HOCKWOLD-CUM-WILTON PARISH COUNCIL

 

MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN THE METHODIST SCHOOLROOM ON TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2010 AT 7.30 pm

 

Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman

 

                                                Mr T Fothergill                      )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                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 J Neild      RAF Lakenheath

                                                PCSO Esther Bortz

                                                PCSO Claire Law

 

Apologies for absence had been received from District Councillor Adrian Lawrence.

 

1.            MINUTES

 

Squadron Leader Neild advised that Col John Quintas is now in command of 48 FW, he had previously served as the Operations Group Commander.

Resolved:      That the Minutes of the meeting held on 27 July 2010 previously circulated and amended as above be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Arbour.

 

2.            MATTERS ARISING AND CORRESPONDENCE

 

RAF Lakenheath:    Squadron Leader Neild, who was present at the meeting, said that there was not a lot to report at the moment.  There was a bus tour in September, which included one member of this village, the next bus tour is on the 21 October which is fully booked.   Squadron Leader Neild also reported that there are ongoing exercises during September and October leading to an increase in flying hours.

 

Police:   PCSO’s Esther Bortz and Claire Law, attending the meeting, reported that the next meeting at the Downham Market Fire Station is on 7 October at 10.0 am regarding Home Watch.  The Chairman reported that there had been no response to the Home Watch  report put in the village Magazine.   The Officers said they were not aware of any issues within the village.  Mrs Sismey raised the question of Mobility Scooters, and the difficulty they have when cars are parked on pavements.   Mr Denney said that there have been reports in the press of policemen in boats on the wash regarding dead seals,  why? They should be looking after human beings!   Mr Storey asked about the reports of 40,000 police to loose employment, the officers said that at present there is no further knowledge regarding these reports, They reported that 100 policeman and 80 community officers could loose their jobs in this area.   The people say it is not worth reporting a crime as no one comes out to look into the matter.  The officers said that anyone reporting a crime would get a visit from a policeman or a support officer, so please report any crime.  It was noted that the police box at the Post Office has been removed.  No one knew the reason for this.

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Village Sign:    The clerk reported that she had seen the working being done on the Sign, and it is  looking very good.     Mrs Eade said that a lot of the wood had been rotten and had to be replaced,  but it is now looking very good and could be in place within the next fortnight.

 

Allotments:     The clerk had sent out letters to holders who had not done any work on their allotment,  and Mr B Moss of Lode Cottage had written in saying he did not have enough time to keep the allotment cultivated, so has decided to give it up.   A letter has also been received from Laura Sands asking if she could hand back half of allotment not 5.   The councillors agreed this would be possible, and the clerk will try to fill these allotments when she has sent out the new agreements, and the money has been received. This was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mrs Sismey.   At present there are two names on the waiting list.

 

Flint Wall – Faulkners Main Street:    The clerk has been in touch with Chilterns Estate Agents who let this property.  Carol, in their office, who is in charge of inspecting rented properties, said she had noticed the wall needed attention and had spoken to the owner.  She said she would contact her again.  Carol rang back and said that the owner will be getting a contractor to look at the wall.

 

NCC – Planning Services – E-Planning:   A letter has been received from NCC Planning Department, a copy of which has been given out to councillors,  asking if the Council would be prepared to accept plans by e-mail.  After some discussion the council unanimously agreed that they wished to carry on receiving hard copies of all plans.  The clerk will let NCC know this  decision.

 

Waste Disposal Unit – King’s Lynn:   Following on from the clerks letter to our County Councillor Tony White and copy to District Councillor Brian Long, regarding this site in King’s Lynn. A reply has been received from Councillor Brian Long; ‘ The article in the Lynn News was misleading.  The site is designated as a High Risk and utilising Health & Safety advice a blanket 5 mph limit is imposed,  Where  such limits are required, effective monitoring is done by methods including speed cameras or speed guns. This site has a mobile speed gun and no fixed camera.  The photo shows a CCTV camera, which is a requirement of the waste carriers licence.  Mr Long also commented on the query we raised regarding the spending of taxpayers money.  He does not recall any mandate for Parish Councillors to do this, and  is certain that neither a district, county or unitary council can question the financial affairs of a Parish Council, and he suggests this works both ways!   Mr Denney said it was an absolute waste of public money and bureaucratic nonsense.

 

NCC – Street Lighting:   A further letter has been received from NCC regarding part night lighting

in some streets in Norfolk, commencing in the New Year.   The streets in Hockwold that they have designated for such lighting is Boundary Close and Lakelands.  All householders affected will be contacted 4 – 6 weeks before any work starts.   The letter the clerk wrote previously about this matter will be taken into consideration.

 

Weeting Wind Farm:     A letter has been received from Enertrag UK Ltd informing the council that they have decided not to pursue a wind farm at Weeting any further.

 

WNBC – Core Strategy:    The latest book publish regarding this matter has been received and it was decided that it should  be passed round to all councillors before the next meeting, any comments can then be put together and sent to the Borough Council.

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Highway Matters:     A letter has been received from Mr Edmunds of Highways, informing the council that he has programmed  for the grips to be cut at the bottom of Nursery Lane, and has arranged for an emergency response vehicle to cut the metal bar in Boundary Close, down to the level of the ground.

 

Norfolk Parish Training Partnership:    Leaflets have been received regarding ‘Chairmanship and Engagement’ three sessions.   Initial Training for Clerks and Councillors September and October.

Also two sessions devoted to Elections 2011 - November 24 and 30 one in King’s Lynn and one near Wroxham.   If anyone is interested the clerk has the necessary forms.

 

Wasps Nest – Nursery Lane:    At the beginning of August a large wasps nest was discovered in the hedge in Nursery Lane.   This was reported to the Pest Control Department at the Borough Council and on the 11 August 2010 they came and dealt with the matter, it was the nest of a  European Wasp, the size of a football.  The cost of this clearance is £42.98 + vat.  It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Eade that this amount is paid.

 

Barclays Bank:     Notification has been received that the clerk has now been given ‘Bankers Mandate’ to sign cheques and send payments instructions.

 

Local Councils Update:    The first two free copies of this publication have been received.  The clerk has noted that the Government could be disbanding the Audit Commission, if this is so it could alter our yearly Audit .

 

Signpost – September 2010:   Copies of this publication have been given to Councillors.

 

NCC – Highway & Community Rangers:    The Chairman has received this information regarding the Highway Rangers which will be tackling some of the ‘streetscene jobs.  Copies of this Information given out to Councillors.

 

Side Table:   Norfolk LINK Issue 178 and ‘Being a good Employer’  The Tour of Britain – Norfolk 16 September Starting in King’s Lynn finishing in Great Yarmouth. (poster).  No Need for Nuclear Early date Motion No 557.Brochure. NRCC e-mails regarding meetings and forums being held around the region.  Norfolk ALC – AGM 11 September 2010   Agenda for meeting and Annual Report.   East Cambridge District Council – Littleport Masterplan Newsletter.  Cambridgeshire &  Peterborough CC Minerals and Waste Plan (not our area).  NCC – Looking to the Future/Ticking the Boxes for Business – Brochure.   Clerks & Councils Direct Issue 71.

 

3.            PLANNING APPLICATIONS/PERMISSIONS/REFUSALS

 

Ref: 10/00289/F                                                                  Name:  Mr & Mrs Ladell

                                                                                                                  Hockwold Lodge,  Cowles Drove

Location – Hockwold Lodge, Cowles Drove                                    Hockwold, Thetford

Details – (retrospective) Stud Foaling Unit.                                     IP26 4JJ

This application was received long before our next meeting, so was sent round to all the Councillors for their views as these were required by 27 August 2010.   ‘The majority of the Parish Council supported this application, but all the councillors expressed concern regarding the number of Retrospective Applications that come from this applicant, surely this cannot be allowed to carry on.  It was felt that this part of the property could easily become a bungalow with retrospective Change of Use’!!!   NB - Lack of privacy provided for the toilets in proximity to the kitchen.

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Ref: 10/01370/F                                                                   Name:   Mrs J Robertson

                                                                                                               C/o Station Road, Lakenheath

Location – 133 Main Street, Hockwold, Thetford IP26 4LX         Brandon Suffolk IP27 4AD

Details – Removal of existing single storey stable & outbuilding.  Replacement with single storey stable style gym room and garden store.

The Parish Council supported this application.  It will match in with the rest of this building and will not intrude on any other properties.   This decision was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Baker.   Everyone agreed.

 

Ref:  10/01369/F                                                                  Name:   Mrs J Robertson

                                                                                                               C/o  Station Road, Lakenheath

Location – 133 Main Street, Hockwold, Thetford, IP26 4LX

Details – (Retrospective) Demolition of existing flint with brick quoin unstable front boundary wall and reconstruction of new flint with brick quoin wall to similar height.

Although the Parish Councillors supported this application, but did feel strongly that some of the material from the old wall could have been used.   They also expressed serious concerns regarding this being another retrospective application, there seems to be too much of this happening.

This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Fothergill.

 

Ref:  10/01400/CA                                                               Name:   Mrs J Robertson

                                                                                                               C/o Station Road, Lakenheath,

Location – 133 Main Street, Hockwold, Thetford, IP26 4LX

Details – (Retrospective) Demolition of existing flint with brick quoin front boundary wall and reconstruction of new flint with brick quoin wall to similar height, in conservation area.

Hockwold Parish Councillors supported this application, but feel very strongly that some of the flint from the old wall could have been used in the new one.  They also expressed grave concerns regarding the number of retrospective applications being received, and feel something should be done to put a stop to this procedure occurring time after time.   This was proposed by Mr Gossage and seconded by Mrs Eade.

 

Ref:  10/01443/O                                                                  Name:   Mr B Waterlow

                                                                                                               Maytree Yard, Moor Drove,

Location – Maytree Farm, Moor Drove, Hockwold.                       Hockwold, IP26 4JL

Details – Proposed agricultural restricted dwelling to replace existing mobile home.

Hockwold Parish Councillors (with the exception of one) supported this outline application.  It is not near enough to other properties to intrude on them.  Also it was noted that ‘Natural England’ had been consulted regarding the ’Stone Curlew’ issue.

This was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Eade.

PERMISSIONS

Ref: PP/C/2/2010/2005   Freedom Farm, Cowles Drove – Installation of a Portacabin to provide an office facility.    Permission Recorded.

Ref:  10/01081/F   Everett Bros Eng Ltd – Construction of hay store/tack room at land at Cowles Drove Hockwold.   Permission Recorded.

Ref:  10/01193/F   Mr & Mrs K Robertson, Gainsborough House, 42 South Street,Hockwold. Extension to dwelling.   Permission Recorded.

Ref:  10/01194/LB  Mr & Mrs K Robertson, Gainsborough House3, 42 South Street, Hockwold. Extension to Dwelling.   Permission Recorded.

Constr. of new roof with rooflights with loft conversion at 5 Main Street Hockwold – Withdrawn.

 

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4.         BILLS OF ACCOUNTS     

 

Payments:     14.9.2010      MHB Services Ltd – Lighting Maintn. (Sept)                   £99.50

                                                Mrs G Taylor – Wages                                                      £397.64

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                                  £22.00

                                                Viking Direct – Stationery                                                   £94.16

                                                Dog Waste Bins x 2                                                          £102.49

                                                BCKLWN – Pest Control – Wasps Nest                          £50.50

                                                Wheelers – Audit 2010                                                   £129.25

                                                Mr M L Cook – Compliment Slips                                        £8.00

                        30.8.2010      E-on – DD Street Lighting July 2010                             £197.85

                                                                E-on – DD Street Lighting August 2010                      £197.85

It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Sismey that the above accounts are paid.

 

4.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS

 

Railings outside the Playing Field:    It was reported that this had been hit into.  Mr Denney thinks this was by a skip lorry.  This will presumably be a matter for Highways.

 

State of the Village:   The alleyways through to the estate and over hanging hedges,  plus the general untidy state of the village, need to be cleaned up.  Possibly the new rangers.

 

Tree on Village Green:    Mr Denney expressed concern that this Red Horse Chestnut Tree on the Village Green is dying through lack of water.  It is believed that there is a preservation order on this tree and the one in Pearces Close.  This clerk will speak to the Borough Council Tree expert about this matter,  Mr Storey thinks this is a new person Mr Tom Thompson.

 

Clean Sweep Day:    Mrs Eade suggested that perhaps we should arrange a clean sweep day or half a day within the village.  It was agreed that the clerk should contact the Police – our PCSO’s

and ask for their views on this matter, and then discuss the matter again at the November meeting.

 

5.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING

 

It was agreed that the next meeting of the Council will be on the 12 October 2010 at 7.30 pm.

 

As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.45.  Mrs Raburn gave her apologies for her absence at the next meeting, as she will be on holiday in the USA.

 

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: