Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       ) Chairman


                                                Mr T Fothergill                      ) Hockwold Parish Council

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr M Storey                              District Councillor


Apologies for absence had been received from Norfolk County Councillor Mr T White.  Parish Councillors Mrs D Barrett and Mr D Baker, Squadron Leader Neild from RAF Lakenheath and

District Councillor Mr A Lawrence


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:  That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 11 November 2008 previously circulated, be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mr M Denney and seconded by Mrs M Eade.




Planning Sub-Committee:    As there was not a full committee in attendance, it was agreed that this matter be placed on the agenda for the next meeting to be held on January 13 2009.


Southery & District Internal Drainage Board:   Mr Dave Owens has received a letter from the Drainage Board regarding their December Meeting.  Unfortunately he does not feel well enough to continue as our representative on this committee so could some else take on this position. 

Mr Denney proposed that Mr Gossage, who lives next to Mr Owens, and has now retired, take over this position.  Mr Gossage declined to take on the position for the council.   It was agreed that the clerk should find out more of what the position involves, and that the matter should be placed on the Agenda for January’s meeting.


Freedom of Information Act:     Under ‘the Act’ it is the duty of every public authority to adopt and maintain a publication scheme.   All councillors have read or are reading this guide in which the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is changing the emphasis in their approval and operation of publication schemes to a generic model which should be adopted and operated by all authorities from 1 January 2009.  It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Fothergill with all the councillors agreeing that Hockwold Parish Council adopt this scheme.


Norfolk Accident Rescue Service:   A letter has been received from this Charity asking if the Parish could consider making a donation this year.  A donation was sent to them last year and it was proposed by Mr Gossage and seconded by Mrs Eade that a further donation of £50 be sent to them for the vital work they carry out.




Parish Council Precepts 2009/2010:    Notification has been received that the parish precepts for the coming year is required to be sent to the BCKLWN Finance & Resources department by the 31 January 2009.  The clerk has started to produce these figures and hopefully will send them out with the Minutes for the next meeting.


West Norfolk Advice Wise  Booklet 2008/2009:  This booklet produced by the West Norfolk Fuel Poverty and Anti-Poverty Forum has been received.  It was agreed that the Chairman should put about this publication in the Village Magazine, then the clerk will ask for nine copies one for each of the Councillors.


Change of Address Notification:   Notification has been received that the property address of Calladge Farm has now been changed to Calladge Bungalow, Cowles Drove Hockwold.


Suffolk County Council – Waste Core Strategy:  This consultation paper has been received  from SCC Ipswich and the period ends on 30 January 2009.  The clerk has studied the enclosed map and finds that no area close to Hockwold is involved.


East Cambridgeshire District Council – Core Strategy & Proposal Maps:   The clerk has looked through these site allocation and boundary change representations, which is for consultation until 12 January 2009. This does not cover any of our area, or come close to Hockwold.


Connection Communities:  Details of the forth-coming visits to Hockwold Post Office have been received.  Copies of the dates have been posted on the Notice Board and copies have been given to Councillors.


Side Table:  NCC Gritting Routes Leaflet.  The Community Group of the Rural Services Network.  Downham Market Area Local Action – Minutes of November 2008 meeting.   NCC Assistive Technology Service leaflet – Adult Social Services.  BCKLWN – Standards Committee – Panel Hearing Minutes of meeting held 7 November 2008.   Norfolk - Time to Explore promoting Norfolk as a Tourism Destination.   NCC – The Norfolk Teleshopping Service leaflet received.




The A11 Trunk Road Fiveways to Thetford Details of the Draft Orders and Environmental Statement for this scheme have been received.  Although there is no mention of Hockwold on the enclosed plans, Hockwold is mentioned under the Compulsory Purchase Order saying Heathland and parts of track all owned by Forest Enterprise (plots 18/1 and 18/1A) which have not been enclosed.  There is also no mention of saving rare newts in the area.  The clerk will check with the

Project Office about this matter.


Ref: 08/02584/F                                                                               Name:   Mark Harrison

                                                                                                                           Winterbrooke Kennels

Location – Norrisha, Mill Lane, Hockwold                                                  Norrisha, Mill Lane,

Details – Construction extn of building for dog boarding kennel.         Hockwold, Thetford


No objection was raised to this application, there is already a kennel business running successfully on the site and this is an extension to this business.  There are no properties near by which would be effected by this business.





