Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       ) Chairman


                                                Mr T Fothergill                      ) Hockwold Parish Council

                                                Mrs D Barrett                         ) 

                                                Mr D Baker                            )

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr M Storey                              District Councillor

                                                P.C. Ross Smart                     Downham Market Police Station

                                                Two Members of the Public


Apologies for absence had been received from Squadron Leader J Neild RAF Lakenheath,

NCC Mr T  White, Parish councillor Mr T Gossage and Mr A Lawrence District Councillor.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:      That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 10th June 2008 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman, this was proposed by Mr M Denney and seconded by

Mrs T Sismey.




Police Matters:    P.C. Ross Smart member of the Safer Neighbourhood Team stationed at Downham Market Police Station was in attendance, and had with him a breakdown of criminal statistics for Hockwold from 1st January 2008 to 28th July 2008.  35 reported criminal offences, but unfortunately did not have the figures regarding the number of offences solved, but will endeavour to get these figures sent out to us.  Councillors said they felt that there are people who do not report incidents as they have lost faith in the police.  Everything reported to the police gets graded, some are filed away, but all are given a Crime Reference Number. Burglary at a dwelling gets a visit from a CID Officer.  With regard to villagers volunteering to man radar guns, PC Smart said that any help to combat excessive speeding is welcome.  In the future it could be that our nearest response unit will be King’s Lynn or Thetford, if the Chief Constable decides to make Downham Market a Safer Neighbourhood Team Station.

Councillors thanked PC Smart for attending the meeting and wished him good luck in his

forth- coming retirement.


Reeves Lane:   Mr Storey had spoken to the Legal Department of the Borough Council.  They only process the search on a private basis and only owners and solicitors are told the outcomeThe clerk had checked with Highways about this matter, they have no control as Reeves Lane is unadopted.  After further discussion it was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Eade that the matter should be held in abeyance unless we hear anything more about the matter.  A vote was taken; five councillors agreed to this proposal.






Litter Bins:    Before the two green litterbins are removed we need to have somewhere to store them. HATS store their props etc in the Black Sheds in Station Road.  Mrs Sismey will see if they have room for the two bins to be stored there.


Polyclinics:    Following on from the clerks letters to the Prime Minister, Christopher Fraser MP, Primary Care Trust and the Norfolk County Council regarding the provision of Polyclinics GP-led health centres.   The council was concerned these would be instead of local GP Surgeries.  Replies have been received and copies have been given to all the councillors.  All the replies insist that these health centres will be in addition to, not instead of, existing GP’s.  They will be open twelve hours a day, seven days a week. Patients will be able to remain registered with their own GP but also use the services provided by GP-led health centres, by either booking ahead or just turning up.


Highway Matters:   A letter has been received from the Highways Department in reply to the clerk’s letter in July.  Burdock Lane Crossroads has been programmed to be patched, but will need four way lights to be erected to carry out the work.  Nursery Lane does need extra work to be done and they have checked out the drain covers.  The junction between Main Street and Station Road does need some patching and will be done under traffic lights within 6 to 8 weeks.  They could see no problem with the footpath.


The Barns – South Street:    It was reported that some patching work has been done at this entrance but more work needs to be done.  The clerk will write to Highways about this matter.


St James Church Beech Trees:    A letter has been received from the Secretary of the PCC regarding the Councils concern about the Beech Trees on Glebe Land.  The Diocese is aware of the state of the trees and their tree surgeon has inspected them.    As they are in the conservation area the Diocese has to proceed with the agreement of the Local Authority Trees Officer, and negotiations are on-going as to the best course of action to take.   It was agreed that the clerk should write again to the PCC expressing concern regarding the question of Insurance should any accident happen.  The trees border the Playing field and the Football Season is now upon us!


Grit Bins:   A letter has been received from the NCC requesting details of the whereabouts of your Parish owned Grit Bins.  There are three in the Parish and the clerk will complete the proforma giving the locations of these three bins.


Register of Electors 2008/2009:   A letter has been received from the Electoral Officer of the Borough Council informing the Parish that they need additional Canvassers to help distribute registration forms to help compile the new Register of Electors.  The Chairman will put to notice in the village magazine to this effect.


Connecting Communities:   A letter has been received from this organisation giving the dates they will be in the village over the next three months. These dates have been put on the Notice Board.


Vitalise: A letter has been received from this Charity, asking for donations towards the cost of giving essential breaks for disabled people and carers.   After some discussion it was decided that the council could not give a donation on this occasion.  





Boundary Committee for England:  A letter has been received from the NCC regarding the consultation draft proposal to create a single new unitary council for Norfolk and Lowestoft.  This would mean that the current eight local councils in Norfolk, including NCC, would be replaced with a single local council for Norfolk including Lowestoft.  The draft does include two alternatives for unitary arrangements.  A single council for Norwich, Great Yarmouth & Lowestoft, and another council for the rest of Norfolk.  A single council for a greater Norwich and another council for the rest of Norfolk and Lowestoft.  Full details of these proposals are on their website www.norfolk.gov.uk. The NCAPTC is also holding two identical meetings to discuss the proposals with representatives of the Boundary Committee.  These are on July 30th at County Hall and on August 4th at The Town Hall at King’s Lynn.  The clerk has full details if anyone wishes to attend.  If the new unitary council for Norfolk and Lowestoft went ahead we would have one councillor covering 8000/9000 parishioners located at Norwich.   We have also had a letter from BCKLWN regarding this matter, they are backing a model based on two unitary authorities one based in Norwich and a second serving western Norfolk with King’s Lynn at its hub.  They strongly oppose the Boundary Committee’s option to see the abolition of all district councils and the county council in Norfolk in favour of one mammoth authority.


