HOCKWOLD-CUM-WILTON PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN THE METHODIST SCHOOLROOM ON TUESDAY 12 JANUARY 2010 AT 7.30 pm
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.
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.
2. MATTERS ARISING AND CORRESPON DENCE
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.
Committee – Unitary: Letters have been received from the
Borough Council of King’s
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
3. PLANNING APPLICATIONS/PERMISSIONS/REFUSALS
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.
Ref: 09/02186/O Name: Mr G I Allsop
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.
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.
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.
5. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
It was reported that there are numerous potholes in the village
Bushes: It was reported that Mr N Ross has cut back his trees at
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
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?
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
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