Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman


                                                Mrs D Barrett                         )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Miss R Johns                        )

                                                Mr M Storey                              District Councillor

                                                Mr A Lawrence                        District Councillor

                                                Squadron Leader J Neild


Apologies for absence had been received from Parish Councillors Mr T Gossage, Mr T Fothergill Mrs M Eade and PCSO’s Clare law and Esther Bortz.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 10 January 2012 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Miss Johns.




RAF Lakenheath:      Squadron Leader Neild apologised for not being able to come to our last meeting, and gave apologies for not being able to attend our March meeting.  He also said that with regard to all the talk going round about USA personnel having to live on site because of all the new properties that are being built on the bases.  They will never be able to get everyone living on the bases so rental in villages will not completely cease, but they would like more personnel to live on site.   Miss Johns asked the squadron leader about low flying helicopters over residential areas.  She had received a complaint from a parishioner who lives at the top of Mill Lane and says his young bullocks have been spooked but such activity.  Squadron Leader will look into this matter, helicopter pilots who have come back from deployments have to re acclimatise with the area and make up flying time. 


Motorbikes – Reeves Lane/Boundary Lane:    The clerk having e-mailed Esther Bortz regarding this matter, had received a reply saying ‘she had thought mobility scooters and pushchairs could have been a problem getting through a gate.  She agreed that catching the riders is the best way to deal with the problem but the likelihood of this happening is very slim as they can get through pathways where the police cannot.  She will draw the problem to the attention of her colleagues.


Planning Sessions – BCKLWN:    The clerk had heard from the BCKLWN regarding dates for planning update sessions to be held at the South Lynn Community Centre in February.  The clerk has details if anyone would like to attend.






Highways and Rangers:   Following the clerks e-mail to highways enquiring about the damaged safety barrier outside the playing field entrance, the clerk has heard back that this barrier is on order and will be fixed as soon as possible.  The pothole in Peacock close has been repaired.

With regard to the Rangers – I sent back to them reminding them about Church Lane and this work will be added to their routine highway ranger programme.  Mr Denney said that the work has not been done so far.


Search and Rescue – Norfolk:   A letter has been received from this Charity asking for consideration for a donation from our budget.  It was agreed that the clerk should put the letter with the others for discussion in April.


Willows Power & recycling Centre:    A copy of the latest newsletter regarding this proposed centre has been received from Cory Wheelabrator Consortium.


Street Light No 9024 Main Street:   We have been informed that this light which is out needs a new lantern due to deterioration, this will cost £165.00 plus VAT.  It was proposed by Mrs Arbour and seconded by Mrs Sismey that this should be agreed to and the account paid when received.


Cross Hill Tree Replacement:   A letter has been received from the Arboreal Officer in King’s Lynn saying that the tree could go back in the same position if all the remaining root is removed and filled with good quality top soil.  It would also be perfectly acceptable for it to be planted in the same area of grass but away from the remaining root.  After some further discussion it was agreed that three estimates be sought  each for two quotations, 1 to dig out old root and flints and fill with topsoil.  2 to dig a new hole as close as possible to old site and fill with topsoil.   Mrs Arbour proposed that we should do an amendment as above and this was seconded by Mrs Sismey, everyone agreed.


W.I. Seat on Lode:   A letter has been received from Mrs Scott the W.I President that they will get the damaged seat on the Lode repaired and repainted, but they would like it to stay where it is as people are seen to use it.  Mr Denney said that we should accept this kind offer.


Planning Booklet:    The NALC have sent out a booklet entitled ‘How to shape where you live: a guide to neighbourhood planning’ it was agreed that the clerk should keep this for reference.


Norfolk Assoc. of Local Councils:  An e-mail has been received informing councillors that NCC have produced a ‘Norfolk Year of Celebration Event Planner’ to help communities plan and organise events in this special year.  The Norfolk year of celebrations 2012 Fund has been set up to support cultural and sports events.  Copies of this have been given to Councillors.


Special Grant for a Historic Year:   A letter has been received from the BCKLWN giving details of the Borough Council financial assistance scheme for 2012/2013 which is targeted to support events celebrating the Jubilee/Olympics.  A copy of this letter given to councillors.


Norfolk Warm & Well Initiative:   Details have been received from the BCKLWN of funding they have secured to assist in delivering a major public health initiative aimed at helping to reduce the detrimental effects that cold housing may have on vulnerable households.  Copy given to councillors and details will be put in the village magazine.





Opportunity Awards 2012:   The West Norfolk Disability Forum is seeking nominations for this years Opportunities Awards.   The clerk has the necessary nominations form.


NALC Affordable Housing Meeting:   Details have been received about a meeting being held on 20 March 2012 in the Pilgrim Hall,  Walsingham Shrine from 10.00 am to 1.0 pm The clerk has full details if anyone would like to attend.


Norfolk RCC:     The clerk has the latest Norfolk RCC E – Funding  Update if anyone would like a copy.


Raves in Thetford Forest:   Elizabeth Truss MP has organised a meeting with Chief Inspector Paul Durham (Thetford) and other Police Officers to discuss raves in Thetford Forest.  This meeting is to be held in Weeting on Friday 20 April at 11 am in the village hall.  If anyone would like to attend the clerk has further details.


Notification of House Name Change:    Notification has been received of the change of house name for 16 Mill Lane Hockwold from Dunfarmin to ‘Dun It All’.


Norfolk RCC – Localism, Sustainability and Kick Starting Community Activity:   Details have been received regarding this meeting to be held on Thursday 1 March 2012 at South Green Park Enterprise Centre Mattishall, Dereham at 9.30am to 4 30 pm.  The clerk has the booking form if anyone wishes to attend.


Norfolk Assoc. of Local Councils:  Details have been received of Initial Training for Clerks and Councillors meetings being held at various venues during February and March 2012.  The clerk has the necessary forms.

NALC – Neighbourhood Planning ‘How can we make it Work’.  This meeting to be held on 29 February 2012 7 March 2012 and 13 March 2012 at various venues.  The clerk has booking forms and further details if anyone wishes to attend.


Twelve Acre Farm:   A letter has been received from Mr John Long of Pearces Close complaining that three dogs were running about loose down the lane to the sluice gates. The dogs tried to attack Mr Long’s dog for a second time, they now feel they cannot walk there any more.  It was agreed that a copy of the letter be sent to the Police at Downham Market.


Nursery Lane:   A petition signed by 25 residents of Nursery Lane has been received regarding the state of the lane in the recent very bad and cold weather.  The lane has no footpaths, the road was sheet ice, not gritting was done, and there are no salt bins down the lane.  The residents are mostly elderly parishioners, so they were unable to leave their homes.  It was agreed that the clerk should send a copy of the petition to the Highways Department.


Side Table:   Norfolk RCC E-Newsletter January 2012.  Details of diversion while White Dyke Bridge is repaired.(copy also put on NB).   Norfolk LINK January 2012.  West Norfolk  Sports Council – Torch Trail.










Ref: 11/01788/F                                                                               Name:              The Red Lion

                                                                                                                           114 Main Street, Hockwold

Location – The Red Lion, 114 Main Street, Hockwold

Details – Single Storey rear Extn provision of pitched roof to

Part of single storey flat roofed extn. & replacement of existing windows with new white PVC double glazed units.

These emended plan were not sent in time for January meeting so when received sent round to councillors.  When received back the councillor’s views were e-mailed to Chris fry on 26.1.2012.

There were no objections to these amended plans all the councillors agreed.

Ref:   12/00130/F                                                                             Name:  Mr M E Cobbold

                                                                                                                          Winchester House Cowles Location – Winchester House, Cowles Drove, Hockwold                           Drove, Hockwold.

Details – Retrospective Erection of an agricultural building.

Hockwold Parish Council have no objections to this application but they do object and have strong concerns regarding the many retrospective plans coming through. This should not happen, planning rules should be altered to address this situation.

Mr Storey said that no law is being broken to put in retrospective plans they run the risk of having their building pulled down.  The councillors felt the clerk should write to Elizabeth Truss MP about this matter and a copy of the letter should be sent to Mr Geoff Hall of the Planning Dept. and Mr Storey would like a copy.

The above was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Arbour, everyone agreed.

Ref:  12/00116/F                                                                              Name:  Mr P Grisbrook

                                                                                                                         22 College Road

Location – 22 College Road, Hockwold Norfolk                                                  Hockwold, Norfolk

Details – Single Storey front extension to form a porch and                 IP26 4LE

  Dining area.

Hockwold Parish Council supported this application.  They could not see this will cause any problems to the surrounding properties.  No one has contacted the council regarding this matter.

This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Miss Johns, everyone agreed.


Ref: 11/01793/F – Miss T Clark, Twelve Acre Farm, Moor Drove East Hockwold.

The Planning Committee recommended that this retrospective planning application be approved this was contrary to the view of Hockwold Parish Council.

Ref:  11/02074/F – Mr C Harrington, Hockwold Village Club, Main Street, Hockwold.

Demolition of unsafe timber cricket pavilion and constr. of a single storey pavilion.  Permission granted.


Outline application – Erection of 1 chalet bungalow at The Nook, Reeves Lane, Hockwold


3.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS

Payments:     14.2.12           MHB Services – Lighting Maintn. (Feb.)                  £106.72

           Mrs G M Taylor – Wages (Feb.)                                   £397.64

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                             £44.00

                       24.2.12            E On – DD Street Lighting (Feb.)                               £202.30


It was proposed by Mr M Denney and seconded by Mrs T Sismey that these accounts be paid.






Police:    When Downham Market Police Station rang with their apologies for not being at the meeting tonight they asked for the following points to be reported to the Council.  There has been some theft of Number Plates in the village.   Attempted burglaries from outbuildings and sheds.


Country Fayre 2012:    Mrs Sismey reported to the council that the committee of the Country Fayre are holding a quiz night on 25 February 2012.


Jubilee Celebrations:   Mrs Sismey asked if it was known if there are to be any Jubilee Celebrations in the village, and queried if there was any commemorative items available should they be required.  Miss Johns said there was a tea party being held in the Village Hall. allHal The clerk will bring a list of comparative items to the next meeting.


Methodist Hall:     Mr Storey pointed out that all the councillors were volunteers but came and gave their time sitting in a very cold hall!!   The clerk will find out if there is any other form of heating available.




It was agreed that the date for the next Parish Council meeting will be 13 March 2012 starting at 7.00pm followed by the Annual Parish Meeting at 8.00pm.


As there was no other business that Chairman closed the meeting at 8.45 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