Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman


                                                Mr T Fothergill                      )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )                      

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Miss R Johns                        )

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                One member of the public


Apologies for absence had been received from Parish Councillor Mrs D Barrett, Squadron Leader J Neild and District Councillors Mr M Storey and Mr A Lawrence.


1.            MINUTES


The clerk pointed out that the word Annual had been left on the Agenda, this should be deleted.

Also Mrs Eade pointed out four errors in spelling in the Minutes.

Resolved:      That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 14 June 2011 previously circulated and amended as above be approved and signed by the Chairman.    This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Arbour.




Nomination for Vice-Chairman:     Mr Denney proposed that Mr Tim Fothergill be asked to take on the position of Vice-Chairman again, Mrs Sismey seconded this, everyone agreed.  Mr Fothergill said he was willing and pleased to stand again as Vice-Chairman of Hockwold Parish Council.


Horse Chestnut Tree:  The clerk has found out that there are no legal requirements regarding spikes on tree protection railings, although they mostly have hoops now.  As the cost of having the old railings put back together again, shot blasted, treated and painted could be in the region of £500 it was decided that we should look for alternatives.  The railings are at present stored at Mr Garners in Cowles Drove.  The clerk will contact him and ask regarding scrapping them.  We will of course keep the plaque.  Mr Fothergill proposed that the tree is planted as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations next year, this was seconded by Mr Denney.  A vote was taken six voted for the proposal one voted against.


Station Road:    It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Gossage that the clerk should write to the Highways Department asking for the speed limit on the B1112 (Station Road) be reduced from 40mph to 30 mph.  This road goes through Lakenheath and Feltwell, and in both villages the speed limit is 30 mph.  Also to be taken into account the heavy traffic from Freedom Recycling and Q Lawns that frequently use the road, plus the fact that in the near future Hockwold Hall will be having a museum and meeting room opened, using its two entrances on Station road, as access and egress.  Copies of letter to NCC White and the Police asking for support.




Proposed Incinerator, Saddlebow King’s Lynn:    Letters have been received from BCKLWN asking for the council to write to Eric Pickles MP Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to call in the planning application and place the planning decision in the hands of a planning Inspector, who would undertake a full public enquiry, giving the opportunity for the many concerned interested parties to be heard prior to a decision being taken.  Also received letters from Hunstanton town Council and the Norfolk Waste Research Group asking for support against the proposal.  A letter has also been received from NCC informing the council that the planning application for this proposal and all the documentation can be found on the web page.  After some discussion it was agreed that the clerk should write to Eric Pickles MP as requested and copies of this letter and previous letter be sent to WNBC. Planning Services Manager at NCC and the Town Clerk at Hunstanton.


St James Churchyard:    The first amended cheque was not accepted by Barclays Bank because the clerk and Chairman had only initialled the alteration and not signed it, although they had both signed the cheque.  A seconded cheque has now been sent off.


Allotments:    The clerk had been in touch with N.A.L.C. regarding the problem of Rabbits on the allotments.  The councillors had all been given a copy of their reply, the concerning part of it would be, if the council agreed for someone to go and shoot the rabbits, our Insurance Company would have to be informed!   After some discussion it was proposed by Mr Denney that the allotment holders should protect their own allotment, this was seconded by Mr Gossage and everyone agreed.  So no further action regarding shooting the rabbits to be taken.   The Chairman and clerk have inspected the allotments, and felt that they looked much better than last year, only two looked as if nothing had been done, plus one half one.  It was agreed that the clerk should write to those people renting these allotments.  The clerk has received a letter from Mr J Long who would like to rent an allotment. At present this is the only name on the waiting list.  The clerk asked councillors regarding the rent for next year.  It was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mrs Arbour that the cost of £10 per year should remain.  Everyone agreed.  The Chairman will put a piece about the renewal of rent in the next Parish Magazine and the Clerk will put notices up on the notice board and in the Post Office.


Southery & District Internal Drainage Board:   A letter had been received from the Borough Council inviting Parish Councils in the Drainage Board catchment area to nominate representatives to serve on the Internal Drainage Board.  There are five vacancies.  After some discussion no councillors felt they would be able to serve on this board.


Parish Rangers:   An e-mail has been received informing the council that the Parish Rangers will be in Hockwold during the week commencing 8 August to carry out work reported by the parish and identified by inspections.  The clerk will e-mail back asking for work to be carried out at the junction of Station Road and South Street, cut back overhanging trees and shrubs on the left hand side of South Street, and also trees covering speed signs within the village.


Electricity Sub –Station:    Mrs Eade asked if EDF could be approach to clear up around the sub-station in Lakelands, which is getting very overgrown in weeds etc.  The clerk will write to them.


Polling District and Places Review:   A letter has been received informing the council that all polling districts and polling places have to be reviewed by the end of 2011 so a consultation period will commence on 29 July 2011.  All details and maps will be available for public inspection in the Electoral Services Office at Kings Lynn Borough Offices.  Copy given to councillors.



Lakenheath Crossing:    The clerk had received an e-mail from John Eccles of Network Rail informing the council that they are planning to undertake renewal and upgrade work on the railway line between Ely and Norwich.  This will mean significant changes to Lakenheath Level Crossing.

The work is due to commence from June 2011 with work becoming operational in December 2011.  They are holding a consultation meeting at Lakenheath Parish Council on 1 August, if we wish to attend we should contact the Mrs Banks the Parish Clerk.  Three Councillors said they would be interested in attending, Mrs Raburn, Mr Fothergill and Mrs Arbour. The clerk will find out more details and let them know.


Jubilee – Daffodils:    The clerk has received details from the NALC regarding the planting of daffodils for next year Jubilee Celebrations.  Details of the location and number of bulbs the council wishes to plant has to be sent to the Highways Engineer.  When the bulbs are to be planted, people doing the planting must wear Hi-Vis jackets etc.  All work must be carried out through the Parish Council and the clerk will be the lead person. 

