Present:                                  Mr Dave Owens                    ) Hockwold Parish Council              

Mrs Pat Raburn                     )

                                                Mrs I Adams                          ) 

                                                Mr Tony Gossage                 )

                                                Mrs K Stratford                      )

                                                Mr R Allsop                            )

                                                Mr M Denney             )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

Mrs L Arbour                          )

                                                Mr M. Storey                             District Councillor

                                                One member of the Public


Mr Dave Owens opened the meeting by asking for nominations for the position of Chairman for the coming year.  Mr M Denney proposed that Mr D Owens should be re-elected and Mrs Adams seconded this.  Mr D Owens accepted this position and all councillors agreed so the proposal was carried unanimously.

Nominations were then requested for Vice-Chairman,  Mr Owens proposed that Mrs Raburn should be re-elected and this was seconded by Mrs Stratford, Mrs Raburn accepted the position and all the councillors agreed so the proposal was carried.


Mr Owens then apologised to Mr Guy the member of the public present for having called him Jack at the last meeting having thought that was his name, it is in fact Charlie, this apology was accepted by Mr Guy.


1.                  MINUTES


Resolved:    That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 12th April 2005 and previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mrs Raburn and seconded by Mr Denney.




Base Entrance – Feltwell: Mr Owens apologised for the absence of Sqd. Leader Jo Daniels as he had told her that the Base Entrance would not be on the agenda as it was the Annual Parish Council Meeting.  Unfortunately the clerk had put the matter on the agenda.  It was generally felt that the situation had improved especially as the BX has now moved back to Lakenheath, and the improvements made to the entrance, the moving of the guard post.   It was felt that all this was due to the efforts of Hockwold and Feltwell Parish Councils and Sqd. Leader Jo Daniels.


Increased Parish Council Powers:  Mr Denney re-iterated his previous statement that he will have nothing to do with increased Parish Council powers.  This will give councillors more to do, when really we want the borough etc to listen to what we have to say.

Hockwold will not get as many powers as some councillors were we are not classed as a quality Council.  If these powers were accepted a great deal of thought would have to be given to the matter.  Offenders would have to be given written or verbal warnings before anything further is done.  It was felt that with regard to dog fouling, fly posting etc. these were jobs that the Borough Council should be concerned with, so in fact the Parish Council would be doing their work.

It was felt that everything would have to be done very fairly so no accusations of victimisation could be made.  Mr Allsop said he felt it would tear the village apart.

Mr Storey was asked what his views were,  he said he felt personally that such powers in a close knit community could open a can of worms, and agreed with what the councillors had said.    It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Raburn that the matter should be left in abeyance and placed on the agenda for the next meeting, all the councillors agreed.


Yearly Donations; The question of the donations for the Village Hall, Hockwold Playing Field and St James Churchyard was discussed, the clerk reminded the councillors that the donation last year had been for £650.00 and that we had precepted for a 6% rise this year.  It was proposed by Mr Allsop that a rise of £39.00 be given this year.    After some discussion Mr Allsop withdrew his proposal, and it was proposed by Mrs Arbour and seconded by Mrs Sismey that the donation for 2005 would be £682.50.  The clerk will send out these cheques within the next week.


Victim Support – Norfolk: A letter has been received from this charity asking for a donation towards volunteer’s expenses.  A £50 donation had been in September 2004 so it was proposed by Mr Owens and seconded by Mrs Sismey that the matter be discussed again in September 2005.


Audit 2005: Notification has been received from the audit Commission that Hockwold Parish Council’s Audit will take place on 3rd October 2005.


Norfolk Fire Service:  The clerk has spoken to Paul Seaman from the Norfolk Fire Service and he can come to our meeting at the end of July if the Councillors agree that is when the July meeting will be held – Tuesday 26th July 2005.  It was proposed by Mrs Raburn and seconded by Mrs Stratford that Mr Seaman be invited to this meeting.


Survey re Burial Grounds: Mr Owens informed the councillors that he had passed on to the Church the above-mentioned survey for them to complete.


Side Table:  Documents on the side table for councillors to look at and take to read if they wish are as follows:-  Revised Draft Community Involvement (Breckland), Road Safety Committee Report & Accounts, English Nature Four leaflets, NRCC Signpost Newsletter, and further details regarding Village Sport 2005.  NCAPTC Norfolk LINK Copies given out to Councillors.  Civil Service St Margarets Church King’s Lynn.





Ref: 05/00836/F                                                        Name:    Mr D Garner

                                                                                                   Garner Blast, Cowles Drove

Location – Cowles Drove Hockwold                                     Hockwold Thetford

Details – Constr of dwelling & Double Garage                    Norfolk

These plans had been refused some months back and it would seem there is no difference to before.  Mr Garner needs to show a need for a dwelling, such as having animals to look after.  Mr Storey reported that in the past the Borough Council Planning Committee have visited the site and seen the other dwellings built in the Cowles Drove,  but have always refused permission.  The councillors were all in favour of the application and the clerk will show this on the Parish Councils reply.


There has been an amendment to plans that the council passed at the last meeting

Ref number 05/00545/F Two-storey extension to No 16 and second storey rear extension to No 18 and 16 Main Street Hockwold.  As the council had passed these prior to the amendment the council was still in favour of the application, the alteration only being in the pitch of the roof.




Mr & Mrs Campman 132 Main Street Hockwold, Change of use from outbuilding to self contained residential annexe.

Mr Storey reported that the Parish Councils views on this application (refusal with regard to parking) were taken into account; there will still be a garage for one vehicle to be parked in.




Willow Holt Blackdyke Hockwold.  Three self-contained holiday cottages, this had been refused because it would mean three new dwelling in the local plan outside the village guidelines.

Mr Storey said this refusal was made by the officers,  not the planning committee.   It is best if the owner had contacted the District Council and asked for the application to be determined by the board.    Mr Owen is going to see the applicant to see if they are going to appeal.


With regard to private sector building inspectors, some of this inspection work is being taken over by private sector and their standards are different to the Borough Council.


4.                  BILLS OF ACCOUNTS

Payments:      24.4.05           E-on Energy DD – Lights                                                     £  70.18

                        10.5.05           Hockwold Methodist Church 6 x £10                                  £  60.00

                                                BCKLWN – Dog Waste Bins                                              £  29.94

                                                Cornhill Insurance                                                                  £588.66

                                                Mrs G M Taylor – Wages                                                     £272.40

                                                Hockwold Playing Field – Donation                                    £682.50         

                                                St James Churchyard – Donation                                       £682.50

                                                Hockwold Village Hall                                                           £682.50

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                                   £  18.00

                        16.5.05           E-on Energy DD – Lights                                                     £  70.18

Receipts:        19.4.05           BCKLWN  -  Precepts                                                       £9040.00

                        14.4.05           EDF Energy – Wayleaves                                                   £  36.58

                        14.4.05           Wickstead Leisure – Refund of Credit                               £387.75



Bills of Accounts Contd….


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


5.                  ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Bungalow – Malts Lane: This new bungalow being built has got scaffold on the footpath and delivery lorries are having to park on the pavement.    The scaffold will soon be down, as it is nearing completion.


Grass Verge – Main Street: Cars for sale are being parked on the grass verge at the Station Road end of Main Street.  This should not happen and could be dealt with under new powers of it is adopted, although it is better to be parked on the grass rather than outside properties in this part of Main Street which has not pavement.


Road Sweeper: It was noted that the road sweeper has been round the village recently.


Wilton Farm: A pothole at the entrance to Wilton Farm has been marked by highways but was not repaired when the other marked potholes were done.

There is a pothole at the bottom of Mill Lane , and it was pointed out that the Station Road sign on the new footpath has still not been put up.  These will be mentioned to Highways.


It was agreed that Mr Tony White the new Norfolk County Councillors should have a copy of the Minutes sent to him monthly


Race Track: It was noted that on last Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Main Street was used as a racetrack.  The police were informed and given a name.


Congratulations were given to Mrs Arbour; on the Parish Councils arrangement for the Flower Festival held recently, it was very good.


6.                  DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was agreed that the next meeting of the council would be on 14th June 2005 at 7.30 pm.


As there was no other business the 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 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