Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman


                                                Mrs D Barrett                         )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Miss R Johns                        )

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                2 Members of the public


Apologies for absence had been received from Squadron Leader Jerry Neild.  Parish Councillors Mrs M Eade and PCSO Esther Bortz.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 10 December 2013 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Miss Johns and seconded by Mrs Barrett.




RAF Lakenheath:    Mr Denney proposed that the clerk should write to Squadron Leader Neild sending condolences from Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council to RAF Lakenheath Liberty Wing, and the relatives of the Air Crew who died in the tragic helicopter accident at Cley next the Sea.


Casual Vacancy:   The clerk has received one letter from a parishioner expressing interest in the vacancy.  Mrs Raburn said she felt that vacancy should be put in the Magazine with a cut-off date of the 7 February 2014, this would mean that everyone would know about the vacancy, and has the chance to apply if they wish.  Everyone agreed.


NALC Weekly Updates:   Everyone has received these, and no one has any queries on them.


NALC – Members Survey:   The clerk has received this survey, and the councillors collectively filled in the six questions, saying they found the information, advice and support very valuable and the Norfolk LINK Informative.  They did al agree that Hockwold found most of the Meetings/Training Sessions are held rather far from Hockwold, and pointed out that most of the Councillors work.  The clerk and Chairman signed the form and the clerk will send it off.


Training Dates:   A list of Training Sessions have been received, either evening or daytime sessions, at various venues.  Mrs Sismey and Miss Johns expressed an interest in them and will get the list from the Weekly Updates.  The clerk will check that the Council can pay for them.


Allotments 2013:   The clerk informed the Councillors that one allotment rent is still outstanding, this is Mr S Denney, who the clerk understood was ill at present.  Mr Denney said he would pay the £10 for his son.  The clerk will send off a receipt.





Wilton Bridge:   The clerk has been in touch with the Planning Department and found out the owner has been asked to submit a Planning Application, which when received will be sent to the Parish Council and other authorities who would be effected by the plans.


Highways:   The clerk had, after last months meeting sent a list of all the highway work required to be attended to, Mr Edmunds reply straight away saying he will check the sights next Wednesday.  The drain has been programmed to be done and he will chase this up.


Precepts 2014/2015:  The clerk has got together all the figures for the last year, and also had with her the cash book with her for the councillors to see where the figures come from.  The clerk pointed out that the Council Tax Support Grant for this year is £904.00.  This grant is to assist with the reduction in the tax base for Hockwold.  The Lighting had gone slightly over budget, this is because we took on two new contracts for three years in the summer.  The general purposes were again slightly under budget.  The clerk did reminded the Councillors that during the coming year we would be required to pay out  £2625.00 the Parish Councils contribution to the LED Lighting Replacement.  After some further discussion it was Proposed by Mrs Sismey and Seconded by Mr Denney that the Precept for the coming year should be increased by £500.00 to £13900.00 and the Council Tax Support Grant be accepted, giving us a Total Parish Funding Requirement of 2014/15 of £14,804.00.  The clerk did point out that we had not increased out precept for the past two year.


Draft Sustainability Appraisal – Detailed Policies & Sites Plan ‘Preferred Options:   All the Councillors have been given a copy of these documents.


Training Sessions – Planning System:  There are to be two sessions for these planning updates – 10 Feb 6pm – 8pm and 22 Feb. 9am – 12pm.  Mrs Sismey and Mrs Arbour said they would like to attend the evening sessions, the clerk will book them in for this evening session.


Dog Fouling – Partnership between Borough Council and Police:  The Councillors have all been given a copy of these letters.  The Borough Council has given PCSOs additional powers enabling them to issue fixed penalty notices on behalf of the council in regard to dog fouling.  The fixed penalty notice carries a £75 fine and can also apply to those who pick up the fouling but then throw it in the vicinity.


RCC E – Newsletter:   The clerk has given all the councillors a copy of this Newsletter.


Police Matters:   Consultation by Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk Budget.  There will be two meetings about this matter on Thurs 9 Jan 2014 - 10 am to 12.30 pm at the Town Hall Saturday Market Place, Kings Lynn.   6pm to 8.30pm Council Chamber NCC, Martineau Lane Norwich.  The Councillors have all been sent a copy of the e-mail.


Side Table:  Norfolk Gritting Routes Leaflet and Map.   Clerks and Councils Direct Issue 91.

Posters from NHS – Flu Jab. Alcohol Concern.  Stay Warm and Well.  Become a School Governor. (to be put on the Notice Board).








Ref:  13/01851/F                                                                  Name:   Mr P King

                                                                                                               25 South Street, Hockwold

Location – The New Rectory, 25 South Street, Hockwold.          Thetford, IP26 4JG

Details – Ground Floor & first floor extn to dwelling.

Hockwold Parish Councillors supported this application.  They did not feel any other properties would be overlooked, and that the plans would fit into the surrounding area.

This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Gossage and agreed by everyone.


Ref No 13/01509/F – Mr K Ladell – Siting of a static caravan for use by staff at Hockwold Lodge, Cowles Drove, Hockwold-cum-Wilton, Norfolk.  Permission Recorded.

Ref No 13/01539/F – Ms Wendy Everett – Proposed mobile home in connection with equine business at Fountain Stables, Cowles Drove, Hockwold-cum-Wilton.  Permission Recorded.

Ref No 13/01672/F – Mr & Mrs A Tyson, 18 College Road, Hockwold-cum-Wilton.  Permission Recorded.

Ref No 12/01934/F – Mrs T. Sismey – Plot 1 Dairy Farm, Mill Lane, Hockwold-cum-Wilton. Permission Recorded.


4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS


Payments:  14.0.2014         K & M Lighting Services Ltd – Maintn. (Jan.)      £106.72

                                                 Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter (inc. bin liner)                       £  27.00

                                                                 Mrs G Taylor – Wages ( Jan.)                £451.84 )

                                                                                    Broadband & calls               £  60.00 )  £520.64

                                                                                                    Postage                 £    8.80 )

                     16.1.2014                     E-on –DD – Street Lighting (Dec.)                        £239.38

Receipts:   11.12.2013        Allotment Rents (Part 5)                                         £  30.00

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


5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS


School Bus:   A letter had been received from Bulldog Service Station regarding the relocation of Iceni Academy Bus to outside 87 Main Street, Bulldog Service Station.  Mr & Mrs Bye were present at the meeting.  They had agreed to the bus stop being outside their property but this met on average 1 – 5 people catching the bus as any one time.  Using this stop for the children to catch the school bus would mean 15 to 20 children waiting to catch their bus.  The pavement is very narrow, and they could block the access or vision of customers coming in and out of the garage.  Mr Denney proposed that for the safety of the children and the public the bus should pick them up and drop them off at the bus shelter, which was the reason it was built many years ago.  Admittedly this would mean that on one way the bus would have to turn round to drop them off.

The Councillors agreed to this proposal and that the clerk should write to the school enclosing a copy of the letter from Mr & Mrs Bye.


 Dog Waste Bin:  Miss Johns said that a parishioner has approached her and asked if a dog waste bin could be put up Kemps Lane.  Mrs Raburn explained that only a certain number of bins can be put up in the village, and we have already got three, one in the alleyway to College Road, one down Church Lane and one on the grass at the entrance of Boundary Road.




Any Other Business Contd……


Mill Drift:  As a result of the rain Miss Drift if in a very bad state especially for walkers, could anything be done about this.  Mill Drift if an unadopted lane so highways can do nothing about the matter.   Does the Forestry Commission look after this track?


Nursery Lane & Church Lane:   The drains and gullies and grups need to be cleared out and also the leaves need sweeping up This matter has been sent to the Rangers and they should be in the village soon.  There is a pothole at the bottom of Nursery Lane the clerk will report this to Highways


Main Street:   A manhole cover outside the doctors surgery in Main Street need some attention, also there are potholes along Main Street from College Road to Station Road.


Top of Nursery Lane:   Councillors had noticed that a lorry had been parked on the grass at the top of Nursery Lane recently, it has not been moved.


6.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was agreed that the date for the next meeting of the Council should be on 11 February 2014 at 7.30 pm.


As there was no other business the Chairman Mrs Pat Raburn closed the meeting at 8.30 pm.


Distribution :-


One copy to each councillor.  One copy to Mr M Storey Norfolk County Councillor,  Mr M Peake & Mr A Lawrence District Councillors, Downham Market Police, RAF Lakenheath, Two copies for display within the village and one copy for the web-site