Present:                                 Mrs P Raburn                       )  Chairman


                                                                Mr T Fothergill                      )  Hockwold-cum-Wilton Parish Council

                                    Mrs D Barrett                         ) 

                                                Mr D Baker                            )

                                                Mr M Denney                        )

                                                Mrs M Eade                           )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

                                                Mrs L Arbour                         )

                                                Mr M Storey                              District Councillor

                                                Squadron Leader J Neild      RAF Lakenheath


Apologies for absence had been received from NCC Tony White, Parish Councillor Tony Gossage and District Councillor Adrian Lawrence.


1.            MINUTES


Resolved:      That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 11 May 2010 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs. Eade.




Vice-Chairman:     Mrs Raburn asked for nominations for the position of Vice-Chairman for the coming year.  Mrs Arbour proposed that Mr Fothergill should be asked to stand again, this was seconded by Mrs Barrett, and all councillors agreed.  Mr Fothergill said he would be happy to accept the position for another year.


RAF Lakenheath:    Squadron Neild, who was present at the meeting, said he did not have a lot to report.  There is to be a change of Commander on Monday a Colonel Quintus, he has been on base for the last few weeks.   They hope to begin flying again at Lakenheath within the next few weeks.  He also reported that both the base tours in July and October are full and they have a waiting list, should any spaces become vacant.  These tours have proved to be very popular.


Village Sign:   The clerk has had a reply from the parishioner who is interested in doing the work, giving a list of the work he feels is required to refurbish the sign.   The clerk will copy this list and send it with a covering letter to two further craftsmen who it was felt could take on the work, asking for quotes to be received before our next meeting.


Norfolk Accident Rescue Service – Donation:    The Councillors discussed the matter of sending a donation to this charity.  We had sent £50 to them in 2006, 2007, and 2008.  It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Arbour that £50 be sent again to this organisation, all the councillors agreed.






East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices – Donation:    The Councillors discussed the matter of sending a donation to this charity who help children with life threatening conditions and complex healthcare needs, living in this area.  It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Arbour that £50 be sent to this very worthy organisation, all the councillors agreed.


Highway and Community Rangers:   Councillors were all given a copy of an email received from the Highways Department informing them that, following a successful trial in some parishes, they are expanding to our area the scheme for Highway and Community Rangers.  These will be able to deal with some street scene issues on the spot.  They will visit the parish every 14 weeks to perform tasks in addition to the programmed highway maintenance work.  They will be in Hockwold on week commencing 24 May 2010.    The clerk reported that she had seen them in the village cleaning graffiti off the telephone box in Main Street.


St James’ Churchyard:    A letter has been received from Mr Hardwick Secretary and Treasurer of the St James Churchyard Account, thanking the Parish council for their donation he received towards the upkeep of the churchyard.


Norfolk Constabulary:    New Timetables for the Western Mobile Police Office covering the period July – September 2010 and October – December 2010 have been received.  Copies of these have been given out to councillors, and put on the notice board.


Enforcement – 2 Peacock Close:     A letter has been received from the Planning Enforcement Officer Mr Matthew Clarey regarding this matter.    He will be investigating this complaint and will contact  the Parish Council in due course regarding the action he will be taking.


NCC – Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service:    NCC have recently completely their draft Safety Plan 2011/14.  Copies of this consultation and ;letter have been given out to Councillors for them to read and if they wish to fill in the form on the back of the consultation.  The clerk has an envelope to send back any comments the councillors wish to make.  This consultation period runs until 15 August so comments must be in before this date.


NCC – Minerals and Waste Local Development Framework:   Copies of this core strategy and pre-submission document have been received.   It was agreed that the clerk would read through the document and let the councillors know if there is anything in the documents that will effect Hockwold, and report back at the next meeting.


Allotments:   The clerk has received two complaints regarding the state of some of the allotments,  not being attended to.  This is a difficult situation as everyone has paid their rent money up to 12 October 2010, so nothing can really be done.  Mrs Raburn will put a bit about them in her report for the village magazine.  Mr Denney said that the Parish Council used to have an annual viewing, the clerk said that she and the chairman viewed the allotments last summer, and will be doing so again in June/July.  Mrs Eade said she went down and could see that some looked unkempt. It was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Eade that the Chairman and Clerk should go and inspect the allotments and report their findings at the next meeting.


Side Table:   West Norfolk Sports Council Annual Meeting.  East Cambridgeshire District Council Littleport Masterplan – Not our Area.   Emails received from Norfolk RCC regarding forth coming training schedules.






