Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman


                                                                Mr T Fothergill                      )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mr D Baker                            )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr M Storey                              District Councillor

                                                Mr A Lawrence                        District Councillor


Apologies for absence had been received from Parish Councillors Mrs M Eade and Mr M Denney, and Squadron Leader Neild, RAF Lakenheath.


1.            MINUTES


Anne Brooks from RAF Lakenheath had rung to give Squadron Leader Neild’s apologies, and pointed out an error in the last Minutes. The Chairman read out the e-mail from Anne Brooks about this matter.  The clerk had written Squadron Neild (missing out the word Leader), for which she apologised.

Resolved:   That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 8 June 2010 previously circulated and amended as above, be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mrs Arbour and seconded by Mr Fothergill, all the councillors agreed.




Village Sign:    The clerk had received one more quotation for the refurbishment of the Village Sign, from Mr L Fenn.  The third person contacted did not reply or telephone!   Our two quotations are:  Mr G Wawman -  £940.00 and Mr L Fenn -  £872.00.  After some discussion, in which the question of public liability insurance was raised, it was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Sismey that Mr Fenn should be asked to carry out the work, as long as he has the necessary public liability Insurance.  This was agreed by all the councillors.


Enforcement – Fencing at 2 Peacock Close:     A letter had been received from Mr M Clarey the Enforcement Officer regarding the query over the height of the fence put up at 2 Peacock Close.  After a comprehensive investigation, it has been established that the fence does not constitute a breach of planning control.    Mr Clarey had also telephone the clerk to explain this decision.  The planning application for this property showed a 1.8 meter high fence and these plans were passed.  He has since checked with the Highways and they have said they do not feel there is a highways risk in this instance.  The application for a high fence at the property opposite this one was refused on highway grounds – loss of visibility, so had to be placed a meter back from the edge of the property.


Allotments:    The clerk and Mrs Raburn had inspected the allotments and found that five did not seem to have had much work done on them.   It was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Sismey  that the clerk should send a letter to these allotment holders asking if they wish to continue with their tenancy,  bearing in mind that this ends on the 10 October 2010.



Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service:     Councillors had been given copies of this latter at the June 2010 meeting, and asked to let the clerk have their comments to pass on to Norfolk Fire service.

Councillors expressed concern that there could be cuts in the Fire Service Budget.   This would be of great concern to Hockwold, as we are on the very  edge of the Norfolk Area, and our nearest fire station is not manned full time.


Norfolk Minerals & Waste Development Framework:   The clerk had been through this document, Hockwold is on the very edge of the area covered by it, and is designated as a ‘Special Protection Area’ (SPA), so there would be no change around Hockwold.


Norfolk Accident Rescue Service:   A letter of thanks has been received from the Managing Director of this Charity thanking the Parish Council for their donation.


Safer Neighbourhood Team:    An e-mail had been received from Ester Bortz.  They had been at the Country Fayre and said what a good day it had been.  They have looked into the matter of the car parked outside Downham House on Main Street, and feel the vehicle is not causing an obstruction, there is a clear view along the roadway from both directions, and it is not impeding the footpath.


BCKLWN – Development Services:    A letter has been received from this department informing the council that they are proposing to hold a re-run of the ‘Basics of Planning’ training session on Friday 10 September 2010.   Mrs Sismey and Mrs Taylor attended the last session and found it very interesting and informative.


Local Councils Update:   Clerks & Councils Direct are proposing to issue a monthly Local Councils

Update to deal with all the changes that they feel will certainly be coming.  They are offering the first three issues free, then it will cost £70 per annum. After discussion with the Chairman the clerk has sent for the first three free copies.


Norfolk Constabulary – Police Direct:    Councillors have been given a copy of this letter in which the constabulary invite councillors and clerks to register their e-mail details on a new communications called Police Direct, so they can e-mail up to date information of our area.


Norfolk Constabulary Local Policing Plan Summary 2010:  Councillors have been given copies of this Policing Plan.


Norfolk Constabulary – Kings Lynn Area:  Dates have been received for the Safer Neighbourhood meetings up until July 2011, all to be held at the Downham Market Fire Station.  Copies of these two monthly dates have been given to councillors.


Norfolk Constabulary – Revised Structure for Local Delivery:   This letter has been received regarding changes coming to support their district communities, via local delivery teams.  A copy of this letter has been given out to councillors.


Standards Committee:   An update from this committee has been received from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk regarding notification procedures.  A copy of this letter has been given out to councillors.


Signpost:   This Magazine June 2010 received from Norfolk RCC – Copy given out to councillors.



Side Table:   King’s Lynn Festival 18 – 31 July 2010.  Norfolk LINK Issue 177.  Clerks & Councils Direct Issue 70 July 2010. NCC Money Worries Poster – put on Notice Board. Breckland Local Dev. Framework - Not our area.  East Cambridgeshire - Newsletter for Ely, Littleport & Soham.  East Cambridgeshire - Local Dev. Framework - not our area.  Suffolk Police Authority Local Policing Summary.  BCKLWN Statement of Licensing Policy Review – Village Hall have a copy of this document.  Minutes of Standard Committee meeting held on 18 June 2010.  Norfolk RCC ‘where can I get to’ Details put on notice Board. NRCC AGM on 7 July 2010 Agenda received.   E-mail from NRCC following on from their AGM regarding lack of support for new businesses through the relief of some Nat. Insurance contributions.




Ref: 10/00925/F                                                                   Name:   Mr L Prescott

5 Main Street, Hockwold,

Location – 5 Main Street, Hockwold.                                            Thetford, Norfolk. IP26 4LB

Details – Construction of new roof to include rooflights in connection with loft conversion.

These Plans were received soon after our June meeting and had to be returned to King’s Lynn by the 5 July 2010, so were passed round to councillors for their views.   Mrs T Sismey declared an interest, and made no comments.  The rest of the council had no objections to these plans as long as any neighbours thoughts or objections are taken into consideration as the properties on either side are bungalows.


Ref: P/C/2/2010/2001                                                          Name:   Mr P Boyle

                                                                                                               Freedom Recycling Ltd

Location – Freedom Farm, Cowles Drove, Hockwold.                 Cowles Drove, Hockwold

Details – Siting of power engine for the on-site generation       Thetford,  IP26 4JQ

of electricity and installation of an exhaust stack on the engine with a total height of ten metres, and the installation of ancillary pipework and wiring.

Hockwold Parish Councillors did not feel able to make a decision regarding this application without further clarification.  They feel there are many bales of paper on the site, and can find no reference to a fire safety report.  Also they raised the question of the ‘Stone Curlew’ buffer zone, which this site is in the middle of!


Ref: 10/01081/F                                                                   Name:   Mr B Everett

Everett Bros. Eng. Ltd.

Location – Land at Cowles Drove, Hockwold                                Cowles Dove, Hockwold.

Details – Construction of Hay Store/Tack Room.

Hockwold Parish Councillors supported this application,  This additional work will not overlook or impede any other properties in the vicinity. This was proposed by Mr  Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Sismey.  Three councillors agreed - two abstained.


Ref: 10/01193/F                                                                   Name:   Mr & Mrs K Robertson

                                                                                                               Gainsborough House

Location – 42 South Street, Hockwold–cum–Wilton.                   42 South Street, Hockwold.

Details – Extension to dwelling.                                                       Norfolk, IP26 4JG

Hockwold Parish Councillors raised no objections to this application,  as long as it is acceptable to listed building consent.  It will not overlook or impede on any properties nearby.  This was proposed by Mr T Fothergill and seconded by Mr D Baker all agreed.






Ref: 10/01194/LB                                                                 Name:   Mr & Mrs K Robertson

                                                                                                               Gainsborough House

Location – 42 South Street, Hockwold-cum-Wilton                      42 South Street, Hockwold

Details – Listed Building Application - Extension to dwelling.               Norfolk.  IP26 4JG

These plans were received on the 28 July 2010 the day after our meeting.  Following on from talking to the Borough Council, and suggested by the Case Officer at the BC, the clerk rang all the councillors present at last nights meeting, they all supported this list building application as long as all the appropriate regulations are adhered to. Mrs P Lynn at the BC was informed.



