ANNUAL PARISH COUNCIL MEETING will be held on Tuesday 13th May 2008 at 7.30pm.


As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.55pm.







One copy to each member of the Council

One copy for Mr T. White Norfolk County Councillor

One copy to Mr A Lawrence District Councillor

One copy to Mr M Peake District Councillor

One copy to Mr M Storey District Councillor

One copy to Downham Market Police Station

Two copies for display within the village

One copy for Hockwold’s Website

One copy for the Minute Book