HOCKWOLD-CUM-WILTON PARISH COUNCIL

 

MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN THE METHODIST SCHOOLROOM ON TUESDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2014 AT 7.30 pm

 

Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman

 

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Miss R Johns                        )

                                                Mr S Turner                           )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                      )

                                                Squadron Leader Jerry Neild                   

                                                           

Apologies for absence had been received from Parish Councillor Mr M Denney and PCSO Will Parker.

 

1.            MINUTES

 

Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 22 July 2014 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

 

RAF Lakenheath:   Squadron Leader Jerry Neild reported that there will be some extra flying during the daytime, as a squadron has recently returned and will need to get in some practice.

The notice at Eriswell Roundabout, ‘Close Down or clean up the Base’ has suddenly appeared, and no-one knows what it refers to or who placed it there!  Squadron Leader Neild reported that the Red Arrows on the fourth of July were very good as usual.

 

Police:    PCSO Will Parker had sent his apologies that said that there had been no crime in Hockwold for the last month and only eleven calls from the village.

 

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

 

B1112 – Lakenheath:   Squadron Leader Neild wrote to Suffolk County Council regarding the state of this road by the entrance to the RSPB Reserve, and also submitted an on-line report.  In reply to the report  he received the following update.  “ Thank you for contacting us regarding road defects on B1112, Lakenheath ‘This road is due to be resurfaced this summer’.  The clerk wrote to SCC Highways at the same time but received no written reply or e-mail.  Hopefully something will be done soon!

 

New Street Lights:   The thirty new street lights were installed in the middle of July.  The clerk contacted the Chairman and Vice- Chairman in August to ask if she could pay K & M Lighting Services Ltd the full cost of the installation as we had received a Direct Credit from NCC of £7,875.00 being the cost of the lights less VAT.  Hockwold PC will claim back the whole of the VAT at the end of the financial year.  Both Councillors agreed to this payment.

 

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New Street Lights contd:  The Maintenance cost will now be £58.79 per month instead of £88.93

giving us a monthly saving of £30.14.   The Lighting cost from E-on used to be approx. £195.00 + VAT per month. At present we have a credit with them, but the new charge will be approx. £149.00 per month  giving us a saving of approx. £46.00 per month.

 

Mazars – Audit 2014:  The audit papers have been return by Mazars, all the figures being correct.  They raised two points – the council tax support grant does not form part of the precept and should be accounted for with any other money received not with the Precept.

Fixed assets i.e. War Memorial and the Memorial Cross should be accounted for at their purchase price.  If this is not known a proxy cost should be substituted e.g. insurance value, this should be applied consistently and the value should stay constant until disposal.

The Notice of Conclusion of Audit and Right to Inspect the Annual Return was displayed on the 19 September 2014 and has to be up for a period of 14 days.

 

Parish Rangers:   An e-mail has been received from the parish rangers stating the work they did on their last visit i.e. Church Lane, Nursery Lane, Main Street and Station Road.

Yesterday the clerk received an e-mail from them saying they will be in the village again commencing the week 20 October 2014, and asking if we require any work done.  The footpath in Station Road to the cut.   Straw laying in the gutter outside the school requires clearing up.  Cut back the growth at the corners of Crossroads, helping with visibility pulling out on to the B1113.  Gravel at the top of Nursery Lane junction with Main Street needs sweeping up.  The clerk will e-mail the above to the highways department that deals with the rangers visit.

 

Litter Bin in the Bus Shelter:   The complete litter bin has been stolen from the wall in the Bus Shelter.  The clerk has got pamphlets from Glasdons with costs for a new one.  It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Miss Johns that the clerk should order a new one after checking out the costs with Glasdons.

 

Norfolk Constabulary:  The clerk had printed off a letter from Norfolk Constabulary concerning bookings made with Village Halls.  The clerk gave this to Rebecca Johns who is on the Village Hall Committee.

 

Allotment 2014:   The clerk is about to send out allotment agreements for the year 2014/2015 at present the cost is £10 each allotment does the Council wish to alter this amount?   After some discussion it was agreed that the cost should stay the same for this coming year.  This was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mrs Sismey.

 

Allotments, Parking and Fly Tipping:   Mr Macey who lives where Mr Mansey lived has written to the Parish Council asking if he can take on another allotment, as well as the two that Mr Mansey had, if possible one close to the two he already has.  Mr Macey also said that before he moved to Hockwold he had been involved in aspects of parking and having read out comments regarding the problems the village has with parking asked if we had considered painting single while lines  where parking is a problem.  The clerk will speak to Highways about this matter.  Mr Macey also enclosed a copy of a reply to an article in the villager magazine regarding fly tipping and recycling centres.  He suggested that where he last lived the council, every six to nine months had two manned skips placed in the neighbourhood so that people could dispose of waste.  He felt the parish council should see his letter to see if they have any comments to make before he submitted this to the magazine.  The councillors were quite happy for this letter to be put into the magazine.

