Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman


Mr T Fothergill                      )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mrs D Barrett                         ) 

                                                Mr D Baker                            )

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Mr M Storey                              District Councillor

                                                Mr A Lawrence                        District Councillor


Apologies for absence have been received from NCC Mr T White.  Parish Councillors Mrs M Eade and Mrs L Arbour.  Squadron Leader J Neild from RAF Lakenheath.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:       That the Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on the 9 March 2010 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Sismey.




RAF Lakenheath:    Although Squadron Leader Neild is unable to attend the meeting tonight he has sent the following information:- 

Helicopter night-flying will be carried out on a hand-full of nights in both April and May .  Extended night flying practice will occur, but to minimise the disturbance this should not include repeated circuits in the local area.  He also reminded Councillors that they anticipate that the runway will be undergoing repairs during the period of 15 May to 15 June 2010, so there will be no fixed-wing flying into or out of RAF Lakenheath.   There are a few placed still available for the Base Tour scheduled for April 22 – (notice has gone into the village magazine).   We have had some response from local parishioners.


Audit 2010:     The clerk has received notification from Mazars that Hockwold’s Audit forms have to be with them by the 14 July 2010.  The clerk has this matter in hand and will present the figures to the Councillors at the May Meeting.


Norfolk ALC:   Notification has been received that the Council’s yearly subscription of £174.95 to this association is now due.  It was proposed by Mrs Barrett and seconded by Mrs Sismey that Hockwold Parish Council should continue with this membership.  The clerk has on many occasions referred to them for help over procedure matters.


Weeting Wind Farm – Consultation:     Councillors were reminded that any comments regarding this matter, they wish to make have to reach Enertrag UK by the 1 June 2010.  This matter will be put on the agenda for the next meeting.






Allotments:    The clerk reported on the meeting held on the 12 March 2010 with the police, PCSO Ester Bortz and PCSO Claire Law, following on from two separate cases of break-ins to allotment sheds.  An apology for absence was received from Mr John Denney.  7 allotment holders were present, 2 councillors and the clerk.    Shed Security was discussed, plus the marking of all equipment if it has to be left in the sheds.  The question of a padlock on the gate into the allotments was discussed. This would mean every holder would have to have a key, but to make this work it was felt the whole field would have to be fenced off, at present all sides to the field is open to anyone to get in. There is also another gate at the bottom of the field that Mr Enefer uses.

Various leaflets regarding crime reduction, oil tanks and shed security were given out to the people present.   Councillors felt a fence round the whole field would be out of the question, which would also mean a padlock on the gate with a key for everyone would not be worth the cost involved.


Donations:    The question of this years donations to the Village Hall, Playing Field and St. James Churchyard was discussed.   The clerk reported that they had been given £716.00 each for the last three years.   After some discussion it was proposed by Mr Fothergill that an increase of 5% be given this year bringing the donation up to £750.00 each.   This was seconded by Mr Baker and everyone agreed.   Mrs Sismey raised the question as to how much the associations had in hand at the end of the year.  The clerk said that the Council had never differentiated between the  three donations and had always given them the same amount since she had been doing the job.  The clerk will bring a copy of the balance sheets to the next meeting.


Parish Council Insurance:   Notification has been received that our Local Council Insurance for the coming year is due on the 1 June 2010.  This has been transferred from Allianz Ins. Plc to the Local Council Team within Aon.  Nothing has been changed within the insurance cover and Allianz Ins. Plc remains our Insurer.   The total amount for this year is £764.99 an increase of £47.70 over last year (6.5%).   It was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Sismey that this amount be paid.   All councillors agreed.


Village Sign:    Some months back the clerk chased up Wayland Prison regarding the repainting of the village sign.  She has now been told that there is no longer a painting workshop, so they cannot undertake to do the work.  The clerk then approached Harry Stebbing of Great Hockham who make and repair village signs.  They have sent our details of their products – copy of their letter given out to councillors.  For a aluminium copy of our sign single sided the cost would be approx.  £2,200.  It was felt we should firstly establish what state the wood of our sign is in i.e. any rotting or woodworm.  Mr Denney and Mr Baker will go and inspect the sign and report back to the next meeting.


Hall Litter Bin:   The clerk has been contacted by Mr Keith Lovejoy of the Borough Council, who has taken over from Tony Wren, regarding the litter bin in the Village Hall car park, which he says needs a new liner.  If it is not possible to get one we would have to replace it with a new style bin in the shape and size of a black wheelie bin, priced approx. £110.00.  We have a spare litterbin stored away in the storerooms of HATS.   Mrs Sismey said she would ask her husband to check and see if there is a liner in it we could use, and will report back at the next meeting.


Norfolk RCC:     The General Meeting of the RCC is to be held at their offices in Dereham on the 27 April at 6.30 pm.  The clerk has the necessary  forms if anyone would like to book to attend.





Norfolk ALC:     Details have been received that there is to be a meeting for Parish Clerks and Councillors to meet their new Parish Liaison Officer Sarita Presland at Lynford Hall Hotel in Mundford on 28 April between 2 – 4 pm.  The clerk has the necessary form if anyone would like to attend.                                  


B.C.K.L.W.N. – Derelict Buildings:     A letter has been received from the Borough Council requesting information about any residential buildings within the village that are in various states of disrepair or neglect.   These besides being unsightly attract the dumping of rubbish and vermin.  The council would like to know of any such properties in the village, to use its various powers including, if necessary, compulsory purchase to ensure remedial works.   They would like details of any such properties, and also the owner’s details if known.  The Councillors did not know of any such properties within the village.