Ref:  P/C/2/2010/2005                                                         Name:               Freedom Farm

                                                                                                               Cowles Drove, Hockwold

Location – Freedom Farm, Cowles Drove                                      Thetford, Norfolk

Details – Installation of a Portacabin for office facility.

This application came from NCC Planning Norwich, the Parish Council raised no objections to this application.  They feel that as permission has been granted for the recovery of fuel from source separated edible oils and fats, the placement of a portacabin for an office facility will cause no problems to the surrounding properties or area.  This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Eade, all the councillors agreed.


Ref: 10/00780/F                                                                   Name:   Mr W Vincent

                                                                                                               25 College Road, Hockwold,

Location – 25 College Road                                                             Thetford, Norfolk.

Details – Construction of side extn. to form garage & construction of rear single storey extn. following demo. of existing conservatory.   The Parish Council supported this application, although some felt it was rather large for the plot size, but they felt it would not over look any other properties.   This was proposed by Mr Fothergill and seconded by Mrs Eade, everyone agreed.




Ref: PP/C/2/3010/2002 – Freedom Farm, Cowles Drove, Hockwold – variation of conditions of planning permission grated in 2001 to allow the recovery of fuel from source separated edible oils and fats.  Permission recorded.


Ref: 10/00505/F -  Mr B J Rutterford,  Blackdyke Farm, Black Dyke Road, Hockwold – Construction of agricultural livestock building and covered yard.  Permission Recorded.


Ref: 10/00227/O – Mr N Russell, 37 Nursery Lane, Hockwold – Outline Permission grated for construction of 2 dwellings on land north of 37 Nursery Lane, Hockwold.  Permission Recorded.


4.            BILLS OF ACCOUNTS


Payments:     8.6.2010         MHB Services Ltd – Lighting Maintenance (June)        £  99.50

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                                  £  22.00

                                                Mrs G Taylor – Wages                                                         £397.64

                                                E.A.C.H. – Donation                                                            £  50.00

                                                Norfolk Accident Rescue Service – Donation                £  50.00

                      30.5.2010        E.on – Street Lighting – April 2010                                   £197.85


Receipts:      17.5.2010      HMRC – VAT Repayment (BACS)                         £492.77

It was proposed by Mrs Barrett and seconded by Mr Denney that these accounts be paid.









5.            ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Bus Shelter:    The repairs to the bus shelter are in hand, Mr Palmer already had work he had to finished before starting on the Bus Shelter for the Parish Council.


Road Sweeper:    The comment was made that hopefully the road sweeper will be in Hockwold soon as it is badly needed!!


Falling Wall:    The wall outside Falkners is falling onto the footpath.  This property is let out by Chiltons, they will be spoken to about this matter.


Annual Bowls & Annual Cricket Matches:    Mr Denney informed the Councillors that the ‘Harry Denney, David Brown Memorial Trophy’ bowls match will be taking place at the Bowls Club on 4 July 2010 commencing 4.0 pm.  This year they will be supporting ‘HELP FOR HEROES’.

The Annual Cricket Match will take place on Sunday 1 August 2010 and will also be supporting ‘HELP FOR HEROES’.


Road Resurfacing:   Mr Denney said that the  road from Hockwold to Lakenheath had been down to be resurfaced, but he feels this will not now be done.


Police Matters:     It was reported that the car is still parked frequently outside the pottery, on the corner of Mill Lane, this matter has already been reported to the police.   It was also reported that a car is parked outside Downham House on the corner of Lakeland,  making visibility difficult for vehicles coming out of Lakeland.  The clerk will contact the police about this matter.


Weeting Road:    A lorry was seen travelling along the Weeting Road taking off tree branches as it passed by.


Strimming at Crossroads:    It has been reported to a councillor that a parishioner who kindly went to strim the Crossroads corners to help with visibility, was approached by another parishioner who complained it was ruining his TV reception!


Enforcement:   As yet the clerk has received no update on the enforcement matters outstanding for Hockwold.   Mr Storey said he would chase them up again about this matter.


6.            DATE OF NEXT MEETING


After some discussion it was agreed that the date for the next meeting of the Council will be on

27 July 2010, two weeks later than normal, thus missing out August.  Then the next meeting will be as normal on 14 September 2010.   The clerk will arrange these dates with Mrs Allsop

regarding the Methodist Schoolroom.


As there was no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.20pm.




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: