Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman


                                                Mrs M Eade                           )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Miss R Johns                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr S Turner                           )

                                                Squadron Leader Jerry Neild                   


Apologies for absence had been received from Parish Councillors Mrs D Barrett, Mr M Denney and Mr T Gossage. 


Before the start of the meeting the Chairman called for a Minutes Silence in memory of those who lost their lives in the First World War.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 14 October 2014 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mrs  Sismey.




RAF Lakenheath:   With regard to the B1112 Squadron Leader Neild said he will be contacting the Highways Department again regarding this matter, if there are no signs of the work starting soon.

There has been some flying with a vengeance and this will continue for another week and a half.

Part of Lakenheath High Street is to be closed for road works next week during the daytime .  Also the Wangford Road is to be closed from the 27 January to the 13 February  2015 for repairs.


NALC Weekly Updates:   Councillors had all received these and there were no queries from anyone.


B1112:    The clerk has heard nothing further regarding this matter, but it has been noted that markings have been made at the site.


Parish Partnership Scheme – Delivering Local Highway Improvements:   There is no scheme for the rest of the streetlights to be changed.  They have suggested flashing signs to tackle speeding, SAM2- which flash up the drivers actual speed, rather than fixed signs which flash up the speed limit. SAM2 mobile signs are moved around on an agreed rota between at least three approved sites.  The community, usually a representative of the Parish Council will do the moving.  Full training is provided by the sign manufacturer.   After some discussion it was felt that Hockwold was not big enough to have such lights, Main Street is not long enough to move lights three/four times every four weeks.  It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Miss Johns that Hockwold should decline to take on these flashing lights.  All the councillors agreed to this decision.




Norfolk’s Budget and Services 2015-18:    The County Council have been reviewing the financial forecasts and considering how best to meet the predicted shortfall in the budget for 2015/16.  The outcome of these discussions through committees has resulted in the need to find savings of £12.9m for 2015/16.  The majority of these savings will be achieved through further efficiencies and some proposals which will involve changes to services.  A consultation period is open until 19 December 2014.  The full council meets on 16 February 2015 to debate and agree the budget.


Allotments 2014:  All the allotment money was collected by the end of October.  We have four allotment not rented out, if anyone is interested please contact the clerk on 01842 828598.  These details will also be placed in the village magazine.


Norfolk RCC:    Help create a plan for the future of the voluntary and community sector in Norfolk. All councillors were sent a copy of this document.


Control of Dogs with the Village:     A letter has been received from a parishioner regarding  the matter of a rottweiller dog attacking other dogs around Nursery Lane and down near the river.  Mr & Mrs Long’s small yorkie dog was bitten badly whilst on her lead.  It seems this is not the first dog to have been bitten.  The police were notified.  The Council understands that the owner of this dog has paid for the treatment Mr Long’s dog required.  It was agreed that the clerk should send a copy of Mr Long’s letter to the Police at Downham Market, and also the matter is reported in the village Magazine.


Norfolk Accident Rescue Service:   A letter and pamphlet have been received from this organisation, who the Council has supported in the past.  It was agreed that this letter is placed with the other charity letters the Parish has received, and the matter is placed on the agenda for December.


Elizabeth Truss MP:     A letter has been received from our MP regarding Better Broadband for Norfolk.  Enclosed was an Information Sheet 18 giving a list of areas where superfast services have gone live and also a list of the next lot of areas to access high speed by the end if March 2015, unfortunately this does not include anywhere near Hockwold.


Side Table:   Clerks & Councils Direct November 2014 Issue 96.   Norse – Landscape Development – Leaflet.   West Suffolk – Working together (not our area).




Notification was received that application No 14/01109/F Hall Contracts, Munden House, Main Street was to go before the Planning Committee on Monday 3 November 2014.


Ref:  14/01275/RM                                                               Name – Mr & Mrs K Annison

                                                                                                               Padville, 12 Main Street

Location – Padville, 12 Main Street, Hockwold, IP26 4LH          Hockwold, IP26 4LH

Details – Reserved Matters Application – Construction of new dwelling.

Hockwold Parish Council supported this application subject to compliance with all the conditions put on the outline application.

This was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Miss Johns, all the councillors agreed.









Ref: 14/01243/F    Hockwold Lodge, Cowles Drove, Hockwold IP26 4JQ

                              Construction of a Manege  Permitted 15.10.2014


Ref: 14/01305/F    The Red Lion, 114 Main street, Hockwold IP26 4NB

                              Construction of detached garage.  Permitted  27.10.2014


Ref:  14/01109/F   Munden House, 78 Main street, Hockwold, IP26 4LW

                              Construction of 4 dwellings following demo. of existing buildings

                              (retention of amended scheme). Permitted 4 11.2014.


4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS


Payments      11.11.2014    K & M Lighting services Ltd – Maintn. (Nov)       £  70.55

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                      £  22.00

                                                Mrs G M Taylor – Wages (Nov)                              £451.83 )

                                                                        Allotment Commission                    £  30.83 )  £482.66

                                                Methodist Chapel – 6 x £10.00 per meeting       £  60.00

                                                SLCC – Governance & Accountability Guide    £  28.00

                                                RBL – Poppy Wreath                                              £  25.00


                        15.11.2014    E-on – DD – Street Lighting (Oct)                         £149.91


Receipts        15.10.2014    Allotment Rents (part 2)                                          £  30.00

                         24.10.2014   Allotment Rents (part 3)                                          £  50.00

                           1.11.2014   Allotment Rents (part 4)                                          £  50.00


It was proposed by Mrs Arbour and seconded by Mrs Sismey that these accounts are paid, all councillors agreed.


5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Dog Warden:   Mr Gossage, who cannot attend the meeting tonight, asked about the Dog Warden, with regard to dog problems in the village.  The clerk has checked up with the Borough Council, they do not have a dog warden any more.


Potholes:    Mrs Sismey reported that there is a pothole in Main Street, between the entrance to College Road and the Station Road end of Main Street.  The clerk will report this matter.


Wilton Bridge:  Mrs Sismey asked what is happening regarding the land before Wilton Bridge. This matter has been dropped regarding the fishing pegs and boats Mr Rutterford and Mr Walters had wanted to set up.   Mrs Sismey said that the bushes and trees had been cleared and the area looks very bare now.






Firework Night:     Mrs Sismey reported that an American Serviceman living up Mill Lane had  telephoned the Base and the Police as someone had kept knocking at his door, and the noise had concerned him.


Christmas Tree in the Village:    The question about erecting a Christmas Tree within the village was discussed, where to put it.  The ideal position would be on the Cross Hill, but then the question of lighting was discussed, electricity from where, what about vandalism.  Alternatively what about putting the tree up on the roof over the entrance to the Village Hall, this would avoid vandalism!.  After further discussion, it was felt it was too late to put a tree up this Xmas, but the Council would endeavour to arrange  one for next year.


Lakenheath:   Lakenheath High Street is to be closed for five working days next week between the hours of 9 to 5.  Notices will be put up  with a diversion along Wangford Road.


Leaves:  Miss Johns brought up the question of the leaves lying about on the pavements within the village, and especially on the corner of Lakeland.  Mrs Eade said that she had cleared them up last year.   The clerk said she has not got a date for the Rangers yet, but when she gets notice of their next visit she will ask them to clear the leaves up.




The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Tuesday  9 December 2014 at 7.30pm  As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.30 pm.





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