HOCKWOLD-CUM-WILTON PARISH COUNCIL

 

MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN THE METHODIST SCHOOLROOM ON TUESDAY 12 November 2013 AT 7.30 pm

 

Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman

 

                                                Mr T. Fothergill                     )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Miss R Johns                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr M Storey                               Norfolk District Councillor

                                                Squadron Leader Jerry Neild

                                                PCSO Phil Writer

                                                2 Members of the public

 

Apologies for absence had been received from Parish Councillors Mr M Denney and

Mrs D Barrett and PCSO Esther Bortz.

 

1.            MINUTES

 

Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 8 October 2013 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mrs Arbour and seconded by Mrs Sismey.

 

2.            MATTERS ARISING AND CORRESPONDENCE

 

Police Matters:    PCSO Phil Writer reported that since 1 October 2013 three crimes had been reported in this area, theft of a motor vehicle and thefts from motor vehicles.  They had twenty calls regarding trees blown down.   Councillors asked him to look as he went off at the vehicles parked in Main Street right at the corner of South Street.  These make it very dangerous for cars pulling out of South Street. PCSO Bortz is aware of this problem.  He will look to see if they are there as he goes off and if they are try to speak to the owners.

 

RAF Lakenheath:  Squadron Leader Neild reported that the US’s Governments difficulty to set a budget has impacted on the base.  People coming to the end of their time on the base, had moved out of their properties, but there was no accommodation on the base for them, and the base could not fund their tickets home.

Regarding the helicopters flying low over the village, this activity will be reduce.  Mrs Raburn mentioned again the matter of the Security Police speeding through the village, Squadron Leader Neild will look into the matter.

 

NALC Weekly Updates:   All the councillors had received their copies of these updates and no one had any queries regarding them.

 

 

 

 

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Highway Matters:  After the October Meeting the clerk had sent our highway observations by e-mail to Martin Edmunds and he had replied:  The Main Road Hockwold to Weeting is on a forward programme to be done, and I will check to see if lining is on this same programme.  The Borough Council is dealing with the Wilton Bridge matter. The drain outside the club has been programme to be done, and he will monitor the kerb outside No 5 Lakelands.

 

Allotments:     The clerk has collected most of the allotment rents.  One allotment, No 6 has been given up and this matter will be put in the Village  Magazine, the clerk will chase the last four rents due.

 

Wilton Bridge:    This matter is under enforcement, the clerk will chase this matter up and see what is happening.

 

Eastern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority:   We have received a copy of the Formal Consultation on Protected Areas Byelaws, which is in order to further the conservation objectives of European Marine Sites.  It was not felt we were near enough to the sea to know about the bylaws in place and any that are to be put in place.

 

West Norfolk Community Transport:   An Invitation has been received to attend the Annual General Meeting at North Lynn Community Centre on 15 November 2013.  No Councillor was able to attend.

 

Norfolk RCC:    On the 18 October 2013 the clerk received an E-mail inviting councillors to attend the RCC’s County Council budget proposals discussion event on the 13 November at their office in Dereham.  This e-mail was forwarded on to all councillors to see if anyone could attend.

 

West Suffolk – Forest Heath – St Edmundsbury:   A letter has been received from this District Council informing us that they are now consulting on their draft statement of Community Involvement (SCI).  This has been sent to us as we are on their database.  Do we wish to be still sent such information.  After some discussion it was felt we should be sent any such information as we are quite close to their area.

 

Elizabeth Truss MP:  The clerk has received a letter from out local MP, a copy has been given to you all.   This is to update the parish council on funding that is currently available for community projects.  It was agreed that this matter be put on the agenda for the next meeting of the P.C.

 

Village Gravel Pit Entrance:  Mr Long has cut back around the entrance to the village sand pit, and made it much safer for cars pulling from the entrance, which had got very overgrown, as nothing had been done by the Forestry Commission for some time.  The clerk had checked with the FC and been told to go ahead, as due to cut backs they will not be doing such work.  Mr Long has submitted his bill for the work of £100.00.  It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Eade that this amount should be paid, everyone agreed.

 

Raves in Village Halls:   An E-mail has been received from NALC saying that the police have asked them to ask that all managers of village halls be vigilant as it is the indoor rave season .

Information has been received that indicates that a community/village hall has been booked for a ‘Hall Party’ on Saturday 16 November, they only know that the venue is in Norfolk, if anyone is suspicious they should ring the police on 101.  Miss Johns the vice-chairman of the village hall did already know about this matter.

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Bus Shelter:   On the 7 Nov. Mr Moore informed the clerk that the liner of the litter bin in the bus shelter has been taken!!.  On the 8 Nov.  Mr Lovejoy of the B.C. rang and said the refuse collectors had reported that the liner was missing.  The clerk has contacted Glasdon who supplied the bin in the first place, they checked their records and had the size we required and the clerk ordered one, as this would only be about £20.00.  Everyone was in agreement with this.

 

Side Table:  Clerks and Councils Direct November Issue 90.   NORSE  Details of their Landscape Development and Fencing services they offer.

 

3.            PLANNING APPLICATIONS/PERMISSIONS/REFUSALS

 

Ref:  13/01509/F                                                                  Name:   Mr K Ladell

                                                                                                               Hockwold Lodge, Cowles Drove,

Location – Hockwold Lodge, Cowles Drove, Hockwold.             Hockwold,  IP26 4JQ

Details – Siting of a static caravan for use by staff.

It is stated that the caravan is to be used to enable staff to spend nights close to boxes whilst mares are foaling.  After Some discussion the Councillors agreed to support this application on basis that it will be used on a temporary  basis and not permanently lived in.  This was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Miss Johns, five councillors voted for the proposal one voted against.

 

Ref:   13/01539/F                                                                 Name:   Ms Wendy Everett

                                                                                                               24 Paynes Lane, Feltwell

Location – Fountain Stables, Cowles Drove, Hockwold             Norfolk   IP26 4BA

Details – Mobile Home, (Retrospective) at Fountain Stables.

After some discussion  it was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Sismey that this application be supported, although the Parish Council is against retrospective applications.  Four councillors voted for the application two voted against.

 

Mrs Sismey and Mr Gossage Declared an Interest in the next application and left the room.

During the Ten Minute Open Forum One member of the public spoke out against this application citing the same objections as he had done so a year ago.  He can see no significant changes to the plans of a year ago.  After some discussion regarding this application it was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Miss Johns that the council should reject this application, saying there was no ‘sensible or material’ changes to the plans that were before the council a year ago ( Dec 2012).  A vote was taken three voted for the proposal and one voted against.

 

PERMISSIONS

 

Ref: 13/01264/F       Miss T Clark, Retrospective application for the siting of a mobile home at Twelve Acre Farm Moor Drove East. Hockwold.   Permission Recorded.

 

Ref:  13/01321/FM   Mrs W Puttick, Change of Use of agriculture land to land in association with horsiculture and construction of a muck bunker at Land adjacent Kemps Lane Hockwold. Permission Recorded.

 

 

 

 

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4.         BILLS OF ACCOUNTS   

 

Payments      12.11.13         K & M Lighting Services Ltd – Maintn. (Dec)      £106.72

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                      £  22.00

                                                Mrs G M Taylor – Wages (Nov)                              £451.84

                                                Royal British Legion – Poppy Wreath                  £  25.00

                                                John Long – Sand Pit Entrance                           £100.00

 

                        16.11.13         E-on – DD – Street Lighting (Oct)                         £239.38

 

It was proposed by Mrs Arbour and seconded by Mrs Eade that these accounts are paid.

 

4.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS

 

Nursery Lane & Church Lane:    There are potholes down Nursery Lane, and the grups in Nursery Lane and Church Lane require digging out, in the recent heavy rain it flooded down Nursery Lane.

 

Pothole:   There is once again a large pothole outside the entrance to the Riding Stables,

18” x 18” and 7” deep.   The clerk will let Highways know about all these matters.

 

Mill Lane Junction:   Mr Gossage asked if the white lining at this junction could be altered, to make the turn into Mill Lane not so sharp and give better visibility when turning into Mill Lane.  The clerk will pass this on to the Highways Department.

 

Iceni Academy School Children:   The youngsters waiting for their bus every Morning, wait outside the shop on the corner.  This makes it very difficult for vehicles coming out of Mill Lane and turning left to see because of such a large group.  It would be better if they waited at the proper bus stop outside the garage.  The clerk will write to Iceni Academy and ask if the pick up point could be altered.

 

Poppy Wreath:   Mrs Arbour laid the Poppy Wreath on behalf of the Councillors at last Sundays Ceremony.

 

Boundary Road:  Miss Johns reported that one of the Boundary Road signs has a split in it.

 

Main Street:    Miss Johns reported that the pavement outside where Robertson’s is doing some work, is covered with stones and rubble, and uneven to walk passed.

Also the tree in John Denney’s garden has dropped all its leaves onto the pavement, making it very slippery.  The clerk will report this to Highways.

 

Village Crass Cutting etc:    Miss Johns questioned whether small jobs within the village like cutting the Cross Hill and the work done at the Village Pit entrance should be put to tender within the village, as there are several people in the village who do this type of work.  The clerk explained that Mr Long has been cutting the Cross Hill for us for many years and also doing any other such jobs for a long time.  The clerk will check with NALC regarding this matter.

 

 

 

 

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Tractors:   Tractors coming out of the fields at the end of the village, in the recent bad weather have dropped a lot of mud, thus making the roadway very slippery.  Should farmers sweep up after them in such circumstances?   Mr Storey, who was at the meeting said that he does his best to clear up after when he has driven along a road, it was felt the fields belong to Mr Porter,

the clerk will try to find out.

 

Mill Lane:    At the top of Mill Lane someone has placed a cone over the top of a man hole cover which has sunk.  The clerk will try to find out about this.

 

Plaque off Old Railings:   The clerk has now been given the plaque off the old railings round the Chestnut Tree.   Mr  Gossage said he will fit it to the new Railings.

 

King’s Lynn Incinerator:      Mr Storey reported that he was at the NCC Meeting on the 28 October when the full debate took place regarding the future of the Incinerator.  Everyone had their say including Mr Storey and a vote was taken, 40 in favour and 38 against, which was ratified by the Cabinet on the 29 October 2013.  The matter has been put to Mr Pickles who has to decide by the 14 January 2014.

 

5.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING

 

It was agreed that the date for the next meeting of the council would be on the 10 December 2013 at 7.30pm. 

 

As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.00pm.

 

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