Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       ) Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mrs D Barrett                         ) 

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Miss R Johns                        )

                                                                Squadron Leader Jerry Neild


Apologies for absence had been received from Parish Councillors Mrs L Arbour,  Mr T Gossage and Mr T Fothergill.


Mrs Raburn asked for nominations for the Chairman for the coming year.  Miss Johns proposed that Mrs Raburn should continue as Chairman and this was seconded by Mrs Barrett all the councillors present agreed, and Mrs Raburn said she would be happy to carry on for another year.

With regard to the position of Vice Chairman it was decided to leave the matter until the next meeting, when hopefully everyone will be present.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 9 April 2013 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Miss R Johns and seconded by Mrs T Sismey.


Resolved:   That the Minutes of the Extra Parish Council Meeting held on the 25 April regarding whether the Parish Council should put in a bid for new footpaths in Station Road or new more efficient lighting throughout the village. Following a presentation from Mr M Buck of K & M Lighting explaining the benefits of these new more efficient lights, the councillors discussed both options, including the fact that the Parish would have to pay a quarter of the cost, the clerk had with her the figures for the end of the financial year. After some discussion it was decided to put in a bid for new efficient lighting which, it was felt would benefit the entire village, where as a new footpath would benefit those parishioners at the Wilton end of the village.  This was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mrs Sismey, five councillors voted for the proposal and one councillor abstained.   




RAF Lakenheath: Squadron Leader Neild said he was perturbed to read the remarks PCSO Bortz had made regarding registration plates being taken by USA personnel when they return home.   The chairman explained Esther Bortz had said this in her report.  He also reported that he had spoken to the person in charge of helicopter flights regarding the low flying over the village. And also reported that that there would be less flying of fixed wing planes until September.  Regarding the comments made by Mrs Sismey regarding indicator lights, these have been passed on to the person concerned.







Delivering Highway Improvements:  The clerk sent in Hockwold’s bid for improved street lighting,  (a copy of which has been given to you all) and the clerk has had an e-mail back to say that we would hear the outcome in May 2013.


Replacement Chestnut Tree: The clerk informed the Councillors that the TPO that was on the previous tree still stands for the new one, as we have put the tree in the same site as the old one.


Norfolk ALC:  All the Councillors have received their monthly reports and they have not queries regarding them.


Audit 2013:   The clerk had given out to Councillors the two Bank Reconciliations (short and full one) and the Income and  Expenditure account for the year.  The clerk explained the reason for the two reconciliations and asked if anyone had any queries regarding the figures.  The Annual Governance Statement questions were read out by the Chairman and the form completed and duly signed by the Chairman and Clerk.  Mr Denney thanked the clerk for producing all these figures and applauded her for her work, and asked that this be recorded in the minutes.


Annual Village Donations:   The question of the amount of donations to be given to the Village Hall, Playing Field and St James Churchyard this year was discussed.  After some consideration it was decided that all three should be sent a cheque for £500.00.  This was proposed by Mrs Sismey and Seconded by Mrs Eade, all the councillors present agreed.


Charity Donations:  During the year we had received six letters asking for donations, all good causes.  Mr Denney said we all give money to charities in some form of other, and we should hold back as this is village money.  After further discussion it was agreed that £25 should be sent to Home Start and Age UK Norfolk.  This was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mrs Sismey, five councillors agreed to this proposal with one opposing the proposal.


Zurich Municipal – Insurance:    Our yearly Insurance renewal has been received from Zurich, the increase from last year being £10.11p. giving us a total this year of £693.08p.  It was proposed by Mrs Barrett and seconded by Miss Johns that this amount be paid, all the councillors agreed.


Bus Shelter Wall:   A letter has been received from Robertson Builders apologising for the delay in responding to our request for the work on the coping stones. They will carry out these repairs, and will contact us with a quote and a date when they can do the work.


NALC – RSPB – The Brecks:    Details have been received regarding a meeting to be held on Thursday 30 May 2013 at Weeting Village Hall  6.00 to 8.30pm, to introduce and update residents on the work of both and Brecks Partnership and the RSPB.  Miss Johns said she would be attending the meeting.


Caddy Liners:  A letter has been received from the BCKLWN informing the council that caddy liners for the food waste service are available for purchase at King’s  Lynn, Downham Market or Hunstanton.  They are also available in boxes of 50 if parishes wish to stock them or any shop within a village.  These boxes cost £57.50 and each roll is £1.15.  The clerk will speak to the Post Office to see if they would consider stocking them.  It is known that Sainsbury’s in Thetford stock disposable bags.





Side Table:   TCHC Expand Your Horizons – Free Business start-up support.  Poster put on Notice Board.   Breckland Local Sustainability Appraisal-Scoping Report.  Breckland Community Infrastructure Levy – Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule Consultation.  Norfolk RCC training courses.  (dates and cost available).  Clerks & Councils Direct May 2013 Issue 87.




Ref: 13/00561/F                                                                   Name:   Mr & Mrs Novak

                                                                                                               3 Kemps Lane, Hockwold,

Location – 3 Kemps Lane, Hockwold.                                             Norfolk.  IP26 4LG

Details – Single Storey front Extension.

The Parish Council had no objections to this application.  The clerk had one person come to look at the plans but felt he had no concerns regarding the plans.   It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Eade and all the councillors agreed with the above views.


Ref:  13/00646/F                                                                  Name:   Mr & Mrs Cooper

                                                                                                               42 College Road, Hockwold,

Location – 42 College Road, Hockwold.                                        Norfolk.  IP26 4LL

Details – Construction of Conservatory.

The Parish Council had no objections to this application, this conservatory will not impede on any other properties.   This was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Miss Johns everyone agreed.


Ref:  13/00676/F                                                                  Name:   Mrs A Palmer

                                                                                                               43 Main Street, Hockwold

Location – Land Adjacent to 43 Main Street.                                 Norfolk. IP26 4LQ

Details – Proposed new dwelling

The Parish Council had no objections to this application, other properties in the vicinity had also built on adjacent land.  This was proposed by Mrs Barrett and seconded by Mr Denney and everyone agreed.


Ref:  13/00409/F                                                                  Name:   Mr John Want

                                                                                                              19 Nursery Lane, Hockwold,

Location – 19 Nursery Lane, Hockwold.                                         Norfolk IP26 4ND

Details – New detached dwelling with cart shed style garage including replacement wall.

The Parish Council had no objections to this application.  It will tidy up a rather untidy looking area.  It was state that hopefully the original flint wall will be kept.   This was proposed by Mrs Barrett and seconded by Mrs Eade and everyone agreed.


Ref:  13/00410/CA                                                               Name:   Mr John Want

                                                                                                              19 Nursery Lane, Hockwold

Location – 19 Nursery Lane, Hockwold.

Details – Conservation Area consent application as above.

The Parish Council had no objections to this application.   This was proposed by Mrs Barrett and seconded by Mrs Eade and everyone agreed. 


PERMISSIONS  Ref:  13/00473/F – Mr P King – 25 South Street, Hockwold, IP26 4JG – First Floor extension.  Permission Recorded.







14.5.2013      K & M Lighting Services Ltd – Maintn. (May)                  £100.54

                                                 Mrs G M Taylor Wages  (May)                   £447.40

                                                       Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                   £  22.00

                                           Hockwold Village Hall – Donation                 £500.00

                                       St James Churchyard – Donation                     £500.00

                                         Hockwold Playing Field – Donation                £500.00

                                                             Home Start – Donation                  £  25.00

                                                       Age UK Norfolk - Donation                 £  25.00

                                                                      Zurich Municipal - Insurance                     £693.08

16.5.2013                       E-on – DD – Street Lighting (April)                  £211.46



10.4.2013                                                BCKLWN – Precept           £14424.00

       “                                UK Power Networks – Wayleaves                    £  45.11


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




Allotment:   It was reported that some allotment sheds had been broken into again.  Mrs Barrett had contacted the police and there is a crime number.  Not a great deal was taken.


Potholes:   There is a pothole at Pearces Close, the clerk will report this matter.


Motor Bikes:   Mrs Sismey reported that motor bikes are being stolen locally.


Potholes:    There are potholes down Church Lane at Lode Cottages, and also the new posts for the Nursery Lane sign have not yet arrived.

There is also a pothole outside the Red Lion and the piece of footpath in College Road has not been seen to yet.


Hedges:    It was reported that the hedge at the Malts Lane/Station Road cross roads is in need of being cut back visibility is bad.  Also round the Hockwold signs need to be cut.


Mr Denney reported that his Charity Bowls Match will take place on the 7 July 2013 and will be in aid of the Bomber Command Memorial Fund.


6.         DATE OF NEXT MEETING     It was agreed that the date for the next meeting of the council will be on 11 June 2013 at 7.30 pm.  As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.30pm.


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: