Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       ) Chairman


                                                Mr T Fothergill                      ) Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mr D Baker                            )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr M Storey                              District Councillor

                                                Mr A Lawrence                        District Councillor

                                                PCSO Ester Bortz

                                                PCSO Claire Law


Apologies for absence had been received from Squadron Leader Neild RAF Lakenheath, NCC Tony White, Parish Councillors Mrs M Eade, Mrs D Barrett and Mr M Denney.


The Chairman Mrs Raburn welcomed PCSO’s Bortz and Law and District Councillors

Mr A Lawrence and Mr M Storey to the meeting.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 8 December, previously circulated, be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mr T Gossage and seconded by Mr D Baker.




Police:    PCSO Bortz reported that what happened to the Red Lion has also happened to one of the pubs in Feltwell.  They have spoken to someone from Punch Taverns who said they are looking to put someone in the Red Lion in due course.  They said they were well aware of the problems the landlord caused, and hopes to get the right person next time.  They have not found the person responsible for the break-in at the Rectory of the 26 November 2009, and were aware of the break ins on the allotments.  The police warned the councillors that there has been an increase in oil thefts in the area.  These can take place any time during day or night.


Murfitt Industries:      A letter has been received from the Environment Agency in reply to the clerk’s letter about insurance claims.  They are aware that some residents have made claims following the fire, but are not aware of the outcome of these and have no reason to be involved.  They are not aware of any mechanism for an individual to claim direct from Murfitts.  Also received a letter from Lakenheath Parish Council thanking for sight of the correspondence between Hockwold and others regarding the Old Chicory Factory.  This matter was discussed at their last meeting.  Although there is a little concern about the activities on this site the Parish Council decided that without evidence of any wrongdoing/infringement of regulations there is really no action to be taken.     The chairman has received a copy of the Certificate of Lawfulness granted to Murfitt’s under planning reference F/2006/0740/CLP from Forest Heath District Council, copies of which have been given out to councillors.



Precept 2010/2011:    The clerk has worked out the figures for this year, copies of which were sent out with the Minutes for councillors to read and digest. The final estimated figure for 2009/10 spending was £11651.00 just under last year precept of £11800.00.  After some discussion it was agreed that our precept figure for 2010/11 should be £12,400.00 which is an increase of just over 5%.  It was proposed by Mr Gossage and seconded by Mrs Arbour all the councillors were in agreement.


Boundary Committee – Unitary:     Letters have been received from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and the Boundary Committee for England.   The Boundary Committee is recommending a single unitary for the whole of Norfolk. The Borough Council feels will be too big, too remote and not best placed to deliver local services tailored to local need.  They favour the ‘status quo’.   Councillor Lawrence reported that at the public meeting held in King’s Lynn on the 5 January 2010 84% were in favour of the status quo.  Representation can be made until the 19 January 2010.  It was agreed that the clerk should write again to the Boundary Committee and also to the Unitary Structures Team in London.   


Recycling:     A letter has been received from the Waste & Recycling Officer regarding the clerks letter to them asking why they will not take all plastics i.e. food trays, butter/margarine tubs etc etc.   Her reply is that they have only ever taken plastic bottles of any kind, with a screw top, and included with her letter a leaflet entitled ‘GREEN BIN’ what we do and don’t collect’.   A copy of this was given out to councillors.


Village Hall:   Mr B Moss the Secretary of the Village Hall Committee has written to the Parish Council informing them that the Hall committee are keen to take up the offer of a Salvation Army Clothing Bank, and did the council wish to have any input regarding the siting of the bank.  He also asked if the council would like him to arrange with Nick Ross for the independent audit and an oversight report for the Charity Commission, which as Trustees of the Hall the Parish Council is required to send.  It was agreed that Mr Moss should arrange for this report and that the Village Hall should sort out where the clothing bank should be placed.  The clerk will write to this effect and give Mr Moss the date and time of the Annual Parish Meeting in March.


Norfolk Police Authority:    Notification has been received of an Open Meeting to be held on 21 January 2010 to discuss the ‘police budget 2010/2011 – options and future for England’s safest county’.  Unfortunately no councillors were able to attend.  The clerk will let them know this fact.


Allotments:  As councillors are all aware sheds on the allotments were broken into on the night of 1 January 2010.  The police were informed and a scene of crime officer met with the Chairman and clerk on Monday 4 January 2010.  He was able to take a few fingerprints.   Another officer came and saw the chairman that afternoon and was given the names and addresses of all the allotments holders, especially the ones with sheds, he will check with the shed holders to find out if and what was taken.  The clerk has received a request for an allotment from a Mr Burman who lives in the village, she will write to him and explain that his name is on the waiting list for an allotment.


NCC – Adopted Local List of Validation Requirements for Planning Applications:      A copy of this letter has been given out to Councillors, which informs them the Government has introduced a mandatory Standard Application Form  for all planning applicants which it is hoped will provide a

quicker, more decisive and efficient planning service.





Development Services Newsletter:  This first newsletter is available to view on the Borough Councils website.  A copy of this letter has been given out to councillors.


