Present:                                 Mr T. Fothergill                     )  Chairman


Mrs D Barrett                         )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Miss R Johns                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Squadron Leader Jerry Neild

                                                PCSO Tracy Milburn                  )  Arrived towards the end

                                                Special Constable Ian Rayner   )  of the meeting.


Apologies for absence had been received from Parish Councillors Mrs P Raburn and Mr M Denney, District Councillor Mr A Lawrence and PCSO Esther Bortz.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 8 May 2012 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Miss Johns.




RAF Lakenheath:  Squadron Leader Neild said everything was fairly quiet at the moment.   Maggie Clunes the CLA was being replaced by Mrs Steph Robins.  On the 4 July 2012 there will be a fly pass of a Spitfire, a Typhoon and the Red Arrows will perform at 6 pm.   The Elvis entrance is progressing fairly well.


Replacement Chestnut Tree:   The clerk got in touch with Barchams but unfortunately they had not received many trees of the kind we wanted and they have all been allocated.  The clerk contacted the Arboreal Officer at the BC, he has now left and his replacement has not yet been found.  They will speak to the Parks division and get them to contact the clerk.  Mrs Eade went on the internet and found the tree we had wanted ‘Indian Horse Chestnut’, this was at Tring and there would have been a heavy delivery cost.  Another one has been found at Ravenscroft Nurseries King’s Lynn – 15 feet high, approx. Including VAT and Delivery, which would be in October.  This company said the tree could be planted in the same position as the old one as long as there was plenty of good new compost put into the hole, but it would need frequent watering.   The clerk, through the Borough Council, heard of two company’s who sold red Chestnut Trees, unfortunately these were only 6ft tall, not what we had in mind.  The clerk thanked them for their time and trouble.  Mrs Eade had also been in touch with Lakenheath Fabrications regarding railings.  A circular green railing five feet high (matching the one round the Memorial). no spikes would be £125 - £150, they would donate labour (as they have done so in other local villages).   

The clerk reported that she has received donations and pledges to the amount of £600.00.

It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Barrett that the above figures be accepted, Mrs Eade will place a firm order for the tree.  Everyone agreed.



Street Lighting Maintenance:  The clerk informed the council that on the21st6 May 2012 MHB Services Ltd (our street lighting maintenance company) went into liquidation.  On receiving this information and in consultation with our Chairman the clerk wrote to MHB Services reminding them that we paid for May’s services by cheque on the 8.5.2012, and cancelled our contact with them.  It was agreed that the clerk should send a copy of this letter to the Liquidaters Marsh Hammond & Partners LLP.   This matter to be discussed further at our next meeting, when further information has been received.


E–on Street Lighting Energy:   This three-year contract runs out on the 1st of July 2012.  E-on will have sent out new prices for 1, 2 and 3 years this afternoon.  We have to let them know by Wednesday afternoon  The only other company who does Unmetered Supplies is EDF, the clerk has tried to contact them as they used to supply us before E-on but has not been successful so we do not have another quote.  After some discussion it was proposed by Mrs Barrett and seconded by Mrs Arbour to accept E-on’s quote for one year.  The clerk will try and find out an address of EDF for next year.  This quote will run out again at the end of June 2013,


MIND:    A letter has been received form West Norfolk Mind thanking the Councillors for their donation of £50.00 which they say will help them to continue helping people in the West Norfolk Area.


Hockwold Playing Field Committee:  A letter has been received from the Secretary of the Playing Field Committee thanking the Parish Council for their donation of £500.00 towards the up-keep of the playing field.


Audit – 31 March 2012:   The clerk informed the councillors that she was taking the finished audit papers and forms to the Internal Auditor tomorrow 13 June 2012.  The completed forms have to be with the External Auditors by the 4 July 2012.


Consultation on Appointment of External Auditors for the Coming years:-    The Audit Commission in London have written to inform Hockwold Parish Council of the re-appointment of Mazars LLP as our Auditors for the next five year from 2012/13 commencing on 1 September 2012.


Norfolk RCC – Playing Fields:   Notification has been received that on 26 June 2012 at the Norfolk RCC offices in Dereham there is to be a training session on inspecting play areas.  Mr Gossage was informed about this session as Chairman of the Playing field Committee.


Norfolk ALC – Training for Parish Clerks:    Notification has been received from NALC regarding free training sessions to help clerks answer questions about County Council Services.  The training takes place at County Hall taking about 1 ½ hours over six sessions spread over the rest of the year.


Basics of Planning Session:   The Borough Council are holding this session on the 19 June 2012 at the South Lynn Community Centre starting at 9.30am.   Mrs Sismey said she would be going if anyone wished to go with her.  The clerk said she would go.  The clerk will ring and book their places in the morning.


West Norfolk Partnership – Living Well:   This leaflet has been received regarding grants for community groups. 




Proposed Power & Recycling Centre King’s Lynn:   An E-mail has been received from NCC informing the Council that additional information relating to the planning application from the applicant Cory Wheelabrator.  All the new details can be found on the NCC web site.  Any one wishing to comment can contact NCC.  Copies of this e-mail have been given to councillors.


Side Table:  Norfolk RCC E-Newsletter May 2012 – copies given to Councillors.  E-mail from Glasdon UK Ltd showing details and picture of New Recycling Bins for all Budgets.




Ref: 12/00638/FM                                                    Name:    Mr C Stannard

                                                                                                    Oakwood Park Lakes, Blackdyke Road

Location – Oakwood Park Lakes, Blackdyke Road.          Hockwold  Norfolk IP26 4JW

Details – Change of use of land to commercial fishery and retention of manager’s dwelling and ancillary buildings (retrospective).

The case officer Mr M Knighting had sent over some additional pictures of the site and buildings.

Hockwold parish Councillors did not feel they could make a decision regarding this application.  Anyone buying a property would check out and find out about previous planning application or not??  Has the log cabin had planning permission.  Are there more applications to come?


A letter was received from Planning at King’s Lynn informing the Council that the application

For retrospective consent for a change of use of land for the siting of temporary agricultural dwelling (mobile home) at Twelve Acre Farm is to go before the Planning Committee on Monday 28 May 2012.

12/00448/F - Ms Trudy Clark, Twelve Acre Farm, Moor Drove East, Hockwold IP26 4JU

Retrospective consent for change of use of land for the siting of temporary dwelling (mobile home).  Permission Granted.


12/00388/F – Mr & Mrs K Ladell – Proposed erection of boundary fencing at Hockwold Lodge, Cowles Drove, Hockwold Norfolk IP26 4JQ

Permission Granted.


4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS



12.6.2012      Mrs G Taylor – Wages June                                   £397.64

                        Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter (2 months)                 £  44.00

21.6.2012      E – on – DD Street Lighting (May)                        £206.57

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


5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Mr Denney had asked the clerk to bring up about the disgraceful state of the village – untidiness – weeds growing up on the pavements and the alleyways needing some attention.  The clerk will report this matter to highways.


Potholes: There are potholes appearing in South Street, also nothing has been heard about the parking of lorries on the verge in South Street.  The clerk will report this to Highways.




Bus Shelter:   The coping stones on the wall has still not be attended to.  Mr Osbourne said he would do it when working in the village.  At present he is working on the cricket club new pavilion.  It was agreed that the clerk should ring and speak to him.


Church Lane:    This lane is still in need of being cleaned up.  The rangers had said they would do it when needed.  The clerk will report this matter to Highways.


Nursery Lane:   The gullies need cleaning out again after all the bad weather, and there is a hole at the top of Nursery Lane – these matters will be reported in the letter to Highways.


Speed Sign:  The 40mph speed flashing light is not working, the sensor is pointing upwards.  The clerk will report this.


Allotments:  Some of the sheds on the allotment were broken into recently.  Mrs Barrett contacted the police and they came out.  As far as is known nothing was taken.  Miss Johns reported that she had seen a white van driving slowly around the village and followed it but could not get the full registration number.


Cross Hill:  The amenity grass around the village was cut recently but they left a mess of cuttings everywhere.  The clerk will report this matter to Highways.


Village Hall:    Miss Johns said that the village hall committee would like to erect a notice board for village hall notices, the other side of the car park entrance.  Are there any rules or regulations regarding size.  The clerk will check this out with the planning department.


PCSO Tracy Milburn and Special Constable Ian Rayner had arrived at the meeting and reported that there has been scrap metal thefts going on recently but no further problems regarding number plate thefts which had been dealt with.

Miss Johns reported to them about the white van, they can do nothing unless the full registration number is obtained and they are contacted directly.

Mrs Sismey asked about a police presence at the Country Fair.  PCSO Milburn did not know anything about it but advised Mrs Sismey to contact the police as soon as a date for the next Fair is known, Mrs Sismey said she had done this last year, so hopefully someone will turn up.


As there was no other business Mr Fothergill thanked the Police and Councillors for attending the meeting and closed the meeting at 8.45 pm.


The clerk contacted all the councillors regarding the date for the next meeting which was not dealt with on the night.  It was agreed that the date should be 24 July 2012 – no meeting in August then the 11 September 2012.  The clerk will let everyone necessary about this change.




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: