Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman


                                                                Mr  Fothergill                         )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mrs D Barrett                         ) 

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Miss R Johns                        )

                                                Mr M Storey                               District Councillor

                                                Mr  A Lawrence                        District Councillor

                                                Adelle Mulholland                   Freebridge Community Housing

                                                Two members of the public


Apologies for absence had been received from Squadron Leader Jerry Neild.  Parish Councillors Mrs M Eade and Mr T Gossage, and the Police.


One Minutes silence was observed for Mr Dave Owens a former Chairman of the Parish Council who died on the 26 December 2011 and whose funeral was at Risby Crematorium today, which   Mrs Raburn and Mrs Taylor attended.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 13 December 2011 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Sismey.




Boundary Road/Reeves Lane:   Adelle Mulholland from Freebridge Community Housing was attending the meeting regarding the problems experienced by residents in Reeves Lane with motor bikes cutting through from Boundary Road to Reeves Lane to get to the open ground up Mill Lane.   Freebridge have secured half the cost towards a kissing gate.  The Parish Council explained that this matter has risen before, and the problem with a kissing gate is that Mobility Scooters, Wheelchairs and prams would not be able to get through.  Mrs Mulholland had brought with her plans for a kissing gate, which would allow prams to get through, but not mobility scooters.

They have received three letters of complaint regarding the motor cycles since July, and also near misses with cars as they turn out into Mill Lane.  After some further discussion the Parish Councillors feels there would be more letters of complaint from wheelchair and mobility scooter owners if such a gate was erected.  Mrs Mulholland said she thought the trees and bushes by the pathway concerned belong to Freebridge, if this is so she will get them cut back .  It was agreed that the Police should be asked if they could make an effort to come at weekends  and have a few words with the culprits.  Mrs Mulholland will speak to the residents in Reeves Lane and the Police.  The clerk will also send an e-mail to the police about this matter.





Parish Precepts 2012/2013:   The clerk had worked out all the yearly figures for the precept.  We are under budget for the Lighting and also the General Purposes.  This is achieved because with the lighting we are on three year contracts so have no yearly increases, and in general purposes we cut back on our three big donations, sent out no charity donations and also altered our Insurance provider which came out less.  The clerk had the accounts book with her so councillors could see where all the figures come from, and the councillors were given a copy of all the yearly expenditure figures.  The clerk pointed out that these figures did include the purchase of a new grit bin, and also the cost of getting the horse chestnut tree cut down on the Cross Hill. 

Mr Denney said they were a very well compiled set of figures and proposed that the precept is set at the same figures as last year, £13400.00 this proposal was seconded by Mr Fothergill and all the Councillors agreed.


Highways:   An e-mail has been received informing the council that they will look into all the issues the clerk mentioned in her e-mail after our December meeting, and they will programme any work required.


Norfolk Police Authority:    Notification has been received that Police Authorities will be replaced by directly elected Police & Crime Commissioners (PCCs).  This will take effect at the end of November 2012.   In the meantime the Norfolk Police Authority has to set a budget for 2012/13.  The new PCC will inherit this half way through.   There is to be a meeting on 19 January 2012 at Jubilee House Wymondham 6.30 pm  for 7.0 pm, which councillors are invited to attend to discuss the police budget.    Unfortunately no one was able to attend this meeting.


NALC:     The ‘Campaign to Protect Rural England’ through NALC has sent out to Councils a copy of a booklet entitled ‘Planning Explained’.  It was agreed that the clerk should keep this for future reference.


Friends of The Stroke Unit:   This unit is based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn and during the year they are organising two events, one being ‘The 1948 Torch Trail using an Olympic Torch from the 1948 London Olympic Games’.  They are seeking Torch Bearers to carry the torch for about ½ mile throughout the County.  It was agreed that a copy of the letter be given to Mr Gossage Chairman of the Playing Field Committee.


SIGNPOST:   A copy of this Norfolk RCC Signpost December 2011 has been given out to Councillors.


Parish Rangers:   Notification has been received that the Parish Rangers will be in the village during the week commencing 6.2.20121.  It was agreed that the clerk should contact them and remind them about Church Lane – leaves and the pothole in Peacock Lane.


B.C.K.L.W.N.   A letter has been received from the Borough Council including correspondence regarding ‘Council Tax Referendums’ (copy of this given to Councillors.  List of all Clerks in their area, (The clerk has this) and Queens Diamond Jubilee Beacon Lighting (on the side table).


West Norfolk MIND:     A letter has been received from this Charity asking for them to be considered for a donation in 2012.   Mr Denney said that all people give to charities in some way or the other.  It was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Arbour that the letter should be kept until after April when the questions of donations will be discussed.




