HOCKWOLD-CUM-WILTON PARISH COUNCIL

 

MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN THE METHODIST SCHOOLROOM ON TUESDAY 28 JULY 2009 AT 7.30 pm

 

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 M Storey                              District Councillor

                                                Mr A Lawrence                        District Councillor

                                                Squadron Leader J Neild      RAF Lakenheath

                                                PCSO Ester Bortz

                                                Seven Members of the Public.

 

1.            MINUTES

 

With regard to the Minutes for March 2009, under the heading of Planning Applications Mr J Ross, Mr Fothergill stated that he had visited this site, but was stating his own views about this application and general planning matters when he spoke to the clerk.  Following this explanation it was proposed y Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Eade that the Minutes for this meeting be amended and signed by the Chairman.

 

Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 9 June 2009 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Barrett.

 

2.            MATTERS ARISING AND CORRESPONDENCE

 

RAF Lakenheath:   Squadron Leader Neild who was present at the meeting said he did not have anything to report to the meeting.  Councillors said that there had been noise from flying activity last week, one morning very early, approximately 4.40 to 5.0 am.  Mr Denney said this has been going on for years! Squadron Leader Neild said he would look into the matter.

 

Police:    PCSO Ester Bortz was present at the meeting.  Said there was not a lot to report regarding Hockwold, she was not aware of the trouble at the Red Lion, will speak to Licensing Officers.  The police will not prosecute if a car owner has no MOT but if they have no insurance car owners will be prosecuted.  There is a shortage of police officers.  It was decided that the clerk should write to the Chief Constable regarding this shortage, and the bad service we receive from the police, especially as we are on the edge of Norfolk.

 

Planning and Change of Use:   Mr Fothergill reported on his conversation with the planning department regarding this matter.   If anyone applies for planning permission for properties on agricultural land this application would automatically include change of us.

 

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Road Sweeping:   A letter has been received from Borough Council Leisure & Public Space Manager Nathan Johnson regarding clerk’s letter about the road sweeper.   Unfortunately there is not time for the drivers to dig out the kerb lines as they are tied to a 12/14 week rural sweeping schedule.  He has requested that the Operations Managers carried out a site visit to ascertain the problem and take any actions necessary to ensure the kerb line is swept properly.  The sweeper is fitted with steel tines within the brush, which should move the more solid detritus, with regard to the dust, sweepers are fitted with dust suppressants to ensure the dust is wetted and does not spread.  He will ensure that the drivers are using this equipment.

 

Highway Matters:   A letter has been received from the Highways Engineer informing the council that potholes are treated with tar and chippings across the whole of the county, with the loose chippings being swept up a few days later.    The weed sprayers are in the area at the present time, and the spray should take approximately two weeks to take effect.  The request for 30mph roundel at the ends of Main Street is being looked into, also the possibility of reducing the speed limit in Station Road.  He will check with the School Travel Plan to see if a 20pmh zone has been highlighted.

 

NALC:    An Invitation has been received to Afternoon Tea at Weeting Village Hall on Thursday 6 August 2009 3 – 6pm. regarding ‘Communities and Nature can Exist Side by Side’

NALC AGM 2009 Nomination of Officers paper enclosed.

AGM 2009 Resolutions for Debate – Hockwold-cum-Wilton did not wish to put forward a resolution.

 

Whoopsy Daisy:   A letter has been received from Stephen Gunn who works with councils when help is needed with dog/litter bins, dog fouling, road side litter, utility goods garden waste etc.  It was agreed this information and telephone numbers should be kept on file.

 

Manage Your Finances:   NCC Trading Standard Service has produced a reference guide for Norfolk residents.  A poster has been put on the Notice Board giving the appropriate telephone numbers and these will be put into the village magazine.

 

Norfolk Constabulary – Consultation Document:    A copy of this document was e-mailed to the Chairmen and a copy has been given out to all the councillors to read, comment on if they wish.

 

NCC Communications & Customer Services:  A letter has been received from this department giving a change to NCC telephone numbers taking effect from 1 July 2009.  A copy of this letter and the changed numbers has been given out to councillors.

 

White Dyke Bridge – Corkway Drove:   Councillor Eade and the Clerk attended a meeting on the 14 July 2009 with Shaun Dean of NCC Bridge Network Department at this site, this meeting included people from Feltwell, Q Lawns and surrounding farms, regarding the question of either replacing or strengthening this bridge.  In the short time we were at the site, many types of vehicles used this bridge including three Q Lawns vehicles each weighing approximately 40 tonnes.  At present exploratory work is being carried out before any final decision can be made.

 

Travel Expenses:  The clerk’s husband took her to Terrington St. Clements to collect the Audit work from out Internal Auditor.  Mrs Garrett had collected the work 4 weeks previous.  This trip was 62 miles, In the LINK May 2009 the car allowances are set out at 60p per mile.  It was proposed by Mrs Barrett seconded by Mrs Sismey that a cheque for £37.20 is given.

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Black Dyke Farm:    The Chairman received an E-mail yesterday informing the council that owing to the connection of a supply to a new property, the use by vehicles of the Blackdyke Road will be temporarily prohibited for 30 meters either side of Black Dyke Farm from 29th to 30th July for the duration of the work.  There was no time for this notice to be posted anywhere or put in the magazine.

 

Red Lion Public House:   A letter was received yesterday 27 July 2009 from the Borough Councils Licensing Team, informing the Parish Council that an Application to Vary a Premises Licence for the Red Lion Public House.  Several residents living in close proximity to this public house spoke to the Council in the Ten Minutes Open forum expressing their opposition to this application, so the matter will be discussed in Any Other Business later in the meeting.

 

Side Table:    Norfolk RCC AGM 8 July 2009.  Southern Neighbourhood Meeting 8 July 2009.  Electoral Registration Annual Canvass-Poster put on Notice Board. Local Government Reorganisation Meeting Postponed.  Vitalise – update letter.  Minutes of Local Action Group meeting 12 June 2009 and July 2009. Southern Area Road Safety Committee Meeting 23 July 2009.  Standards Committee Agenda and Minutes for meeting 22 June 2009.  NALC Summer Conference 28 July 2009 at Norwich City Football Club.   Clerks & Councils Direct July 2009. Funding Opportunities July/August 2009.

 

3.            PLANNING APPLICATIONS/PERMISSIONS/REFUSALS

 

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

                                                                                                              Soay Farm, Cowles Drove

Location – Soay Farm, Cowles Drove                                           Hockwold, Thetford

Details – Erection of Agric. Building for sheep and temp.         Norfolk

 Residential dwelling in connection with early fat lamp enterprise.

An extension was given for this application – The Parish Council said their observations stated on the 9.6.09 still stand. They cannot make a decision until the enforcement Issue has been resolved.  This was proposed by Mr Gossage and seconded by Mrs Eade.

Mr Lawrence, District Councillor, said he had been contacted by Mr Bunkers Agent asking for his support, he refused to have anything to do with the matter.

 

It was noted that this property, along with many others will be affected by the fact that Hockwold is now in the buffer zone for the Stone Curlew.

 

Ref: 09/00904/F                                                                   Name:  Mr & Mrs D Lilly

                                                                                                              14 Malts Lane, Hockwold

Location – Land East of 18 Malts Lane, Hockwold.

Details - Construction of one dwelling.

These plans were received 10 June 2009 just after our last meeting.  They were passed round to all the councillors, who decided to support the application, but made the observation that the site was rather narrow for the proposed development.  This was sent back on the 27.6.09

These plans were invalidated because there were no details on them regarding the trees.

At this meeting the Councillors looked at the new plans received showing the trees.  They felt their original views stand as before.  This was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Barrett.

 

 

 

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Ref: 09/01067/F                                                                   Name:  Mr L Cooper

                                                                                                              42 College Road Hockwold

Location – 2 Peacock Close, Hockwold.

Details – Single storey side and rear extension to dwelling.

The Parish Council raised no objections to this application.  The rear extension goes out to bring the property in line with the end of the garage.  The plot being a corner plot, the side extension will look out over the road.  This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Arbour, all the councillors agreed.

 

The following planning application was received on the 19 June 2009 and was due back on the 9 July 2009 before our next meeting, so was passed round to all the councillors for their observations.

Ref: 09/00934/F                                                                   Name:   Mr B & S Waterlow

                                                                                                               Maytree Farm, Moor Drove

Location – Maytree Farm, Moor Drove                                            Hockwold, Thetford

Details – Construction of Dwelling

A previous application had been withdrawn due to the fact that the Environment Agency would have refused on the ground that a single storey dwelling would not be adequate in a flood zone 3 area.  This application now has the two bedrooms placed upstairs.  The Parish Councillors had no objections to these amended plans but do feel the new proposed dwelling does no look as good as before, but they do understand the environments agency concerns.

 

Refusals

Ref: 09/00383/F – Mr M A Cobbold - Construction of tourist accommodated in the form of two log cabins at and east of Winchester House, Cowles Drove Hockwold. Refusal Recorded.

Ref: 09/00842/F – Mr & Mrs B Crabtree – Single storey extension and conservatory extension to dwelling at White Swan Barn 3 White Dyke Farm, Blackdyke Road, Hockwold. Refusal Recorded.

