Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman


                                                Mrs D Barrett                         )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Miss R Johns                        )

                                                Mr M Storey                              Norfolk County Councillor

                                                Squadron Leader J. Neild      RAF Lakenheath


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


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:   Mr Sismey pointed out that she had brought up the subject of a Dog Waste Bin in Kemps Lane, not Miss Johns as stated in the Minutes.  Also in AOB it should read Mill Drift not ‘Miss Drift’.

That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 14 January 2014 previously circulated be amended as above,  approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mrs Barrett and seconded by Mrs Sismey.




RAF Lakenheath:    Squadron Leader Neild thanked the Councillors for their condolences over the recent tragic event.  The reactions from the Authorities and the population from near and far have been enormous, also the media coverage has been very sensitively done.  There will be no further news until all the investigations are finished.  Then everyone will be informed of the results.

As yet there is not further information regarding if and when there will be a reduction of 1600 personnel.


Vice Chairman:  The post of Vice-Chairman has been vacant since Mr Fothergill left and nominations were requested.  Mrs Barrett put forward Mrs Maureen Eade and Mrs Eade agreed to take on the position until May 2015.  This was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Barrett everyone agreed.


Casual Vacancy:   Following on from the notice in the village magazine regarding the causal vacancy on the council, we have had two applicants, Mr S Turner and Mrs L Randall.  The Chairman read out their letters to the council, and after some discussion it was proposed by Mr Gossage that Mr S Turner be offered the position, and this was seconded by Mrs Barrett, and accepted by the council.  Mrs Eade said she felt Mrs Randall’s letter should be kept on file for future reference, and the clerk will put this in her letter to Mrs Randall.


NALC Weekly Updates:  Everyone has received their copies, Miss Johns and Mrs Sismey asked regarding the dates of training.  The clerk said she had copies of the dates and will let them have then, also informed them that the Council would pay the fee for the sessions.



Highways:   The clerk has had a reply to her e-mail to Highways regarding potholes and other work required to be done within the village.   Mr Edmunds said the potholes have been programmed to be filled and the gullies near the club have been programmed to be replaced and patched.  The grips will be added to the rangers list.

Mr Storey said that following complaints regarding the hole outside the club he rang someone in Highways regarding the bad state of this pothole, who said a temporary filling would be done and then a proper job with the surround dug out and properly filled will follow soon.  Mrs Eade said she has been informed that a temporary job was done today, which involved the workmen driving a van backwards and forwards over the work to tamp it down!!


Icenci Academy Coach:   Following on from Mr & Mrs Bye’s letter, which I sent to the School after our last meeting.  I was contacted by Helen Martin at NCC who deals with school buses.  She informed me that according to her records that morning bus comes from Weeting and picks up the students at the Bus Shelter in Hockwold not outside the garage.  There seems to be some discrepancy regarding this matter, and she will look into this and make sure the pick-up is at the bus shelter.  Mr Gossage said he has seen the students getting off the bus at the bus shelter.  If there is any further trouble the clerk will ring Helen Martin back.


Magpas – Donation:    We have received a letter from this Charity asking for a donation towards their cause.  This will be kept for when we discussed donations later in the year.


The Royal British Legion:   The Parish Council have received a letter from the Lakenheath Branch of the RBL informing us that they are hoping to produce a book in memory of all those who are commemorated on their war memorial.  It has been suggested that the book should include Eriswell and Hockwold, and they are asking if the Parish Council would be prepared to support them in this project.  The commitment would be in a small contribution to cover the cost of hosting the web site (Lakenheath-remembers.co.uk) and expenses incurred doing the research, a donation of £100.00 has been suggested and a commitment to purchase a minimum of ten books, costing approx £12.00 per copy.   The parish councillors felt this was rather a large commitment, especially as Lakenheath is in Suffolk, is anything being done in Norfolk.  Mr Storey our NCC suggested the clerk should contact Councillor Knockolds at the Borough Council who he felt would know about such matters.


J. L. Landscape:   Mr Long has sent to the council an invoice for the grass cutting on Cross Hill  2013 - 8 cuts at £5.50 per cut,  plus one extra cut in January 2014 and tidying around the Cross, amounting to a total of £59.00.   It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Barrett that this amount be paid, everyone agreed.


Norfolk RCC – Forthcoming Events and Posters:   This e-mail was forwarded to Councillors.


Norfolk RCC:  Details have been received ‘Thinking Fuel – Community Oil Buying’ as part of Big Energy Saving week


Elizabeth Truss MP:  A copy of her Monthly Report January 2014 has been received.  Copies given and sent by e-mail to councillors.


New Norfolk ALC Website:   This website is for members in the West of the borough, and they would like to know if e-mail addresses can be added.  The clerk does not mind her telephone number, but not her e-mail address.



Community Speed Watch Product Update:  The clerk has received details of Community Speed Watch products including new Vehicles Activated Signs.  Hockwold already has two vehicle-activated signs on Station Road.


Rangers:   The rangers were in the village on the 24 January 2014 and they have sent a list of the work carried out.




Ref: 14/00147/F                                                                               Name:  Mr A Wheeler,

                                                                                                                          41 College Road, Hockwold.

Location:  41 College Road, Hockwold-cum-Wilton IP26 4LL

Details:  Single Storey side infill extn. at 41 College Road, Hockwold, Norfolk Ip26 4LL

Hockwold Parish Council had no objections to this application, and had received no complaints from neighbours.  This was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mrs Barrett.  All agreed.


Ref:  14/00152/F                                                                              Name:              Mr P King

                                                                                                                          25 South Street, Hockwold.

Location :  25 South Street, Hockwold-cum-Wilton, Norfolk. IP26 4JG

Details:  Construction of stable building for personal use.

Hockwold Parish Council had no objections to this application.  The site is not close to any other property.

This was proposed by Mr Gossage and seconded by Mrs Sismey.  Everyone Agreed.



The Planning Inspectorate – Appeal Decision – The site visit was made on 23 December 2013 and his decision ‘The appeal is dismissed’ was dated 30 January 2014.


4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS


Payments:     11.2.2014      K & M Lighting Services Ltd. – Maintn. (Feb)     £106.72

                                                                               Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter       £  22.00

                                                                     Mrs G M Taylor – Wages (Feb,)     £451.84 )

                                                                                      Allotment Commission     £  35.00 )  £486.84

                                             J. L. Landscape – Cross Hill & War Memorial        £  59.00


                       15.2.2014                    E-on – DD – Street Lighting (Jan.)           £239.38


Receipts :       15.1.2014                                                  Allotment Rent      £  10.00

It was proposed by Miss R Johns and seconded by everyone that these accounts are paid.


5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS


 Main Street:    The drain cover between the Doctors Surgery and Downham House is starting to get worse and needs some attention.


Allotments:   The last allotment was been taken on, but I have been asked if she would taken her dog with here when she goes down.  The dog would be kept on its lead and tied up.  The councillors agreed this would be all right, the clerk will inform the allotment holder.



Planning:   The Borough Council have written to say that from the 7 February 2014 they will be sending out by e-mail a weekly list of decisions issued and new planning applications.  They have asked for the clerks e-mail address.  It was agreed that the clerk should send her address.

Mrs Sismey said they were told of this decision at the meeting she attend last night.  Mrs Sismey also informed the council that no decision has been made regarding the plot marked for 5 houses in South Street (known as the stack yard).


East Fen Drove and Nursery Lane and Church Lane:   Mrs Barrett reported that there were two potholes needing attention in East Fen Drove.  Also the drains and grups require cleaning out again down Nursery Lane and Church Lane. The clerk will report them to Highways.


Village Hall:    The village hall committee are considering ways they can improve the hall and get it heated properly, for hirers. The clerk has found out that the Village Hall Deeds are in the Archive Department at County Hall.  The hall Committee would like to see them, so the clerk will give Rebecca Johns a letter giving her authorisation to withdraw them from the parish archives for a period of time.

Also the Hall would like a letter from the Parish Council supporting the village hall in their fund raising efforts, and possibly indicating that the council would consider changing their venue, if a room was big enough to accommodate the councillors and members of the public who come to meetings, and also if the room was well heated.


6.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was agreed that the date for the next meeting of the council will be on 11 March 2014 starting at 7.00pm followed by the Annual Parish Council Meeting at 8.00pm.


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