Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman


Mr T. Fothergill                     )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mrs D Barrett                         ) 

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Miss R Johns                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr A Lawrence                     )  District Councillor

                                                Squadron Leader J. Neild


Apologies for absence had been received from Parish Councillor Mr M Denney and District Councillor Mr M Storey.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 13 March 2012 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mrs Barrett and seconded by Mrs Arbour.

Mrs Raburn commented on the lovely show of daffodils around the Village Signs and other places, planted by Mrs Sismey and her family earlier in the year. They look very bright and cheerful.




RAF Lakenheath:    Squadron Leader Neild apologised for not being present at the last meeting, said he had nothing to report, accept that there had been a Change of Command at the Base, Colonel Kyle Robinson has taken over from Colonel Quintas.  Squadron Leader Neild asked if anything further had been heard from Chalk Hill Farm regarding helicopter flying.


Allotments:    A couple of months back five allotment sheds had been broken into, as far as the clerk and Mrs Barrett know nothing was taken.  PCSO Esther Bortz went to speak to Mrs Barrett who had had difficulty contacting the police about the matter.  There is a new number 101 to ring and contact them for non emergencies, and all the Councillors were given a slip with this number on.  Esther Bortz had e-mailed the clerk and also gave her this number and apologised for not having told the councillor about this new telephone number.


Retrospective Planning Applications:   A letter has been received from Elizabeth Truss MP enclosing a letter from Bob Neill MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department for Communities and Local Government.  He agrees that it is unsatisfactory for anyone to carry out development without first obtaining planning permission and they are clear that the planning control regime should not appear to encourage unauthorised development.   There are severe consequences when someone fails to obtain permission, but it is up to the local authorities to decide what enforcement action to take in any case.  In the new Localism Act they are introducing powers to reduce the time it can take to resolve situations where unauthorised development has taken place.  Copy of this letter to be given to councillors.



NALC – Subscriptions 2012/13:     The subscriptions for the coming year to belong to this organisation is Standing Charge £59.25 plus 14.55p per elector (862 electors) £122.58 this gives a charge of £181.83.  The clerk confirmed that she does consult with this association several times within the year.  It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Eade that we would again pay this subscription.


Norfolk RCC – Subscription 2012/13:   The subscription for the coming year as an Associate Member (non-voting membership) is still £15.00.  It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Arbour that we again join this association.


Highways:    After the last meeting the clerk e-mailed Andy Wallace regarding the points raised at the meeting and received a reply informing the council that the sights have been inspected and they have programmed any works necessary, which will be carried out within the next month.


Audit of the Accounts for the Year Ending 31 March 2012:    Notification has been received that the audit of the Accounts must be approved by the council by 30 June 2012, The Annual Return sent to Auditors Mazars by 4 July 2012, and the date set for the exercise of electors rights is 24 July 2012.  The clerk will present the figures to the council at the May Meeting.


Parish Council Training:   BCKLWN have sent a copy of the final version of the training presentation given recently regarding planning.  The clerk will give the councillors a copy of this at the next meeting.


Norfolk ALC:    NALC have arranged a ‘Parish Online Workshop’ on the 9 May 2012 at Barnham Broom Hotel at 6 pm. 


Proposed Power & Recycling Centre, King’s Lynn:  The clerk received at the end of March an e-mail from NCC informing the Council that they have received additional information relating to the Planning Application from the applicant Cory Wheelabrator.  They are now seeking views on this information.  The information is on line and paper copies are available to view at County Hall. 

The Council has also received a letter from the Borough Council saying that following a meeting of the planning committee, who upheld the Borough Councils opposition to the proposal, they also recommended that the planning application be ‘called-in’ by the Secretary of State Eric Pickles for his determination.  This would lead to a public inquiry held by an independent planning inspector.  The letter also asks for councils to write to Eric Pickles asking for the above to happen.  The clerk has already written to Eric Pickles regarding this matter.

Mr Lawrence informed the council that in an article in a recent Sunday Times it stated that there could be more incinerators in the County of Norfolk, Snetterton and Costessy being mentioned.