After some discussion it was agreed that the bulbs could be planted around the three Hockwold Village signs and also on the triangle at the bottom of Mill Drift.   Mrs Sismey said she would be willing to sponsor this work under Dairy Developments.  The clerk will write to Highways about this matter.


Pride in Norfolk:    Details have been received regarding ‘Pride in Norfolk’ Award.  Any groups or organisations can apply for these awards, and they do not have to go through the Parish Council. The Chairman will put details of this in the Village Magazine.


Norfolk RCC – E-Funding:    An e-mail has been received about funding available for communities to apply for and how to apply.  Mrs Sismey took this leaflet to give to HATS.


Norfolk Celebrates Age:    Details of ‘Norfolk Older People’s Strategic Partnership’ have been received.  This informed us that 1 October 2011 was Older Peoples Day but to enable more organisations to take part in 2011 they are celebrating Older Peoples Day from 26 September

8 October 2011.  The clerk has all the details.


Norfolk Minerals & Waste Local Development Framework:    The clerk has received a DVD regarding Minerals Site Specific Allocations and Waste Site Specific - Allocations Development Plan Documents.  Norfolk County Council is undertaking a further round of consultation for a period of eight weeks from 20 June to 15 August  2011 and any comments would be welcome. 


Moor Drove:    Chris Copeland from the Borough Council has been in touch with her regarding Moor Drove which seems to be divided by the cut-off channel.   There are two properties involved, the ‘The Kennels’ and the Farm by the track to the sluice gates, now called ‘Twelve Acre Farm’.  Mr Copeland would like to re-name this part to Moor Drove (East), he feels this would help especially with regard to the emergency services, should they be needed.   The council discussed this matter and it was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mrs Sismey that this change should go ahead, the clerk will let me Mr Copeland know.


Moor Drove Enforcement:   The clerk sent in an enforcement form regarding the farm in Moor Drove  near the sluice gates.  A wooden Log Cabin has been seen being delivered to them.  Chris Bond has acknowledged receipt of this, and will be investigating the matter.





Side Table:   Norfolk RCC Signpost – Copy given to Councillors.  Local Policing Plan for Norfolk.

Norfolk RCC E-newsletter June 2011.   Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Minerals & Waste Local Development Framework ( not our area).  East Cambridgeshire District Council Core Strategy Review – Not our area.




Ref. 11/01074/F                                                                   Name:  Miss B Webb

                                                                                                              Mill Lane, Hockwold

Location – Dairy Farm, Mill Lane, Hockwold.                               Thetford  Norfolk

Details – Retention of two-storey dwelling in adjusted                            IP26 4LR

    Position at Dairy Farm Hockwold Norfolk IP26 4JY


These plans were received on 28 June 2011 and had to be returned by 20 July 2011 which is before our next meeting.  They were passed round to the councillors and the following comments were sent off to the Planning Department.   ‘The Parish Council Supported this application, although in principal they are against retrospective plans.   This is a build error and it would not be realistic to ask for a rebuild’.

These plans were referred to the Development Control Board for their meeting on the 25 July 2011.


Ref: 11/00677/F -  Mr K Peckham,  Erection of an agricultural building at East Fen Lodge,  Nursery Lane, Hockwold, IP26 4ND    Permission recorded.


4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS

Payments:     26.7.2011      MHB Services – Lighting Maintn. (July)              £101.62

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus shelter                                      £  22.00

                                                Mrs G M Taylor – Wages (July)                              £397.62 )

                                                                        Broadband                                        £  51,00 ) £492.17

                                                                         Telephone                                        £  24.12 )

                                                                             Postage                                        £  19.43 )

                                                Mr N P Taylor Mileage for Audit                            £  32.20

                                                Viking Direct – Stationery                                       £  59.90

24.7.2011                              E.On – DD Street Lighting June 2011                 £202.30

Receipts:                               Interest gross Business Base Rate Tracker        £      .73


It was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Arbour that these amounts are paid.

                        9.8.2011         MHB Services – Lighting Maintn. (Aug)              £106.72

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus shelter                                      £  22.00

                                                Mrs G M Taylor Wages – (Aug)                              £397.62

24.8.2011                              E.On – DD Street Lighting July 2011                   £202.30

It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Arbour that these amounts by paid.


5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Railing – Playing Field:   It was reported that the railing outside the entrance to the Playing field which was recently knocked into by (it is thought as skip lorry), some of the children have been able to pull out bars and dug them into the playing field.   The clerk will write to Highways and ask them to replace the railing.



Cowles Drove:   Mr Gossage reported that there is still a drop in the side of the Hockwold entrance to Cowles Drove.  This is caused by large lorries coming out and them turning to go towards Lakenheath.  The clerk will report this again to Highways.


Pothole:   It was reported that there is a pothole outside the New Inn, the clerk will report this to Highways.


Station Road:   There is a large dip in the road outside the RSPB Reserve.  This is in fact comes under Suffolk CC, Lakenheath Highways.  The clerk will speak to Mrs Banks the Lakenheath clerk.


Overhanging Greenery:    It was reported that trees and bushes in South Street opposite Gainsborough House are overhanging will into the roadway.  The clerk will report this to Highways and the rangers.


Bowls Match:   Mr Denney reported that the Bowls Match held on the 3 July 2011 was a great success and they were able to hand over £725 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.


Bus Shelter:    The coping stones at the side of the bus shelter have still not been replaced.  Mr Denney will speak to Mr Osborne about this matter.


6.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was agreed that the next meeting of the Council will be on the 6 September 2011 at 7.30 pm.


As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.50 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 Peake 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