Present:                                  Mrs P Raburn                        ) Chairman


                                                Mrs I Adams                          ) Hockwold Parish Council

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mr T Fothergill                       )

                                                Mr M Denney             )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

Mrs L Arbour                          )

                                                Squadron Leader Jo Daniel

                                                Mr M. Storey                             District Councillor

                                                45 plus Members of the Public

                                                Reporter from the Bury Free Press

                                                P. C Asker                                Downham Market Police


The members of the public had all attended the meeting because of the planning application on the agenda for Freedom Farm, Cowles Drove.  ‘A material recycling facility to recover, reuse and recycle wastes, through the separation, bulking and transfer of household, commercial and industrial wastes.’  Freedom Recycling Ltd. 

The Council had not realised that there was to be such a turn out until today, and do not feel they are able to answer all the questions the public are going to ask without guidance from other authorities.  Also it was felt that representation from Freedom Recycling Ltd should be present to answer questions as well. 

The Councillors agreed that the discussion about this application should be deferred, and an extra-ordinary Parish Council Meeting should be held next week in the village hall, which would be big enough to accommodate everyone who wished to be present.  The clerk will contact NCC Planning and ask them if they could attend, also the Highways Authority and the Environment Agency, as they will all be consulted on this application.

Parishioners were extremely concerned about this application, especially regarding the 50000 tonnage per year stated in the application and the types of material to be recycled.  Also the routes for the vehicles involved.    The Wangford Road was cited in the application but it was felt that some vehicles would travel through Hockwold and neighbouring villages, which could be a potential danger to children and the elderly.

It was finally agreed that a meeting be arrange for next Tuesday or Wednesday, the final date will be placed in the press and a notice put on the notice board in the village.


Apologies for absence from the meeting have been received from Mr B Allsop.


The presentation by the Norfolk Youth & Community Service had to be cancelled as no one turned up.  The Chairman apologised to people who had come for this item.


1.                  MINUTES


Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 14th January 2006, previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman. This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Sismey.





Feltwell Base:    Sqd. Leader Jo Daniels who was present at the meeting informed the council that she had been at a meeting today with BCKLWN and NCC Highways regarding the access to the Base.   She also reported that the last deployment was coming home and that the 21st February was President’s Day so that there would be no flying that day,


Police:   P C Asker our ‘local’ police liaison officer from Downham Market had come to the meeting.  She reported that she had been looking out and dealt with regarding cars parking on pavements and also at the top of Nursery Lane and hopes this will get better.  As PC Asker is now in the ‘Response Car’ we also have looking after this area PC 159 Jackson from Downham Market.  The clerk has already spoken to him as he rang regarding the Sandpit.

The Chairman thanked PC Asker for coming to the meeting.


Election of Vice-Chairman:    The Annual Parish Council meeting does have to be held in May, so as the Chairman will not be able to attend this meeting, nominations were asked for a Vice-Chairman.   Unfortunately no one wished to come forward to take on the post, so it was agreed that the clerk will have to ask someone to come forward on the May Night to chair the meeting.


Village Sandpit:   It was clearly stated that no further discussions or no decisions have been taken regarding the motorcycles and the sandpit.    The matter is to be put on the agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting in March so parishioners have their say about the matter.  Two letters have been received from Parishioners, who are worried regarding losing the right to take sand from the sandpit, and questioning the fact that this are is a designated conservation area.  It was reiterated that this matter will be on the agenda for the meeting on the 14th March at 8.oopm.


Licensing Act:  
A copy of an application for a License has been received for the Hockwold Village Hall.  Any objections to this application had to be sent to the Head of Environmental Health & Housing by the 7th February 2006.  The Chairman said that as the Council were Trustees for the Village Hall she felt that there would be no objections to this application.


Norfolk RCC Subs:   Notification has been received that our yearly subscription to this organisation is now due at a cost of £15.00   It was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mrs Arbour that the council should join for another year.


King’s Lynn C.A.B:   A letter has been received from this branch of the CAB asking for consideration for a donation, it was felt that as we had recently sent off a donation to the Mildenhall and Brandon Branch of the CAB we would be justified in refusing.  It was agreed that the clerk should write and explain these reasons.


South Street:   A letter has been received from the Highways Department to say the he was arranging for the reflectors in South Street to be replaced, and that he had asked his technician to contact the council regarding a meeting.  This meeting took place on the 1st February 2006 and Martin Edmunds was to get back to the council regarding the ditch in South Street and flashing lights outside the school.  It was agreed that the clerk should write and say that the reflectors in South Street have with the exception of two been broken off.





Wilton Bridge – Lakenheath:   A reply has been received from Suffolk County Council Highways.  Their budgets for the year 2006/2007 will not be finalised until early March and it will be the end of this month before they can confirm whether it has been possible to include Wilton Bridge on the list of work.


Drainage Board:   A letter has been received from this Board to confirm that they are happy for Mr Dave Owens to continue as Hockwold Parish Councils representative on the Drainage Board.


Ground Care Maintenance:   A letter has been received from a Mr Jon Lewis of Hilgay informing the Council that his is expanding his ground care business to include grass maintenance.  He would be happy to quote for any work the Parish Council may require.  The letter will be kept on file.


Mayor’s Award for Design in the Environment:    The Mayor of King’s Lynn is now seeking entries for his annual award for Design in the Environment.  Entries should be sent by 27 Jan. 2006.  This letter was dated 19 Jan. 2006 it was felt that not enough time was given to give this kind of matter any thought!


Patient & Public Involvement in Health Forum:   Notification has been received regarding four public meetings.  Three of these meetings have already taken place and the last one is tomorrow 15th February 2006.  This kind of letter is no good to the Council!


Side Table:   Great East Anglia Run 28th May 2006 in King’s Lynn.  Suffolk County Council – Minerals Core Strategy.  Information regarding West Norfolk Voluntary and Community Action.  Notification that Coach Service No 28 Brandon – Kings Lynn via Feltwell will only be running three days per week.   BCKLWN – Home Energy Conservation Act.  Norfolk RCC – Signpost Issue 80.  NCC Fire Authority Safety Plan 06/07 Consultation.




Two letters have been received from the Planning Department regarding 2 Malts Lane.  The second one stating that Planning will be investigating the questions raised by the Parish Council and will contact us again regarding the action they will be taking.


Ref: 06/00064/F                                                        Name:             A M & J S Brown

                                                                                                            Kens Corner, Cowles Drove

Location – Kens Corner, Cowles Drove                                        Hockwold, Thetford

Details – Construction of Dwelling                                                  Norfolk IP26 4JQ

The Parish Council raised no objection to this application.


Ref: 05/01226/F                                                        Name:             Mrs D Barrett

                                                                                                            40 Nursery Lane

Location – The Lode, Church Lane, Hockwold.                            Hockwold, Thetford

Details – Siting of Mobile Home                                                     Norfolk. 

The Council had received a copy of a letter from Mr & Mrs Mansey written to the Borough Council against this application.   Although the application says for the ‘Breeding of Rare Breeds’; no business plan has been submitted.  The site is outside the Development Plan.  After further discussion the Council voted against this application, with one abstention.




4.                  BILLS OF ACCOUNTS


Payments:      14.2.06           Wheelers – Audit                                                      £117.50

                                                Audit Commission – Audit                                       £411.25

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                       £  30.00

                                                Mr J Long (Hockwold Primary Sch.) Grass            £  40.00

                                                Pearce & Kemp – Lights Maintenance                  £102.60

                                                BCKLWN – Dog Waste Bins                                  £  44.91

                                                Norfolk RCC – Subscriptions                                  £  15.00

                                                Mrs G M Taylor – Wages & Printer Cartr.  £300.39

                        10.2.06           E-on Energy – Lights DD                                         £105.62


It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Arbour that these accounts are paid.


5.                  ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Malts Lane:   It was reported that the roadway outside 7 Malts Lane has sunk – the road really needs re-surfacing, also there are several drains in the gutters that need resurfacing around the village, as well as the footpath outside the bungalow which used to be Audrons Shop at the junction of Main Street and Malts Lane.  The clerk will write to Highways about these matters.


Bus Shelter:    Mrs M Watson offered to redecorate the Bus Shelter if the Council would get the paint.  Mrs Eade side she thought there was now some anti graffiti paint on the market, she will look into this matter.

Also one of the litter bins in the bus shelter is off the wall, Mr Denney had looked at these bins, the linings have gone, it is thought new bins are required, perhaps just one bin this time.  The clerk will bring some leaflets to the meeting.


Mill Lane:   There is an old vehicle at the top of Mill Lane, has this been abandoned or does it belong to someone.  It does belong to Mr & Mrs Flack who live at the top of Mill Lane.


Dustbins:    It was noted that wheelie bins are being left outside properties once they have been emptied, this will be mentioned in the village magazine.


Dog Waste Bins:   A letter has been received from Mrs J Grass regarding the dog waste bins that are already in the village, and asking if one or two more could be put up.  Mrs Grass feels that the three already in the village are not sited in the best positions, unfortunately we cannot put them just anywhere, it has to be away from houses so no-one can object to them.  It was agreed that this matter should be placed on the agenda for another meeting.


State of the Village:   Once again the general untidy state of the village was brought up.  The overhanging trees and shrubs in the Church Meadow and Church Lane in particular.  The clerk will write to Nathan Johnson about this matter that he said he would look into when we met him at Boundary Close.








Lights Outside the School:   The question of having warning flashing lights outside the school just for the period of the children going into school and come out was mentioned to Martin Edmunds at the meeting in South Street.  The clerk will mention this in her letter to Highways.  Also it was asked if parents driving their children to school could park for that brief time in the Hall Car Park.  The workers for Children’s World already have permission to park there.  The Chairman if the Parish Council’s representative on the Hall Committee and will bring this matter up at the AGM of the Village Hall on the 24th February 2006.   It was noted that at 8.30am on the last Sunday there were 13 cars parked in Main Street near the hall.


Nursery Lane:   There is a lot of litter in the gully down Nursery Lane, could this be cleared up.  The clerk will speak to Nathan Johnson of the Borough Council about this matter.


The Chairman reported that she had received a telephone call from Miss Ludwig who said she was against the planning application for Freedom Farm and also the motorcycles in the Sandpit.


Pearces Close:   It was reported that there is a trailer parked at the top of Pearces Close, it was felt it might belong to a Mr Hurdle.  The clerk will look into this matter.


Lights:   It was reported that the light outside No. 69 Main Street comes on and goes out at all odd times; the clerk will report this matter to Pearces and Kemp.


6.                  DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was agreed that the date of the next meeting should be Tuesday 14th March 2006 at 7.00pm

Followed by the Annual Parish Meeting at 8.00pm.


As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.00 pm.





One copy to each member of the Council

One copy for Mr A White 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’s Website

One copy for the Minute Book