Side Table:    Clerks and Councils Direct January Issue 70.  Clerks & Councils Direct Yearbook 2012.  Norfolk LINK Extra – Christmas 2011, copy given to Councillors.  The Queen’s Jubilee – Beacons and order forms for Commemorative Mugs.



Ref: 11/02074/F                                                                   Name:  Mr C Harrington

                                                                                                              Hockwold Village Club & Institute

Location – Hockwold Village club, Main Street                            72 Main Street, Hockwold

Details – Demolition of existing unsafe timber cricket                Norfolk IP26 4LN

  Pavilion & construction of a single storey pavilion.

Mr Denney said that the old pavilion was in need of replacement and this can only be good for the village as the Cricket club is flourishing.  This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Fothergill, everyone agreed.


Ref: 11/01788/F                                                                   Name:  Mr C  Rogers

                                                                                                              The Red Lion Public House

Location – The Red Lion 14 Main Street                                        14 Main Street, Hockwold

Details – Single storey rear extn. pitched roof to part of single storey flat roof extn & replacement of windows with new white PVC double glazed units.

Mr  Rogers was at the meeting and explained that these were revised plans, but unfortunately the Planning Office have not sent the plans out to the council only the front sheet.  The clerk will chase these up and it was agreed that the clerk should write and complain about this matter to Geoff Hall Executive Director.  When the revised plans are received the clerk will pass them round to Councillors.


Ref: 11/01793/F                                                                   Name:  Miss  Clark

                                                                                                              Twelve Acre Farm,

Location – Twelve Acre Farm, Moor Drove East                          Moor Drove East, Hockwold

Details – Addition of Kennel and Heras fencing to

   Original barn going before Development Board on 9.1.2012

This extra details with photos from the planning were passed round to councillors to see if they wished to alter their views on this site.   On the 4 January the clerk e-mailed the councils views that were – keep to their original objections, the addition of the kennel for the dog just added to the general eyesore.

Mr Storey said that he was at the Planning meeting on the 9 January 2012, and that the Parish Council views were duly noted, some of the board had visited the site.  They did not feel there was anything much wrong with the site, not close to anywhere else, so it was duly passed.

Mrs Barrett had visited the site, they have Longhorn cattle, seven dogs, quails and chickens.

They have water and electricity and have a shed to live in.


4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS

Payments:   10.1.2012        MHB Services Ltd – Lighting Maintn (Dec)                     £106.72

                                                Mrs G M Taylor Wages, Postage, Broadband, T/calls  £497.28

                                                Mrs M Eade – Mileage to Barcham Nursery                    £  30.60

                                                Hockwold Methodist Church – 6 x £10                            £  60.00

                        24.1.2012      E-On – DD Street Lighting Dec 2011                               £202.30

Receipts:       14.12.2011    Allotment Rents (Final)                                                       £    8.40

                         5.12.2011     Base Rate Tracker Account – Interest                              £    1.21

It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Barrett that these accounts be paid.



5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Police:   PCSO Steve Ross has telephoned through their apologies for not attending the meeting and had informed the clerk that there had been two thefts in the village, on the 18 Dec the theft of garden ornaments, and on the 29  Dec a Sat-Nav had been stolen from a vehicle.


Street Light:    It was reported that the street light on the corner of Boundary Road is out, the clerk will report this matter.


Horse Chestnut Tree:   Mr Denney handed out to Councillors a proposal he wished to make regarding the replacement tree on the village Green.  ‘That the replacement tree be set back were the original flowing chestnut was, after digging out approx 2/3 cubic yards of soil and replace with fair quality top soil, if done in good time the back fill will have time to settle ready for replanting late Summer early Autumn.  I have spoken with persons closely associated with forestry work also the tree officer for S.W.N.D.C. all have said that this would be acceptable as most diseases are air borne not ground borne.

I further propose that the old protective rails to be used with points ground down, and a gate to be formed as was formed in stone cross rails on path side, as this was agreed some time ago.

I suggest that these proposals are the best way forward and would save time and money on having to recite seats etc.’

As this matter has been brought up in any other business, it was agreed it should be put on the agenda for next months meeting.  Also Mr Fothergill felt the clerk should contact the arboreal officer and get him to put in writing his views on this matter.


State of the Village:    Mr Denney said he was disgusted at the general untidiness of the village.  The clerk will report this to the Highways Department.


W.I. Seat on the Lode:    Mr Denney said that the WI Seat put there for the Jubilee in 1977 has been bent by the dustbin lorry, he said it is never sat in and mostly covered by shrubs.  ? should it be re-sited.   The clerk will write to the President of the W.I.


Railing Outside the Playing Field:   This was reported to Highways and they have ordered a new one.  The clerk will chase this matter up.


6.         DATE OF NEXT MEETING    It was agreed that the date for next meeting of the Council should be on 14 February 2012 at 7.30 pm.


As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.40 pm.


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 Peak 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