Ref: 08/01815/F – Enefer Bros. Wilton Farm 193 Main Street Hockwold – Demolition of store sheds and modern covered area and conversion of existing barns to six dwellings and detached garage.

Permission Recorded.


Ref: 08/01918/F – Mr &Mrs Ladell, Hockwold Lodge, Cowles Drove, Hockwold – Relocation of existing conservatory and construction of single storey extension to dwelling.

Permission Recorded.



Ref: 08/01817/CA – Enefer Bros. Wilton farm, 193 Main Street, Hockwold – Demolition of open store sheds attached to barns together with modern covered area in connection with conversion of barns to create six dwellings.

Permission Recorded.


4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS


Payments:     9.12.08   MHB services Ltd – Lighting Maintenance (Dec)                  £  97.38

                                        Mick Moore – Bus Shelter                                                          £  23.50

                                       Mrs G M Taylor - Wages                                                   £372.93

                                        Hockwold Methodist Church – 6 x £10.00                              £  60.00

                                        Mike Cook – Printing Compliment Slips                                 £  10.00

                                        Norfolk Accident Rescue Service – Donation                                    £  50.00

                    15.12.08   EDF Energy – Lighting DD (Nov)                                               £116.50


Receipts:    14.11.08   Allotment Rent                                                                              £    5.00


It was proposed by Mr Gossage and seconded by Mrs Sismey that these accounts be paid.


5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Car Parking at Mill Lane Junction:    At certain times during the week cars are parked in Main Street in front of the Bus Shelter, this proves very difficult for traffic wishing to turn into Mill Lane or turn out of Mill Lane, especially taking into consideration cars parked outside Children’s World and the Hair Dressers.  Mr Denney said he appreciated all the difficulties with parking in the village, but the matter comes up at every meeting.  This is a matter for the Police.  This trouble is always worse on a Wednesday when the Nursery staff cannot use the Hall car park, it would help the situation if the Club Car Park could be used but they have always refused to open it up.   The clerk said she would speak to the Safer Neighbourhood Team police stationed at Downham Market asking them to come through the village on a Wednesday to see the situation.


Highway Matters:    It was reported that the newest footpath at the end of Station Road, to the Cut is getting very over grown and is need of being cut back.   The potholes outside 8 Mill Lane have not yet been attended to.  Also Mr Denney said that there were two potholes at the Main Street end of South Street.

                                                                                                                                                Contd ………






Mr Denney reported that as the clerk was on holiday, and Mrs Raburn was already working, he met with NCC White and Mr Edmunds the Highways engineer to go round the village looking at highway matters.  They discussed the problem of water at the bottom of Nursery Lane, and

Mr Edmunds is aware of the problem.


Hedge Cutting:    A parishioner in Nursery Lane said he had received a letter from highways asking him to cut back his hedge.  The clerk knows nothing about this matter and has not spoken to Highways about any hedges.  It is the policy of the council that, as there are so many properties that come under the heading of ‘over-hanging hedges and shrubs, we can not single out one person to write to or complain to highways about.


Street Lights:    It was reported that the light outside 45A Main Street is out, and also the light outside Gainsborough House and the next one in South Street.  The clerk will report these malfunctions.


Norfolk Records Office:    Mrs Eade had made enquiries regarding getting the cost of a mini-bus to go for a tour round the NRO in the New Year.  It was agreed that Mrs Eade would write to the NRO to book a date in the New Year.


Police:      Mr Storey reported that Police Inspector Bates had attended Feltwell’s Parish council meeting, and it would seem that the more people who attend their meetings every eight weeks the more likely that village will be picked for special attention.


Mr Storey also spoke out about the coldness of the Methodist Church Hall, which all the councillors agreed about.  The clerk will speak to Mr & Mrs Allsop about getting the heat put on before the meetings, to warm the room up.


6.         DATE OF NEXT MEETING:         It was agreed that the next meeting of the Council will be on 13 January 2009 at 7.30pm. 


As there was no other business the Chairman Mrs Raburn wished everyone present a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and closed the meeting at 8.15 pm.




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 RAF Lakenheath

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