Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman


                                                                Mr T Fothergill                      )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mrs D Barrett                         ) 

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mr D Baker                            )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr A Lawrence                        District Councillor

                                                Squadron Leader J Neild      RAF Lakenheath


Apologies for absence had been received from NCC T White, Parish Councillor Mr M Denney and District Councillor Mr. M. Storey (who actually arrived during the meeting).


1.         MINUTES     


Resolved:  That the Minutes of the meeting dated 12 January 2010 previously circulated, be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mr Gossage and seconded by Mrs Arbour.




RAF Lakenheath:     Squadron Leader Neild, who was present at the meeting, reported that he had nothing yet to report  regarding the use of lights on the base at night.   On the 28 January there had been a tour of the base by people from Brandon, regarding flying operations, which had been very successful.  There is to be another such tour on the 22 April 2010 which councillors and parishioners could join if they wish.  It starts at mid-day and last four hours, travelling in buses.

The decision as to who goes is done on a first come first served basis.  This matter will be put in the village magazine.


Allotments:    There was another break-in on the allotments, with most of the sheds being forced open on the 28 January 2010.  Again the police were involved.  Just a few tools were taken.


Street Lighting:   As yet nothing has been heard from the Norfolk County Council regarding the turning off of lights during the night in Boundary Close and Lakeland.


Freedom Farm:   As during the month we have heard that the planning application for this site has been refused, the councillors did not feel there was any point in visiting the site.


Grit Bins:    Following on from the bad weather we have been experiencing the question of grit bins within the village was discussed.   It was suggested that the one positioned at the corner of College Road and Main Street is moved down towards Station Road, as that corner gets very slippery in bad weather.   It was also queried whether a new bin could be positioned at the bend in South Street, to help in difficult conditions.  The clerk will write to the Highways Department regarding these two matters.



Barclays Bank:     Just before Christmas the clerk had experienced difficulty in transferring money from one account to another.  Barclay’s bank said this was because she was not a signatory so they would not accept a letter from the clerk as she had always done before.  It was suggested that the clerk be a signatory of the account.  At present Mrs Raburn, Mr Gossage and Mr Owen can sign cheques.  As Mr Owens is no longer on the Parish Council would the councillors consider deleting his name and having the clerk as a signatory.  After some discussion it was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mrs Barrett that the clerk should be made a signatory of the Parish Council’s bank accounts.


Norfolk RCC:     Details have been received from the RCC regarding renewal of membership to this association, which is due from the 1 April 2010 at a cost of £15.00.  It was proposed by Mrs Arbour and seconded by Mrs Sismey that we should carry on with this membership.  All the

councillors agreed.


BCKLWN – Community Emergency Plans 2009-2010:     A further letter has been received regarding these community plans and a copy of the letter has been given out to councillors.


British Telecommunications Plc – Kiosks:    Another letter has been received regarding the removal of telephone service from kiosks in certain villages.  The clerk, on receiving the last letter has spoken to the Borough Council and ascertained that Hockwold is not on the list for removal of kiosks.


Planning Meeting – BCKLWN:    Notification has been received that there is to be a planning re-run for Parish Councillors of an ‘Introduction to the Planning System’ to be held on the 5 March 2010 in the Committee suite of the BC Offices in King’s Lynn. Morning session 9.30 am to 12 noon & 13.30 to 16.00 .  Mrs Sismey, Mrs Arbour and Mrs Taylor said they would attend the morning session, the clerk will book these places.


Local Government Reorganisation – Unitary:    Notification has been received from the Borough Council and the Boundary Committee that all responses have been received and submitted to the Secretary of State.  District Councillor Mr Lawrence said that this has been a waste of time all along.  The opposition has stated that if they get into power the whole business will be thrown out.


BCKLWN – Special Expenses:   Notification has been received from the BC that Hockwold’s special expenses for open spaces will be £820 for the year 2010/2011 an increase of 6p per band D charge over last year.


Weeting Wind Farm – Consultation:    Enertrag UK Ltd is proposing to apply for planning consent for this wind farm.  The original plans sent to us were for 9 turbines, the site has now been reassessed and will now comprise of 6 turbines.  Five copies of the consultation document were given out to councillors to read and pass on to others, all comments and opinions of this project have to be returned to Enertrag UK by the 1 June 2010.


Side Table:   Clerks & Councils Direct January 2010 Issue 67.   NSPCC – Asking for help to raise awareness of the NSPCC – Poster has been put on the Notice Board.   SIA (spinal injuries association) has sent a poster, which has been put on the notice board, and a copy has been sent to the Village Magazine.








Ref: 09/02111/F                                                                   Name:  Mr & Mrs K Ladell

Hockwold Lodge, Cowles Drove,

Location – Hockwold Lodge, Cowles Drove                                 Hockwold, Thetford

Details – Proposed rear extension (retrospective).                      Norfolk.

These plans had been discussed at the last meeting and passed, but were invalidated because of not all the plans were sent out.  They are now before the council again.  The council supported this application as before.  It does not over look any other property and fits in with its surrounding.  The only query raised is ‘The Stone Curlew’ there is a lot of open ground around this property, and is in the ‘buffer zone’.  This was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mr Fothergill, a vote was taken four members were for the proposal and three were against.



Ref:09/01977/F – Mr B. J. Rutterford, Land at Blackdyke Farm, Black Dyke Road, Hockwold – Construction of agric. Livestock building with associated area of adjacent hard standing.

Permission recorded.



SP/C/2/2009/2021 – Freedom Farm, Cowles Drove, Hockwold – Variation of Conditions 4,6 and 9 of PPC/2/2006/2001 to allow the recovery of fuel from source separated edible oils and fats.

Refusal recorded.


4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS

Payments:     9.2.10             MHB Services Ltd – Lighting maintn. (Jan)                    £  99.50

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus shelter                                                  £  27.50

                                                Mrs G Taylor – Wages (Feb 2010)                                    £397.64

                                                Norfolk RCC – Subscriptions                                            £  15.00

                        3.2.10             E.on – Street Lighting DD – December 09                      £193.64

It was proposed by Mr Gossage and seconded by Mrs Arbour that these accounts be paid.


5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Cowles Drove:  It was reported that there is a skip outside Hockwold Lodge, which is full of building rubble etc and there is rubbish from it blowing everywhere.  The clerk will report this matter.


Potholes:   Potholes were reported outside the club bungalow, the last bungalow in Main Street and Station Road going towards Lakenheath is very bad.  The clerk said that the two holes outside the bungalows had already been reported by Mr Denney and herself.


New Brick Wall:  There was a query regarding the new brick wall being built outside No 133 Main Street.  During this operation the Post Box is out of action.  This wall is to be the same flint wall as built up each side of the property.


Fly Tipping:   It was reported that there had been fly tipping in the track leading off Feltwell Road opposite the black sheds.

Also a pallet and three tyres have been dumped in the alleyway between South Street and College Road.



Fly Tipping contd………


Rubbish has been left down the road running beside the cut-off channel at the left-hand side of Station Road.    The clerk will report all these matters.


Flintstones, South Street:   It was reported that the trees over-hanging the wall of this property, on the corner of South Street are firstly covering the 30mph sign and also tall vehicles with orange lights on the top have reported loosing their lights due to the trees.  The clerk will ring and speak to the occupants.


Street Lights:    It was reported that the light opposite 46 South Street is out and also the light in the alley way from Main Street to College Road (this one has been reported).  The clerk will report these matters.


LDF Planning Meeting – Sites Specific:    Mrs Sismey and Mrs Taylor attending this meeting in Downham Market.  The latest document showed that Hockwold has been put together with Feltwell under the heading of ‘Key Rural Service Centres’.  Mrs Sismey feels this is wrong and Hockwold should be on its own under Rural Villages, she queried  this matter with Stuart Ashworth of the Planning Department at the meeting and is waiting to hear back from him the reason why this has happened.


Car Parking:   It was reported that after the blue car was moved from outside the old ‘VG Stores’ on the corner of Mill Lane, there is now another white car being parked there.  This can cause difficulty for vehicles coming out of Mill Lane, and also vehicles travelling along Main Street.  The clerk will report this matter to the police if someone will give her the make of car and registration number.


6.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was agreed that the next meeting of the Council will be on  Tuesday 9 March 2010 at 7.00 pm.  This will be followed by  the Annual Parish Meeting at 8.00pm.


As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.30 pm.




One copy to each member of the Council

One copy for Mr T. White Norfolk County Councillor

One copy to Mr A Lawrence District Councillor

One copy to Mr M Peake District Councillor

One copy to Mr M Storey District Councillor

One copy to RAF Lakenheath

One copy to Downham Market Police Station

Two copies for display within the village

One copy for Hockwold’s Website

One copy for the Minute Book