Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       ) Chairman


                                                Mr T Fothergill                      ) Hockwold Parish Council

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        ) 

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs D Barrett                         )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mr M Storey                              District Councillor

                                                Three members of the public


Apologies for absence had been received from RAF Lakenheath, Tony White NCC, Mrs L Arbour and Mr D Baker.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:   That the Minutes of the Meeting held on the 24th July 2007 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Sismey.




Allotments:    Seven letters of request for an allotment have been received.  After some discussion the council felt that as most of the requests were for allotments on the Dobbs site, we should ask Mr Enefer to continue to farm Crossroads site and the remainder of the Dobbs site, after everyone who wishes to take on an allotment has been allocated one.    The question of size was then discussed.  It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Fothergill that the allotments should be in half roods, with the allowance of cold frames, small garden sheds, green houses and chicken arks.  A vote was taken, 4 voted for the proposal, 2 were against and one abstained.  Mrs Raburn put in an amendment of a proposal for garden sheds etc but no livestock.   There being no seconder Mrs Raburn withdrew her proposal.  The cost of each allotment was then discussed; it was proposed by Mrs Raburn and seconded by Mrs Eade that a cost of £5 each allotment be charged.  Everyone agreed.  The clerk will ask John Long to clear the weeds etc from the allotment gate, and will let everyone know about the above decisions, and will ring the NCAPTC re re-sizing the allotment.   After the October meeting the councillors will mark out the allotments and send out the agreements.  Mr Enefer will be offered his two-year tenancy if he agrees to carry on as stated above.


Safer Neighbourhood Team:   Councillors were reminded that the Safer Neighbourhood team were holding their next meeting in Hockwold on Wednesday 12th September in the Village Hall. Everyone was asked to attend if possible.


East Anglian Air Ambulance:  A letter has been received from the Air A  mbulance team asking for a donation.  This has been agreed to for the passed few years, and it was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mr Denney that another donation of £50.00 be sent to help their very worthy cause.



Hockwold Village Hall – Trustees Charity Commission Annual Form:    The clerk had filled in the form with the new Councillors details but just required their birth dates.  These were given the clerk will return the form to Mrs S Boardman the Village Hall Secretary for her completion.


N.C.A.P.T.C:   An invitation has been received from this association for Councillors to attend a meeting entitled ‘Changing Times for Parish Councils’ to be held at Brancaster Staithe Village Hall on October 30th 2007 at 7.00pm.

Initial Training for Clerks and Councillors Autumn 2007 in Dereham Area, King’s Lynn Area and Norwich Area.

The AGM of the Association is to be held on Saturday 15th September 2007 at East Tuddenham Village Hall at 10.00am.  The clerk has further details if anyone wishes to attend any of the above meetings.


Borough Council Standards Committee:   The Borough Council is still asking for applications for councillors to be Parish Representative on the Standards Committee.  The clerk has application forms if anyone would like to apply.


WMVCA:   Details and leaflets have been received from the West Norfolk Voluntary & Community Action regarding their forth coming Food Fortnight.  This is taking place from the 27 October to the 10 November.  Councillors have been given a leaflet.


Housing Strategy Conference:  Details have been received regarding this conference to be held on Friday 7th September 2007 at the West Norfolk Professional Development Centre King’s Lynn commencing at 9.00am and finishing at 4.15pm.


St. John Ambulance:  A letter and posters have been received from this association regarding Community First Aid Courses to be held in centres in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Kings Lynn.  The clerk has put one of the posters on the Parish Notice Board.


Southern Area Road Safety Committee:  Details have been received regarding the next meeting of this committee being held on Thursday 6 September 2007 in Downham Market Town Council Offices.


Planning Training and Information:   A letter has been received from the Borough Council asking if Parish Councillors would be interesting in attending a training session and receiving a bi-annual newsletter on planning issues.  The clerk will complete the form expressing an interest in the newsletter and training session.


Village Core Programme – Community Shops:  An e-mail has been received from the NCAPTC regarding funding being made available for villages of 200 plus to set up a community owned shop.


Consultation – Licensing Act 2003:  An e-mail has been received from the NCAPTC informing the council that the Government are proposing to remove DPS (designated premises supervisor) requirement from village halls etc.  A copy of this e-mail has been passed on to the Village Hall Committee.






Side Table:   NCC – Speed Awareness Message.  Glasdon – Latest products for Councils.  Standards Board Committee Result of Panel Hearing.  SLCC – Regional Conference at Thetford 27 Sept 2007.  NALC – Conference at Bournemouth International Centre 5-7 October 2007.  Norfolk Waste Partnership Conference and AGM 16 October 2007 John Innes Centre Norwich.  Norfolk Wildlife Trust – Notable Trees of Norfolk Survey.   WNBC – Polling District & Places Review – No change for Hockwold.  Campaign to Protect Rural England – Green Buildings in Norfolk – Open Days 6-9September 2007.  Clerks & Councils Direct Sept. 2007.  NCAPTC NORFOLK  LINK August 2007 copies given out.  NCC A-Z 2007-08 copies given out.  Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Minerals and Waste Plan – does not cover our area.




Ref: 07/01622/O                                                       Name:   Mrs N Peckham

                                                                                                  12 Main Street

Location – Land East of 12 Main Street                              Hockwold Thetford

Details – Proposed New Dwelling                                       Norfolk  IP26 4LH

The Parish Council raised no objections to this applications on the same grounds as the previous withdrawn application. This dwelling would not overlook or intrude on any surrounding dwellings.



Ref: 07/01248/F       Name: Mr & Mrs Cottle, Chalk Barn The Lilacs South Street. Conversion of outbuilding for studio/annex – Permission recorded.

Ref: 07/01180/F       Name: Mr & Mrs Farebrother, Lane to west of 5 & 7 Nursery Lane. Construction of two storey dwelling and double garage. – Permission Recorded.

Ref: 07/01346/F       Name: Mr K Peckham, East Fen Fisheries Leisure Activities, Nursery Lane. Permanent retention of business dwelling and offices, linked with removal of condition 1 of 04/01386/F – Permission Recorded.


Ref: 07/00989/F       Name: Mr J Short, 21 College Road. Erection of 2-meter high fence Refusal recorded.

Ref: 07/01268/F       Name: Mrs P Cobbold, Utopia, Cowles Drove Hockwold.  Construction of boundary wall and gates.  Refusal Recorded.

Letters from Enforcement Office - Siting of Caravan, The Lode, Church Lane.    After inspecting the caravan they are satisfied that it has ceased to be used for residential purposes, and is being used in connection with the lawful use of the land i.e. agriculture and as such is permitted to remain on the land.  The file has now been closed.

Letters have also been received from the enforcement office informing the council that they are investigating the matter of double garage and side extension to 44 South Street Hockwold and the Siting of concrete hand standing and caravan in Cowles Drove Junction with Headland Drove Hockwold Fens.



PAYMENTS:               5.9.2007      Pearce & Kemp Ltd – Lights Maintenance         £113.13 Inc 5% inc.

                                                Mrs G M Taylor – Wages                                         £327.18

                                                Hockwold Methodist Church 6 x £10.00              £  60.00

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                      £  25.00

                                                East Anglia Air Ambulance – Donation              £  50.00

RECEIPTS                          Business Base Rate Tracker Acc.                                    £  59.88

It was proposed by Mr Denney & seconded by Mr Gossage that these accounts are paid.




Future Farm, Burdock Lane:   Mr D Waddingham of Hockwold Hall, Station Road, had contacted the clerk.  He informed the clerk that while walking along the cut off Channel to his border with Future Farm, he could see that on this farm there were two new residential caravans that had been parked between the channel and an old wooden blue coloured shack.  He felt someone was possibly living there as there were dogs on the site.  The clerk said she would report this matter to the council at the next meeting.  All the councillors agreed that the clerk should report this matter to the Enforcement Officer.  The council had already spoken to them regarding Future Farm back in 2005.


Flashing Lights outside the School:       The clerk has still not heard anything about this matter.  She will contact NCC to see what they say.


Police:    There are still complaints about the parking of cars on pavements.  It was agreed that the matter should be put before the Safer Neighbourhood Team Meeting to be held in the village next week.


Notices on Telegraph Poles:   It was pointed out that people who put notices up on telegraph poles never seem to take them down.  As this is not really the remit of the Parish Council it was agreed that a request should be put in the village magazine asking parishioners who put notices up should go round again and take them down.


Nursery Lane:     The question of the flooding at the bottom of Nursery Lane was discussed again.  Mr Drake has dug out the pit, but the clerk will ask Highways to look into the matter again.


Village Club Bungalow:     It was reported that nothing has been done about the water that lays outside this bungalow after heavy rain, which means that pedestrians walking along when a car goes past get soaked.  The clerk will write to highways about this matter.


Overhanging Shrubs:    Some parishioners have cut back there overhanging shrubs, but there are still more to be done.  The chairman will put this request in the magazine again, and will also remind villagers regarding dog fouling and clearing up after your pets.


Bowles Match:   Mr Denney reminded everyone that the Annual Bowles Match between Shirley Denney’s team and the club team will take place on 16 September 2007.  The cricket match raised £161.00 for the village hall roof fund.


Street Light:    It was reported that the street light outside 40 Nursery Lane is out.  The clerk will report this malfunction.


Stop Cock:    It was reported that in the pavement outside 6 Main Street there is a very uneven stop Cock covering.  The clerk will report this to Anglian Water.


South Street:   It was reported that one of the houses in South Street has a gutter drain pipe ending on the roadway, this has been mentioned before and it was understood that the new owners of the property were going to sort the matter out.






Mill Lane:    Mrs Sismey reported that the potholes outside her property have still not been filled in.   The work done in Mill Lane has now been completely finished, but it was felt that it had not been done successfully, the rain still seems to miss the drains, and councillors are extremely displeased with the work that has been done.  It was agreed that the clerk should write to the highways department and ask for a site visit with councillors.


Flashing Light Station Road:  The 40 mph flashing light at the Lakenheath end of Station Road is still not working properly.  The clerk will contact NCC and ask them to look into the matter.


Reeves Lane:    The new owners of the property near to Boundary Road seem to have incorporated the gate into the field into their property.  This should not be so.  As no one knows who the new owners are, it was agreed that Mr Gossage will find out more details and let the clerk know so she can write to the occupants.


Riding Stables – Cowles Drove:     Nothing has been heard from planning regarding the work being done at the Riding Stables.    Mr Storey the District Councillor said that the matter is on the list to be dealt with at the Council and will look into the matter and see what is happening.


Planning Permissions/Refusals:    Mrs Sismey asked if the conditions given for planning permissions or refusals could be read out to the councillors, so that if necessary they can check if these conditions are being adhered out.


6.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was agreed that the date of the next meeting should be on Tuesday 9th October 2007 at 7.30pm.


As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.15pm.





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 Downham Market Police Station

Two copies for display within the village

One copy for Hockwold’s Website

One copy for the Minute Book