Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman

                                                Mr T Fothergill                      )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mrs D Barrett                         )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Miss R Johns                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Jane Scarrott                                       Parish Liaison Officer NALC

                                                Mr M Storey                              District Councillor


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


On arrival at the Methodist Schoolroom it was discovered that the key holder was in hospital, and the couple who run the Chapel were on holiday, we could not get in.  The councillors decided that rather than cancel the meeting they would go down to the Village Hall Committee room and hold the meeting there.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 11 September 2012 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mrs L Arbour and seconded by Mrs D Barrett.




Chestnut Tree:    The clerk had written to Mr Long regarding the Chestnut Tree and he said he would dig the hole etc. when we know when it is to be delivered.  It was agreed that the clerk should ring Ravencroft and ask for delivery week beginning 15 October 2012.  The clerk will also ring Lakenheath Fabrications regarding the Railings and let them know that we do not require planning permission.

Mr Fothergill brought up the question of having a Tree Dedication followed by Tea and Coffee etc.  Mrs Sismey said she had brought this suggestion up before and wondered about the Hall.  If we did this we would have to pay for the hall and then the tea and coffee.  Mr Fothergill suggested asking the Red Lion if they could lay on refreshments, and suggested a date of Saturday November 10th at 3 pm, This could then be put into the Village Magazine in the Chairman’s report of our meeting.   All the Councillors at the meeting agreed to this, the clerk will contact everyone concerned and make arrangements for the delivery of the tree and the hole being dug as previously being agreed to.


Allotments:    The clerk has sent out all the allotment agreements.  At present there is a waiting list of three parishioners.


Stack Yard:    The clerk has been in touch with Mrs Atkins, Mr Peacock’s daughter about this matter.  The stack yard is still owned by the family and they are aware of the matter.  As this area is privately owned there is nothing the Parish Council can do about this matter.



Highway Matters:     At the end of September the clerk was contacted by Martin Edmunds from Highways.  He used to cover our area but was moved to the coast.  He is now back working with Andy Wallace, and wanted to meet, next week regarding all our highway problems.  This meeting was arranged for next Thursday 4 October 2012.  Mrs Raburn and Mr Denney said they would come.  On Thursday Mr Edmunds said he would met us at the village hall, but he would not have enough time to walk round.  Could Mrs Taylor have a list of all our complaints.  Mrs Raburn and the clerk met Mr Edmunds, Mr Denney was not able to come.  All the last e-mails sent to Mr Wallace were handed over to Mr Edmunds.  He will drive round and look at the areas pin-pointed and contact the clerk.

The clerk received an e-mail later that day saying he has programmed the potholes in South Street, Main Street and the entrance to Plover Way.  Also to clean out the ditch and clean out and flush all the gullies in Nursery Lane, and re-erect the give way sign at Cowles Drove.  With regard to the Estate is  waiting to see when the weed sprayers were in the area, but he will get them back to do College Road Estate.

The clerk will e-mail the Parish Rangers regarding Church Lane and the footpath at the Station Road end of South Street.


Nursery Lane:     After our last meeting Mr Storey contacted Nathan Johnson at King’s Lynn regarding the posts for the street sign at the bottom of Nursery Lane and a new one for the top of Nursery Lane.  The new posts should be done soon, but a new street sign will take ten weeks.


Proposed Incinerator, Saddlebow King’s Lynn:   An e-mail has been received informing the council that the above planning application will be heard at a local inquiry.  Mr storey stated that this should be held in King’s Lynn, and suggested that a letter be sent to Eric Pickles to this effect, the clerk will do this.


Duelling of the A11:    The clerk had received a telephone call and a following e-mail from Alan Jones regarding a meeting to be held at the Elveden Village Hall on 8 October 2912 regarding this matter.  The clerk had contacted all the councillors and Mrs Sismey and Mrs Arbour said they would go.  They handed to the clerk copies of road closures etc. concerning the B1112 improvement work from the A1065 to A1101, 15 Oct to 5 Nov.  A11 Fiveways to B1112 Crossroads 5 Nov to 9 Nov off peak overnight road closure.  A11 – B1112 to B1106 13 and 14 Nov off peak overnight closure.  A11 - B1106 crossroads to London Road Roundabout 20 and 21 Nov off peak overnight road closure.


Norfolk Mineral Site Specific Plan – Proposed Focus Changes:   This e-mail has been received from Caroline Jeffery P)principal Planning & Policy Officer at NCC.  A copy of this document has been given to all councillors.


Changes to the Refuse Collecti8on in your Parish:   Initially the council has agreed to Hayley Kurt to come and talk to us about this matter at our October meeting.  Following this correspondence a further letter was received saying due to high demand  from parish councils, they cancelled the appointment and said they were proposed to hold several open evenings at various locations.

A list of dates have been received and two councillors said they would attend on 7 November 2012 at Downham Market Town Hall at 7 pm.


Casual Vacancy Procedures:   The Electoral Services Manager has sent a letter regarding Casual Vacancy Procedures.  The clerk will keep this for further reference.




Standards Committee:  Due to changes in the standards regime the Borough Counci8l have agreed that the Standards Committee shall comprise of seven Borough Councillors and up to three Parish Council Representatives.  Does any councillors wish to be a non-voting member of the committee.  No councillor wished to take on this position.


Changes to the Standards Regime – Town/Parish Members:    Further to the above matter an information sheet has been received a copy of which has been given to councillors.


Register of Interests Forms:    Notification has been received from BCKLWN Legal Services that the parish councillors Register of Interests forms have been received and published on the Council’s website.


O2 Think Big:    Information has been received from NALC regarding an exciting opportunity for young people to apply for £300 for a community project.  Whether it is setting up a local football team, painting a community centre, running a campaign to educate young people about knife crime, young people are full of great ideas, energy and enthusiasm.  But they need support and money to make it happen. Think Big is a programme aimed at young people aged 13 – 25 who want to make positive changes in their community.  Anyone interested can contact the clerk who has the website details to apply to.


Norfolk ALC – AGM 8 November 2012:  NALC AGM will be held in the Council Chamber County Hall on 8 November 2012 6.30pm to 9pm.  Unfortunately no one was able to attend.


Norfolk ALC –Autumn Seminar 2012:  NALC Autumn Seminar is to be held at Sandringham Visitor Centre on November 7 2012 10am to 3pm with the Norfolk Branch of the Society of Local Council Clerks, this will be on all aspects of parish and Town Council work.  The clerk has further details if anyone wishes to attend.


NORMIT Study Day:     Norfolk ALC has notified us by e-mail about this meeting being held at Dunston Hall Norwich on Thursday 11 October 2012  -  9.45 to 4.00 pm entitled ‘Know the Risks, Be informed, Get prepared’.


Initial Training for Clerks and Councillors:   Details for Clerks and Councillors evening and daytime sessions at different venues around Norfolk at a cost of £35 evening £40 daytime arranged by Norfolk Parish Training Partnership.   Also arranged by this partnership ‘CiLCA Skills Course’ a course for anyone wishing to extend their knowledge of Parish Council work. He course will cost £195 plus an additional cost of £150 if you require CiLCA Registration.


General Power of Competence Evening Training:  Norfolk ALC are arranging this session at a cost of £20 at Edwards Room, County Hall Norwich.


West Norfolk Partnership – Youth Advisory Board:    One of it first actions was to undertake an exercise to gain a clear picture of local youth provision across the borough based on the needs of young people aged 11-25 years.  If anyone is aware of any areas that could potentially be used for outdoor sports facilities or have any queries please contact Bob Casey on 01553 772283,


Purcell – Funding for Community Projects:   Purcell are architects who would welcome the opportunity to work with Parish Councils on any products being considered for the Norfolk County Council Community Construction Fund.  The clerk has further information.



Active Norfolk:   Active Norfolk as part of the Olympic legacy are looking to engage with villages who have not yet been involved in the Village Games project.  Hockwold in the passed has entered the Village Games and did very well.  Mrs Raburn will put an article about this in the village magazine, to see if anyone would like to get involved in entering a team in the Village Games in 2013,


Side Table:  Norfolk RCC E-newslatter – copy given to councillors.  Police & Crime Commissioner Election – 15 November 2012, The clerk has put up Notices.




12/01184/F – Extension to bungalow at Norrisha Mill Lane Hockwold – Permission Granted.


12/01146/F – Mr & Mrs Moss, demolition of existing timber garage and construction of outbuilding to form a tack room at ground floor with storage above at 3 Lode Cottages Church Lane – Permission Granted.






9.10.2012                  Hockwold Methodist Church 6 x £10.0                £   60.00

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

                                    Mrs G Taylor Wages (Oct)                                       £447.40   )                                                                             Broadband and Telephone calls              £   60.00  )  £525.64

                                                Postage                                                         £   18.24  )

16.10.2012                E-on –DD – Street Lighting (Oct.)                         £211.22



  3.9.2012                   Business Base Rate Tracked Acc. (int.)              £    0.99

24.9.2012                  Donation towards New Tree                                  £   30.00


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




Dogs Down Moor Drove:    The clerk has received another letter regarding the dogs at Twelve Acre Farm, rushing out an intimidating walkers and their dogs. It was agreed that a copy of the letter should be sent to PCSO Esther Bortz as before, hopefully she will come and speak to the residents at the farm.


Waste Bin of Village Green:    It has been brought to the attention of the council that the bin on the Village Green is not working correctly,  Mr Fothergill said he would look at it and the clerk said she would speak to the WNBC refuse collectors to see if they have any complaints about it.


Poppy Wreath:   The Parish Councils Poppy Wreath has been ordered and Mrs Arbour said she would lay the wreath on 11 November 2012.





Aircraft Noise:   Mrs Arbour reported that recently, very early one morning, aircraft were taking off and flying right over Hockwold, she had hoped Squadron Leader Neild would be present for her to talk to him about this matter.  Mrs Raburn said she had heard them going over, and also had had an early telephone call from a parishioner regarding the matter.  These planes were going on a deployment.


Bus Shelter:    The clerk said she had telephoned Mr Osborne regarding this matter, had spoken to his wife who said she would ask him to ring back, but queried whether he would?   The clerk heard no more from him.  Miss Johns suggested we try Ken Robertson, the clerk will write to him.


Lights:    It was reported that the light at the top of Mill Lane is out.   Also the light at the top of Nursery Lane in Main Street is on all the time.   The clerk will report these matters.


Wall at Top of Nursery Lane:   The new house on the corner of Nursery Lane have pulled down the flint wall, presumably to rebuild with fling to match the wall the other side of the opening.  Mrs Sismey said the old wall was perfectly sound, and old walls should not be pulled down.  This would be a matter for enforcement at the Planning Department.  Mrs Sismey will fill in the necessary form.


Burdock Lane:  Mr Storey said that a hedge on the left-hand side of Burdock Lane needs to be cut back, it is hanging out well over the road.  He thinks this hedge belongs to Hockwold Hall, the clerk said she would write to Mr & Mrs Waddingham about this matter.


Mencap and Hats are holding a Race Night on Saturday 13 October 2012.   Prize for the best-dressed filly.


Jane Scarrott the new Parish Liaison Officer for Norfolk ALC who was present at the meeting, introduced herself and thanked the Parish Council for inviting her. She will be holding a meeting for coffee and a chat on Tuesday 13 November 2012 at Denver Mill Sluice Road, Denver, Downham Market. Between 2 – 4 pm.  This is the same day as our meeting.   The Chairman thanked her for coming.


6.         DATE OF NEXT MEETING   


It was agreed that the date for the next meeting of the Parish Council will be 13 November 2012 commencing at 7.30pm.


As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.45.




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: