Present:                                  Mr Dave Owens                    ) Chairman

                                                Mrs Pat Raburn                     ) Vice Chairman


                                                Mr T Gossage                       ) Hockwold Parish Council

                                                Mrs K Stratford                      )

                                                Mr R Allsop                            )

                                                Mr M Denney             )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

Mrs L Arbour                          )

                                                Mr M. Storey                             District Councillor

                                                Mr Craig Campbell                  Risk Manager – Norfolk Fire Service

                                                Two members of the Public


Apologies for absence had been received from Mrs I Adams.


1.                  MINUTES


Resolved:   Mr Denney said that under the heading of ‘Caravans’ he had in fact said ‘he was given to understand that no planning permission had been obtained’.  Mr Storey also pointed out that only one person spoke for Mr Garner at the Planning Meeting.  It was then agreed that the Minutes of the meeting held on 14th June 2005 amended as above be approved and signed by the Chairman.   This was proposed by Mr Denney and agreed by everyone.




Norfolk Fire Service:   Mr Craig Campbell introduced himself as the Risk Manager of the Norfolk Fire Service for the Methwold Area.   He would be interested in hearing about any issues in the parish i.e. Fires, Vandalism, and any dangerous situations.  They wish to Make Norfolk Safer.

Bad driving would also come under this heading – Americans new to driving on our side of the road have been known to cause accidents in this area.  Mr Denney asked how often fire hydrants are tested as some are difficult to get open.  These are tested on an annual basis.   Hockwold’s nearest Fire Station is Methwold which is fully maintained during the daytime.   Mr Campbell also assured councillors that there were cross border facilities to cover all eventualities.


Electricity – Energy:   The clerk explained that she had contacted Southern Electricity and M-Power for quotes for our Street Lighting Un metered Supply.  Southern Electricity quote was higher then E-On Energy, and M-Power Gary Bishop verbally told me that their quote would also be higher, both said that prices of oil, that dictates electric prices, was going up daily and that we should accept E-On Energy’s offer, as the price has already risen since their offer dated 10th June 2005.  The clerk had consulted with Mr Owens and he had said to accept the offer from E-on Energy.  The councillors endorsed the chairman decision and this was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Raburn.







Electricity – Maintenance:   Following on from McAlpine’s termination of Street Lighting Maintenance Agreements, the clerk contact May Gurney Ltd (who look after NCC lights), Pearce and Kemp, and T T Jones Electrical Ltd,  the latter declines to quote saying we were out of their area.  Pearce & Kemp and May Gurney both sent in quotes for a three year contract.  The quote from Pearce and Kemp was the cheaper of the two and after some discussion.  It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mr Denney that the quotation from Pearce and Kemp be accepted.


Mr Denney reported that there is a light out in Lakeland’s, right hand side of the turning circle.  These lights come under Norfolk County Council not the Parish.  The clerk will report this matter to N.C.C.


Audit 2004/2205:    The clerk had sent out with the minute’s copies of the Bank Reconciliation and Expenditure and Expenses for this period, and had completed the Audit form, the Chairman read through and completed the Councils part of this form, and also signed the Cash Book.  The clerk will contact the Internal Auditors, ‘Wheelers’ and ask them to inspect all the accounts in complete their part.   This was agreed by all members of the Council.


Mayors Charity Appeal 2005:    Notification has been received from the Mayoress of the Borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk that her Charity Appeal for this year is the ‘Marham First Response’.  This is an Ambulance Car operating from ambulance station and high-risk black spots throughout Norfolk attending incidents under blue lights and sirens and starting the treatment cycle until an ambulance is able to attend and convey the patient to hospital if required.  The appeal is hopefully to replace the present vehicle with a new car or help towards the purchase of a new vehicle.   Due consideration and discussion was given to this request but the councillors felt that these vehicles would not be in this area.  A letter will be sent to the Mayor’s office explaining the council’s refusal.


Broadband Service in West Norfolk:   A letter has been received from the Borough Council asking if any parishioners have informed the council that they are unable to access a Broadband Service.

Mr Allsop said he had Broadband and had not heard of anyone who could not get it.


Macmillan Cancer Relief:   A letter has been received from this Charity Fund-raising Office asking if the Parish Council would consider giving them another donation.  After some discussion it was proposed by Mr Allsop and seconded by Mrs Raburn that a donation of £50.00 be sent to them.


Street Numbering:   Notification has been received from the Borough Council that the new bungalow that has been built in Malts Lane will be numbered No 4 Malts Lane.


Norfolk Matters:   NCC Newsletter – Issue June/July – a copy given out to all councillors.


Side Table:  English Nature – Site Lines; West Norfolk Volunteers Training Programme – Job Centre Plus;  Funding July/August;  Art on the Rails;  West Norfolk Safety Strategy 2005/08; Southern Area Road Safety Report;  NCAPTC Pointers to good practice;  Clerks & Councils Direct;  Standards Board Committee Report;  Norfolk RCC Letter;  Trafalgar Weekend Events Form;  Forest Heath District Council Option Report;  BCKLWN – Canvassers Wanted;  Defra Clean Neighbourhoods & Environment Act 2005 – Time Table;  Country Grounds Maintenance Ltd – Company Profile;  Working Together – Every Child Matters.







The following applications had been received and dealt with by the Chairman and councillors during the past 6 weeks since the last Parish Council meeting:

Ref: 05/01227/F        Name: Mr & Mrs J Hall, 31 Main St. Hockwold – Constr. of detached garage.

             Refused 1.07.05 on the grounds that the bricks did not match the dwelling. 

Ref: 05/01197/RM    Name: Mr & Mrs J Hall amended designed for garage to dwelling at the rear of 31 Main Street Hockwold.   Approved 1.07.05

Ref: 05/01210/F        Name: Mr A McKay Renewal – 2 log cabins at Blackdyke Fisheries Blackdyke, Hockwold.  Approved 1.07.05

Ref: 05/01311/F        Name:  Mr & Mrs A K Walker, 30 Main Street Hockwold – Erection of garage & 1.6m. high fence. Approved 14.07.05

Ref: 05/01276/F        Name: Mr & Mrs Campman, 132 Main Street, Hockwold – Extn. to dwelling at 132 Main Street.  Nothing against the application, but concerns regarding final parking arrangements.  Vehicles parked outside property, on grass verge, cause problems for vehicles pulling out of Nursery Lane, blocking vision to the left.    Approved with reservations 21.07.05


Ref: 05/01374/F                                                        Name: Tanya Gravenor

                                                                                                Willow Holt

Location:  Willow Holt Blackdyke                                        Blackdyke Road, Hockwold

Details:     Conversion into single dwelling & 3                  Norfolk IP26 4JW

  Self-contained holiday cottages.

An application has already been turned down by the BC – As before the Parish Council could see no reason for any objections as property has been there for many years and will being in more people to the village.  Approved 26.07.2005



05/00944/F – C & A Hulbert. 11 Pearces Close Hockwold - Extn to dwelling.

Permission recorded.

05/00836/F – Mr D Garner. Garner Blast Cowles Drove Hockwold – Construction of dwelling.

Permission recorded.

Certificate of Lawful Use or Development

Mrs T Cobbold – Winchester House, Cowles Drove, Hockwold – Change of Use of part of annexe to Tattoo Studio.

Agricultural Prior Notification – Consent Not Required

05/01120/PN – Mr C Guy Island Farm Cowles Drove Hockwold – Agricultural building – the borough planning authority have considered the details submitted with the above application and have decided that planning authority is NOT REQUIRED.

A letter addressed to Mr Owens Chairman has been received from the Head of Planning regarding this application.  It says that planning authority is not required for the erection of an agricultural building as illustrated on the submitted plans accompanying the application from Island Farm.  The letter goes on to say that ‘Enforcement investigations are still being conducted’ and that the Parish Council will be notified on the enforcement case when further developments have been made.

A letter has been received from the Enforcement Officer – Mr A Smith informing the councils that with regard to 31 Main Street enforcement action has produced an application for the garage at the site. 





Enforcement Officer Letter contd …………..


With regard to Future Farm at Blackdyke – they have inspected the site with the owner , and say that there are no activities on going that constitute a breach in planning control. The land is being used for livestock breeding and storage of vehicles used in conjunction with agriculture. The site will be monitored.

Improved Consultation – regarding Ref: 05/01227/F Mr & Mrs J Hall. retention of detached garage.  The Parish Council refused this application, the Borough Council recommend approval.  The report will be considered on 1st August 2005 at the Assembly rooms Town Hall King’s Lynn.




Payments:      16.6.05           E-on Energy   Lights    DD                                        £  70.18

                        26.7.05           Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter x 2 (Aug 04)                 £  36.00

                                                Mrs G Taylor – Wages – Tel. – Post.                      £293.95                     

                                                BCKLWN – Dog Waste Bins                                  £  29.94

                                                Viking Direct – Stationary                                        £  96.83


Receipts:        23.5.05           BCKLWN Election Notices                                      £   6.00

                        06.6.05           Interest Earned Gross                                              £  45.59


It was proposed by Mrs Raburn and seconded by Mrs Sismey that these accounts been paid.


4.                  ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Speeding - Church Lane to the River:     Complaints have been received regarding vehicles speeding down Church Lane to the River.  It was felt that this is very disrespectful and discourteous to the people to live down Church Lane and The Lode.  The Chairman said he would speak to Martin Edmunds of Highways with a view to getting speed humps installed.


State of the Village:   Once again the general untidiness of the village was discussed – Church Lane on the left the ivy should be cut back? Is this the Borough Council or the Church’s responsibility?  South Street – especially near Gainsborough House.  Dog fouling throughout the village is also a concern

Also the state of the Lakenheath – Hockwold – Feltwell road and also the Weeting Road.


Churchyard:  Mrs Sismey said that there has recently been a massive clear-up in the Churchyard.  It is a great credit to all who took part.  All the councillors agreed.


Broken Fence – Church Lane:        It has been reported that part of the fence on the right hand side of Church Lane has fallen down, this belongs to No 2 Lakelands and could be very dangerous to young children as they could get into the old pit.


Boundary Road:  The trees planted in Boundary Road are they the responsibility of the Council.  Also the land behind the new properties – This is owned by the Borough Council and Hastoe Housing would like to build more dwellings.  Mr Storey asked if the Councillors would be in agreement if he put his name to such a proposal.  Everyone agreed, but it was felt that the gate to this land should be locked.   It was also noted that the gate into the treatment plant is not locked.




Council Property:    It was also noted that one of the council properties is being held for someone in the village who is paying the rent.  Mr Denney said that this person will being moving into the property at Christmas Time and is paying the rent.


4 Malts Lane:     The new bungalow No 4 Malts Lane is situated less than three feet in the site and the hedge has been taken out.  The cess pit should be 5 meters away from the dwelling, but there is hardly room for this ruling, the councillors felt this could affect Mr Howlett who lives next door.


Landfill Site – Lodge Road:    This landfill site, we are told, will be full in a year’s time, what will happen to all the rubbish then!


5.                  DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was agreed that the next meeting of the council will be held on Tuesday 13th September 2005 at 7.30pm.


As there was not other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.15 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