Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman


                                                Mr T Fothergill                      )  Hockwold Parish Council

                                                Mr R Baker                            ) 

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr M Storey                              District Councillor

                                                Mr A Lawrence                        District Councillor

                                                Two members of the Public


Apologies for absence had been received from Tony White Norfolk County Councillor, Squadron Leader Jerry Nield RAF Lakenheath and Mrs D Barrett Parish Councillor.




Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 9th October 2007 previously circulated be signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Arbour.




The Chairman thanked Mrs Arbour for the laying the Council’s Poppy Wreath at the Remembrance Service last Sunday.


Allotments:    The Allotments have now been allocated and the rents have been received.

A letter has been received from Mr Mansey asking for confirmation that they still have their allotment, which is incorporated into their garden, for as long as they wish as stated in a letter from the Parish Council sent to them in 1994.  The councillors agreed that this letter is still correct.  The only reason this position could change is if the council decided to sell off the allotment land.  At present there is no chance of this happening.   This was proposed by Mr Baker and seconded by Mrs Arbour.   The question of declaring an interest on decisions regarding the allotments was discussed.  Four councillors have an interest in this matter.  The clerk had spoken to Mr Chaplin of the NCAPTC and he said he felt these councillors should declare an interest and then leave the room.    Mr Denney felt that this was bureaucracy gone mad, and felt it indicated that councillors could not be trusted to vote for the good of the village.


Chestnut Trees:   The clerk has been sent names of tree surgeons by the Borough Council, and it was agreed that the clerk should write to three and ask for quotations for the work needed on the tree in Pearces Close and the one on the village green.


Reeves Lane:    The question of whether the new owners of the property ‘The Birches’ have taken some land not belonging to them was discussed, and it was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Arbour that the clerk should write and explain the situation to the Legal Department of the Borough Council and ask them to pursue the matter.



Norfolk Accident Rescue Service:    A letter has been received from this organisation asking if the Parish Council could support them again this year.  It was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mrs Sismey that a donation of £50.00 be sent as we had done in the past.


Highway Matters:    Mrs Raburn, Mr Baker and the clerk met with Martin Edmunds from the Highways Department regarding the work done recently in Mill Lane.    Mr Edmunds said he would come out to Mill Lane when it is raining to see can be done re the gutters not taking the flow of water.  He will at the same time look in Boundary Close where water lays.  The clerk asked about outside the club bungalow, where water was laying, and he agreed that a gutter should be put in to alleviate the problem and this should be done in about a month’s time.  Highways will also write to the occupiers of the property on the corner of Mill Lane and Reeves Lane regarding their boundary.


Macmillan Cancer Support:    A letter of thanks has been received from this charity for the donation the Parish Council sent recently.


Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn:    A letter and consultation paper has been received from this hospital  asking for support as they apply to become a Foundation Trust Hospital.


WNBC-Planning:   Dates have been received for Discussion and Training days regarding new planning rules.  The date for the Swaffham meeting is Dec. 5th during the day.  Mrs Sismey said she would see if she could attend and the clerk said she would go with her.


Contract Grass Cutting:    Details have been received from a company RG Maintenance Services Ltd seeking grass cutting contracts for the forthcoming 2008 season.  It was agreed that the clerk should keep the details for further reference.


Post Office Closures:    The councillors have been given a copy of this letter and also a copy had been given to the Post Office.  It was agreed that the clerk should reply to the letter after speaking to Colin Harrington.   Mr Fothergill said he would contact one of the addresses given in the letter and let the clerk know the outcome.


Western Area Mobile Police Office:    Copies of the new timetable for the visits were given out to Councillors and also a copy was passed to the editor of the Village Magazine.  A copy will also be put on the Parish Notice board.


Police:    Following the clerks letter in October regarding the parking of vehicles too close to junctions and also youngsters performing wheelies in the main roads.  The Chairman has received a communication informing that two patrols a day have been going through the village  and community officers have been walking through the village.  A notice was sent to the chairman setting out the HIGHWAY CODE – SECTION 15 – ITEM 217 and 218  re the rules of parking and informing parishioners that this offence could incur a minimum fine of £30.00.  It was also agreed that a copy be placed in the Parish Magazine.


Burial Facilities:    A form has been received regarding burial facilities in the village, the clerk will fill this form in.






Hockwold Main Street – Footway Maintenance:   Cones have been placed where footway repairs are being carried out, but the pathway is very uneven, and in the dark it is very difficult to see anything.  It was agreed that the clerk should ring and ask for more cones to be placed on the footpath.


Side Table:   Norfolk Structure Plan & Borough Wide Local Plan Saved Policies (does not effect Hockwold).  Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment for BCKL&WN (Does not include Hockwold.  East Cambridgeshire Local Development Framework – Preferred Options Paper – Not in our area. NCC Environment Operations Letter Sept 2007.  Norfolk LINK Issue No 162 (copy given to councillors).  Polling District & Places Review (no change for Hockwold).   CPRE Light Pollution Guidance Notes & Standard Clause.   Norfolk Local Policing Summary 2007 (copy given out to councillors.  Suffolk Waste & Minerals Development Plan Documents (not Hockwold Area.  Sports Development Update BCKLWN October 2007.  Clerks & Councils Direct Nov. 2007 Issue 54.



A letter was received from Planning to say that the application 07/01971/F Mr & Mrs Robertson was to be considered by the Development Control Board on Monday 5th November 2007 in King’s Court King’s Lynn if anyone from the Council wished to speak.   Mr Storey said that the matter was discussed, he spoke for the application and abstained from the voting.  The Development Control Board turned down the application.


Ref: 07/02093/F                                                                   Name:   Mr & Mrs J Lawson

                                                                                                              The Willows, Moor Drove

Location – The Willows, Moor Dove                                                Hockwold, Thetford

Details – Removal of Agricultural Restriction                                Norfolk IP26 4JL

It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Arbour that the council raise no objection to this application.  They could see no reason why this restriction should be continued as other such restrictions have been lifted within the area recently.


Ref:  07/02024/O                                                                  Name:   Mr & Mrs T Palmer

                                                                                                               43 Main Street

Location – Land West of 43 Main Street                                         Hockwold, Thetford

Details – Construction of one dwelling                                          Norfolk IP26 4LQ

It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Gossage that no objections should be raised to this application as this type of infilling has successfully taken place along the road from this site.


Mrs Sismey declared an interest in this application as the site backs on to her land.

Ref: 07/02189/F                                                                   Name:   Hall Contracts Ltd,

                                                                                                               Station Road,

Location – 2 Reeves Lane, Hockwold                                            Lakenheath, Brandon

Details – Constr. of dwelling following demolition of existing    Suffolk.  IP27 9AD


It was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mr Denney that this application be approved.  It was felt this plan would enhance the area as the present building is very dilapidated.


New Dwelling at land East of 12 Main Street Hockwold – Permission Recorded

Replacement of existing roof and alterations to Lode Cottages, Church Lane Hockwold – Permission Recorded.



Approval of Reserved Matters


Construction of one bungalow at Land East of 28 Mill Lane, Hockwold – Permission Recorded.


Re: Unauthorised Caravan – 39 Station Road, Hockwold


A letter has been received from the enforcement Officer, stating that he has inspected the site and is of the opinion that the caravan is in ancillary use to the dwelling, and is not being used for residential purposes, so as there is no breach of planning control no further action can be taken.


4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS


Payments:     13.11.97         Pearce & Kemp Ltd – Lights Maintenance                     £113.13

                                                Mrs G Taylor Wages, Holiday Pay & Allotment Com.    £405.38         

                                                BCKLWN – Dog Waste Bins                                             £  49.03

                                                Royal British Legion – Poppy Appeal                              £  16.50         

                                                Norfolk Accident Rescue Service – Donation                £  50.00

                                                Mick Moore – Bus Shelter                                                  £  22.50

            15.11.07         EDF Energy – Lighting                                                       £116.26


Receipts:       05.11.07         Allotment Rents                                                                   £195.00

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


After some discussion regarding giving a donation to the British Legion, it was agreed that next year a donation would be given to the Poppy Appeal when paying for the Poppy Wreath.  This was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mrs Sismey.


5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Cowles Drove:    Interest was expressed into what Everett Brothers were doing on their land at the entrance to Cowles Drove.  No planning application of any sort has been received to date.


Methodist Schoolroom:   All the councillors agreed that the room was too cold, they were all freezing.  The question of moving to the Committee room in the hall was discussed, but this is not big enough.  The clerk will ring Mrs Allsop and ask if we can have more heat in the room during the winter months.


Anglian Water:   It was reported that the stop-cock cover outside 6 Main Street has not been dealt with as well as the one in the entrance to Reeves Lane.    The clerk has reported both these matters before and has reference numbers so will ring and see what conclusion they have reached regarding this matters, and ask them to look into the matters as soon as possible.


Village Hall:     Mr Baker asked why the Parish Council was not helping the Village Hall with the repairs to the Roof.  Councillors told him that the Parish Council have pledged the Village Hall £2000.00, which will be handed over as soon as it is needed.


Road C36 Hockwold to Weeting:    It was reported that the chippings have all gone off this road and it is very shiny  which means it will be slippery in bad weather.  The clerk will write to Highways about this matter.




Any Other Business continued ………


Bushes:     Mr Denney reported that a few bushes have been cut back but there are still more to go.  Also the dog fouling is getting bad again.  Mrs Raburn will write about these matters in her report for the village magazine.


School Flashing Lights:    The clerk reported that nothing further has been heard about the progress in getting flashing lights outside the school.


Pavements:     It was reported that the pavements were getting very slippery in places caused by the leaves that have dropped onto the pavements.  When is the sweeper due in the village.  The clerk will write to Highways about this matter.


6.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was agreed that the next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on the 11th December 2007 at 7.30 pm.      As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.50 pm.




Due to illness and a bereavement in the clerk’s family the above meeting in December was cancelled so the next meeting is on Tuesday 8th January 2008 at 7.30pm.








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