 

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Norfolk RCC:   The clerk has received by E-mail details about the RCC’s ‘Buy Early Campaign for heating oil. All the councillors had received a copy of this e-mail.

 

Elizabeth Truss MP Monthly report July 2014:   This report had been forwarded to or copies given to all the councillors.

 

Norfolk RCC E-newsletter:    August 2014 – copy had been forwarded or given to councillors.

 

Tapping House   A letter has been received from this Hospice asking for consideration  for a donation.   This letter will be considered when the councillors discuss donations later in the year.

 

Kick Start :    Details have been received from this organisation that loan mopeds to people to help them get about . 

 

Shaping a New Future for Norfolk’s Waste:  This E-mail gives details of a Conference to be held on the 9 October 2014 in the John Innes Centre Norwich  9.00 to 14.50.  Anyone interested the clerk full details.

 

Hockwold Playing Field Committee:    A letter has been received from this committee thanking the Parish Council for their donation of £500.00.

 

Side Table:   Clerks and Councils Direct Issue 95 September 2014.

 

3.            PLANNING APPLICATION/PERMISSIONS/REFUSALS

 

These plans were received on the 8 August 2014 and were sent round to all the councillors to given their comments by the 21 August 2014

Ref: 14/01109/F                                                                               Name:  Hall Contracts Ltd.

                                                                                                                          Station Road, Lakenheath

Location – Munden House, Main Street. Hockwold, IP26 4LW.           Suffolk   IP27 4AD

Details – Construction of 4 dwellings following demolition of existing

  Buildings (retention of amended scheme).

All of Hockwold Councillors rejected this application.   The plans are retrospective and the building is nothing like the plans for three bedroomed houses that were passed previously.

 

Ref: 14/01243/F                                                                               Name:  Mr K Ladell

                                                                                                                                                  Hockwold Lodge, Cowles

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

Details – Construction of Menage.

The Parish Council had no objection to this application, it is near to another set of Stables.

It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Eade that this application be supported.  A vote was taken on this application four councillors were in favour two councillors were against.

 

PERMISSIONS

 

14/00877/F    Fountain Stables – Cowles Drove – Equine Menage enclosure. Enclosed with 1.425m high timber post and rail fence.  Permission Granted.

 

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4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS

 

Payments       9.9.2014   K & M Lighting Services Ltd – Maintn. (Sept)          £  70.55

                                                          Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                          £  32.00

                                            Mrs G Taylor – Wages ( Sept.)                                   £451.84

                                            Wheelers – Internal Audit                                          £132.00

                                            Mazars – External Auditors                                        £120.00

 

                     16.9.2014   E-on – DD – Street Lighting                                         In Credit

It was proposed by Miss Johns and seconded by Mrs Eade that the above accounts are paid.

 

5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS

 

Cowles Drove:  Mr Gossage said he felt it very unfair that planning permission is given to

Businesses in Cowles Drove, but Mr Guy was refused and then evicted from his property.

Councillors felt this was a matter Mr Guy should take up with King’s Lynn.

 

History of Hockwold:   Mrs Arbour said that Mrs Lesley Randell from the village is arranging a exhibition of the history of Hockwold and asked if the Parish Council had anything that could go on show.  Mrs Arbour explained that all the past information is in the Archives at County Hall, but she would ask about get some out, the event is in three weeks time. The clerk explained that she would have to give a letter of authorisation for anyone to collect anything from the archives, and Mrs Eade explained that anything taken away has to be kept in boxes and under lock and key.   Mrs Arbour will pass on this information to Mrs Randell.

 

Planning:   Mrs Arbour said she had heard nothing from Planning regarding Munden House and her enforcement form.

 

Main Street Flint Wall:   Two lumps of concrete have fallen off Mrs Enefers Flint Wall on to the footpath, the clerk will contact Mr N Enefer and ask him to clear them away.

 

Police:  Mrs Eade said she had been told that the Highway Code is still in use and should be adhered to, but there seems to be a blatent disregard to rules regarding parking and junctions.

 

White Lines:   The Road out of the village towards Weeting is still in need of the white lines being renewed, this comes under Hockwold as far as the Weeting Heath Reserve.  The clerk will speak again to Highways about this matter and the shininess of this road.

 

Cross Hill:   Could the clerk ask John Long, when he cuts Cross Hill to check the tree and if he feels it is growing crooked put a stake in it.  Also could he weed and trim the plans round the Cross Hill Memorial whenever it needs it.  The clerk will contact Mr Long regarding this matter.

 

6.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the Council will be on 14 October 2014 at 7.30 pm.  As there was no other business the Chairman closed the Meeting at 8.50 pm.

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.