 

4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS

 

Payments:     28.7.09           MHB Services Ltd – Lighting Maint. (July)                      £  97.38

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter (June & July)                         £  43.00

                                                Mrs G Taylor – Wages, Post. Tel. Election Notices        £425.74

                                                Mr N Taylor – Fuel Allowance                                           £  37.20

                        21.7.09           EDF Energy – DD Street Lighting (Final payment)       £114.23

 

Receipts:       10.7.09           BCKLWN – Money for Election Notices                          £    6.00

It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Barrett that these accounts are paid.

 

August Payments:

                                11.8.09           MHB Services Ltd – Lighting Maintn. (August)              £  97.38

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter (August)                                 £  22.00

                                                Mrs G Taylor – Wages (August)                                        £372.93

It was proposed by Mrs Arbour and seconded by Mr Gossage that these accounts are paid on the appropriate date.

 

 

 

 

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5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS

 

Red Lion Public House:  Mrs Eade declared an interest in this matter, so took no further part in the discussion.  Admiral Taverns Ltd have applied for additional licensing hours for these premises.  These are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays of each week open until 2.00 am. On Bank Holiday weekends, Maundy Thursday, Christmas Eve and Boxing Day until 3.00am on Friday Saturday Sunday and Mondays.  Several residents who live in the vicinity of these premises have already told the councillors about the noise of music and people congregating in the road that happens now before the extension of hours.  Although the Parish council are not statutory authorities with regard to applications, they can object to this application in writing as a body representing persons who live in the vicinity. If they do this they will need to supply the names and addresses of the specific people they are representing.  The parishioners at the meeting will give the clerk a list of their names and addresses.  After further discussion the Councillors felt this application was totally unacceptable for such a small village.  It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Fothergill that the clerk should write to support the residents in their opposition to this application.  It was also felt that the resident should send personal letters to the Borough Council as well as a petition, which they hope to get up.

 

Potholes:  It was reported that there were potholes at the junction of Mill Lane and Main Street; the clerk will report this matter.

 

Change of Use from Agricultural Lane:   Mr Gossage enquired if a planning application is refused is the change of use also refused.   This is correct, change of use only happens if the application is successful.

 

Boundary Close:     It had been reported to Mr Baker that there was a piece of 6-9” metal sticking out of the grass in Boundary Close.  He went and inspected it.  The clerk will report this to Highways Department as this could be dangerous to a child.

 

Churchyard:   It had been reported that the churchyard grass is looking very untidy.  Mr Denney said he felt there was no problem and that Mr Long does a good job of keeping the grass down.

This would be a matter for the P.C.C. not the Parish Council.

 

Red Lion:    It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Barrett that a letter is sent to the Highways Department regarding the placing of the Bar-be-que right outside the front door of the pub.  The letter should ask them to clear up the matter of whether this is on Highways Land or Red Lion land, especially from Main Street to the Front door of the pub.

 

Kerbside Weeds:    Mr Denney reported that the kerbside weeds in College Road have now been sprayed, and look very dead and very untidy and a disgrace.  In fact the whole village is a disgrace.  The clerk will put this in her letter to Highways.

Mr Denney said that we talk a lot about dog fouling, what about cat fouling as they seem to like going into his greenhouse.

 

Bowls Match:    Mr Denney reported that the Bowls Match held recently was a great success, The Mayor and Mayoress of King’s Lynn came, also Councillor Storey and his wife.   The proceeds of £455.00 were presented to the RNLI. 

 

 

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Annual Cricket Match:   The coming Sunday 2 August 2009 the Annual Cricket Match will take place between Hockwold Cricket Club and Michael Denney’s XI.  There will be a bar and raffle and all the proceeds will go to Hunstanton RNLI

 

Mill Lane Junction:  There are still cases of very bad parking right close to, or at the Mill Lane Junction.  In the past the Police have been notified of this problem.

 

Electric Sub-Station:    Following on from the clerk’s letter to EDF regarding the state of the sub station in Lakeland, they did come out and spray the weeds, but John Denney cleared up after all the weeds died.  This was greatly appreciated.

 

Internet:   At present the clerk is not on the internet.  Councillors have been asked for the councils e-mail.  It was agreed that the question of the clerk going onto the internet be put on the Agenda for the next meeting.

 

Potholes:  Mr Storey asked if the Highways department could just put tarmac into the potholes without the chippings, even after being swept up there are some left all over the roadway.  The clerk will put this in her letter to highways.

 

6.            DATE OF NEXT MEETINGS

 

It was agreed that the next meeting of the council will but held on Tuesday 1 September 2009 at 7.00 pm when there will be a presentation by Mr Alan Gomme from the Borough Council Local Development Framework.

 

 

Distribution:

 

 

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