NCC – Street Lighting Policy – introduction of part night lighting:  Notification has been received that six units in Hockwold will come under the part night lighting.  Three lights in Lakeland and three lights in Boundary Close.  Lights will be switched off from approx. midnight to 5 am (1am to 6am during BST).   The residents in Lakeland are against this action.  This matter will be reported in the village magazine so that residents in Boundary Close can also have their say, a telephone number will be given out.  The clerk will write and give the parishioners comments by  the 25 January 2010.


BCKLWN – Local Development Framework – Core Strategy:    A proposed submission document has been put together and will be formally published on the 13 January 2010.  Any representations about this document can be made up to the 24 February 2010.  The clerk has a copy of this document if any councillors wish to read it.


Norfolk RCC:   ‘Signpost’ December 2009 has been received and copies have been given out to councillors.   The RCC are holding a meeting on 3 February 2010 at their offices in Dereham starting a 10.00 am entitled ‘Tackling Norfolk’s Rural Challenge’ anyone wishing to attend should let the clerk know.


War Memorials Trust:    A letter has been received from this Trust inviting the clerk or a councillor to attend a ‘looking after war memorials conference’ on 4 March 2010 at the Small Hall at The Guildhall in Cambridge from 10am to 1 pm.  No councillors felt able to go.  Mrs Raburn felt she could be interested.


Side Table:   Norfolk Link Issue 174 – copies given to councillors.  Funding Opportunities Sept./Oct./Nov/Dec. 2009 details.  Foolhardy Folk Circus Arts Org. passed to Mr Gossage.  NORSE Landscape Development Services Ltd. Details to be kept on file.  Suffolk County Council

Waste Core Strategy Submission Draft (not our area).  BCKLWN – Details regarding Fasterfuture campaign to bring super-fast broadband to King’s Lynn & West Norfolk-poster put on NB and copy of letter given to councillors.  NCC map of gritting routes for the winter.




Freedom Recycling:   It was decided to leave until the next meeting to arrange a date to visit Freedom Recycling.  A letter has been received from NCC Planning acknowledging receipt of our views regarding the application to allow the recovery of fuel from source separated edible oils and fats.


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

                                                                                                                Hockwold Lodge, Cowles Drove

Location – Hockwold Lodge, Cowles Drove                                   Hockwold, Thetford

Details – Proposed Rear Extn (retrospective)

The parish council raised no objections to this application.  The extension is in keeping with the surrounding buildings, and not over-looking any other properties.  This was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Sismey – a vote was taken, four members for the application, one member against.




Planning contd…….

Ref:  09/02186/O                                                                  Name:   Mr G I Allsop

                                                                                                               8 Malts Lane, Hockwold

Location – 8 Malts Lane, Hockwold                                                 Thetford, Norfolk.

Details – Site for construction of four dwellings (outline)

This application had previously been withdrawn. Now re-submitted with alteration to the entrance.  The parish council again raised no objection to this application as long as all the planning regulations are met i.e. village guidelines and any others applicable.  This was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Sismey.  A vote was taken three voted for the application two voted against.



Ref: 09/01788/F – Mr & Mrs R Farebrother – Retrospective application for construction of dwelling incorporating basement and detached garage to land to west of 5 and 7 Nursery Lane.

Permission Recorded



Ref: 09/00639/F – Mr C Guy - Permanent agricultural dwelling to replace existing temp. agric. dwelling at land at Island Farm, Cowles Drove. Hockwold.  Mr Storey said he spoke very strongly in favour for this application at the meeting of the Full Planning Committee.

Refusal Recorded.


4.             BILLS OF ACCOOUNTS


Payments:     12.1.10           MHB Services Ltd – Lights Maintn. (Jan.)           £  99.50

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus shelter                                      £  22.00

                                                Mrs G Taylor Wages (Jan.)                         £397.64 )

                                                                        Telephone                                         £  26.70 ) £455.51

                                                                        Postage                                             £  31.17 )

                        30.12.09         E.on –Street Lighting – Nov.09                             £193.64


Receipts:       7.12.09           Business Base Rate Tracker Acc. Interest          £    1.29


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




Potholes:     It was reported that there are numerous potholes in the village especially along Station Road to Wilton Bridge.  Also the hole outside Hockwold Lodge in Cowles Drove is getting bigger.  There is also a large hole outside the last bungalow in Main Street going towards Weeting.


Overhanging Bushes:    It was reported that  Mr N Ross has cut back his trees at 102 Mains Street.


Grit Bins:  It was reported that the grit/salt bins have recently been filled up.  The question of having a git bin on the corner of South Street was brought up.  It was decided that this matter should be put on the agenda for the next meeting.




Any Other Business contd…………


Recycling Bins:   It was reported that not all the green recycling bins were emptied last Friday the 8 January 2010.  This was because the recycling vehicles were all called back to their depots at 12.00 noon, because of the weather?


Mill Lane:     It was reported that the 30mph signs at the top of Mill Lane have been sprayed over with ‘slow’ or ‘slow down’.  The clerk will report this to the Highways Department.


Planning Meeting:    Mrs Sismey said about the planning meeting being held at Downhill Market on the 21 January 2010.  She will let the clerk know if she can go, if so the clerk will attend with her.


Mr Storey the District Councillor complimented the council about the warmth of the hall, saying that he has been coming to the meetings for twenty years and this was the warmest he has ever been!!




It was agreed that the next meeting of the Council will be held on Tuesday 9 February 2010 

At 7.30pm.






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