Present:                                  Mr Dave Owens                    )  Chairman

                                                Mrs Pat Raburn                     )  Vice Chairman


                                                Mrs I Adams                          )  Hockwold Parish Council

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mrs K Stratford                      )

                                                Mr R Allsop                            )

                                                Dr M Denney                         )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Mr Martin Storey                    )  District Councillor

                                                Squadron Leader Jo Daniel


1.                  MINUTES


Mr Denney pointed out that the Minutes said a ‘true’ record of the minutes, which was not so, he felt the word true should not be included and that the minutes should read ‘ a record of the last meeting’.

Resolved:    That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 9th November 2004 previously circulated, amended as above, be signed by the chairman as a record of the meeting.   This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Stratford.




RAF Feltwell – Base Entrance:     A meeting was held on the base on the 2nd December which the Chairman and Mr Storey the District Councillor attended, this included some of the ‘high fliers’ of the base.  Squadron Leader Jo Daniel said that for the long-term solution the time scale would be realistically three years.  Everyone shares our concerns regarding the junction; the officer who chaired the meeting lives in Feltwell and experiences first hand the problem.  Mr Storey said the meeting had been very constructive.  Sqd. Leader pointed out that the BX is due to return to Lakenheath in February, and that there is to be a big deployment with 1000 people moving in January, which will all help the situation.  The chairman said he felt that the Norfolk County Council was falling short in not doing anything to help the situation, but Mr Denney said he disagreed with this remark and that it was RAF Feltwells job to clear the traffic.    Mr Storey pointed out that there was a barrier half way down the roadway recently and this had helped the traffic getting on to the base, this had been a mobile barrier on wheels, which is used at certain times.   It was generally felt that more progress on this matter has been achieved in the last three months, than in the last seven years.  Sqd Leader Daniel was thanked for attending the meeting; she wished everyone a very Happy Xmas from the base, and said that she would give monthly progress reports.


Playing Field: The Chairman reported that all the funding was now in place.  £10,000 from Living Spaces has been received and £7,500 from the National Playing Field Assoc.   The Chairman said he would like the permission of the Parish Council to pay further instalments to Wickstead when he feels he is being pressured to pay them, but agrees they should be paid completely be the end of March so the VAT can be claimed back.  This was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mr Gossage, with everyone agreeing.



Village Hall: A letter had been received from the secretary of the Village Hall explaining the work that had to been done regarding the new oil tank and the repositioning of the tank.  After some further discussion regarding this matter it was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Allsop that a cheque for £250.00 be sent towards the cost of the work.  Everyone agreed.


Norfolk Constabulary: A letter had been received from Alan Hayes regarding the Parishes letter about Martin Place.  He had asked Mick Bates to look into the matter, who had carried out a site inspection and met with the owners of the Nursery.  They have been given advice regarding the management of traffic and parking and Inspector Bates felt that the owners of Children’s World were taking a responsible attitude to ease the parking etc issue, and understood that they were trying to negotiate the use of the village club car park during daytime hours.  The Liaison officer is also aware of the issue and will monitor the situation. Councillors said they understood the club had said no to helping re car parking some months ago.  Mr Denney said that the council should leave the matter in abeyance for a couple of meetings to see what happens.

A further letter has been received from Inspector Paul Rush Western Area Road Policing regarding speeding in the village; speed checks have been carried out resulting in one motorist receiving a fixed penalty notice for excess speed.  They will continue to do random speed checks.


Feltwell Parish Council: A letter has been received from the Feltwell Clerk expressing surprise regarding the meeting held on 2nd December about the base entrance.  The clerk has spoken to her, and pointed out that as Mr Storey was at the meeting and in fact one of the instigators of the meeting, it was felt that the Council would be aware of the meeting.    Mr Denney suggested that the two Chairmen should keep in touch by telephone regarding this matter.


West Norfolk M. E. Support: A letter has been received from this Charity asking for a Donation.  It was agreed that the matter be placed on the agenda for discussion at the next meeting.


Parish Precepts 2005/06: Notification has been received that the precepts for the coming year should be returned by the 31st January 2005.  The clerk pointed out that this gave very little time for the figures to be worked out, and it was agreed that they would be ready for the February meeting and sent off directly after this meeting.  It was also agreed that the clerk should work the figures out on 6% increase and 8% increase, everyone agreed.


Side Table:   


Letters and leaflets on the side table for councillors to read and take away if they wish, are as follows:-  Parish Training Partnership - List of Events,  Police Authority - List of Inspectors, Leaflets  - Drink Drive Campaign, Unauthorised Encampments, Appeal World Leprosy Week, Mayors award for Design, Dog Control update, Grants for Home improvements (insulation), Winter Gritting Routes, Standards Board documents, Route plans Norwich Northern Road, NCC way to go Magazine, Street numbering Nursery Lane, Brecks countryside report, Flood line leaflet,

Bus service 31 withdrawal, Mobile Police Station Timetable.

The Chairman recommended that all councillors should read the details regarding the ‘Unauthorised Encampments’ as this seems to be on the increase at the moment.










Ref: 04/02510/F                                                                    Name: Mr & Mrs Ottevanger

                                                                                                            27 Main Street

Location – 27 Main Street                                                               Hockwold, Thetford

Details – Two storey Extension                                                       Norfolk IP26 4LB

The clerk reported that the neighbour had been to look at the plans, and had found no faults.

The Parish council raised no objection to this application.


Ref: 04/02446/RM                                                                Name: Mr & Mrs J Hall

                                                                                                            C/o Mike Hastings Building Design

Location – 31 Main Street                                                               58 Sluice Road , Denver

Details – Constr. of dwelling at rear of 31 Main Street,                Downham Market

   With a new vehicular access.                                                       Norfolk.  PE38 0DY

This was for the new dwelling only nothing to do with the wall and garage, which the enforcement officers know about and will look into.

Mr Denney proposed that this application be approved, and there were no objections for the rest of the Parish Council.


Ref: 04/02339/O                                                                   Name: Mr Trevor Palmer

                                                                                                            43 Main Street

Location – 43 Main Street                                                               Hockwold, Thetford

Details – Construction of dwelling at 43 Main Street.                   Hockwold, IP26 4LQ

The Parish Council raised no objection to this application.


Ref: 04/02601/F                                                                    Name: Mr Perry Dilley

                                                                                                            C/o Richard Perry

Location – 2 Malts Lane, Hockwold                                                20 Falcon Way, Becks Row,

Details – Constr. of dwelling & detached garage.                        Bury St Edmunds IP28 8EL

The Parish Council raised no objection to this application.


An amendment to application Ref: 04/02297/F has been received, this application that had been discussed and passed in the November’s meeting was looked at again, and it was decided that this made no difference to the outcome of last months decision.


Ref:  04/01955/F                                                                   Name: Mr C F Guy

                                                                                                            Island Farm, Cowles Drove

Location – Island Farm                                                                     Hockwold

Details – Siting of Temp Mobile Home                                          IP26 4JQ

This application had been received just after our last meeting.  The Chairman and other councillors had visited the site in July when there were four caravans in position.  It is understood that there are now seven caravans and an assortment of animals on the site.  In light of these details an application for ONE caravan is in appropriate, and it was suggest that the application be returned for clarification of what permission is required for!!




Mr H Gaskin – Construction of dwelling on land adjacent to 2 Malts Lane Hockwold IP26 4LA

Mr & Mrs Newman  - Conservatory extn and COU to 8 Main Street Hockwold IP26 4LH



4.                  BILLS OF ACCOUNTS


Payments:      12.12.04         E-on Energy (Lighting) DD                                      £ 70.18

                        14.12.04         McAlpine Gov. Services – Maintn. X 2                   £183.42

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                       £ 18.00

                                                Mrs G Taylor – Wages & Allotm Comm.                £279.23                     

                                                Hockwold Methodist Church 6 x £10.                     £  60.00

                                                Hockwold Village Hall – Donation                           £250.00


Receipts:        BACS             Living Spaces Donation for Playing Field        £10,000.00

                        03.12.04         National Playing Field Assoc – Donation         £7,500.00

                        03.12.04         Allotment Rent                                                           £146.63


It was proposed by Mrs Raburn and seconded by Mr Gossage that these accounts be paid.


5.                  ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Highway Matters: The ‘Station Road’ street sign has been knocked over, and also the sign at the bottom of Mill Lane.

The Feltwell Road and the Weeting Road are falling to pieces, and need some urgent attention.

The Chairman reported that he has been in touch with Martin Edmunds our highways engineer, who, when he is in the village, will inspect the whole village with the Chairman and Mr Denney.


Grass Verges: It was agreed that, yet again, the question of parking on the grass verges within the village be placed in the village magazine, and parishioners be asked to refrain from doing so, all the culprits have garages or driveways in which to park their vehicles!!


Litter Bin: The litterbin at the Main Street end of the alleyway has no inner so the refuse collectors do not empty it.   The clerk will bring with her to the next meeting leaflets regarding a replacement.


Refuse Collection: Parishioners are still concerned regarding the size of our wheelie bins, it was pointed out that the mechanical cart cannot cope with the larger bins, and also if we had larger bins they would only be collected fortnightly.  Anyone wishing for a second wheelie bin can always purchase one.

It was also reported that one parishioner did not have all their cardboard taken away, this should not have happened, as long as it is flattened and packed together this should be collected fortnightly.


Cowles Drove/Main Street – Walls: The question of the extended building line in Cowles Drove has been reported to the new Enforcement Officers who will look into the matter with all the other queries we have reported to them.


Parishioners are still concerned regarding the new wall built in Main Street, this has been placed in the hands of the enforcement officers and nothing can be done until they have inspected the site and made their decision.







6.                  DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was arranged that the next meeting of the Council be held on Tuesday 11th January 2005 at 7.30pm in the Methodist Schoolroom.


As there was no other business the meeting was closed at 9.30 pm


Mr Denney wished everyone a Happy Xmas and Prosperous Next Year which was reiterated by all the other councillors.




One copy to each member of the Council

One copy for Dr J Norris Norfolk County Councillor

One copy to Mrs C Sharp 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 Website

One copy for the Minute Book