Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       ) Chairman


                                                Mr T Fothergill                      ) Hockwold Parish Council

                                                Mrs D Barrett                         ) 

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr M Storey                              District Councillor

                                                Squadron Leader J Neild      RAF Lakenheath


Apologies for Absence have been received from Mr D Baker Parish Councillor and Mr A Lawrence District Councillor.


1.            MINUTES


Mr Denney pointed out that under the heading of ‘Sea Defences’ the clerk had omitted part of the resolution.   ‘This part of Norfolk especially, as with all of Norfolk, is our inheritance!  It is also an area that most of us have visited over many years, and still do, during weekends and holiday periods’.

Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 13th May 2008 previously circulated and now amended as above be approved and signed by the Chairman.




RAF Lakenheath:    Squadron Leader Neild, who was present at the meeting, said he had nothing significant to pass on to the councillors.  There had been problems with the newly opened Gate 2 and they were monitoring the situation.   Mr Gossage said he had experienced a hold up one morning at about 7.10am.  The Chairman and Mrs Eade said how much they had enjoyed the reception they had attended recently.


Reeves Lane:    The clerk had been in touch with the Land Registry and for the cost of £22.00 we can get copies a conveyance dated January 1960/61 and register and title plans for this property.  Mr Denney feels that the Borough Council Legal Department should be able to help with this situation, they would be asked to do a search of a property by the people interested in buying it.  Mr Denney asked Mr Storey to investigate this matter with the Council on behalf of the Parish Council.  This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Eade.  It was agreed that the clerk should give Mr Storey copies of all the relevant letters regarding this matter.


Street Light Maintenance Contract:   This contract expires at the end of July.  The clerk has two quotes one from our present contractor Pearce & Kemp and one from MHB Services Ltd.  The quote from MHB Services Ltd is cheaper that Pearce & Kemp and will attend call outs quicker.  It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Barrett that we change to MHB services Ltd. for our supply for the coming three years, in this time there will be no increase in price.



Litter Bins:   The Chairman and Clerk met with Mr Tony Wren of the Borough Council regarding the village litterbins.   From April 2009 the Borough Council will be charging for litterbin emptying.  Each village will be allowed one free bin emptied plus an additional bin per 1000 residents, but Hockwold could have two emptied because of the number of American Service Personnel living in the village but not on the Electoral Roll, any further bins will be charged at £50.00 per year.  It was agreed that the bins situated in the Hall car park and the one on the green outside the Red Lion should remain as well as the small one of the bus shelter wall.  The one at the entry to Boundary Road and the one at the junction of Main Street and College Road should be taken away, also it was agreed that the clerk will get removed the bin at the end of the alleyway from Main Street to College Road.  The removal of these three was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Arbour.  The clerk will e-mail Mr Wren with this decision.


Street Signs – Clingos Way:  A letter has been received from Nathan Johnson Borough Council Public Open Spaces Manager, regarding the request to reposition the Clingos Way street sign.  It is felt that there is ample signage, but feels the first street name ‘Boundary Close leading to Clingos Way’ could be moved closer to the ‘T’ junction.  If there is any further problem he should be informed.  Copy of this letter will to be sent to Carla Grass.


Local Transport Plan Delivery Seminar:   Invitation to attend this seminar to be held on the 15 July 2008 at South Green Enterprise Centre Mattishall from 9.00am to 12.30pm. Unfortunately no councillor was able to attend.


Village Hall:   A letter has been received from Mrs S Boardman Secretary of the Village Hall thanking the Council for their donation of £716.00.

At this point it was mentioned that there are weeds growing all round the edge of the Village Hall and Car Park.  Mrs Barrett will speak to Colin Holman the Chairman regarding this matter.


Fly Tipping:   This clerk has been in touch with Chris Bamfield of the Borough Council regarding the query about filling in potholes and fly tipping.  He feels it is all right to fill in potholes if the road is un-adopted, but if the road is made up then it is the responsibility of the Highways Department and they should be informed.  Mr Bamfield feels each case should be treated on an individual basis.  If a builder is trying to get rid of building rubble this would be classed as fly tipping.


Wangford Road:   Notification has been received from Suffolk County Council that ‘Reconstruction of Wangford Fen Bridge’ will take place towards the end of August.  This will entail Wangford Road to be closed for approximately three weeks, with periods of single way working under temporary traffic lights before and after.  It was agreed that a copy of this letter be placed on the Parish Notice Board.


Veterans Badges:   A letter has been received from the office of the Mayor of Kings Lynn.  All people that have served in the Armed Forces are eligible to apply for a Veterans Badge.  All holders of such a badge who live in the Borough of King Lynn & West Norfolk are entitled to have them presented formally, and the Mayor will be holding such a presentation during July.  If anyone would like their badge presented formally they should contact the Mayor’s Office.  It was agreed that a copy of this letter be placed on the Notice Board.


Norfolk Constabulary:   A copy of the mobile Police Station Timetable for the periods of July to September and October to December 2008 has been received. A copy given out to Councillors and placed on the Notice Board.



Side Table:   The Borough Council’s Draft Green Space Strategy is available to view at www.westnorfolkinbloom.co.uk for consideration and comments.  Village Sport 2008 - Annual meeting on 10 June 2008.  Funding Opportunities May/June 2008.




Notification has been received that the planning appeal by Mr & Mrs Robertson regarding the single and two storey extension to the dwelling at The Cottage 133 Main Street Hockwold will take place at 10.00 am on 8 July 2008 at King’ s Court, Chapel Street, King’s Lynn.


Ref: 08/01222/F                                                                   Name:              Mrs D Novak

                                                                                                              3 Kemps Lane,

Docation – Land south of 3 Kemps Lane                                                 Hockwold, Thetford

Details – Constr. of detached 3 bed chalet bungalow                Norfolk  Ip26 4LG

One letter had been received against this application.

It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Gossage that no objections be raised against this application, as other such plans had been passed for building properties in back gardens.



Ref: 08/00409/F – CnD Livestock Rosedene Cottage, Church Lane Hockwold.  ‘Construction of chalet housing and office for stock person at River View, Church Lane, Hockwold.

Refusal Recorded.


4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS


Payments:     10.06.08         Pearce & Kemp Ltd – Lights Maintenance         £113.13

                                                Mick Moore – Bus Shelter                                      £  21.00

                                                Mrs G M Taylor – Wages                                         £335.27

                        16.06.08         EDF Energy – Lighting DD (May)                         £116.50

Receipts:       21.05.08         HM Revenue & Customs VAT Repayment        £517.72

                        09.06.08         Allotment Rents                                                       £    5.00


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


5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Cowles Drove:   It has been brought to the attention of the Council that there is a skip outside Hockwold Riding School containing building refuse.   Some of this refuse has been blowing into the dyke.  The clerk will look into this matter.


Voluntary Radar Gun Operators:    An article in the King’s Lynn Local Paper is asking villages about having Voluntary Radar Gun Operators to help stop speeding.  Mr Denney said this was another way the police are getting jobs done for them.   Mr Storey District Councillor pointed out  that in the closely knit community of small villages this could cause community upsets.  The Chairman said she would discuss the matter with the Safer Neighbourhood staff, to get their views and the matter can be discussed again at the next meeting.


Village Sign:   The village sign is in need of being repainted again.  The clerk will contact the Painting Department at Wayland Prison and ask if they can undertake to do the work again.



Nursery Lane:   Mrs Sismey said that Planning Permission is still required to put up a high fence, in a front garden, she will fill in a form regarding such a fence in Nursery Lane and also regarding a caravan on Blackdyke Farm.


Street Cleaners:    Mrs Sismey saw street cleaners at work in West Dereham why does Hockwold not have visits from street cleaners?


Highways:   It was reported that the potholes at the bottom of Nursery Lane have still not been filled in.  It was also reported that there were potholes at the junction of Main Street and Station Road. 


Polyclinics:    Concern was expressed regarding the Government’s plans to change the way in which GP services are provided.  Most NHS GP practices are run by local GP’s.  The government is now encouraging commercial companies to run GP Surgeries.  What is required is funding for extra services in local surgeries.   It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Barrett that the clerk should write and support the status quo in GP surgeries and not the proposed Polyclinics.  The letter should be sent to the Prime Minister, Primary Care Trust, Christopher Fraser MP and our Local Council.


Annual Bowles Match & Annual Cricket Match:   The Bowles Match is on 6 July 2008 at Hockwold Bowles Club at 4.00pm between Shirley Denney’s team and Mike Denney’s team.   The Cricket Match is on 1 August 2008 at Hockwold Cricket Club, at 12 noon, between Hockwold Cricket Club and Mike Denney’s XI.  All proceeds and donations will go to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.


Pavements:   It was reported that heels are sinking into the pavements in the village, which were only resurfaced last year.   The clerk will put this matter in her letter to the highways department.


Ivy on Walls:   It was reported that an elderly parishioner, who walks around the village, is pulling ivy off the walls and leaving it on the pavements.  This is not the councils remit.


School Flashing Lights:  The flashing lights for the school have not been installed yet.  The clerk will chase the highways department about this matter.


Motor Bikes:   Last Sunday the noise from motor bikes was very bad, as the police were going to try to help regarding this matter, has anything been heard from them?


Overhanging Trees:   The trees at the edge of the school field are hanging well over onto the pavement. The NCC Ground Maintenance Department would be responsible for this work.


6.         DATE OF NEXT MEETING      It was agreed that the next meeting of the Council should be held on Tuesday 29th July 2008 so that there will be no meeting in August.   As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.55pm.




One copy to each member of the Council, One copy to Mr T White NCC, Mr M Storey,

Mr M Peake, Mr A Lawrence, Downham Market Police, RAF Lakenheath, Two copies for display within the village and one copy for the web-site.