Present:                                 Mr T Fothergill                      )  Vice-Chairman

                                                Mr D Baker                            )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                                Mrs D Barrett                         )

                                                PCSO Claire Law

                                                PCSO Esther Bortz

                                                Two members of the public


Apologies for absence had been received from Parish Councillors Mrs P.  Raburn, Mrs M. Eade and Mr T Gossage, and Squadron Leader Jerry Neild.


1.         MINUTES


Resolved:     That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 8 March 2011 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Vice-Chairman.  This was proposed by Mr Baker and seconded by Mrs Sismey.




Police Matters:   PCSO Esther Bortz and Claire Law were present at the meeting.   They reported that there had been a theft of scrap metal in Hockwold, and also theft of Heating Oil in Hockwold, so everyone should be on the alert.  Councillor Mrs Eade who was not able to be at the meeting had given the clerk a letter regarding police matters.  O n Friday 8 May 6/7 young people were seen trying to get in to the garden of Mr Gair to get to the lake , when challenged they rang across the church Yard to two cars parked in the Church car park, no numbers were taken.   Also a man possibly sleeping rough has been wandering around the village, several councillors said they have seen him.  Several people have expressed concern and someone rang the police about him.  Cars and motor bikes are entering the back gate of the churchyard and damaging the grass,  people visiting graves are rather worried about this. Lastly the parking on the narrow round into Lakelands is preventing the refuse lorry from getting through, also the tractor emptying septic tanks has problems.  The clerk gave a copy of this letter to the PCSO’s who will look into the matters.  Mrs Sismey reported that dustbins are being turned over, this has been happening for the last couple of weeks.


Horse Chestnut Trees:  The clerk has received notice that the work to the two trees can be carried out.  The letters of consent are valid for the next two years.  The Arboreal Officer has suggested three species for the replacement tree.  Indian Horse Chestnut,  Sweet Chestnut or Lime.   The clerk will contact Mr Chris Hotson to inform him permission has been granted.


South Street – Grit Bin:     This bin has been received, Mr Baker has it in his yard.  He will site it if Highways does not do it.  The clerk will contact Jon Barnard and let Mr Baker know.





Hockwold Primary School/Methwold High School Amalgamation:   The clerk explained what had gone on regarding the notices sent out.    Mr Denney said it was taking the identity from our village.  The question of the school name being changed was discussed.  No one felt this was necessary.   It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Arbour that the clerk should write to NCC School Organisation Team informing them that the Council feels very strongly that the school name should not be changed, it should remain as Hockwold Primary School!


Highways:   A letter has been received from Highways informing the council that with regard to Cowles Drove, they are looking to move the kerb line back from its existing position and patching the dipped area at the same time.   He is also looking to provide an  additional black and white sign to  highlight the junction to stop the HGV’s missing the intended turning.    The clerk explained that after the last meeting she received a letter from Mrs Rutter of Reeves Lane regarding the joining of Reeves Lane and Mill Lane.  Copies of this letter was sent to NCC White and Mr Barnard, and they looked into the matter  when they inspected the village together on the 18 March, they also called in to the clerk to explain the work they propose.   A copy of Mr Barnard's letter to Mrs Rutter has been received, in which  he says he hopes the work will be done within the next two weeks.


Norfolk ALC:    The clerk has received an E-mail from the association saying ‘The Audit Commission in its report on how well councils responded to recent changes in the Audit regime, suggested that local councils should lose the power to precept if they fail to comply with audit and finance regulations’  they ask should councils lose the power to precept if they break the law or statutory  regulations.  Copies of this document given to councillors.  After some discussion it was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Sismey that we take the matter no further.


EACH, Macmillan Cancer Support and Age UK Norfolk:   Letters have been received from each of these charities asking for donations.  After some discussion it was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Barrett that this matter should be put on the agenda for the May meeting with the new council.


Royal Wedding Tea Party:   A letter and leaflet has been received from Mrs P Cock , who with other parishioners are organising a celebration Tea Party in the Village Hall on the 29 April 2011. 

They have asked if the Parish Council would be prepared to make a donation towards the cost of running such a party.  It was reported that South Street is also holding a street party.  If the Parish Council gave to one Party they would have to give the same to any others.  It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mr Denney that the clerk should write back, saying the council regrets they cannot send a donation but hope they have a very successful party.


Norfolk Association of Local Council – Subscriptions:   The Annual Subs for this association is now due.  It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Baker they we should carry on with our subscription.

Also due is the yearly amount we pay to have copies of the Norfolk LINK.  This has now been increased.  It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Arbour that we should send for 9 sets of this publication at a cost of £45.00


Audit 2010 – 2011:   Notification has been received from Mazars that our Annual Return has to be submitted to them by the 4 July 2011.  The clerk will get the figures ready  for the May Meeting.





Norfolk ALC:   A letter entitled ‘The Future of Audit’ has been received, copies have been given out to councillors.  Any response must be in by the 30 July 2011.


A11 Duelling:   It was announced on the 22 March 2011 that the Secretaries of State had made the decisions to go ahead with the duelling of this road.  The clerk has copies of the different orders and associated plans.


NCC Part Night Lighting:    The recent consultation on part night lighting has now been completed.  No further streets in Hockwold have been added to the two original ones.  Copies of this letter have been given out to councillors.


Side Table:   Norfolk LINK Issue 182.   Details from NALC regarding the event of MOD Armed Forces Day flag raising on 25 June 2011.  List of PAYE Information Sessions to be held in March and April.  Leaflet regarding Security in the Community issued by GBSG.  NRCC E-Newsletter.




Notification has been received that two applications are being referred to the Development Control Board on Monday 18 April 2011, they are:-

Flagship Housing Munden House – Hockwold objected to this application.

East Fen Fisheries – Hockwold had no objections to this application.

Hockwold Parish Council views will be put forward at the meeting.


Ref:   11/00398/F                                                                             Name:  Freedom Farm

                                                                                                                          Cowles Drove,

Location – Freedom Farm, Cowles Drove.                                                Hockwold, Thetford,

Details – Two oil (bio oil) storage tanks & compound.                            Norfolk IP26 4JQ

The Parish council supported this application, The storage tanks would not be close to any other properties and will be screened.    This was proposed by Mrs Barrett and seconded by Mr Baker.


Ref:   11/00410/LB and 11/00405/CU                                          Name:  Mr R Waddingham

                                                                                                                          Hockwold Hall,

Location – Hockwold Hall, 38 Station Road, Hockwold                                      38 Station Road

Details – Listed Building Consent – conversion of part of stable         Hockwold Norfolk IP26 4HZ

    Block to form museum and meeting room

The Parish Council supported these applications, as long as highways are happy with entrance and exit arrangements.   Property set in own grounds, no impact on any surrounding properties.

This was proposed by Mr  Denney and seconded by Mr Baker.   Mr Denney said he applauded the idea of making it available for the people to visit.




Ref: 11/00017/LB – Mr John Scott Re-application for loft conversion works at Whyte Dyke Farm, Black Dyke Road, Hockwold IP26 4JW.   Permission Recorded.




Ref:  11/00151/RM – Mr B Waterlow Maytree Farm, Hockwold IP26 4JL – Reserve Matters – proposed agricultural dwelling at Maytree Farm.   Approval Recorded.



4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS


Payments:     12.4.2011      MHB Services Ltd – Lighting Maintn. (April)       £101.62

                                                Mrs G Taylor – Wages                                             £397.64

                                                                  Broadband                                              £  49.20

                                                                    Telephone                                             £  20.50

                                                                         Postage                                           £  20.70

                                                Mr Moore – Bus Shelter                                          £  22.00

                                                National Assoc. of Local Councils – Subs          £177.88

                                                Norfolk LINK Magazine – Subscription               £  45.00

                                                Glasdon – Grit Bin                                                   £158.00

                        24.4.2011      E-on – DD  Street Lighting Energy (March)        £202.06


Receipts:       11.4.2011      UK Power Networks (Wayleaves)                         £  42.75

                                                BCKLWN – Parish Precepts                             £13400.00


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


5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Bus shelter Wall:    Two copping stones have now been dislodged and broken.  Mrs Sismey, Mr Denney and Mrs Arbour will arrange a date to meet up and look at the wall, and try to find a way to stop the youth pushing the copping stones off.


Nursery Lane:    The nursery Lane sign is still in need of being put up on new posts, the clerk will chase this matter up with the Borough Council.

Also the seven drains down the Lane are all blocked up, the clerk will report this matter.


Highways:   It was agreed that a very good job had been done in repairing all the potholes in the village.

The Leaves in Church Lane have still not be cleared up. The clerk will report this matter again.


Mr Denney said as it was the last meeting of this Parish Council, he proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman and Vice Chairman for their work during the last four years, and also to the clerk who is always so obliging and most helpful.


6.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was agreed that the next meeting of the council should be held on the 10 May 2011 at 7.30 pm.

This meeting will be the Annual Parish Council Meeting.


As there was no other business the Vice-Chairman closed the meeting at 8.30 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: