Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       ) Chairman


                                                Mrs D Barrett                         ) Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mr D Baker                            )

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr M Storey                              District Councillor

                                                                Mr A Gomm                              LDF Manager


The Meeting started at 7.00 pm with a presentation from Mr Alan Gomm of the Borough Council regarding the Site Allocations & Policies Development Plan Document for King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, (copy of notes of this attached).


Apologies for absence had been received from Squadron Leader Neild (RAF Lakenheath), PCSO Claire Law, District Councillor Adrian Lawrence and Parish Councillors T. Fothergill and Mrs T Sismey.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 28 July 2009 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.   This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Eade.




Highway Matters:   A letter has been received from Martin Edmunds the highways engineer in reply to our last letter.  The sprayed weeds are not removed by highways, but by the Borough Council on their next sweeping schedule.  The pothole at junction of Mill Lane and Main Street has been programmed.  Potholes are treated with bitumen and chippings, this is cost effective and used widely throughout NCC Highways.   A letter has been sent to the Red Lion asking them to remove all objects on the footway, and 30mph roundels have been programmed at each end of the village.


Red Lion:    Notification has been received that the applicant has amended the variation application by reducing the terminal hour for the music elements of regulated entertainment and late night refreshment on Thursdays to Saturdays to 12.30am.  A further notification has been received to inform the council that a Sub-Committee of the Licensing Committee will meet on Tuesday 8 September 2009 at 10.30am at Hockwold Village Hall to consider the variation application for The Red Lion.   Councillors are invited to attend the meeting a put forward their case.   The Meeting will be preceded by a site visit commencing at 10.00am.






Allotments:     The allotments are due for renewal on the 11 October 2009.  Notification to this Fact has been placed in the village magazine for the last two months, and three new applications have been received.   The question of the yearly charge for the allotments was discussed, and it was proposed by Mrs Eade and seconded by Mr Baker that the charge be increased to £10 per year for the next two years.   As no one has indicated that they wish to give up their allotment, it was agreed that the clerk should contact Nathan Enefer and ask for a further two strips of land at Dobbs to accommodate the three new applicants.

Mr Denney suggested that an Allotment Committee should be formed and this matter will be placed on the agenda for the next meeting.


Clerk – Internet:    The clerk said that if the council wished her to be on the Internet she would be in agreement, but did not want to have an extra telephone put into the house.  Mrs Taylor also said she did not think it should be put under Business Rates as this would be expensive to the Council.  It was agreed that Mrs Eade should ask her husband to look into the matter and get the costs worked out for the next meeting.


Parish Council Meetings:    The question of whether to move from the Methodist Schoolroom to the Committee Room at the Village Hall was discussed.  Mr Denney said that last winter it was freezing cold for our meetings and the chairs were very uncomfortable.  He felt the Committee Room would be warmer.  Badminton is held every Tuesday in the village hall, and it was felt that this might interfere with the meeting; also the committee room is not big enough if any members of the public attend.  After a lot of discussion it was decided to stay at the Methodist schoolroom as long as the heating is put on long before the meeting starts.  Mr Baker agreed to see to the heating before each meeting.


Norfolk Constabulary:    A letter has been received from Superintendent Nick Davidson in reply to the clerks letter, in which he said he would get the Response Inspectors to make contact wish us regarding our concerns.  Mrs Raburn the Chairman has had a conversation with the police regarding this matter, and they are going to try and make a more visible presence in the village.


A11 Trunk Road:    Further correspondence has been received from the project manager in Bedford informing the council that the Public Inquiry into this project has been planned for November 2009.  The letter also states that they have decided to include an underpass in the scheme, to be located near to the Elveden War Memorial, to cater for the needs of non-motorised users to cross the A11 in this area.  Councillors said they understood that the plight of the Stone Curlew birds could be playing a part in this inquiry.  They feel the improvement to this road is very important to this area.


Mayor’s Civic Awards for Voluntary Service 2009:    Once again the Mayor of the Borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk is asking for nominations for his yearly awards, and has sent a copy of the nomination form, which the clerk will have if anyone would like to nominate someone within the village.


Macmillan Cancer Support:   A letter has been received from this Charity asking for donations.  We have donated every year so far.  It was agreed that this matter should be placed on the agenda for the next meeting.






Local Government Review:  A letter has been received from the Borough Council stating that The Boundary Committee have had to halt their recommendations to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government over the question of Unitary in Norfolk.  Copy of this letter given to Councillors.


Norfolk Association of Local Councils:   Norfolk LINK Issue No 172 given out to councillors.  Copy of the Annual Report 2008/2009 has been received also details of their AGM to be held on 12 September 2009 at Hevingham Village Hall commencing at 10am if anyone would like to attend.  Also received are details of forth coming training for Clerks, Councillors and Chairman.  The clerk has full details and application forms if anyone would like to attend a session.


Side Table:    Chart giving names and telephone numbers for all NCC Councillors Society of Local Council Clerks regional conference 24 September 2009.  The Greenhouse Open Building exhibition and information.  Suffolk CC Waste Core Strategy Report July 2009 (not our area).  Young People of the Year – To nominate a young person for this award go on line to www.youngpeopleoftheyear.org.




Ref:  09/01394/F                                                                              Name:   Mr M Brooker

                                                                                                                           12 Plovers Way

Location – 12 Plovers Way, Hockwold                                                        Hockwold, Thetford

Details – Detached single garage                                                                           Thetford. IP26 4LF

The Council supported this application.  The garage will match the existing bungalow and will not over look any neighbouring property.  This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Barrett, all the councillors agreed.


Ref:  09/01363/F                                                                              Name:   Mr B Everett

                                                                                                                           Everett Bros. Eng. Ltd

Location – Land North of Cowles Drove, Hockwold                                 Cowles Drove, Hockwold,

Details – Construction of Stables Block.                                                    Thetford, IP26 4JQ

After some discussion regarding these plans, it was proposed by  Mrs Eade and seconded by Mrs Arbour that the council support this application, as long as the questions of flood risk, stone curlews and other boundary restrictions have been satisfied.  A vote was taken three votes against the application and four in favour.



Ref: SP/C/2/2009/2007 – Freedom Recycling Ltd, Cowles Drove, Hockwold.  Construction of loading bay within and external to the existing building with roller shutter doors.  The siting of a portacabin type staff welfare facility within the internal yard area.

Permission Recorded.


Ref:  09/01067/F – Mr L Cooper, 42 College Road, Hockwold.  Single storey side and rear extension to dwelling.

Permission Recorded.


Ref:  09/00864/F – Mr G Bunker, Soay Farm, Cowles Drove, Hockwold. Erection of agric. Building to house sheep and temp residential dwelling in connection with early fat lamb enterprise.

Refusal Recorded.




4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS


Payments:     01.9.09           MHB Services Ltd – Lighting Maintenance                    £  97.38

                                                BCKLWN – Dog Waste Bins                                             £  49.34

                                                Mrs G Taylor – Wages (September)                                  £372.93

                                                Wheelers – Internal Audit                                                  £126.50


                        31.8.09           E-on Street Lights (August) DD                                        £193.64


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


5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Fireworks:    Fireworks were let off at an address in Main Street last Saturday at 10.20pm that last approx. ten minutes, some of these were very loud?  industrial fireworks.  The occasion was actually a wedding reception being held behind a property in Main Street. These upset residents within the village and frightened many animals.   It was felt there should be some clarification regarding the legal position of letting off fireworks, councillors felt that the people letting off the fireworks should have put a notice either in the Post office or in the village magazine warning residents they would be having a fireworks display.   The chairman will put a report in the village magazine to this effect.


Station Road:    It was reported that Station Road to the Bridge going towards Lakenheath is breaking up and in need of repair; the clerk will report this to Highways.


Nursery Lane:   It was reported that the verges in Nursery Lane are getting high and are in need of cutting back.  The clerk will report this matter to Highways.


Village Green:    It was reported that the bottom end of the village green is breaking up although the area has a kerb round it.  This is caused by large lorries driving over the point.  It was suggested that the clerk should ask Highways for their advice as to what we should do about this matter.


Red Lion:   Mrs Eade felt we should ask to have copies of reports from the Fire People and the Health and Safety Office.  The clerk will ring the Planning office and ask for these.


6.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING


It was agreed that the next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on the 13 October 2009 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 to Mr T White NCC, Mr M Storey, Mr M Peake, and Mr A Lawrence District Councillors, Downham Market Police, RAF Lakenheath, Two copies for display within the village and one copy for the web-site.