Donations 2012:   The question of how much the Council should give in donations to the Churchyard, Playingfield and Village Hall, bearing in mind that we cut them down last year.  Also do we give any donations to the charities that write in to the Council.  With regard to the donations within the village it was proposed by Mr  Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Sismey that a letter be sent informing them that the Council are proposing to send out donations of £500.00 at the end of May, hoping this will be satisfactory to their organisation.

With regard to charities outside the village it was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Sismey that we wait until the figures for the Audit and accounts have been completed.





Side Table:   Anglian Water – Drought situation & Imminent Hosepipe Ban.  East Cambridgeshire District Council Local Plan – Not our area.  Norfolk RCC E-Newsletter March 2012  – copies given to councillors.   Norfolk RCC Signpost March 2012 Copies given to Councillors.




Ref:  12/00388/F                                                                  Name:   Mr & Mrs K Ladell

                                                                                                               Hockwold Lodge, Cowles Drove

Location – Hockwold Lodge, Cowles Drove.                                 Hockwold IP26 4JQ

Details – Proposed erection of boundary fencing.

The Parish Council have no objections to this application.  The fence height is within the rules and will not impede on anyone in the area.   This was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Sismey everyone agreed.


Ref:  12/00448/F                                                                  Name:   Ms. T Clark

                                                                                                               Twelve Acre Farm, Moor Drove,

Location – Twelve Acre Farm, Moor Drove East.                           Hockwold, IP26 4JL

Details – Retrospective consent for a change of use of land

 for the siting of temp. agric. dwelling (mobile home).

Hockwold Parish Council are against this application for change of use.  They do not feel there is need for accommodation on this site.  Such permission would set a precedent for others wanting temporary homes on land within the village.  Also the Council feels the buffer zone for the Stone Curlew should be considered as it has done with many other sites.  Enclosed is a letter regarding retrospective planning received from Bob Neill MP.  This was proposed by Mrs Arbour and seconded by Mr Fothergill – a vote was taken, six councillors were against the application one councillor was for the application.


4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS


Payments:     10.4.2012      MHB Services Ltd – Lighting Maintn. (April)       £106.72

                                                Emptying Dog Waste Bins – 1.4.11 – 31.3.12    £217.15

                                                                        Mrs G Taylor Wages  (April)           £397.64)

                                                                                                Broadband                  £59.70)

                                                                                                Telephone                     £5.39) £475.57

                                                                                                Postage                      £12.84)

                                                Norfolk Assoc. Local Councils (Subs 2012)        £181.83

                                                                           Norfolk RCC (Subs 2012)              £15.00


                      24.4.2012        E.On – DD Street Lighting March 2012               £202.30


Receipts:         4.3.2012       Business Base Rate Tracker Acc. Interest               £1.05

                      10.4.2012        Eastern Power Networks – Wayleaves                  £43.91


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








5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Cowles Drove:    It was reported that the pothole outside the gates of Hockwold Lodge is now wider and deeper.  The clerk will speak to Highways about this matter.


Street Sign:   It was reported that the street sign at the Station Road end of Main Street has been turned round.  The clerk will report this to Highways.


Red Lion:    The Red Lion has an A Board on the Cross Hill Green, which is blocking the view of traffic coming from Weeting for any drivers coming out of Church Lane.


Gravel Pit:    Mr Fothergill said that he had found the ‘No Motorcycles’ sign at the Parish council sand pit laying on the ground, he put it up.  Going back days later it was again taken down a thrown to one side.


Speeding on Station Road:   Several parishioners have asked about the speeding on Station Road.  The clerk will contact the police about this matter as after sending out a speed check they said they would do it again at different times.


Amenity Grass:    Vehicles have recently started parking on the amenity grass within the village, especially at the corner of Boundary Road, in South Street and Main Street.   The clerk will find out who is responsible for this grass NCC or Borough Council as we pay special expenses for this grass to be cut.


Chestnut Tree:    Mrs Eade suggested that an article be put in the village Magazine, saying that the Council is now in a position to order the replacement tree for the Cross Hill, with a view to planting in October as recommended.  Several people from the village have expressed an interest in contributing to the cost, and any donations can be sent to the clerk.  If donations exceed the cost of the tree, the safety railings will be a priority.


6.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was agreed that next meeting The ‘Annual Parish Council Meeting’ will be held on Tuesday 8 May 2012 at 7.30 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 Peak 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