Ref: 10/00609/F – Two storey and single storey extensions to rear of dwelling and alterations to  boundary wall at 19 Nursery Lane, Hockwold, Norfolk IP26 4ND.  Permission Recorded.

Ref: 10/00780/F – Mr W Vincent – 25 College Road, Hockwold  - side extension to form garage  rear single storey extension following demolition of existing conservatory.  Permission recorded.


4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS


Payments:     27.7.10     MHB Services Ltd. – Lighting Maintn (July)             £  99.50

                                          Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter (2 months)                       £  44.00

                                          Mrs G Taylor – Wages and Election Notices             £403.64 )

                                                                                                     Broadband           £  47.97 ) £485.54

                                                                                                     Telephone           £  11.90 )

                                                                                                         Postage            £  22.03)

                                          Mr N Taylor – Mileage for Audit Work             £  37.20

                                          Mr L Palmer – Bus Shelter                                           £165.00


Receipts:       28.5.10     BCKLWN  - Election Notices payment                      £    6.00

                          6.6.10    Business Base Rate Tracker Acc. – Interest              £    0.92

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


AUGUST 2010  

Payments:     10.8.10    MHB Services – Lighting Maintn. (August)                £  99.50

                                          Mrs G Taylor – Wages                                                     £397.64

It was proposed by Mrs Arbour and seconded by Mrs Sismey that August accounts be paid on the 10 August 2010.


5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Waste Disposal Unit in King’s Lynn:   Mr Denney, who was not able to attend the meeting ask the clerk to bring up about a newspaper article in which it states that a Waste Disposal Unit in King’s Lynn which has a 5 mph speed limit  is now having cameras there as well.  Is this the way to spend taxpayers money?   Mr Baker said he thought this was a mobile hand held camera.  Mr Lawrence District Councillor suggested a letter should go to our Norfolk County Councillor Mr White and also a copy to Mr B Long at the District Council in Kings Lynn.


Nursery Lane:    The grups at the bottom of nursery Lane need to be dug out, it flooded badly when we had heavy rain recently.  The clerk will write to highways about the matter.



Bowls Match:     Mr Denney also reported that the ‘Harry Denney, David Brown Memorial Trophy’ Bowls Match played on the 4 July 2010 raised  £765.00 for Help for Heroes.


Weeting Parish Council:   Ann Morgan the Chairman of Weeting Parish Council has informed the clerk of a meeting they are arranging for the evening of 11 August 2010 between the Norfolk LCA Sue Lake and Parish Councillors of Weeting and surrounding villages in Weeting Village Hall at a cost of £5.50.  This is for a buffet, tea and coffee at the beginning of the meting.  No one was able to attend.


Dog Waste Bin – Mill Drift:  A request has been received from a parishioner for another dog-waste bin to be provided up Mill Drift. It was agreed this matter should be placed on the agenda for the September meeting.


Trees Corner of South Street/Station Road:   A parishioner has asked if the trees at this corner could be cut back.  These are in the process of being attended to by the owner of this garden.


Bus Shelter – Waste Bin:    This waste bin is off the wall, laying on the floor, the clerk will see to this matter.

Mr Baker said that the wall at the Bus Shelter looks very good now it is repaired.


Main Street – Falkeners:    The wall of this property is falling down.  This property is let by Chilterns Estate Office, the clerk will contact them about this matter.


Metal – Boundary Close:    Mr Baker reported that the piece of metal in the grass in Boundary Close is still there.  It is level with the seat.  The clerk will report this to the Highways Department.


Street Lights:     It was reported that the street light opposite the Red Lion is on all day.  The clerk will report this matter.


6.         DATE OF NEXT MEETING           It was agreed that the date for the next meeting of the Parish Council will be Tuesday 14 September 2010 commencing at 7.30 pm.


As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.50 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: