Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman


                                                Mr T Fothergill                      )  Hockwold Parish Council

                                                Mrs D Barrett                         ) 

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mr D Baker                            )

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr M Storey                           District Councillor

                                                Squadron Leader Jerry Neild, RAF Lakenheath

                                                Four members of the Public


Apologies for absence have been received from Norfolk County Councillor Tony White.


There was no Ten Minutes Open Forum as this meeting is followed at 8.00 pm by the Annual Parish Meeting, in which parishioners can enter in any discussions, and bring up any concerns they may have regarding the village.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:      That the Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 12th February 2008 previously circulated, be approved and signed by the Chairman.   This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Eade.




RAF Lakenheath:    Squadron Leader Neild reported that the realignment of the lights at Feltwell Entrance had been looked into but no fault could be found.   The closure of the Wangford Road for Bridge repairs has been put back to August.   Sqd. Leader Neild said he would be chasing up the Suffolk County Council about the painting of ‘Keep Clear’ at the Eriswell Roundabout.    No councillors had any further queries for Squadron Leader Neild.


Reeves Lane:     The clerk has at last heard from the Land Registry regarding this property.  They have indicated on their map that the piece of land in question is the continuance of Reeves Lane to the joining of the Hastoe Housing land.   After further discussion it was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Sismey that the clerk should write again to the WNBC Legal Department and ask them to deal with the matter.


Police – Safer Neighbourhood Team:   The next meeting of this team is tomorrow Wednesday 12th March at 7.0 pm at the Methodist Church Hall in Feltwell.  Mrs Raburn said she would be attending this meeting.





Post Office Closures:     Councillors were reminded about the meeting arranged by the Norfolk RCC on the 26th March 2008 at Aylsham Town Hall to discuss the Post Office Closures in Norfolk.  Unfortunately no councillors was able to attend this meeting.  The clerk said she had already written to the address given by the Borough Council expressing the feelings of Hockwold Council regarding the closure of Post Offices in Rural Areas.


Samaritans:  A letter has been received from this charity promoting the 40th Anniversary of the founding of King’s Lynn Samaritans.  After some discussion it was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Sismey that we should not give a donation in this instance.   

It was agreed that the question of who we should give donations to should be discussed at the next meeting.


Hockwold Village Hall:    A letter has been received from the Secretary of the Village Hall Committee giving the Council their quotations for the work to be done on the Roof of the Village Hall and who they have decided to carry out this work.  The work has been split into two categories – The Main Roof and the Flat Roof Sections.  The work to the flat roof sections has now started, so the committee would be pleased to receive the £2000.00 pledged by the council towards this work.  It was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Eade that this amount is sent to the Secretary.


Norfolk RCC – Renewal of Membership April 2008 – March 2009:   The renewal of this membership comes due at the end of the month, it was proposed by Mr Baker and seconded by Mrs Barrett that we should renew our subscriptions for the coming year.


BCKLWN – Query – Hockwold Village Name:    The Chairman has received and e-mail from Chris Copeland of the Borough Council asking, what is the correct name they should be using for the village.  Hockwold or Hockwold-cum-Wilton.  With one accord the Councillors said Hockwold-cum-Wilton.  It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Baker that the Chairman should email back to this effect.


N.C.A.P.T.C.:   NORFOLK LINK issue No. 164 has been received and copies have been given out to councillors.   A letter has also been received from the Chairman of this association informing the Council that Stuart Chaplin Executive Officer has decided to retire from full time work for the Association. 

Also included are details of the position of Parish Liaison Officer to take Mr Chaplin’s place should anyone be interested.


Police – Local Action Group:      In the latest Anti-Social Behaviour and Recorded Crime Statistics Report dated 7 March 2008 Hockwold is shown with 4 incidents under Criminal Damage between 1Dec 07 to 29 Feb 08, and two woundings and assaults for the same period.  All parishioners should report any incident to the police.


Query of Street Numbering – Nursery Lane:     Chris Copeland from the BCKLWN had been in touch with both the clerk and the chairman regarding the street numbering in Nursery Lane odd numbers 1 to 19.  After consultation with the Royal Mail, parish clerk and some residents in the lane they feel the numbering done in 1982 is correct with some plots left if any houses are in filled.


Survey of Burial Facility Provision:  The clerk had filled in a form regarding this matter in Hockwold and the Borough Council have now sent out the result of all this information.



Highways:   A letter has been received from Martin Edmunds in reply to the clerk’s queries.  Patching work has been programmed for Burdock Lane and Nursery Lane, plus the drains to be jetted at Station Road.  He has reported the exposed cable to BT for action.


Norfolk Mineral & Waste Consultation Documents:    These documents have now been received and any comments have to be sent in by the end of April.  Mrs Raburn will take the papers away and read through them and report back at the next meeting.


Side Table:   Agenda Local Action Group 7th March 2008.   East of England Review – Planning for Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation.   Norfolk Waste Partnership ‘Your Rubbish Your Choice’.   Enjoy England - Celebrate St George’s Day 23 April 2008.   Clerks & Councils Direct Issue 56.  BCKLWN Consultation on the Local Development Framework and Sustainable Community Strategy – Poster put on NB regarding local informal sessions on this subject.   Sports Development – Inter Village Games Lynnsport King’s Lynn 29th June 2008.  NCAPTC – Norfolk Parish Training Partnership. Boundary Committee Thursday March 13 2008 7pm.  NCC Care Choices Ltd a new directory to help people find the right care for themselves or a relative.


Planning Enforcement:    A letter has been received from the Borough Council Development Services asking for dates of Parish Council Meetings throughout the year and also enclosing a form for councillors and parishioners who wish to report an enforcement to fill in.  Copies of form will be given out to councillors at the April Meeting plus a copy of the letter.




Ref: 08/00366/F                                                                   Name:              Mr P Reid

                                                                                                              155 Main Street

Location – 155 Main Street                                                                          Hockwold Thetford

Details – Single storey extn. to dwelling                                        Norfolk IP26 4LY

It was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mrs Sismey that this application be supported as long as the appropriate materials are used as the property is in the conservation area.


Ref: 08/00413/F                                                                   Name:              Mr B J Rutterford

                                                                                                              Undley Hall, Undley

Location – Blackdyke Farm, Blackdyke Road Hockwold           Lakenheath, Suffolk

Details – Erection of dwelling for occupation by a water bailiff. Devel. of fishing club facilities.  C of U of the land surrounding the proposed dwelling and fishing club facilities for amenity purposes.

It was proposed by Mr Gossage and seconded by Mr Denney that this application be supported, as the council had all the other applications by Mr Rutterford.   The proposed Log Cabin Design will fit in with the surroundings, and will not overlook any other properties.


Ref: 08/00587/F                                                                   Name:   Mr & Mrs Davies

                                                                                                              23 Pearces Close, Hockwold

Location – 23 Pearces Close                                                            Thetford, Norfolk IP26 4LU

Details – Two storey and single storey extension to dwelling

It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Sismey that this application be supported.  There is room for such a extn on the side of the property, other properties nearby have also extended in the same mode.  A garage could help to get another car off Pearces Close which is a very narrow road.




Ref: 08/00409/F                                                                   Name:              C & D Livestock

                                                                                                              40 Nursery Lane, Hockwold

Location – River View, The Lode, Church Lane, Hockwold       Thetford, Norfolk.

Details – Constr. of chalet housing & office for stock person    

It was proposed by Mr Fothergill that this application should be supported. There was no seconder so Mr Fothergill withdrew his proposal.   It was proposed by Mrs Arbour and seconded by Mr Gossage that this application be rejected.  The track used to get to the site is Common Lane which is used regularly by parishioners to get to the River Front.  At the moment the track is in a bad state due to the heavy vehicle use.   The site is outside the village guidelines for building.

A vote was then taken five votes against the application, one vote for the application and one councillor abstained.


07/02677/F – Mr & Mrs O’Malley, 9 Kemps Lane, Hockwold, Retrospective erection of garden shed – Permission Recorded.

08/00010/F – Mr & Mrs Betts, 1 Harrison Way Hockwold, - Conservatory extension to dwelling – Permission Recorded.

07/02674/F – Mr & Mrs Whinray, 5 Kemps Lane, Hockwold – Single storey extension to dwelling – Permission Recorded.

07/02519/F – Mr B Moss, 1 Lode Cottages, Church Lane, Hockwold – replacement of existing roof with flat roof & insertion of rooflights.  Permission Recorded.

Consent Not Required

Enefer Bros Farms – Erection of grain storage building land south of the Antlers 95 Mill Lane Hockwold.


4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS

Payments:     11.3.08           Pearce & Kemp Ltd – Lights Maintenance                     £113.13

                                                Mrs Taylor - Wages                                                             £335.27

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter (2months)                              £  50.00

                                                Hockwold Methodist Church 6 wks x £10.00                  £  60.00

                                                Hockwold Village Hall – Pledge                                     £2000.00

17.3.08           EDF Energy – Lights (Feb.2008) DD                               £116.26

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


5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Cowles Drove:  It was reported that the street sign had been knocked down.  The clerk said that she had reported this matter to the Borough Council today.


Church Lane & Beech Walk:   Concern was expressed about the safety of these Beech Trees owing to the very heavy winds and gales we have been experiencing lately.  As these are thought to be on Glebe Lane it was agreed that the clerk should write to the Secretary of the PCC.


Parking on Grass Verges:   It has been noted that cars are once again taking to parking cars on grass verges, especially in Main Street and South Street causing the grass to be eroded away.  The chairman will mention this matter in her report in the village magazine.

6.         DATE OF NEXT MEETING     It was agreed that the next meeting will be held on Tuesday 8th April at 7.30 pm.   As there was no other business the meeting was closed at 7.55pm.

Distribution: One copy to each member of the Council, One copy to Mr T White NCC, Mr M Storey, Mr M Peake, Mr A Lawrence, Downham Market Police, Two copies for display within the village and one copy for the web-site.