Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman


                                                Mrs D Barrett                         )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Miss R Johns                        )

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr Martin Storey                      District Councillor

                                                Squadron Leader Jerry Neild

                                                PCSO Esther Bortz

                                                Two members of the Public

Apologies for absence had been received from Parish Councillors Mrs M Eade, Mr T Fothergill and Mr M Denney.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 12 March 2013 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mr Gossage and seconded by Mrs Arbour.




RAF Lakenheath:   Mrs Raburn passed on to Squadron Leader Neild the fact that many calls had been received regarding the low flying of helicopters over the village during March.  He said he had received complaints from Lakenheath and has spoken to the squadrons on the base already, he will pass on our complaints to them.  Squadron Leader said there would be peace for a couple of weeks as they are going away, but will be back.

Squadron Leader Neild also informed the council that there will be no 4th July Celebrations at Feltwell this year.   Mrs Sismey reminded the Squadron Leader regarding the matter of drivers carrying furniture on vehicles not to use their hazard flashing lights as they drive along, this is very confusing when then indicating to turn left or right.


Police:   PCSO Esther Bortz from Downham Market was at the meeting and reported that since January there has been damage to a motor vehicle but nothing taken as fuel was very low.  One garage was broken into with tools taken.  There have been four lots of thefts from tanks domestic and red diesel, and they request that tank levels are checked on a weekly basis.

In Methwold and Feltwell the theft of car registration plates has started again, often by Americans taking them back home to America.

There have also been thefts of scrap metal and domestic burglaries,

With regard to the parking close to the junction of South Street, there is never any cars parked when PCSO Bortz comes out, as she does not start duty early enough.  Highway law says that vehicles should not park less than 10 meters from a junction.  Mr Storey thanked PCSO Bortz for try to solve the matter, but feels it will be his duty to go ask them to move the vehicle further along.  The trailer that was parked there for a time was only there when the house was being gutted.




Delivering Highway Improvements:  The clerk reported that she had met with Andy Wallace our Highways Engineer yesterday 8 April 2013 they had inspected the three sites.  With regard to the junction of Mill Drift and Main Street, this is really the contractor using Mill Drift causing the trouble, he will arrange for the potholes to be filled in.  Mr Storey said that he knows who the contractor is and will have a quiet word with them and feels they will sort the problem out.

Mr Wallace will give us a quote for a footpath from No 177 to Wilton Farm and also Wilton Farm to  Mill Drift.  With regard to South Street this is very long for a footpath, and would be quite expensive, a trod could be considered on the field side of the road, but only in parts where there is no ditch.  The offer is now 75% of costs with the council only having to put forward 25%.


With regard to NCC second letter, which all councillors had received a copy, offering help of now 75% to include the Installation of low Energy LED street lighting,  K & M Lighting Services, who we have our lighting maintenance contract with, are holding an event regarding this matter on Friday 12 April at The Green Britain Centre in Swaffham.  The clerk would not be able to go as she goes on holiday the next day.  Mrs Sismey said she would go and Miss Johns said she would go with her.  The clerk will let them know tomorrow.


Norfolk ALC:   Councillors had all received their copies of NALC’s weekly updates and no one had any queries regarding any of them. 

Also the clerk has received details of NALC Subscriptions for 2013/2014 which will be £182.96.  It was proposed by Miss Johns and seconded by Mrs Barrett that this amount is paid, as this association is very useful and keeps the council up-to-date on points of law etc.


Norfolk RCC:    Membership is due for this association, which in the past Hockwold has always belonged to as a non-voting member.  It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Arbour that Hockwold should renew their membership of £20 for the coming year, again as a non-voting member.


Enforcement:  Following on from out last meeting the clerk contact Neil Langley Enforcement Team Leader regarding the eviction of Mr C Guy.  He sent details, which informed the Council that, the alleged temporary permission for stationing of mobile home for use as temp. dwelling expired on 31.10.08 and as no new application was made Mr Guy was evicted.  The clerk also received from the Democratic Services Dept. a list of four other properties in  Hockwold pending consideration re enforcement.


Norfolk Village Games:    Details of this year Norfolk Village Games have been received.  It will take place on 30 June 2013.  All entries have to be in by 31st May 2013.  Details of this event will be place in the Parish Magazine.


Audit 2013:   The figures for the year ending 31 March 2013 have been requested by the Auditors Mazars and the clerk will have them ready for the next Parish Council meeting 14 May 2013.


