Present:                                  Mr Dave Owens                    ) Chairman

                                                Mrs Pat Raburn                     ) Vice Chairman


                                                Mrs I Adams                          ) Hockwold Parish Council

                                                Mr R Allsop                            )

                                                Mr M Denney             )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

Mrs L Arbour                          )

                                                Squadron Leader Jo Daniel

                                                Mr M. Storey                             District Councillor

                                                Three members of the Public


Apologies for absence had been received from Mr T. Gossage


1.                  MINUTES


Resolved:   The Minutes of the meeting held on the 13th September 2005 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Raburn.




Chairman:     Mr Owens the Chairman then informed the council that following the last council meeting he submitted a letter of resignation to the Council; he thanked everyone for all their support over the last two and a half years.  Mr Denney said that he was very sad at his decision to leave, he was a very honest and straightforward person and an asset to the council, and he felt privileged to have work with him.   Mr Owens said that the lack of co-operation and support that the council gets from higher authority and the N.C.A.P.T.C. also the insufficient authority and respect makes it impossible to do the job properly has brought him to this decision, and to this end he is in contact with the Deputy Prime-Ministers office, trying to find out if councillors do have any authority!   Unfortunately after all this discussion Mr Owens would not reconsider his resignation.


RAF Lakenheath/Feltwell:   Squadron Leader Jo Daniels who was present at the meeting, informed the council that one of the squadrons has been deployed, which helps to lesson traffic at the base entrance.  She reported that Feltwell feels the new temporary arrangements are going quite smoothly.  Mr Allsop said that one day last week there was a queue of 46 vehicles on the Hockwold side and 29 on the Feltwell side of the entrance.  Squadron Leader Daniels will look into this matter.  It was commented that the 30 mph sign has not yet been moved, she will also check on this and report back at the next meeting.

Squadron Leader Daniels then thanked Dave Owens for all his support and help over the issue of the Feltwell Base Entrance.







Casual Vacancy:     Following informing the Borough Council of Mrs Stratford’s resignation,  two letters have been received from the Returning Officer one sending four notices which were put up in the village on the 30th September and another to say the period of time for parishioners to request an election ends on the 20th October when they will write to the clerk again.  If no election is requested councillors would be able to co-opt.  The clerk will not contact the Returning Officer regarding out second vacancy.


Archive Boxes in Bank:     It was felt that an article regarding the Council getting the Archive material out of the bank should be put into the Village Magazine along with two dates when it will be on show in the Methodist Schoolroom.  After some discussion it was agreed that this period of time should be altered to November giving time for the article to appear.   It was decided that the boxes should be out of the bank from 18th to the 25th November 2005 and on show on Tuesday 22nd November and Wednesday 23rd November 2005.   The clerk will contact Mr Chaplin of the NAPTC and Mr Dan Jones and inform them when the material is to be viewed.


The Countryside Agency – Landscape Access Recreation:    The Countryside Agency is required under the Access to the Countryside Regulations 2002 to send a copy of the relevant section of the conclusive map of open country and registered common land to the Council.  It was agreed that this map should be placed on show at the open evening.


Local Democracy Week – Involving Young People:   A letter has been received from the NCC regarding offering support in developing youth activities in the Parish.  They offer to arrange for a member of the Youth Service staff to attend one of the Councils Meetings.  It was agreed that the clerk should write and invite someone to attend one of our meetings,  but giving us notice so an article can be placed in the Village Magazine so everyone will know about this meeting.


Cancellation of Buses to Bury St Edmunds and Ely:   A letter and petition has been received from Mr & Mrs Crane regarding the cancellation of the Wednesday Bury St Edmunds Bus and the Thursday Ely Bus.  It was agreed that this petition should be sent to the Norfolk County Council Transport Department via Mr A White our local Norfolk County Councillor, expressing the Councils support for this petition.  The cancellation of bus services result in some parishioners not being able to travel from the village.


NORFOLK LINK:   A copy of this newsletter from the NCAPTC has been given out to every member of the council


Side Table – October 2005:   NCAPTC – Training for Clerks and Councillors and Induction Sessions for Clerks and Councillors, Annual General Meeting 12th Nov. 2005, West Norfolk Area Meeting – Budget Planning for Parish Council; Methwold High Open Day, Norfolk Police – The Future, West Norfolk Road Safety Committee Meeting, English Nature SSSI Awards, English Nature Site lines, NRCC Funding Maze, Buckingham Palace Garden Party.




Ref: 05/01843/F                                                        Name: Mr Colin B English

                                                                                                57 Main Street

Location – 57 Main Street                                                   Hockwold, Thetford

Details – Provision of vehicular access                             Norfolk IP26 4LJ

It was proposed by Mr Allsop and seconded by Mr Denney that this application be approved.




Planning applications continued………


Forest Enterprise – Hockwold Heath.

The location details for this application were not clear as to whether this was actually in Hockwold area or comes under Breckland.  The clerk will contact Planning at Kings Lynn and find out exactly where the work is to be done, and then the councillors will be contacted to give their approval or objection.


Ref: 05/02017/F                                                        Name: Hastoe Housing Association

                                                                                                 C/o Parons Whittley Ltd

Location – North of Boundary Close Hockwold                 1 London Road

Details – Construction of 6 dwellings.                                Swaffham, Norfolk.

The Councillors raised no objection to this application provided the dwellings were for the people of Hockwold or closely connected to Hockwold.  This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Allsop.




Ref: 05/01530/O      Mr & Mrs P Sizer - Siting of new dwelling at Land East of 45 Main Street Hockwold.  -  Permission Recorded.

Ref: 05/01764/F       Mr B J Rutterford - Constr of car park to service fishing facility at Blackdyke Farm Hockwold.  -  Permission Recorded.

Ref: 05/01719/F       Mr B J Rutterford - Erection or pump house & jetty to service the irrigation reservoir and fishing facility at Blackdyke Farm Hockwold. – Permission Recorded.

Ref: 05/01606/F       Mr & Mrs M Rowe -  Conversion of buildings to 3 dwellings & C/U of land to residential garden land – White Dyke Farm Hockwold - Permission Recorded.

Ref: 05/01603/LB -  Listed Building Consent – Mr & Mrs M Rowe – Conversion of redundant barn, cart sheds and grain store to 3 dwellings and removal of covered area at White Dyke Farm. Consent Recorded.

Ref: 05/01579/F - Completion and retention of stables at Hockwold Lodge Cowles Drove.  The council had received a letter from the Enforcement Officer regarding the Councils comments – having inspected the site as a result of this inspection a application was generated for retention of the boundary wall and gate and also for the stable block that was being constructed.  He confirmed that the application had been permitted.  Permission Recorded.




Ref: 05/01276/F       Mr & Mrs Chapman - Extension to dwelling at 132 Main Street, Hockwold.        

Also received from the Planning Dept a letter explaining their reasons for the refusal under delegated powers.  “The proposed extension by virtue of its scale, size and mass in comparison to the existing dwelling is out of scale and out of keeping with the characteristics of the dwelling itself.  If permitted the proposed extension would form an incongruous addition to the house, set within Hockwold conservation area.”    Refusal Recorded.









Island Farm - A letter had been received from Mr C Guy who expressed shock and surprise to hear through the Planning Department, that the Parish Council had objected to his Prior Notification Ref: 05/01120/PN.  He stated that Island Farm is being farmed and the agricultural building is needed for stock feed, machinery and storage.  He also expressed concern that the Parish Council had at meetings said that he was subject to Enforcement proceedings and under enforcement investigations.  This allegation he strongly refuted, and he asked that the council put this matter straight and amended incorrect records.

The Parish Councillors discussed this matter with Mr Guy who was present at the meeting; the clerk said that she had been told by Mr K Wilkinson of the Planning department that Mr Guy’s last planning application, which had been passed, had been as a result of the investigation by the enforcement officers!    This matter was discussed fully and it was felt that there is a lack of communication and understanding between the Borough Planning, the enforcement Officers and the Parish Council, and it was agreed that the clerk should write to Mr Smith the Enforcement Officer and the Planning Department to sort the matter out.

Mr Storey the District Councillors said that the area had been without enforcement officers for several months and was still dealing with a backlog of work.  It had been decided to give more power to planning officers to deal with smaller applications, but if anyone wished for an application to go before the planning board they should speak to Mr Storey so that he can request this to happen. 


4.                  BILLS OF ACCOUNTS

Payments:      11.10.05         Samaritans – Donation                                            £  50.00

                                                Pearce & Kemp – Lighting Maintn.             £102.60

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                       £  18.00

                                                Mrs G M Taylor – Wages                                         £272.40

                        27.10.05         E-on Energy Lighting – DD                                      £105.62

Receipts:        05.09.05         Business Base Rate Tracker Acc Interest £  44.06

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


5.                  ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Lighting:   It was reported that there were two lights out in Main Street one outside 45 and other outside 54  Main Street.   The clerk will report these malfunctions.


Harrison Way:    It was reported that a ‘For Sale’ sign at the entrance to Harrison Way was very close to the footpath, and could be considered dangerous.


Village Hall:    It was reported that there is a large over-hanging hedge in the car park of the Village Hall, this will be seen to.


South Street:   It was reported that there was a large amount of traffic using South Street as a short cut through the village.  Mr Denney said that this had always been used like this, and it was agreed that the matter be put into the village magazine in the hope that it will stop some of the traffic.


Village Green:   It was reported that during the summer children had been seen defacing the village green outside the Red Lion Public House, pulling on the trees and pulling the bulbs out.

Mrs Fuller has offered to take care of the bulbs around the Cross Hill Monument and it was agreed that this offer should be accepted.



State of the Village:   The general untidiness of the village was again commented on, especially South Street and Church Lane, the clerk reported that she had spoken to Highways regarding this matter and had been told that the matter had been programmed to be done - ?when.   Also mentioned was the white stones having been placed on the edge of the grass at the corner of South Street.   The clerk will mention this to the occupiers of the bungalow, as they would be liable of anyone had an accident as a result of these stones.


6.                  DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was agreed that the date of the next meeting of the council should be on Tuesday 8th November 2005 at 7.30pm.




As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.35 pm.





One copy to each member of the Council

One copy for Mr A White Norfolk County Councillor

One copy to Mrs C Sharp 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