Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       ) Chairman


                                                                Mr T Fothergill                      ) Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mrs D Barrett                         ) 

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mr D Baker                            )

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr A Lawrence                        District Councillor

                                                Squadron Leader J Neild      RAF Lakenheath

                                                PCSO Millburn and Green

                                                Two members of the public.


Apologies for absence have been received from NCC Tony White and Mr M Storey District Councillor.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:      That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 13 January 2008 previously circulated, be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Arbour.


2.         RAF Lakenheath:    Squadron Leader Jerry Neild was present at the meeting and told the Councillors that everything was quite from his point of view, and asked if the councillors had any questions or matters they wanted to discuss with him.            Nothing was forthcoming.  Sqd. Leader Neild told the council that there was to be a Presentation on Thursday 26th February at 7.30 pm at Lakenheath Village Hall, regarding flying operations; training required by crews, low flying and Rescue squadron – Atlantic Rescue.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  The clerk will put the poster up on the village notice board.


Safer Neighbourhood Team:  Two members of this team were present at the meeting.  They told the council they were doing a joint operation with the forestry regarding Off road Bikes in the forest.  Several residents in the village have expressed their concerns to the police about this matter and the SNT would encourage all parishioners to ring then on their non-emergency number if they are concerned about the bikes. They are looking into a barrier of some kind being put up between the Boundary Road car Park and Reeves lane, and asked about the ownership of Reeves Lane land.  Mr Denney said this would be a grey area as Reeves Lane is an un-adopted lane.  They said the SNT would be putting forward this issue of bikes etc at the SNT meeting to be held next week in Feltwell.  PCSO Tracy Milburn explained the voting system at these meetings to decide which three problems will be given priority during the next eight weeks.  Hockwold had heard that the more people present from a village the more likely their problem would be given priority.  The problem of speeding was discussed, Councils can request speed checks and there are forms available for this purpose.   Mrs Raburn and Mrs Taylor are going to the SNT meeting in Feltwell on the 16 February 2009.  Other councillors will try to attend.



Allotments:  One person had contacted the clerk regarding the vacant allotment advertised in the Village Magazine, Mr C Foster of South Street.  It was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mr Baker that the allotment is offered to Mr Foster.  Two other people, who have recently moved into the village, have put their names forwarded for an allotment and these will be put forward in October.


Local Government Reorganisation:  Notification has been received that the revised date for the Borough council meeting with Parish Councils is on Tuesday 17 February 2009 at the Council Offices at King’s Lynn.  Mr Lawrence told the Council that there was a meeting last Friday 6 February regarding this reorganisation, unfortunately the Boundary Committee did not turn up!  This has now been postponed until 14 July 2009; hopefully this will be out of time, as this reorganisation is not wanted.


Enforcement Issues:   A letter has been received from the new Clerical Assistant in Planning Enforcement in reply to the clerks’ enquiry regarding Calladge Farm.  It seems that an informal request was put in on the 16.7.07 for construction of new residential dwelling.  This was given the status, ‘likely to refuse’. If the council has any new information on this matter it should be put in writing and sent to the Enforcement Department.


A11 Fiveways to Thetford Improvement:   A letter has been received from the project support Officer thanking the Council for their letter of support for this scheme.


Norfolk Parish Training Partnership:   Dates and Venues have been received for Training for Clerks and Councillors during the period February and March 2009.  Also dates for Chairmanship and Engagement.  The clerk has the full details and application forms.


Norfolk Association of Local Councils:   An e-mail has been received from this association.  They have been contacted by a Parish Council who expresses their despondency with the Borough Councils disregard for their views on Planning Applications.  They feel they just wish to push the numbers through!  Are other Parish Councils having the same response?  It was agreed that the clerk should write back saying that the only disagreement they have with the Planning Department is the rule that views of the councils have to be in within 21 days. They will give no extensions.  The clerk will write back with this observation.


Breckland District Council:   A consultation document has been received from the Breckland District Council.  The nearest it comes to Hockwold is regarding Weeting.  Mr Fothergill said he would take the papers and read through to see if it would be of any concern to Hockwold Parish Council.


The Lode – Dogs:    Mrs Barrett reported that she had spoken to her grandson regarding his dogs, who had chased parishioners walking down to the river.


Side Table:   Police - Downham Market LAG Minutes of meeting held on 9 January 2009.  Peterborough City Council – New sites proposed for mineral & waste dev. – Not our area.  NALC Gold Summit – Our New Rural Economy.  Green Summit – a Localist Green Agenda. Clerk has necessary forms & dates if anyone wishes to attend.  NORFOLK LINK – copies given to councillors.  A guide to the ‘Norfolk Local Area Agreement 2008 – 2011’.







The Chairman apologised to Mrs Barrett; the planning application for Whitedyke Farm, passed round to councillors during January did not get passed to her for her consideration.


Ref:  08/02698/F                                                                  Name:  Mr J Scott

                                                                                                              White Dyke Farm

Location – White Dyke Farm, Black Dyke Road.                         Black Dyke Farm, Hockwold,

Details – Permanent use of converted farm building                 Norfolk.  IP26 4JW

               to cattery following temporary permission (retrospective).

As these plans were due back before our meeting they were passed round to councillors for their decision.  The Parish council supported this application as they had before.  There are no properties in close proximity that would be affected by the proposal.


Ref:  09/00060/F                                                                  Name:  Mr J Ross

                                                                                                              8 Peacock Close, Hockwold

Location – 8 Peacock Close, Hockwold.                                       Thetford. IP26 4JD

Details - Extension to Bungalow.

The Parish Councillors supported this application, having rejected it in January 2008,  They did not feel this application was a big as before.   This decision was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Baker, and everyone agreed.


Ref:  08/02485/F                                                                  Name:  Mr C Guy

                                                                                                              Island Farm, Cowles Drove,

Location – Island Farm, Cowles Drove.                                         Hockwold, Thetford, IP26 5LA

Details – Permanent agric. Dwelling to replace existing temporary agric. Dwelling.

The Parish Council supported this application, in line with other such properties in Cowles Drove. This will not over look or affect any other properties.  This decision was proposed by Mr Gossage and seconded by Mr Denney, and everyone agreed.



Ref: 08/02584/F                   Mr Mark Harrison, Norrisha, Mill Lane, Hockwold.  Construction of commercial dog boarding kennel building as ext. to existing dog boarding business.

Permission Recorded.

Ref:  08/02714/F                  Ms T Clark, Construction of machinery/feed store at Land at Moor Drove Hockwold.

Permission Recorded.




Payments:     10.02.09         MHB Services Ltd – Lighting Maintenance (Feb).         £ 97.38

                                                Mick Moore – Bus Shelter                                                  £ 26.25

                                                Mrs G Taylor – Wages                                                       £372.93

                                                Shaw & Sons – Receipts & Payment Book                    £ 61.86

                        16.02.09         EDF Energy – Lighting DD (Jan.)                                   £114.03


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







Potholes:       It was reported that there were two large potholes on the Feltwell Road.  The clerk will report these to highways tomorrow.


Bus Shelter:   The ceiling is hanging down and also the guttering is leaking.  It was agreed that the clerk will first of all speak to Mr Moore, who looks after the bus shelter weekly for the Council, if he cannot do the work Mr Gossage will ask Mr John Long if he will take on the work.


Flower Festival at St James Church:   There is to be another flower festival in St James Church at the end of May.  Mrs Arbour said she will do an arrangement on behalf of the Parish Council.   Her arrangement will depict Florence Nightingale.  Everyone was in agreement to this and she will give the clerk a bill for the flowers.


‘A’ Boards:     A compliant has been received from a parishioner regarding A Boards placed on the Village Green by the Red Lion Pub.  These have not been removed.


Mill Lane:       It was reported that there were more pot holes appearing up Mill Lane.  Also the drain outside the bungalow next to the bowling green is completely bunged up.  The clerk will put these comments into her letter to the highways department.


Nursery Lane/South Street:    The water that gathers at the bottom of Nursery Lane is even bigger now stretching further up the lane.   There are also further potholes appearing in South Street.  These matters will also be reported to Highways.


Feltwell Road:   The Parish Council understand that the B1112 from the Suffolk Boarder to Feltwell is down for resurfacing, when is this likely to be done?


Telephone Box:  The telephone Kiosk at the Mill Lane junction is in need of repair as the bottom pane of glass has been shattered.  The clerk will report this matter to BT.


Norfolk Records Office:   Mrs Eade reported that she has a date for up to twenty people to tour round the NRO on 28 April 10.30am to 12.00 noon.  Mrs Eade has also arrange a 16-seater minibus at a cost £7.50 each.  Mrs Grass wishes to go also Mr & Mrs Taylor.




It was agreed that the next meeting of the Council will be on Tuesday 10 March 2009 commencing at 7.00pm followed by the ANNUAL PARISH MEETING at 8.00pm.

As there was no other business the chairman closed the meeting at 8.35 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, RAF Lakenheath, Two copies for display within the village and one copy for the web-site.