Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       ) Chairman


                                                Mr T Fothergill                      ) Hockwold Parish Council

                                                Mrs D Barrett                         ) 

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                RAF Lakenheath - Squadron Leader Jerry Neild


Apologies for absence had been received from Parish Councillors Mr D Baker and Mr M Denney District Councillors Mr M Storey and Norfolk County Councillor Mr T White.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:  It was proposed by Mr Gossage and seconded by Mr Fothergill that the Minutes of the Meeting held on the 13th November 2007 and previously circulated, be signed by the Chairman.

(The December 2007 meeting had been cancelled.)




Reeves Lane:    The Legal Department of the Borough Council had replied to the           Council’s letter querying the possible encroachment by the owners of The Birches Reeves Lane.  They suggest the council submit a search to the Land Registry to get up-to-date title information on The Birches to see whether rights were granted in the transfer to the current owners, and whether the pathway in question forms part of their registered title.  It was agreed that the clerk should write to the Land Registry sending copies of the previous correspondence, asking them to look into the matter.


Chestnut Trees:  Two quotation letters have been received for this work – Mr C Hotson quoted £240.00 + VAT for the work and Mr N Wright quoted £360.00 for the work.  No reply had been received by the meeting for the third quote.  It was agreed that the clerk should write and ask Mr Hotson to carry out the work at his earliest convenience.   (The day after the meeting the third quote of £450.00 + VAT was received by telephone).


Clerk’s Wages Increase for 2007:   The figures for the clerk’s wages increase from April 2007 have now been received.   The hourly rate has been increased by 23p to £9.579 which gives a monthly amount of £335.27.   It was proposed by Mr Gossage and seconded by Mrs Sismey that these figures be accepted.


Parish Precepts:      The request for precept figures for 2008/2009 was received on the 26th November 2007.  The clerk was not available at this time but on the 14th December 2007 the clerk rang the WNBC and asked if the figures could be sent in after the February Meeting.  This was agreed by the Borough, they need the figures at the latest by 1st March 2008.





Norfolk Accident Rescue Service:               A letter of thanks has been received from this charity thanking the council for their recent donation towards the work of the Rescue Service.


Allotments:     A letter has been received from Mr Mansey acknowledging the councils letter confirming that No 1 allotment on Dobbs site will be for their use unless the council decide to sell the allotment land.


Freedom Farm Recycling Facility:     A letter has been received from NCC Highways for information regarding the alterations to be made to the entrance to Cowles Drove.  The diagram enclosed was not fully clear so it was agreed that the clerk will contact NCC Developer Services Obligations Officer to get a clearer picture as to what they intend to do.


Volunteer Centre – Thetford:   A letter and poster has been received from the Norwich & Norfolk Voluntary Services – Volunteer Centre Thetford and District asking if the Council could display the enclosed poster explaining a little of the volunteer scheme, and if the clerk could complete the enclosed Parish Profile form so their records can be updated.  The clerk will put the poster up and fill in the form as requested.


Foolhardy Folk Circus:      Details have been received regarding this annual circus which goes round the villages who wish to partake.  They have been to Hockwold in the past.  Details were passed on to Mr Gossage for the Playing Field committee to deal with the matter.


South Street:   A letter has been received from a parishioner in South Street Mr R Abato, informing the council that he had suffered a minor mirror to mirror collision with a vehicle using South Street.  This happening has raised his concerns about the amount of traffic using South Street as a thru road to Main Street especially as there are no footpaths, painted white lines or places for pedestrians to escape from vehicles.  Mr Abato is seeking to get South Street as ‘access only’, thus banning all thru traffic.  It was agreed that the clerk should send copies of his letter to both the police and highways to get their views on the above.


Hockwold Village Hall/Playing Field:    The Chairman has received a letter from the Village Hall Management Committee asking if a sign could be put up facing the play area informing parishioners that the play area is closed after dusk, This suggestion had been put to the Committee by the police to help with the vandalism the hall suffers from in the evening time.  The chairman had spoken to Dave Owens who said there was no Playing Field Committee to pass the letter on to.  Mr Gossage informed the council there is a committee, Mr John Long, Mr Bob Allsop and Himself, and that this matter is nothing to do with the Parish Council.  The letter was handed to Mr Gossage who will deal with the matter as he is running the Playing Field.


RAF Lakenheath:    Squadron Leader Jerry Neild had arrived and introduced himself to the Council.   He said he hoped to stay in the post for sometime, and apologised for not coming and introducing himself at an earlier meeting.   He informed the council that one third of the aircraft’s have been grounded for a few months but could be back flying soon.  Lords Walk will not be opened to the public again, and there will be alterations to Gate 2, moving the checking station for vehicles further into Lords Walk.    Discussions are still on going regarding returning the land to Elvedon Estates or re-leasing it.   The questions of car sharing was discussed and Squ. Leader Neild will pass on these comments.





Norfolk Police Authority:    A letter has been received inviting the council to a meeting on January 24th at 7.00pm to be held at Jubilee House Wymondham, to discuss the NPA’s budget and Council Tax proposals.  Unfortunately no councillor was able to attend this meeting.  The clerk will inform the Police Authority of this fact.


Flashing School Lights:     The clerk informed the Council that NCC Tony White has let her know that he will be chasing to find out what is happening about our request for flashing lights outside Hockwold School.  The question of the cost of lights was discussed and putting the cost on the Precepts.   The clerk said she would try to find out how much such lights cost, but felt that the whole village would have to be consulted if the full cost had to be put on the Precepts.


Burdock Lane:    A letter has been received from Mrs Mary Royal enquiring about the possibility of having a sign at the sharp bend at the corner of Keepers Cottage Burdock Lane leading to Blackdyke.  Recently an ambulance and car crashed into her front garden smashing the fence and shrubs.  Such occurrences have happened before.  It was agreed that the clerk should send a copy of her letter to the Highways Department.   A copy of Mrs Royal’s letter was also sent to Mr M Storey our District Councillor.


Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping:   Two letters have been received from contractors offering their services to do any grassing cutting etc within the village.  It was agreed that the clerk should keep the letters on file, as at present Mr Long does any such work the Parish requires.


Highway Matters:     A letter has been received from Highways in reply to the clerks letter, informing us that the Weeting Road is not maintained by our area so the letter has been forwarded to the South Area.  The Sweeping of footpaths is the responsibility of the Borough Council so a copy of the letter has been passed to them for action.


Side Table:     Norfolk Gritting Routes 2007/08-Filed.   Clerks & Councils Direct Jan.08 Issue 55 and Councils Suppliers Guide & Yearbook.  Norfolk Constabulary Safer Neighbourhoods Questionnaire & 24:7 Norfolk’s Local Policing Summary.   NCC Definitive Map & Statement of Public Rights of Way – Replacement Sheet.  NCC ‘At Home, Not Alone’ Bulletin.  Norfolk LINK Issue 163-Copy for each councillors.   BCKLWN Funding Opportunities Nov/Dec 2007.  Norfolk Structure Plan & Borough-wide Local Plan – Saved Policies.   A Model for Unitary Local Government in Norfolk .  Norfolk NHS Primary Care Trust Information.




Ref: 07/02376/F                                                                   Name:              Mr & Mrs Ballard

                                                                                                              21 Station Road

Location – 21 Station Road                                                             Hockwold Thetford

Details – Single Storey Rear Extn.                                                 Norfolk

Received at beginning of December when clerk away.  On 12th December the clerk rang and got permission to defer decision to January meeting as Dec. meeting cancelled.  This morning 8th January 2008 the ‘Notice of Decision’ Grant of Planning Permission was received.  It was agreed there was no point in discussing this application.  The clerk will ring Planning tomorrow and complain.







Planning Applications Contd………


Ref: 07/02443/F                                                                   Name:              Mr B Everett

                                                                                                              Cowles Drove, Hockwold

Location – Cowles Drove Hockwold                                              Thetford, Norfolk

Details – Constr. of new vehicular access at Cowles Drove.

Decision of this application was deferred until further information was received.  The trees and shrubs have already been cleared.    The clerk will speak to the planning department tomorrow and telephone councillors when further information found out.


Ref: 07/02519/F                                                                   Name:  Mr B Moss

                                                                                                              Lode Cottage, Church Lane

Location – 1 Lode Cottages Church Lane                                    Hockwold

Details – Replacement of existing roof with flat roof on west

elevation & Insertion of roof lights on south elevation.

As before the Parish Council raised no objection to this application, does not affect the property on the other side of 1 Lode Cottage.


Ref: 07/02674/F                                                                   Name:              Mr & Mrs Whinray

                                                                                                              5 Kemps Lane, Hockwold

Location – 5 Kemps Lane Hockwold

Details – Single storey extension to dwelling.

The parish council raised no objection to this application, which does no intrude on any surrounding properties.


Ref: 07/02501/F                                                                   Name:              Mr & Mrs R Jack

                                                                                                              8 Peacock Close

Location – 8 Peacock Close Hockwold                                         Hockwold, Thetford

Details – Extension to dwelling                                                       Norfolk

It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Eade that the Council objects to this application.  The extension is too large of the site and extends in front of the building line. 
All the councillors agreed to this decision.



Ref: 07/02024/O       Mr & Mrs T Palmer, Construction of one dwelling at Land West of 43 Main Street, Hockwold.     Permission recorded.

Ref: 07/02189/F       Hall Contracts Ltd.  Construction of dwelling following demolition of existing dwelling at 2 Reeves Lane, Hockwold Thetford Norfolk IP26 4LS.   Permission recorded



Ref: 07/01971/F       Mrs & Mrs Robinson.  Single and two storey extension to dwelling, The Cottage, 133 Main Street, Hockwold, Thetford , Norfolk.  Refusal recorded

Ref: 07/01377/CU    Masterman Park Homes Ltd.    Change of Use of land to site for holiday homes and nature reserve at Land East of Plantation Cottage Brandon Road.  Refusal recorded.


The Planning Department had informed the council that at the Development Control Board meeting on Monday 7th January at 2.00pm,  the Removal of Agricultural Occupancy Restriction applied for by Mr & Mrs J E Lawson of The Willows, Moor Drove, Hockwold, will be discussed, if any councillor wish to speak at the meeting, they should let King’s Lynn know.



4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS

Payments:     08.01.08         Pearce & Kemp Ltd  Lights x 2 months.              £226.26

                                                Mrs Taylor Wages x 2 months + back pay           £734.94

                                                     + Postage & Telephone to 31.12.07                £  33.55


                                                Viking Direct – Stationary                                       £  59.90

                                                Mick Moore – Bus Shelter                                      £  22.50

                        17.12.07         EDF Energy – Lights (Nov. 07)                             £116.26

                        16.01.08         EDF Energy – Lights (Dec. 07)                             £116.26

Receipts:       03.12.07         Business Base Rate Tracker Acc. Interest          £  70.07

It was proposed by Mr Gossage and seconded by Mrs Eade that these accounts are paid.


5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Dog Fouling:   Mr Fothergill had received a telephone call regarding a dog fouling in the garden of 10 Main Street.   This is not the remit of the Parish Council.


Allotments:    Has a new post for the allotment gate been ordered.  Mr Baker was dealing with this matter, and the clerk will check up on what is happening.


Red Lion:    A parishioner has complained about the signs outside the Red Line Pub.  It was reported that these have now been removed.


Feltwell Road:   Is the Feltwell Road down to be resurfaced within the near future as it is in need of some repair.  The clerk will write to Highways.


Street Lights:   It was reported that the street light outside No 4 Station Road is out.  Also the light outside Gainsborough House and the next one are also out.  The clerk will report these matters.


Safer Neighbourhood Team:   The next meeting of this team is at Downham Market on the 14th January unfortunately no-one is able to attend, clerk will give our apologies.


Leylands Farm Weeting Road:    A concrete hard standing area has been built outside this farm, at present no plans have been received for anything to be built, council to keep an eye on this situation.


Playing Field:    Numerous beer can are being dropped on the playing field, making it very difficult for the person cutting the grass.  This matter will be put in the village magazine.

Also could a fence be put between the Hall and the Play area to help stop broken glass being found on the play area.  The chairman will speak about this matter at the next village hall meeting.


6.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING  The next meeting of the Council will be on Tuesday 12th

February 2008 at 7.30 pm.

As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.25 pm.



One copy to each member of the Council, One copy to Mr T White NCC, Mr M Storey, Mr M Peake and Mr A Lawrence  District Councillors, Downham Market Police, Two copies for display within the village and one copy for the web-site.                                                                  PTO…..




With regard to the planning application from Mr B Everett of Cowles Drove; the clerk spoke to the Planning Department and Highways.  This application is nothing to do with Freedom Farm, and there is no reason why he should not have dug up the trees or shrubs, unless Highways have any queries about this matter.  Mr Everett’s agent Mr Barry Hawkins of Downham Market was contacted by the planning department.  The fence was in a poor state of repair, and will be replaced with a new one.  Mr Everett wished to move the access to a safer position.  The land will be for agricultural use only.


The clerk rang and explained the above to the members of the Parish Council. No-one had any objections.  The clerk rang the Planning Department and gave the councils views.