Side Table:  TCHC – Business Start up support programme Mike George BCKLWN, Contact No 01923 698430 Courtney Lee, Operations Manager.   Norfolk RCC Signpost – copy given to councillors.  Local Council Clerks AGM 19 April 2013 at Fakenham.

Active Norfolk BCKLWN – Get into an active lifestyle.  Details of getting into an active lifestyle. Tel 01603 732334







Ref: 13/00468/F                                                                               Name:  Mrs J Robertson

                                                                                                                          Highgate House

Location – Highgate House, 137 Main Street Hockwold                        137 Main Street,

Details – Re position site entrance with new dropped kerb &                            Hockwold Norfolk

    Adjust position of boundary wall (approved on 12/00994/F)                          IP26 4LX

The Parish Council supported this application the positioning of

The site entrance and dropped kerb will not effect anyone.

This was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Barrett and everyone agreed.


Mrs T. Sismey declared an interest in this application and took no part in the discussions.

Ref. No 13/00473/F                                                                         Name:  Mr P King

                                                                                                                          25 South Street.

Location – 25 South Street, Hockwold                                                       Hockwold, Thetford

Details – First floor extension to dwelling                                                             IP26 4JG

Hockwold Parish Council had no objections to this application.  There are no properties that close for the extension to intrude upon.

This was proposed by Mrs Arbour and seconded by Mrs Barrett, everyone agreed.


Ref:  13/00421/F                                                                              Name:  Hall Contracts Ltd

                                                                                                                          Station Road,

Location – Munden House, 78 Main Street, Hockwold                                       Lakenheath Suffolk

Details – Constr. of 4 dwellings following demolition of                          IP27 9AD

    Existing buildings.

Hockwold Parish Council had no objections to this application, noting that the height of the previously proposed houses have now been reduced, and they will only have three bedrooms each.

This was proposed by Mrs Arbour and seconded by Mrs Barrett, everyone agreed.


PERMISSIONS    Mr S Harrison, c/o Mike Hastings Building Design, Denver, Downham Market PR38 0DY  Extension to bungalow (amended) at Norrisha, Mill Lane, Hockwold IP26 4LR

Permission Recorded.


WITHDRAWAL    Ref: 12/01856/f – Construction of four dwellings following demolition of existing buildings at Munden House 78 Main Street Hockwold. – application withdrawn. 27.March 2013.


4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS


Payments – 9.4.2013    K & M Lighting Services Ltd – Maintn. (Apr)             £100.54

                                          Mrs G M Taylor Wages                                      £447.40)

                                                                        Broadband and Calls                      £  63.00)  £530.80

                                                                        Postage                                             £  20.40)

                                      BCKLWN – Dog Bins Collections 1.4.12 to 31.3.13    £224.64

                                           Norfolk ALC – Subscriptions                                      £182.96

                                           Norfolk RCC – Subscriptions                                     £  20.00

                                           Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                           £  22.00

                   15.4.2013      E-on – DD – Street Lighting (Mar)                              £218.27

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



Ten Minute Open Forum:  Under the Ten Minute Open Forum at the beginning of the meeting a parishioner read out a letter regarding the fact that she had been informed that a Parish Councillor had implied, at a council meeting that her and her husband had people living in caravans on their land.  In fact they allow two unemployed lads to work on their banger cars in their field and to use the van to store their tools and equipment.  They do not live or sleep at the property but travel backwards and forward to Brandon.  This arrangement suits the owners, and provides security at times when their home might be unoccupied.

The Parishioner asked that any reference to such comments that may have been documented in the Council’s Minutes be corrected or retracted.  The Chairman, Mrs Raburn checked in the March Minutes and informed the Parishioner that no mention of this matter or names had been put in the Minutes.


Parish Rangers:   At the entrance to Moor Drove East there is a lot of litter, cans etc. could the rangers be asked to cut back the undergrowth, hopefully stopping people throwing their litter their. The clerk will put this on the list for their next visit.


Church Lane/Allotments:   Mr Ratchford had been in touch with the clerk again, and she told him of the offer to fill in the potholes with stones etc.   He did not feel this was the answer, the clerk suggested he come to the March Annual Parish Meeting with Mr. Ball who contributes to the filling in of the potholes and discuss the matter with the Council.  Some stones have been put in the holes to try and help the situation,  ? could the person doing this be reported for fly tipping!!.

Mr Ratchford did not come to the Annual Parish Meeting.


5.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was agreed that the date for the next meeting of the council, which will be the Annual Parish Council Meeting will be on 14 May 2013 at 7.30pm.


As there was no other business the Chairman closed the Meeting at 8.50pm.





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: