HOCKWOLD-CUM-WILTON PARISH COUNCIL

 

MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN THE METHODIST SCHOOLROOM ON TUESDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2013 AT 7.30 pm

 

Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman

 

                                                                Mr T Fothergill                      )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Miss R Johns                        )

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mr M Storey                              District Councillor

                                                1 Member of the public

 

Apologies for absence had been received from Squadron Leader Jerry Neild.  Parish Councillors Mrs L Arbour,  Mr M Denney and Mrs D Barrett.

 

1.            MINUTES

 

Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 8 January 2013 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Ms R. Johns and seconded by

Mr Gossage.

 

2.            MATTERS ARISING AND CORRESPONDENCE

 

Cross Hill Bench: Hopefully, weather permitting, this matter will have been completed by the next meeting.

 

Highways Improvement Ideas:    A further letter has been received from NCC informing the Parish that additional funding will be made available for the highway service in 2013/2014.  To give councils enough time to develop proposals the submission date has been altered to 30 April 2013.  A copy of this letter has been given out to councillors. This matter to be put on the agenda for next meeting.

 

Dispensation on Budgets:   All the Councillors have completed their dispensation forms (Mr Fothergill has decided not to fill his in, and understands that he cannot take part in any discussion regarding precepts).  The clerk then granted dispensation on discussions regarding budgets until May 2015.

 

Precepts – 2013/2014:    The clerk had prepared the figures for the parish requirements for the coming year, and the councillors all were given a copy, we had kept our spending under budget for the year.   The clerk explained that Hockwold’s tax base rate based on Band D properties has been altered by the Government, so this year has gone down to 351.  Because of this fact the government has provided a sum of money to be passed on to parish/town councils, called the tax support grant, which can be added to or taken off  our requirements for the coming year.  After some discussion the councillors decided to precept for £13,400.00 the same as the last two years and add the support grant of £1024.00 to this amount making our requirement for the coming year £14,424.00.   This was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mrs Sismey, all the councillors agreed.

 

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Lights:  At the last meeting a light in Kemps Lane was reported as being out.  The clerk dealt with this matter and heard back from K & M Lighting.  The fault was not with the Light but with the supply, which is dealt with UP Power Networks, this matter has been reported to them and they will be dealing with the matter within the next three weeks.

 

Norfolk Accident Rescue Service:   A letter has been received from this Charity asking for the council to consider making a donation to enable them to continue providing immediate care to accident victims throughout Norfolk.  It was agreed this letter be put with the other such letters, to be discussed in April/May when donations are decided upon.

 

Proposed Energy from Waste Facility King’s Lynn:    Notification has been received that a public inquiry will start on 26 February 2013 and is expected to last until 19 April 2013, regarding this matter.  The first day will be at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, the rest of the time will be at West Norfolk Professional Development Centre in Kilhams Way King’s Lynn.

 

Citizens Advice Bureau:   A letter has been received from the Bury St Edmunds Branch of the CAB  asking the Parish Council to put a notice on their Notice Board informing  parishioners that they are looking for new Trustees who can commit to attending 6 board meetings a year, and will take on roles – on an ‘as and when required’ basis – that suits their particular expertise and interest.

 

NCC Community Construction Fund:  An e-mail has been received enclosing a Poster to be put on the notice board (which the clerk has done), informing the community that the second round of funding is now available through NCC’s Community Construction Fund.  This round opened on 9 January 2013 and closes on 14 February 2013,

 

NALC – Drive Safer for Longer:   NCC Guidance for older drivers programme (Gold), aims to keep order people driving safer and longer.  It offers to the over 55 a one-hour driver development session, (in ones own car) which is intended to help and advise to refresh skills and increase confidence.

 

Composting Seminar:    Details have been received from Norfolk ALC regarding Norfolk and Suffolk Community Composting Network Seminar to be held on 17 March 2013 in Thurlton (South Norfolk).  The clerk has further information if required.

 

Police:   The newly elected Police Commissioner, Stephen Betts, has sent out a questionnaire asking what councillors expect from the police.  Mrs Eade said she would read through the questions and fill it in if the council so wished .  Everyone agreed that she should do so.

 

J L Landscape:  The clerk has received an invoice from John Long for the grass cutting on the Cross Hill during the year and for cutting shrubs down round the monument, amounting to £56.00.

It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mr Fothergill that this invoice be paid.

 

Side Table:   Brochures from Glasdon.  Clerk & Councils Direct  January 2013 and Clerk and Councils Direct Year Book 2013.  Norfolk RCC Leaflets regarding Warmer West Norfolk , Heating Help and Insulation Help for Home Owners.  Norfolk RCC Health Watch Norfolk.  Norfolk RCC E-Newsletter (Copy given to Councillors).

 

 

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3.            PLANNING APPLICATIONS/PERMISSIONS/REFUSALS

 

Ref:  12/01652/F                                                                  Name:   Mr S Harrison

                                                                                                               Norrisha, Mill Lane, Hockwold,

Location – Norrisha, Mill Lane, Hockwold                                      Norfolk IP26 4LR

Details – Extension to Bungalow (Amended)

Hockwold Parish Council, as before, have no objections to this application, but as before councillors pointed out that the cattery was not shown on the plans.  We presume it is still there!

This was proposed by Mr Gossage and seconded by Mr Fothergill.  Everyone agreed.

 

4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS

 

Payments:  12.2.2013         K & M Lighting Services Ltd – Maintn. (Feb.)                 £100.54

                                                Mrs G M Taylor Wages (Feb)                                             £447.40

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                                  £  22.00

                                                John Long – Grass Cutting & Weeding on Cross Hill  £  56.00

Viking – Epsom Cartridges                                                            £  38.95

                     15.2.2013         E-on – DD – Street Lighting (Jan)                                                £218.27

 

Receipts:     23.1.2013         Allotment Rent (final)                                                          £  10.00

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It was proposed by Ms. Johns and seconded by Mrs Sismey  that the above payments be made.

 

5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS

 

Street Sweeping:    Mrs Eade pointed out that every time the sweeper comes to the village it starts in Main Street and when it gets to the school the cars are all parked there and it goes round them, thus missing out all along in front of the school.  The clerk will speak to highways about this matter.

 

Rubbish Bins:   The council would like clarification regarding parishioners leaving their black and green bins out on the pavements after they have been emptied.  Thus causing difficulty for mobility scooters and prams, causing owners to go into the road to get passed.  The chairman will also put a note about this matter in her Parish Magazine Report.

 

Unadopted Lane:    In the Ten Minutes open forum the question of the Unadopted Lane between Church Lane and Nursery Lane was brought up by Mr Ratchford of Lode House.   All the allotment uses use this piece if road to get into the allotments.  Mr Ratchford and two other parishioners have to maintain this piece of road themselves. It was done last August and is in need of repair again, much quicker than normal, which he feels is due to the constant use of people coming to the allotments.  The councillors discussed this matter, and it was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Eade that the clerk send a letter to all allotment holders,  asking them drive further down Church Lane and turn left into Nursery Lane to get to the allotments, thus avoiding the piece of unadopted roadway.

 

Parking in Boundary Road:   It was reported that cars are parking on the grass in Boundary Road when visiting properties on the corner, these properties are owned by Freebridge, the clerk will speak to someone about the matter.

 

 

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Flashing Light:   It was reported that the 40 mph flashing light coming from Lakenheath was not working, other councillors said it was.  The clerk will get it checked out.

 

Parish Rangers:   Mrs Sismey said that when the rangers next come to the village the pathway to Mores Drove East is in need of being tidied and also there is a lot of rubbish in the entrance to Mores Drove East.  The clerk will put this on the list for their next visit, they have only just been in the village.

 

Street Light:   Mr Gossage reported that the light in the middle of Pearces Close needs a new shade, the clerk will report this matter.

 

Spikes Round Cross Hill:   Are these to be cut off?   The clerk will see to this matter.  Mr Smith said he would get them cut off.

 

RAF Lakenheath:   Mrs Raburn said she had hope Squadron Leader Neild would be with us, as she wanted to bring up the matter of an increase in the amount of helicopters flying over the village and also she has heard reports that servicemen living within the village has had tyres slashed and damage to petrol tanks.

 

Parking in Main Street:    Mr Storey brought up the matter that cars are parked in Main Street  to the left of the South Street Junction very close to the junction.   Vehicles pulling out of South Street have to get right out into the middle of the road to see if any traffic is coming from the left, which is an accident waiting to happen!!   The clerk will contact Esther Bortz our Community Police Officer about this matter.

 

6.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING   

 

It was agreed that the date for the next meeting of the council will be 12 March 2013 at 7.00pm

followed by the Annual Parish Meeting at 8.00pm

 

As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.20pm.