Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman


                                                                Mr T Fothergill                      )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mrs D Barrett                         ) 

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Miss R Johns                        )

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr M Storey                              District Councillor


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 12 February 2013 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mr Gossage and seconded by Mrs Eade.




Cross Hill:   As everyone will have seen the bench has been painted and refurbished, and looking very smart.  The bill from Mr Fenn has been received and will be paid in  bills of accounts.  The clerk asked about getting a TPO on the new tree.  Everyone agreed this should be done.


Delivering Local Highway Improvements:    Having now read the two letters from NCC Planning and Transportation the clerk asked the councillors if they had any areas they thought we could put forward to take up the offer of funding, bearing in mind that the Council would have to pay 25% of the cost.  The clerk will put forward the request from a parishioner regarding the join up of Mill Drift and Main Street, bearing in mind the Mill Drift is an unadopted Road.  A footpath from Enefers Farm to Mill Drift was put forward (it is thought that the parish council had in the past asked highways to put this on their programme for work to be done), and also South Street could do with having a footpath.  The clerk will contact Mr Andy Wallace our Highways Engineer about this matter.


Mundford & Lynford Forest Plan:    The Forestry Commission has drafted a new forest plan for the Mundford and Lynford area and invite comments for councillors on their proposals.  The clerk has the plan if anyone wishes to read it.


Westcotec – Street Lighting Solutions:   A letter has been received from this company explaining the services they can provide regarding lighting etc for Parish Councils.  This will be kept on file as we have to renew our contact for street lights later this year.


Samaritans:  A letter has been received from this charity asking if the Council could consider them again for a donation.  The council gave a donation in 2005.  It was agreed that this letter be kept with the other letters asking for donations.




NALC – Training for Clerks and Councillors:   A list of Courses has been received covering either two evening sessions or a whole day at various venues.  The clerk has the details and forms if anyone is interested.


Parliamentary Boundary Review:  A letter has been received from the Electoral Services Manager at the Borough Council thanking all Parish and Town Councils who responded to the consultations during the recent review.  The next Parliamentary Boundary Review has been postponed until 2018.


Planning History – Dairy Farm Mill Lane:   As requested by the council a planning history for this

site has been sent by the Principal Planner at the Borough Council.  A copy of this has been given to Councillors.  Mr Denney said he still found it confusing.


Norfolk County Council’s Local Flood Risk Management Strategy:    A letter and leaflet entitled ‘Managing Flood Risk, has been received from NCC County Hall regarding this matter, as they believe there is a pressing need to update and increase the understanding of flood risk within the county.  During April to July there will be a Risk Management Authority Consultation and a public Consultation.  They will be contacting parishes in due course as part of their consultation on the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.


Highways:   After the February meeting the clerk e-mailed highways regarding street sweeping and wheelie bins, and had this in reply:  The sweeping is a function the Borough Council deals with so any further problems the council should contact them.  Regarding wheelie bins if they are left out all week they can issue letters for obstruction to the footway.


Parking on Corner of Main Street/South Street:   After the last meeting I e-mailed PCSO Esther

Bortz regarding this matter.  She has replied that she looked at the junction when visiting Hockwold, but there were no cars parked causing any obstruction, she will keep a eye on the situation, and will try knocking on the doors if any vehicle which is causing a problem.  Mr Storey said that the vehicles are there every morning 7.0 – 7.30am.  The clerk will pass on this information to Esther Bortz.


NALC:    Notification has been received that the Chief Executive, John Findlay OBE has informed the association of his decision to retire from his employment on 31 March 2014.  In due course a timetable will be prepared for the recruitment of a replacement.


Parish Rangers:  An e-mail has been received informing the council that the parish rangers were in the village on 22.2.13 and carried out work on Station Road, sweeping footway and also in South Street.  They have also cleaned and swept Church Lane and did a very good job of it, this will be noted when we hear about their next visit.


Side Table:  Clerks & Councils Direct Issue 86.  Norfolk RXX E-Newsletter Feb. 2013 (copy given to councillors).  Norfolk LINK Issue 190 (copy given to councillors).  Weekly Update from Norfolk ALC (copy given to councillors).  From now on the clerk will e-mail a weekly copy from NALC.









Payments      12.3.2013    K & M Lighting Services Ltd – Maintn. (Mar.)        £100.54

                                             Mrs G M Taylor – Wages (March)                             £447.40

                                             Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                         £  22.00

                                             Mr L Fenn Refurbish. of Bench on Cross Hill

                                                                                                            Materials        £131.16) £179.16

                                                                                                            Labour           £  48.00)

                        15.3.2013    E-on - DD – Street Lighting (Feb)                           £197.15

It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Miss Johns that these accounts are paid.


5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Enforcement:               Mr Gossage reported that Mr Charlie Guy from Island Farm Cowles Drove

Was evicted from his property.  35 people came to evict him his two daughters and sons.  Mr Gossage felt this was rather excessive.  What is happening to the other people we have reported for enforcement over the last few years.  It was agreed that the clerk should contact Neil Langley the head enforcement officer and ask for a list of every enforcement outstanding for Hockwold, the time scale on all on going and a list of action being taken in our parish.


Highways:  Mr Denney said about the general untidiness of the village, surface water especially in South Street.  The clerk pointed out this was a water leak and has within the last few days been repaired.  There is iron work protruding on the estate footpaths.  The clerk will reports these matters to the Highways Engineer.


Parking:   Miss Johns reported that several vehicles have been seen parked on the edge of the village green outside the Red Lion.   It was felt that a quiet word to the owner of the Red Lion

Asking him to ask any customers parking on the green to remove their vehicles.


Parking in Boundary Road on the Grass:             As yet the clerk has done nothing as every time she has gone passed there is no vehicle there.


Potholes:   Potholes were reported at the beginning of Church Lane, and in front of the cottages.

There is one outside the Doctor Surgery in Main Street and in Station Road just passed Cross-roads going towards Feltwell.


Mini Motor Bikes:  Mrs Eade reporting seeing two youngsters about 12 on motor bikes come up to Mill Drift, went to turn in only to be confronted with Horses and riders they had to swerve and go over the grass and nearly fell of, this could so easily have been an accident.  The Chairman will put about this matter in the Parish Magazine.


20 mph Speed Limit:   Suffolk  County Council have started ’20 is plenty’ outside all school, is Norfolk planning to do this as well.

6.         DATE OF NEXT MEETING   It was agreed that the date for the next meeting of the council will be 9 April 2013 at 7.30pm.

As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting 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 and Mr A Lawrence District Councillors, Downham Market Police, RAF Lakenheath, Two copies for display within the village and one copy for the web-site: