HOCKWOLD-CUM-WILTON PARISH COUNCIL

 

MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN THE METHODIST SCHOOLROOM ON TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER  2013 AT 7.30 pm

 

Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman

 

                                                Mrs D Barrett                         )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Miss R Johns                        )

                                                6 Members of the public

 

Apologies for absence had been received from Squadron Leader Jerry Neild.  Parish Councillors   Mr T Gossage, Mr T Fothergill, Mr M Denney and Miss R Johns.  PCSO Esther Bortz and PCSO Claire Laws.

 

1.            MINUTES

 

Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 10 September 2013 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Barrett.

 

2.            MATTERS ARISING AND CORRESPONDENCE

 

Police Matters:    Esther Bortz is on rest days at present, but has e-mailed to say she has looked at the parking issues regarding Main Street and South Street, but the problem is they are not there when she is, but she will continue to look at it.

 

NALC – Weekly Updates:   Everyone had received their copies of this weekly publication and no one had any queries regarding them.

 

Delivering Local Highway Improvements – Street Lighting:   The clerk had spoken to K & M Lighting regarding the dimming of the new street lights.  If we ask for dimming this is a different sensor and driver in the lights so cannot be changed once installed.  The clerk spoke to the Chairman regarding this matter and it was decided as the vote on dimming was 6 to 2 for the clerk will tell K & M Lighting to go for dimming the lights at night, this will of course save us money on our lighting bills.  The clerk has put in our order for this work to be done.

 

Allotments:   The allotment agreements are being sent out this week, at present we have no spare allotments.

 

Wilton Bridge:    Since the last meeting the clerk has spoken to the Highways regarding this matter and they knew nothing about the car park and fishing.  Martin Edmunds rang the clerk back on the 18 September to say that the matter is now under Enforcement at planning.  Two parishioners spoke about the matter during the ten minute open forum who said that the Environment Agency had been consulted and they had agreed to the work being done.  They felt the fishing would mainly be on Sundays when the traffic would be less, and also said that cattle can still be grazed on the wash rights as before.   The clerk will check what is happening.

 

 

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Audit – 2012/13:  The clerk has heard from Mazars our auditors, that all the figures were in order and that the final notice to this effect has been placed on the notice board, informing the parishioners of this fact and telling them they can come and inspect the paperwork if they wish, by making an appointment with the clerk.

 

Mayor’s Design Awards:  These awards are to recognise the efforts made by individuals, designers and constructors to improve the standard of design within the Borough.  Mrs Sismey took the details as it was agreed that the new Cricket Club Pavilion could come under this remit.

 

Mayor’s Civic Award for Voluntary Service:   Once again the Mayor is inviting nominations for the Mayor’ Civic Awards for Voluntary Service, the clerk has the details if anyone knows of someone in the parish would be worthy of such a nomination.

 

Oil Club:   The Oil Club has launched a club for the Thetford and the surrounding areas.  By grouping deliveries by village or postcode, the bulk purchase enables the Oil Club to negotiate the best bulk price.  To get in touch with them, visit their web site: http://www.oil-club.co.uk

 

Norfolk Putting People First Consultation:    Notification has been received from NCC that this consultation period on 2014/15 Budget and Savings Proposals for 2014/17 is now open and will run from 16 September to 12 December 2013.  The Parish Councillors have all been given a copy of this letter.

 

Norfolk RCC E-Newsletter:    Copies of this newsletter have been given out to Councillors.

 

Polling Districts & Polling Places Review:    In reply to this letter the councillors felt that the village hall was the most central and accessible place to hold Hockwold’s Polling Station.  The clerk will pass on this information.

 

NALC Autumn Seminar:  Notification has been received that this meeting will take place on 6 November 2013 at the Sandringham Visitors Centre between 10am to 3 pm. at a cost of £35 per delegate including lunch.  The clerk has a booking form and further details if anyone wishes to attend.

 

Norfolk Hospice:    The clerk has received information from Jackie Cameron who is the fund-raising Manager at Norfolk Hospice who provides services within the hospice but also in people’s homes.  They come out to tell organisations about the work they do. 
The clerk has all the details.

 

Redevelopment of Munden House:   Notification has been received from the WNBC informing the Council that that they have agreed to the renaming of this development from Munden House to Munden Close, and also informing the council of the numbering scheme for the existing flats and the proposed new builds.

 

Side Table:  NALC – Details of their AGM to be held on 5 October 20134 at Swanton Morley Village Hall commencing at 10.30 am.

 

 

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3.            PLANNING APPLICATIONS/PERMISSION/REFUSALS:

 

Since the Councils last meeting this planning application was received and had to be returne3d by 3 Oct. 2013, so the details were sent round to the councillors:-

Ref. 13/01321/F                                                                   Name:  Mrs W Puttock

                                                                                                              42 Main Street

Location:  Land Adjacent Kemps Lane, Hockwold                      Hockwold, Thetford.

Details:   Change of Use of agricultural Land to land in            Norfolk.  IP26 4LH.

   Assoc. with horsiculture and construction of a muck bunker at Land Adjacent Kemps Lane,                  

   Hockwold cum Wilton.

The Parish Councillors had no serious objections to this application and it was passed on a majority vote.  The only real objection was to the amount of horse manure that is already rotting on the field. Presumably this was be addressed by the construction of the muck bunker.

 

Notification has been received that plans ref: 13/00409/F  located at 19 Nursery Lane  Hockwold-cum-Wilton. New detached dwelling with cart shed style garage including replacement wall has gone to appeal to the Secretary of State, against the decision of the Borough Planning Authority to refuse planning permission.  This will be decided on the basis of written representations submitted by both parities and a site visit by an inspector.  Any comments already made in connection with the original application will be taken into account.  Decision will be made after the 25 October 2013.

 

Ref: 13/01071/O                               12 Main Street, Hockwold-0cum-Wilton

This application was referred to the planning committee on the 7 October 2013 and notification has been received that the planning board agreed that a single storey dwelling can still be accommodated on the site.  Mr Storey, who is on the planning committee, and was at the meeting said that they unanimously agreed that this application be granted.  Highways had no objections to this application.

Mr Storey reported that previous applications for the construction of a bungalow had been grated in1997 and again in 2007.

Mr Storey reminded councillors that they could go and make representation before the planning committee if they given notification that they will be attending.  People doing so are allowed three minutes to give their views on the application.

 

4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS

 

Payments:     8.10.2013      K & M Lighting Services  Ltd – (Maintn.) (Oct)    £106.72

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                      £  22.00

                                                Mrs G M Taylor – Wages (Oct.)                              £451.84 )

                                                                  Broadband and Calls                           £  60.00 ) £520.54

                                                                                       Postage                              £    8.70 )

                                                Mazars – External Auditors                                    £120.00

                                                Hockwold Methodist Chapel                                  £  60.00

 

16.10.2013                            E-on – DD – Street Lighting (Sept.)                      £231.66

 

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

 

 

 

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5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS

 

King’s Lynn Waste Incinerator:   Mr Storey our Norfolk County Councillor said that although NCC are for the building of the Waste Incinerator at King’s Lynn his opinions have not changed and he is still very much against the building of this incinerator.

 

Street Light in Clingos Way:  It has been reported that the one light in Clingos Way is out intermittently.  The clerk will sort this matter out.

 

Weeting Road:    It was reported that the road to Weeting which is in our area up to the bird reserve is very shiny and also the white lines have nearly all been rubbed out.  The clerk will report this to Highways.

 

Mill Lane Junction:    It is still very difficult to get out of Mill Lane, due to the fact that cars are parked both sides of Main Street,  blocking drivers view when pulling out of Mill Lane.  The clerk will report this matter to the police.

 

Litter Bins:  The clerk has spoken to Mr Lovejoy at the BC, he was going to speak to the operatives who empty the bins and get back to me, I have heard nothing so presume that the bins are in good working order.

 

Highways:  It was reported that drain covers near the club and near the doctors surgery in Main Street are breaking up round the edges and are in need of attention.  The clerk will report this matter to highways.

 

Lakelands:  The footpath outside No 5 Lakelands is sinking and getting worse, the clerk will report this again to Highways.

 

Helicoptors    Mrs Raburn said she had hoped squadron Leader Neild would be at the meeting

as the helicoptors have started flying low over the village again.

 

Rangers:   Mrs Sismey asked if we had heard when the rangers will be round again, if we do hear from them the Hockwold Signs needs to have the weeds cut away from them.  The clerk has not heard from them, but will make a note about this matter for when they do contact us.

 

Mrs Sismey also asked if the grit bins are to be filled up this year.  The clerk reported that she has already heard from the BC about this matter and they will be filling them up in the near future, they have also been told about the new bin in South Street.

 

6.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING

 

It was agreed that the date for the next meeting of the council would be on 12 November 2013 at 7.30pm.   As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.15pm.

 

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