Have a safe, crime-free Christmas
The festive season is a time for giving, but sadly also for taking – the dark nights, social occasions, gifts and increased cash people have on them mean there are lots of attractive opportunities for criminals. We’re working hard to keep you safe, but there are simple steps you can take to help us.
Don’t leave Christmas presents under your tree if they are in view of windows or doors. Make sure windows and doors are kept locked
Property-mark presents and valuables with your postcode, house number or name,
Note down model numbers and serial numbers of all electrical items
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Never keep large amounts of cash at home and check you have adequate home insurance
Be mindful of what you post on social media – don’t advertise you have expensive new gifts or that you’re out and your home is therefore empty
Make your house look occupied if you’re not at home. Invest in a timer to turn your lights on or, if you can, ask a family member or neighbour to pop in and do it. If they can also open and close your curtains at random times of the day it helps prevent criminals from seeing a pattern, making it harder for them to target your home
Dispose of boxes and rubbish discreetly. Leaving boxes outside will give away the fact that you have new and valuable items in the house
When Christmas shopping, be aware of how much you are carrying with you. Things like smart phones, digital devices and extra cash to buy presents mean you could be the ideal target for thieves. Don’t take out valuables you don’t need
When you are out and about at Christmas, don’t leave your bag unattended. Keep your purse safe in an internal pocket, and never write down your PIN
Don’t leave your drink unattended. It takes a matter of seconds for someone to tamper with your drink
Consider getting a personal safety alarm. Don’t allow threats of crime to intimidate you into never going anywhere alone. Just be aware of what’s going on around you and be confident that you can keep safe
Plan your journey home. If you use a taxi, ensure it is registered. If you have to walk home, only walk with friends you know well, stick to well-lit and busy streets, and make sure someone knows the route you are taking
When you’re out Christmas shopping, look for a well-lit, busy area to park in. For additional security look out for the Park Mark security approved car parks
Make sure nothing is left on display in your car. Even small items can be tempting to a thief
Avoid going back to your car to leave your shopping part-way through your trip. If you have to keep presents in the car, make sure they are out of view in the boot, the car is locked, and keep the receipts with you
Car crime accounts for more than a quarter of all reported crime in the UK, so always lock your car and make sure windows are closed every time you leave it, even for very short periods
Never leave your keys in the ignition while your vehicle is unattended, even for a few minutes. Thieves will steal cars that have been left with the engine running to defrost the windows
Christmas can sadly be a time when family tensions are heightened and domestic abuse can occur or increase. If you, or someone you know, is suffering any form of domestic abuse, call us on 101, or 999 in an emergency. Help is also available from Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service – www.ndas.co or 0300 0120154
The festive season also presents extra fire hazards, from fairy lights to flammable decorations and Christmas trees. Find fire prevention advice at www.northantsfire.org.uk.
In the event of a fire get out, stay out and call 999.
To speak to our crime prevention team email crimeprevention@northants
Daventry District Council’s offices will be closed from Christmas Day until they reopen on Monday 4 January 2021.
Essential services, such as waste and recycling collections and street cleaning will continue over the festive period, and there will also continue to be arrangements in place in the event of an emergency.
Find out more about waste and recycling collections, office opening times and online services below:
Waste and recycling collections
Collections will continue to take place as usual over the Christmas and New Year period, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day:
- If your collection is due on Christmas Day (Friday, 25 December) it will instead take place on Sunday, 27 December
- If your collection is due on New Year’s Day (Friday, 1 January) it will instead take place the following day on Saturday, 2 January
Extra recycling collection
During the week beginning Monday 28 December, all households will get an extra collection of their blue-lidded bin on their usual collection day.
Extra recycling will also be collected if it cannot fit into the blue-lidded bin. Please put these items in clear or white bags and place them next to your bin.
Food waste collections
Food waste bins will continue to be collected on their usual weekly schedule. Please remember you can recycle leftover raw and cooked foods, including veg peelings, egg shells, out-of-date food, plate scrapings, solid fats, meat and fish bones. Please do not put any liquids in the caddy.
Garden waste collections
Those subscribed to the service are advised there will a short break in collections during the week beginning 28 December, to allow crews to focus on the extra seasonal recycling.
General waste collections
Black bins containing general waste will continue to be collected as normal on their three-weekly cycle. Please make sure you recycle as much as possible and make use of the extra blue-lidded recycling bin collection, as black bins with raised lids or bags of rubbish left next to your bin will not be collected.
Real Christmas trees
If you have a real Christmas tree you can put it out for collection in the week beginning Monday 11 January.
It should be placed next to your bins on your normal collection day. Those subscribed to the garden waste service can cut the tree up and place it in their garden waste bins if they prefer.
There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees, but they can be taken to your local household waste recycling centre: https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/waste-and-recycling/where-is-the-nearest-recycling-centre/
What can I recycle?
Find out more information about what can be put in each bin at: https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/waste-and-recycling/what-can-i-recycle/
Keep on top of collections
You can check your collection day and which bins to put out using any of the following methods:
Check the collection calendar we sent you in August
Check your bin day online: https://selfserve.daventrydc.gov.uk/forms/postcodechecker.aspx
Download the free Daventry District Council app from the Apple or Google Play stores
Report a missed collection
Daventry District Council’s offices and Contact Centre will be closed from Christmas Day, reopening on Monday 4 January. During this period any missed collections can be reported via our online self-serve system: https://selfserve.daventrydc.gov.uk/forms/MissedCollections.aspx
Council opening times
Lodge Road council offices
Daventry District Council’s offices will close at 4.30pm on Christmas Eve (Thursday 24 December), reopening at 9am on Monday, 4 January 2021.
Over Christmas, residents can continue to access a range of information and services online: https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/online/
Please note that Jobcentre Plus and Northamptonshire County Council’s Children’s and Young People’s Service will each operate different working hours over Christmas.
Please also be aware that due to Covid-19 there are restrictions on who can enter the Lodge Road offices. It is currently only open to people who are: homeless or threatened with homelessness; in need of a food bank referral; accessing Children and Young People’s services; accessing Job Centre Plus; or vulnerable and in need of help with Universal Credit. Please come to the front door and a member of staff will speak to you from a safe distance
Abbey Advice and Resource Centre
The Abbey will operate its normal office hours up to and including Christmas Eve (Tuesday 24 December). It will then operate the following opening hours:
- Christmas Day through to Monday 28 December (inclusive): Closed
- Tuesday 29 December: Normal opening hours
- Wednesday 30 December: Normal opening hours
- Thursday 31 December: Normal opening hours
- Friday 1 January: Closed
- Saturday 2 January: Closed to tenants only. Open for Library click and collect from 10am to 2pm
- Sunday 3 January: Closed
- Monday 4 January: Normal opening hours
Statement from the Parish Council
In response to concerns raised by residents regarding the parking situation on York Way at the entrance to Harlestone Manor estate, the Parish Council would like to provide the following update.
For clarity, the issue that has been raised with us is the increasing number of people parking their cars along York Way on the entrance to the Harlestone Manor estate. Some of the visitors have been seen accessing Harlestone Firs via an unofficial ‘cut-through’ at the top of York way near the roundabout. Many of these cars appear to be driving to the area to park. This situation has been more noticeable during lockdown and when other parking options are unavailable. Residents are concerned by the number of cars that park on York Way, particularly at the weekends, some of which are parked too close to the junction, restricting access and creating difficulties for cars trying to pass. Pedestrians have also reported ‘near misses’ on that stretch of road.
Firstly, the Parish Council would like to assure residents that it is taking this matter very seriously. Since the matter was first brought to our attention in August 2020, we have considered a number of options to address the situation. We are a new parish council working as hard as we can to move these actions forward as quickly as possible in the challenging circumstances presented by the pandemic. It is important to stress that the Parish Council does not have jurisdiction to carry out most of the actions that it might wish to, including specific actions that might bring immediate resolution to the problem. Our powers are mainly limited to convincing other organisations of their responsibilities to work with us to prevent problem parking and notifying them of the difficulties that Harlestone Manor residents are experiencing. Nonetheless, the Parish Council are continuing to actively pursue a number of lines of enquiry, which for transparency, we have set out below. We have also obtained advice from Northampton County Council Highways department, to determine how they could support us to maintain a safer environment for our residents.
We hope that this information explains the steps we are taking on your behalf. We will provide further updates via our main communication channels as soon as we know more. In the meantime, we would encourage anyone who wishes to bring further information to our attention to share this via our public meetings or alternatively, using the details on our contact pages.
Actions in Progress
- Working with Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) Highways Department to introduce parking restrictions e.g. double yellow lines
Update received from NCC on 26 November 2020:
“The section of road into the Harlestone Manor development and all roads on the development are part of a Section 38 agreement for forthcoming adoption by the County Council. This however still currently remains under the control and ownership of the Developer until all the criteria of the adoption process has been completed and so is still essentially a private road that the County Council currently has no control over to introduce parking restrictions (i.e. double yellow lines). “
The Council have indicated that in due course, the nature of York Way will change to a through route, as part of the plans for the Northampton North-West Relief Road (NWRR) development. At that point, parking could be restricted by the introduction of a ‘clearway’ order although it is likely then that the increased traffic flows and change in nature of the road would likely be a natural deterrent to parking.
The Parish Council are maintaining links with the Highways Department to keep this situation under review.
- Contact the current owners of the land adjacent to York Way (Persimmon and Althorp Estate) to consider options to deter parking and encourage people to use other entrances to Harlestone Firs
York Road itself, together with the unofficial ‘cut-through’ being used to access Harlestone Firs, do not fall within the Harlestone Manor Parish boundary. Persimmon have erected a fence adjacent to York Road along the boundary of the development which currently is broken in places, allowing members of the public to freely access the Firs via the ‘cut-through’. It has been suggested by residents that the fence be mended and the access way blocked.
The parish council do not feel this is a long-term solution to the parking issue. The ‘cut-through’ has existed for many years and been used by local people, so to remove this access feels punitive for those who are using the area responsibly. Moreover, mending the fence may move the problem elsewhere, causing people to access the Firs at the lower end of the estate and encouraging cars onto the estate itself. Currently, the ‘cut-through’ is important to enable people to comply with the COVID 19 regulations, both to prevent large numbers of people accessing the Firs via a single entrance, and also because of the dangers presented by the pavement along the edge of the A428, which is narrow and sometimes causes people to have to walk in the road to maintain social distance. We have written to Persimmon to engage in discussions around what, if any, actions can be taken to make the area safer.
- Escalate problem parking to the Police Community Support Officer
The Parish Council’s Single Point of Contact (SPOC) with Northamptonshire Police has spoken to the PCSO to seek his assistance in deterring problem parking. So long as vehicles can still pass along this section (even if they have to give way to oncoming vehicles due to parked cars) the Police are unable to take action for obstruction. The police will only get involved if a larger vehicle such as a fire engine or refuse vehicle was physically unable to get through due to parking. The PCSO has advised he has no jurisdiction to enforce ‘no parking’ and the HMPC have no powers to enforce. The Parish Council has formally written to Northamptonshire Police via the Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) to advise them of the current issues being experienced and to seek assistance with enforcing no parking on the junction and associated inappropriate parking on the estate.
- Working with Harlestone Manor Council to pursue a joint Road Safety Strategy
In October 2020, the Parish Council established a working party with Harlestone Parish Council to consider options to tackle road safety in the two parishes, particularly on the A428. The Working Party is progressing a number of actions including:
- Actions to support an application to reduce the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph along the stretch of the A428 that passes through our parishes. A Tracsis survey has been commissioned by HMPC to record speed, traffic and peak vehicle activity in two designated areas along the A428 in December, to provide evidence for the speed reduction.
- We are pursuing with NCC Highways team the potential for road crossings to be installed between Harlestone Manor and Loxton Fields, and between the Firs and Dobbies Garden Centre. Evidence must first be gathered to support the applications, and this is in progress. Plans for a parking area on the Dallington side of the Firs are being considered by planners to alleviate the amount of cars parking at the front of the Firs and along York Road, which is officially a lorry tacho-break parking area and not a car park.
- Removing overgrown vegetation on the pavement along the boundary of the A428 and Harlestone Firs, to make the passageway safer for everyone using it. The pathways will be cut back to a minimum of 1.2M which supports the Highways regulations. The current pandemic has delayed the contractor from undertaking the work, but the programme of works has now been scheduled to take place in January / February 2021.
These measures will help to address some of the wider concerns regarding the increased footfall within the parishes and contribute to making the area safer for both pedestrians and drivers.
Like so many things this year, the Poppy Appeal has had to adapt to the threat of Covid-19. We’re calling on the public to support us like never before, because Every Poppy Counts.
With some people unable to leave their homes as they normally would to find a poppy, and with many of the charity’s collectors unable to carry out face to face collections, we’ve unveiled a range of new ways for people to show their support remotely.
From donating for poppies through the post for your neighbours and local community, displaying a poppy in your window, donating online or undertaking a virtual Poppy run, there are many ways to support the Poppy Appeal from home in line with Covid-19 restrictions.
During the First World War previously beautiful countryside was blasted, bombed and fought over, again and again. The landscape swiftly turned to fields of mud: bleak and barren where little or nothing could grow.
But out of this devastation the delicate but resilient bright red Flanders poppies grew and flourished in their thousands.
Shortly after losing a friend in Ypres in 1915, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write his now famous poem
‘In Flanders Fields’
The poem inspired American War Secretary, Moina Michael, who bought poppies to sell to her friends to raise money for Servicemen in need after the First World War.
This was adopted by The (Royal) British Legion in 1921 who ordered 9 million of these poppies and sold them on 11 November that year in the first ever Poppy Appeal.
The poppy has been adopted as a symbol of Remembrance ever since.
(clicking any picture will take you to the Neighbourhood Watch sign up page)
If you would like a Neighbourhood Watch window sticker please contact Cllr. Stewart Clark
New Neighbourhood Watch signage will be going up across the Parish in the next few weeks.
Our vision is a society where neighbours come together to create safer, stronger and active communities.
Our mission is to support and enable individuals and communities to be connected, active and safe, which increases wellbeing and minimises crime.
In all our work and relationships, we will be relevant, accountable and inclusive. We aspire to be:
We aspire to be good neighbours.
We bring people together.
We are welcoming to all people.
We are active within communities and we are relevant in today’s world.
We are dependable, caring, respectable, approachable and supportive.
We work as a team, in partnerships and within communities.
The app has 6 key features that will help to reduce personal and public risk:
- Trace – alerts the individual if they were in close contact with a confirmed case.
- Alert – provides the individual with the risk level associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) in their local area, based on the postcode district they enter.
- Check in – allows the individual to check in to locations via the app and official NHS QR codes.
- Symptoms – allows the individual to check symptoms against government guidance and to get advice.
- Test – allows the individual to order a free test and to receive results and advice via the app.
- Isolate – provides an isolation ‘companion’, which counts down how many days they have left to isolate and provides links to useful advice.
Bluetooth needs to be enabled on the phone as the app uses Bluetooth low energy to anonymously assess the distance, over time, between people who have downloaded it.
If an individual with the app tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the app will ask them to allow those that they have been in contact with to be alerted. If so, the app will then alert relevant individuals if they have been in close contact with a positive case. ‘Close contact’ is based on an algorithm, but generally means you’ve been within 2 meters of someone for 15 minutes or more. Individuals are not informed who the positive case is.