Enforcement – 133 Main Street:    A letter has been received from the Borough Council Planning regarding the council’s letter about this properties front wall.  They will be investigating the matter shortly and will contact the Council again regarding any action they have taken.  Mr Denney said that the wall was a credit to tradesmen of this country who built the wall and that it is a credit to the village.   Mrs Sismey pointed out that although the wall looked good, they did not have permission to pull the old wall down, which had stood there for years, and build a new one which was taller than before.


Bus Shelter:     The clerk had requested three quotes for the small piece of brick work required at the side of the bus shelter, but only two have been received.   It was agreed we should wait until the third quote is received before making a decision.


Side Table:     Tapping House – The Norfolk Hospice – Newsletter.   Suffolk C.C. Waste Core Strategy Development Plan, (not in our area).   Pride in Norfolk Community Awards 2010 details.  Energy Saving Trust – Join Green Communities Today.   Norfolk RCC Signpost March Newsletter Copy given out to Councillors.




Ref:  10/00357/F                                                                  Name:                Mr & Mrs G & J Haines

                                                                                                                26 Plovers Way, Hockwold,

Location – 26 Plovers Way.                                                               Thetford, IP26 4LF

Details – Alterations and extension to dwelling.

A copy of a letter sent to the Borough Council by Mr & Mrs McQueen was read out.  Their property backs on 26 Plovers Way.  They express their concerns regarding the closeness of a man hole to foul drainage to the septic tank to their property, and that their boundary fence is not shown in connection to this area of the plans, so it is not possible to ascertain the dimensions from the manhole to their existing boundary line.   After some consideration and discussion about this matter the Parish Council supported this application, feeling that the question of the boundary was a matter for the Borough Council to sort out.   This was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mr Fothergill, everyone agreed.







Planning applications contn…….


Ref:   10/00227/O                                                                 Name:    Mr N Russell

                                                                                                                37 Nursery Lane, Hockwold,

Location – Land North of 37 Nursery Lane, Hockwold.                            Thetford . IP26 4ND

Details – Outline Application – construction of 2 dwellings.

The Parish Council raised no objections to this application, as they feel such properties will tidy up this part of Nursery Lane, and will not intrude of any nearby properties. Everyone agreed.


Mrs Sismey declared an interest in this application so took no further part in any discussions regarding this application.

Ref:   10/00505/F                                                                 Name:   Mr B Rutterford

                                                                                                               Undley Hall, Undley,

Location – Blackdyke Farm, Blackdyke Road, Hockwold.           Lakenheath

Details  - Constr. of agric. Livestock building & covered yard.    Suffolk IP27 9BY

The Parish Council raised no objections to this application.   The proposed building is not close to any other dwellings so will not intrude on any other properties.   This was proposed by Mr Baker and seconded by Mr Denney.    Everyone agreed.



Ref: 09/02111/F – Mr & Mrs K Ladell – Proposed Read Extension (retrospective) at Hockwold Lodge, Cowles Drove, Hockwold.    Permission Recorded.

Ref: 10/00190/F – Mr D ford – Replace boiler with renewable energy air source heat pump at 61 South Street, Hockwold.    Permission Recorded.

Ref: 10/00230/F – Mr N Russell – Removal of existing garage and construction of replacement garage at 37 Nursery Lane, Hockwold.   Application Withdrawn.


Freedom Farm – Cowles Drove – Re: Planning (Regulatory) Committee – Friday 9 April 2010.

The Committee Officer at NCC Planning Department had sent for information a copy of a report which will be considered at the above meeting at County Hall regarding the allowing of recovery of fuel from source separated edible oils and fats at Freedom Recycling Ltd.


4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS


Payments      13.4.10           MHB Services Ltd – Lighting Maintenance        £  99.50

                                                Mick Moore – Bus Shelter                                      £  22.00

                                                BCKLWN – Dog Waste Bins                                 £  50.41

                                                Viking direct – Stationery                                       £  55.33

                                                Mrs Taylor – Wages Post. Tel. & Broadband     £492.06

                                                Hockwold Playing Field – Donation                     £750.00

                                                Hockwold Village Hall – Donation                                    £750.00

                                                St. James Churchyard – Donation                       £750.00

                                                Norfolk ALC – Subscriptions                                 £174.95

                        30.3.10           E.on – Street Lighting – February 2010              £197.85

Receipts        08.3.10         Business Base Rate Tracker Acc. Interest            £     0.98


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






5.            ANY  OTHER BUSINESS


Potholes:       There are some potholes on South Street that are gradually getting bigger, also the stones outside the club bungalow have still not be swept from the pavement.  The clerk reported that Mr Edmunds had informed her that he did not feel there was any room for a grit bin on the bend in South Street.


Church Lane:     It was reported that the road in front of Lode Cottages was in need of some repair.  The clerk will report this matter to Highways Department.


Mill Lane:    The 30 mph signs at the top of Mill Lane are still covered in graffiti.  The clerk will report this to Highways again.


Fly Tipping:    It was reported that there has been some more rubbish tipped down the roadway by the side of the cut-off channel.  The clerk will report this matter.


Cowles Drove:   There have been poles placed at each corner of the triangle at the entrance to Cowles Drove.  The clerk will report this matter to Highways, and ask if they know about them.


6.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was agreed that the next meeting the ’Annual Parish Council Meeting’  will be held on Tuesday 11 May 2010 at 7.30pm.


As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.45 pm.




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