Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman


                                                                Mr T Fothergill                      ) Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mrs D Barrett                         ) 

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Miss R Johns                        )


Apologies for absence had been received from Parish Councillors Mrs L Arbour and PCSO Phil Writer on behalf of the Police at Downham Market.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 23 July 2013 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mrs Raburn.   (Mrs Sismey, Mr Fothergill and Miss Johns said they had not received their Minutes, the clerk will look into this matter and send them a copy).




NALC – Weekly Updates:   Everyone had received their copies of this publication and had no questions regarding them.


Delivering Local Highways Improvements – Street Lights:   The clerk has placed our order for thirty street Lights with K & M Lighting.  They have now asked if we would like the lights dimmed from midnight to 5 or 6 o’clock every morning thus saving further electricity costs.  This matter was discussed , Mr Fothergill question whether this would be too dark during the night, especially as Main Street is a main road through the village.   Miss Johns said that she has recently stayed where they have these lights and said they are not liked at all.  After some further discussion a vote was taken, two councillors were against and six were for the dimming of the lights.  The clerk will ask for them to be dimmed.  Mrs Sismey suggested the clerk ask, if we were not satisfied with the lights dimmed could they be altered.


Guide for Parish Councils on the Dispensation Procedure:    Councillors had been given a copy of this guide at the last meeting, the Parish council is now responsible for determine requests for a dispensation by a parish councillor.  After some discussion regarding this matter it was resolved that the Council delegates the power to grant  dispensations to the Clerk.  This was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Eade.


Allotments Land:  The clerk had contacted Mr Enefer to ask him if he wished to carry on farming Crossroads and Dobbs.  He has replied giving a tender of £140 per year for the next two years. The council agreed to accept this offer and this was proposed by Mrs Barrett and seconded by Mr Denney.




Allotments:   Mrs Raburn and Mrs Taylor had visited the allotments recently and found they were in good reasonably good order, except of course the ones affected by the fire, which was caused by a bonfire being lit on Mr Mansey’s land in the very hot weather.  The clerk asked the councillors if they wished to increase the rent of the allotments or keep it at £10.00 per year.  It was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Miss Johns that the rent is kept at £10.  The clerk will send out the new agreements at the beginning of October.


Clerks Wages:   NALC have issued new pay scales for clerks issued by the National Joint Council for Local Government Services, these rates of pay should be applied from 1 April 2013.  The clerk will not come under SCP (Spinal Column Point) 25 which is £11.296 per hour.  The clerk does 40 hours a month which will give a monthly wage of £451.84  (an increase of £4.44 per month) back dated to April 2013.  It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Barrett that this increase is paid.  Mr Denney said that the clerk was most efficient in all the work she does for the council.


Gravel Pit Entrance:    The clerk has been in touch with the Forestry regarding the growth around the Parish’s gate to the village sand pit.  They will no longer be able to cut back the weeds etc round the gate, and would be quite happy for the Council to get this work done as long as it does not involve a tractor being used.  It was agreed that the clerk should contact John Long and ask him to carry out this work.


Rectory Meadow:     A letter has been received from Mr Hardwick Secretary and Treasurer to the PCC enclosing a copy of the letter he has written to the Diocesan Surveyor of Ely as the land is owned and let out by the Diocese.  He has also written to Mr Turner informing him.


NCC Consultation on 2014/15 Budget:   A letter has been received from the Consultation & Community Relations Manager of the NCC informing the council that they will be holding a major consultations on budget proposals that will begin on 19 September 20133 and last for 12 weeks.

The proposals will need to save the authority a sum currently forecast to be £182million over three years commencing April 2014.  They will publicise arrangements and the various meeting schedules on 19 September. They will make all materials as accessible as possible and ensure that there are a variety of different opportunities in place for people to give their views.


BCKLWN Detailed Policies and Sites Plan ‘Preferred Options’ Consultation:   Mrs Sismey and Mrs Taylor went to the meeting at Methwold Village Hall regarding the sites put forward for Hockwold.  One has been put forward, a site in South Street for five houses.  There were in total 7 sites put forward, one being the Rectory Meadow. Some others being outside the village guidelines.  The councillors all looked at the plan of the sites and after some discussion seven agreed that the site in South Street would be acceptable, one councillor was against.  The clerk will write to Mr Allen Gomm and tell him of the councils views, she will also let Mr Storey know, who had contacted her to inform the council that they could have a meeting with the borough council if they were not satisfied with the choice.


Norfolk RCC – Funding Fair:    This fair is to be held on Wednesday 25 September 2013 at the Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Swaffham. 10am to 2pm.  Rebecca Johns asked for a copy of the letter and agenda.






Highways:    The clerk had sent a e-mail to Highways thanking them for doing part of the footpath from Mill Drift, and asking them if anything further had been decided on the 40mph signs we asked to be painted each end of Station Road, B1112.  He will let us know when he has any news.


Zurich Financial Services Ltd – Risk Management:    This seminar is to include safety at work, ground maintenance and whatever risks you need information on.  The fee for attendance is £30.00 it was felt this was not necessary for this Parish Council.


New House Names:  We have received several renaming of house and road within the village.

Formerly ‘The Nook’ now The Birches, Reeves Lane.  89 South Street is now to be called ‘Withnail Cottage’. 

Street Naming – Redevelopment of Munden House 78 Main Street, This development requires a new road name and the council can find no reason why Munden Close should not be used.


Clerks and Councils Direct Issue 89:   This edition has been received with an attachment asking if the council would like to receive Local Council Update, The clerks Essential Legal Library the subscription for this is £199 per year.  It was not felt this would be necessary.


Waste Bins:   The bin in the village hall car park is all right  but the one on Cross Hill looks at an angle.  The clerk has spoken to Keith Lovejoy of the BC regarding our bins, he has asked the collectors to look at them but they have not come back with any complaints.


Side Table:  Norfolk LINK August 2013 – Councillors given a copy.   NALC – Seminar on Green Burial October 1st 2013 Colney Woodland Burial Site.  Norfolk RCC Signpost – Copy given to Councillors.  Norfolk RCC E-Newsletter forwarded to Councillors.  Initial Training for Clerks and Councillors October and November 2013.




These plans were received on 30.7.2013 and were due back on 19 August 2013 so the clerk sent them round to all the councillors:-

Ref: 13/01071/O                                                                   Name:   Mrs L Pryer

                                                                                                               12 Main Street, Hockwold

Location – 12 Main Street                                                                 Thetford IP26 4LH

Details – Construction of a new dwelling adjacent to 12 Main Street at 12 Main Street.

Councillors objected to this application  expressing concerns regarding site, to small for another property, and also site close to the junctions of Malts Lane and Main Street.


Another sheet regarding the above plans was received on the 16 August 2013 and had to be back by the 27 August 2013.

Ref number as above and same name as above.  The only difference being that the garage at present situated at the pack of the bungalow is to be pulled down, and there will be room for two vehicles in front of each property.

The Councillors did not feel this alteration made any difference to their views, the site is still too small for two properties, plus concerns expressed over the vehicle access relating to Malts Lane Kemps Lane and Main Street still stand.





Planning applications continued:


Ref:  13/01264/F                                                                              Name:  Ms T Clark

                                                                                                                         Twelve Acre Farm

Location – Twelve Acre Farm, Moor Drove East,  Hockwold                Moor Drove East,               

Details – Retrospective application for the siting of a mobile home.    Hockwold IP26 4JU

Hockwold Parish Council supported this application only on the grounds that this a

Temporary mobile home until their log cabin is rebuilt.  The council is still very much against retrospective applications, which this parishioner has done on previous occasions.

A vote was taken on this application two councillors were against and 5 councillors were for the application.  This was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Sismey.


Ref: 13/00421/F – Construction of four dwellings following demolition of existing buildings at Munden House 78 Main Street Hockwold IP26 4LW.    Permission Recorded.

Ref: 13/00832/F – To replace existing buildings with a single timber frame building at 123 Main Street Hockwold IP26 4LX.            Permission Recorded.

Ref: 13/00926/CU – Retention and change of use of existing stables for livery purposes and the keeping of horses on adjoining land at Land East of Hockwold Lodge and Riding Centre, Cowles Drove Hockwold.   Permission Recorded.

Notice of Decision - Agricultural Prior Notification – Consent Required, Mr Charles Guy

Agricultural application – General purpose agricultural building at Island Farm, Cowles Drove. Hockwold IP26 4JQ.   Decision Recorded.

Ref: 13/01039/F       Change of use of agricultural land to land in association with horsiculture and construction of stable block to provide 3 stables tack and feed room and hay store and muck bunker. Kemps Lane Hockwold, Norfolk

This application has been withdrawn.


4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS


Payments – 10.9.2013        K & M Lighting Services Ltd – Maintn. (Sept)     £106.72

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                      £  22.00

                                                Mrs G Taylor – Wages ( Sept)                                £451.84 )

                                             Back pay due to increase from April 2013  £  22.20 )  £474.04

                                                Wheelers – Internal Audit 2013                            £132 00

                     15.9.2013         E-on – DD – Street Lighting (August)                  £239.39


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




Mill Lane:       A truck has been parked on the corner of Main Street and Mill Lane very regularly, it has written on the side Northgate which is a rental firm.  This makes it very difficult for vehicles turning out of Mill Lane.  The clerk will report this to the police.


Hairdressers Main Street:   The house next to the hairdressers has four large bags of sand outside, the house is being rendered, but very slowly.   There are warning cones but at night they do not show up and could be dangerous, the clerk will inform the police of this situation.





Motorbikes:   At weekends youngsters on motor bikes have been tearing up Mill Lane and into the forest, they have no registration numbers, and some no helmets. The clerk will report this matter to the police.


Oil:   Mrs Sismey reported that in Main Street someone has tried to get at oil tanks, luckily none has been taken.


Moor Drove East:   Another lot of litter has been dumped at the entrance to Moor Drove East.  The clerk will report this to the Litter Line.


Wilton Bridge:   Someone has started to built a car park on the Hockwold Side of Wilton Bridge, for the use of fishermen.  They are putting in thirty fishing numbers along the Ouse, which everyone thought was Wash Right Lane!  Mr Gossage said he has heard that Highways and Planning have both looked at the proposal and say it is all right.  The councillors feel this is very dangerous, cars coming over the bridge hit into anyone coming out of the car park.   The clerk will check with highways and planning about this matter.


Rangers:   When the rangers come round to the village the grupps and grass in Nursery Lane need clearing out and also down Church Lane.


College Road Estate:   Mr Denney said that the paths on the estate are very uneven and not good for people using invalid vehicles.  Also the general untidiness of the village, he did say that he suspects that all the villages say this!


Dumped Carpet:  Rolls of carpet has been dumped outside 52 Main Street, it has been there several days.  The clerk will speak to Litter Line at Kings Lynn regarding this matter.


Parking at the end of South Street:   It was report that vehicles are now parking right to the end of South Street and also in Main Street right to the corner of South Street.  This makes it very difficult for vehicles coming out of South Street.  The clerk will report this matter to the Police.


6             DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was agreed that the date for the next meeting of the council will be on Tuesday 8 October 2013 at 7.30 pm.  The clerk informed the councillors that she would be on holiday from the 20 September to 4 October 2013, she will get the minutes and agenda out to councillors by the 19 September 2013, everyone agreed to this.  As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.55pm.




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