HOCKWOLD-CUM-WILTON PARISH COUNCIL

 

MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN THE METHODIST SCHOOLROOM ON TUESDAY 9 JUNE 2009 AT 7.30 pm

 

Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       ) Chairman

 

                                                Mrs D Barrett                         ) Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mr D Baker                            )

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr M Storey                              District Councillor

                                                PCSO Claire Law

                                                PCSO Stefan Bunting

                                                                One member of the public.

 

Apologies for absence had been received from NCC Tony White, District Councillor Adrian Lawrence, Squadron Leader Neild and Parish Councillor Tim Forthergill.

 

1.            MINUTES

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on the 10 March 2009 will be left until next meeting as Mr Fothergill is not present tonight.  Under the heading of RAF Lakenheath it should read ‘anything to do with equipment at RAF Feltwell not Lakenheath’ as stated in the Minutes.

Resolved:     That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 12 May 2009 previously circulated, amended as above, be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Barrett.

 

2.            MATTERS ARISING AND CORRESPONDENCE

 

Vice-Chairman:   Mrs Raburn had spoken to Mr Fothergill, who cannot be at this meeting, and asked if he would be Vice-Chairman again, he is quite happy to take on the position.   Nominations were asked for, it was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Arbour that

Mr Fothergill should be re-elected, as there were no other nominations Mr Fothergill was duly elected.

 

RAF Lakenheath:    Squadron Leader Neild, who could not be with us tonight, has sent a message that the military activity going on at present is nothing to do with RAF Lakenheath, it is from Stanta.

 

Police:     PCSO Law and Bunting were present at the meeting and told the Councillors that all statistics etc could be obtained on their web site by typing in the village name and Post Code.  They are at the school regularly.  There has been a break in at a garage in the village recently.

PCSO Law explained that if they have to speak to a child they will be handed a long form for them to present to their parents explaining the situation, but they will not be booked or listed anywhere.  Mr Denney felt this was ridiculous for young children to be given such a form, it does not help them to gain any respect for the police.                                                  Contd……….

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Police:    contd…..

Mrs Barrett suggested they should ride down the Lode to the River Front, but would not say what is happening.  There are bonfires, barbecues, and bottles in the river and rubbish about; mostly at the weekends the police will look into this matter.

 

Street Lighting Energy:    Following on from the last Parish Council meeting the clerk and the Chairman obtained a quote from E.On UK plc for our street lighting by the 14 May 2009, which was considerably cheaper that EDF Energy.  Together they decided to accept E.ON offer of £162.08 + CCL and Vat for a three year contract.  This is a 75% increase but the offer from EDF was considerably higher.  It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Eade that a Direct Debit be set up for this monthly payment.    All the councillors agreed.

 

Norfolk Policing Plan:   This booklet explaining the policing plan for 2009/2012 has been passed round all the councillors to read, no-one had any comments to be forwarded to the Norfolk Police Authority.

 

Community Emergency Plan 2008-2009:    The letter regarding this matter received in May, was copied and given to the councillors for them to read, and then to discuss tonight.  No-one had any comments or notes to be sent to the Borough Council, but all had noted the telephone numbers given.

 

NCC – Validation of Planning Applications:   This document giving the local list of requirements has been passed round to all the councillors during the last month.  They all felt it was a very interesting document, and the clerk will file it for future reference.

 

Planning:   This query regarding change of use of agricultural land for holiday cabins is to be held in abeyance until the next meeting, when Mr Fothergill can tell the councillors about the telephone conversation he had with planning about this matter.

 

Norfolk RCC – Subscription:    Renewal of this year’s subscription for the NRCC has been received.  It is still at a cost of £15.00 per year.  It was proposed by Mrs Arbour and seconded by Mrs Eade that we should continue with our membership.

 

Highways:   Mr Edmunds has been on holiday, but has now contacted the clerk regarding her letter dated 18 May 2009.  He said that the spoil at 8 Mill Lane has been removed, and his engineer is going to look at the work required in South Street.  This work has now been done, but there will still be puddles after rain as the contours are still there.

 

Site Specific Allocations & Policies Development Plan Document Consultation:     A letter has been received from the Borough Council informing parish councils that they are currently developing a new framework of planning documents that will guide development decisions in the Borough called the ‘Local Development Framework’.  A copy of this letter has been given out to councillors with a small flyer and a poster has been put on the notice board regarding this matter. 

Also passed to councillors is five copies of a booklet for them to read and pass on to another councillor, they can make any comments or suggestions for sites in line with the guidance notes attached to the booklet.   All comments should be made to the Borough Council by the 26 June 2009.

 

 

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St James – Churchyard:   A letter has been received from the PCC thanking the Council for their donation.

 

Posters:     A letter has been received from Hockwold Entertainments regarding the number of posters put up around the village, but are not taken down!    Surely if an organisation puts up notices they should go round and take them down.  It was agreed that the chairman will mention this fact in her report in the village magazine.  Also mentioned in the letter was the state of the roads and lack of road sweeper and weed sprayer.

 

Initial Training for Clerks and Councillors:   Details have been received for two part courses for clerks and councillors at a cost of £35.00 per person.  The clerk has the details if anyone is interested.

 

Norfolk Association of Local Councils:    An invitation has been received for representatives of Town & Parish Councils to attend a Meal with Speakers at Rasputin Restaurant in Swaffham on Monday 20th July 2009 at a cost of £15.00 per person.  The clerk has details if anyone is interested.

 

Enertrag UK:   This Company is opening North Pickenham Windfarm – comparable in size to the site proposed at Weeting, on 19 and 20 June 2009.  Anyone can make an appointment to visit on the Friday and the site will be open to the general public on the Saturday.

 

Local Government Reorganisation – Briefing Session and Undate:   The Boundary Committee is due to provide its advice on the structure of Local Government within Norfolk to the Secretary of State on 15 July.   There will then be a statutory period of 4 weeks before the SoS makes the final decision.  The Borough Council is inviting councillors to a meeting at King’s Lynn on the 15 July 2009 at 6.30 to say what steps they will be taking and how we can make our views known to the SoS.  The clerk has full details if anyone would like to attend.

 

Side Table:   Norfolk LINK – Copy given to Councillors.  Details of the Forum in Norwich parts of which can be hired out.  Community Development Information Leaflet.  Agenda for the West Norfolk Sports Council Annual Meeting on 9 June 2009.  WNVCA - A letter explaining the role the organisation play in the Area.  Downham Market Area Local Action Group Minutes of their last meeting held on 8 May 2009.  Funding Opportunities March/April 2009.

 

3.            PLANNING APPLICATIONS/PERMISSIONS/REFUSALS

A letter has been received from the Planning Department informing the Council that the planning applications:  Mr M A Cobbold of Cowles Drove and Mr C Guy at Island Farm Cowles Drove, are to be considered by the Development Control Board, at its meeting on Monday 15 June 2009 at 10.00am in the committee suite, King’s Lynn.  They have the parish councils replies regarding these applications, but if any councillors wishes to speak about the applications they should ring before 12.00 on Friday 12 June 2009.

 

Ref:  09/00842/F                                                      Name:  Mr & Mrs B Crabtree

                                                                                                  White Swan Barn, 3 White Dyke Farm

Location - White Swan Barn                                                            Black Dyke road, Hockwold.

Details – Single Storey extn. & conservatory extn to dwelling.

The Council raised no objection to this application.  It does not overlook other properties and will blend in with the rest of the property; this was proposed by Mrs Barrett & seconded by Mrs Eade.

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Ref:  09/00864/F                                                      Name:              Mr G Bunker

                                                                                                  Soay Farm, Cowles Drove,

Location – Soay Farm, Cowles Drove                               Hockwold, Norfolk IP26 4JQ

Details – Erection of agricultural building to house sheep and temp, residential dwelling in connection with early fat lamb enterprise.

At one time this was part of Callage Farm, Cowles Drove.  The land has now been split and Mr G Bunker is the son of the original owner.  Planning UK Miss R. Hadingham has drawn up a justification report and design and access statement for this proposal (attached).

After careful consideration of this application the Parish Council did not feel they could support or consider this application until the outstanding Enforcement Order has been resolved.

It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Baker that this application be refused because of the above objections.  Everyone agreed.

 

Ref:  P/C/2/2009/2007                                             Name:  Freedom Recycling Ltd.

                                                                                                  Freedom Farm, Cowles Drove.

Location – Freedom Farm, Cowles Drove.

Details – Construction of a loading bay both within and external to the existing building with associated installation of roller shutter doors to serve the loading bay.  The siting of a portacabin type staff welfare facility within the internal yard area

After some discussion regarding this application it was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Baker that the Parish Council has no objections to this application.  The business has been up and running for sometime and they have had no complaints regarding this matter.  A vote was taken six councillors were in favour of this application and one councillor was against.

 

REFUSAL:    Ref: 09/00257/F                               Name:  Mr & Mrs K Wheeldon 

Construction of detached cottage style dwelling with integral garage at Land North of 1-3 Nursery Lane, Hockwold, Norfolk. IP26 4ND

Refusal recorded.

 

4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS

Payments:     9.6.09             MHB Services Ltd – Lighting Maintenance                    £  97.38

                                                Mr M. Moore – Bus Shelter                                                 £  21.00

                                                Mrs G M Taylor – Wages                                                     £372.93

                                                Norfolk RCC – Subscriptions                                            £  15.00

                                                Mrs L Arbour –Flowers for flower festival                                    £  25.00

                    15.6.09               EDF Energy – Street Lighting DD                                                £114.23

Receipts:      1.6.09              HM Revenue & Customs – VAT Repayment                 £551.45

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

 

5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS

 

Mr M Storey – District Councillor:    Mr Storey said that the Site Specific Plan is a very important document, and any further advice can be obtained from the LDF Department at King’s Lynn, a Mr Allen, and he would come out to a meeting and discuss further this important planning document.

The clerk will ring Mr Allen about this matter.  Mr Storey also said that he thought the highway repairs done in South Street recently was a disgrace, no roller has been used and tonight he slipped on the loose chippings.  The clerk will report this to Mr Edmunds.

 

 

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Botany Bay:   Mr Cooper at Botany Bay comes under Suffolk Area so is nothing to do with Hockwold Parish Council.

 

Fly Tipping:   Mrs Arbour reported that at the top of Moor Drove there is a pile of tyres on a cut down caravan; Mrs Arbour will ring the Litter Line about this matter.

 

Flower Festival:    Mrs Arbour gave the clerk an invoice for £25.00 the cost of the flowers for the Parish Council’s arrangement at the St James Flower Festival held recently.  The clerk will give her a cheque for this amount.

 

Street Lights:  It was reported that the light outside Wilton Farm is on all day; the clerk will report this matter.

 

Flashing 40mph Lights:  It was reported that the flashing lights as you approached the village from Feltwell is getting partially covered by overhanging shrubs.  he clerk will report this matter to NCC.

 

Boundary Road/Reeves Lane:    This public footpath is getting over grown and is a job to walk through.   Mr Denney said he has walked through it recently and it is not too bad, this can be cut back privately.

 

State of the Village:    There are weeds growing out of the kerb sides and on the footpaths, they all need to be sprayed. The road sweeper does not even clear the kerb sides so the weeds are getting higher.   The clerk will report these matters.

 

Station Road:   There is a pothole that has been white marked in Station Road on the way to Feltwell that has not been attended to.  The clerk will report this matter.

Why can Hockwold not have a 30 mph limit on Station Road?  It is thirty in Lakenheath and thirty in Feltwell why not in Hockwold.  It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Sismey that the clerk should right to Highways about this matter.

 

Bowls Match:    Mr Denney told the Councillors that there is to be a Bowls Match on 5 July 2009 at the club between his team and his wife’s team.  The Mayor and Mayoress of King’s Lynn have said they will be in attendance.  Proceeds will be going to the RNLI.

 

Hockwold Primary School:   As nothing has been heard about getting 20 mph limit outside the school, it was agreed that the clerk should write again and request for this matter to be given strong consideration to, given the amount and size of the traffic using Main Street.

 

6.            DATE OF NEXTMEETING

It was agreed that the next meeting of the Parish Council should be moved to the 28 July 2009 so there is no meeting in August.  The clerk then asked the Councillors if they would consider bring forward one week the date of the meeting in September to 1 September 2009 as she will be away over the middle period of September. The councillors agreed to this and the clerk will let

Mrs Allsop know of these two changes to our meeting dates.

 

Distribution:

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, RAF Lakenheath, Two

copies for display within the village and one copy for the web-site.