East of England Plan:   This plan sets out a development strategy for the region up to 2021, which includes the scale of distribution of new housing; priorities for the environment, such as countryside and biodiversity protection; policies relating to transport, infrastructure, economic development, agriculture, minerals extraction, water and waste. This draft plan and statement is on the EERA’s website at www.eera.gov.uk (follow links from homepage).


Village Sign:  It was brought to the attention of the Council that the Village Sign is again in need of refurbishment.  The clerk will write to Wayland Prison to see if they can do the necessary work again.


Side Table:   Norfolk Matters Summer 08. Society of Local Council Clerks-Conference on 25th September 2008, at Chilford Hall Cambridge.   Friends of West Norfolk CAB inaugural meeting on 22 July 2008.  Norfolk RCC - AGM 16th July 2008. Clerks & Councils Direct - Issue 58. St James Church Hockwold - Songs of Praise Service July 27 2008.  BCKLWN – Community Emergency Plans.   NCAPTC – Summer Conference July 22nd 2008 Norwich City Football Club.  Annual Report 2007/2008. NORFOLK LINK Issue 166 June 2008.  Standards Committee 23rd June 2008 Minutes.  Funding Opportunities July/August 2008.  Downham Market Local Action Group - Minutes of meeting on 11 July 2008.  Highways Agency – Details of meeting to be held, regarding A11 Improvement Scheme, on 18 July 2008 at Barton Mills Village Hall.




Mrs Sismey declared an interest in this application and left the room.

Ref: 08/01603/F                                                                               Name:  Mrs T Sismey

                                                                                                                         8 Mill Lane,

Location – Plot 3, Dairy Farm, Mill Lane, Hckwold.                                 Hockwold, Thetford,

Details – Construction of dwelling – amended siting.

The Parish Council had no objections to this application.  It was felt this amendment could only be more acceptable to the property it will back on to. This was proposed by Mr Denney & seconded by Mr Fothergill and everyone agreed.





Ref: 08/01807/F                                                                               Name:  Mr & Mrs R Farebrother

                                                                                                                          10 Santon Close,

Location – Land to West of 5 & 7 Nursery Lane, Hockwold.                  Thetford, Norfolk,

Details – Construction of new dwelling with detached garage.            Norfolk IP24 3NG

The Parish Council raised no objections to this application.  The addition of a basement would not affect the visual view of the surrounding properties.   This was proposed by Mrs Eade & seconded by Mrs Sismey and everyone agreed.



Ref: 08/00123/FM

Erection of chicken shed and feed bin at Hockwold Farm, Brandon Road, Hockwold, Norfolk.

Permission Recorded.


Ref: 08/00531/CU

Change of Use of site for Holiday Homes & Nature Reserve at Land east of Plantation Cottage,

Brandon Road, Hockwold Norfolk.     Refusal Recorded.

Ref: 08/01222/F

Construction of a detached chalet style bungalow with attached garage at land south of 3 Kemps Lane, Hockwold, Norfolk. Refusal Recorded.


4             BILLS OF ACCOUNTS    (July and August 2008)


Payments      29.07.08         Pearce & Kemp Ltd – Lights Maintn. June                     £113.13

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                                  £  48.75

                                                Mrs Taylor – Wages, Post & Telephone                           £381.25

                        15.07.08         EDF Energy – Lighting DD (June)                                               £116.50

Receipts        02.06.08         Business Base Rate Tracker Acc –Interest                     £  11.97


Payments      14.08.08         Pearce & Kemp Ltd – Lights Maintn. July (Final)          £113.13

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus shelter                                                  £  21.00

                                                Mrs Taylor – Wages                                                             £335.27


It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Barrett that the July accounts be paid now and the August accounts be paid on the 14th August 2008.


4.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Mirror – Mill Lane:    Would it be possible for a mirror to be erected at the entrance to Mill Lane to help with visibility driving in and out at this junction with Main Street.  The clerk will write to Highways about this matter.


Church Lane:    There are numerous weeds growing out of the Church Wall, this will be reported to the Highways Department.


Hockwold Village:    It was generally felt that the village is looking very untidy especially with all the overhanging shrubs and trees around the village.  This matter has been referred to in the chairman’s report for the village magazine on numerous occasions, but she will mention the matter again.




Bowls Match:    Mr Denney reported that the Bowls Match held recently at the Village Club raised £505.00 for the Air Ambulance.

The Cricket Match, also raising funds for the Air Ambulance, is to be held on Sunday August 3rd 2008.


There is also an event being held at the New Inn on August Bank Holiday Sunday August 24th entitled ‘Beer & Bands Bash’ raising funds for MENCAP and the Air Ambulance.


Cowles Drove:  The work at the entrance to Cowles Drove has now been finished, but whilst this work was being done the lorries for Freedom Recycling used the other entrance to Cowles Drove and have done some damage to the other corner.  The clerk will report this matter.


School Flashing Lights:     These lights should have been erected by now, the clerk will chase this matter up, and surely it would be sensible to have them up by the start of the school year.


The School trees have been cut back, but could do with some more being cut off. Also the trees hanging over from the garden of the Red Lion, hopefully the new owners when settled in the Pub will cut them back.


5.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was agreed that the next meeting of the Council should be held on Tuesday 9th September 2008 at 7.30 pm.


As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.45 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