Village News

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.


At Home

  • 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, then register them with Immobilise at Note down model numbers and serial numbers of all electrical items.
  • 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.

Personal safety

  • 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.

Vehicle security

  • 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 – 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

In the event of a fire get out, stay out and call 999.

To speak to our crime prevention team email crimeprevention@northants 

Staverton Windmill?

This is believed to be a photo of the Staverton Windmill dating back to before 1900.

It is thought that it may have been sited near to Windmill Lane or on the Shuckburgh Road.

If anyone can supply any further information regarding it, can they please contact Tony Glover via the Parish Council please.

Staverton Footpath Maps and Covid-19 Advice

NCC- Definitive Rights of Way Map.



Covid -19

The risk of the coronavirus being passed on to others from people using public rights of way and other paths and trails is considered to be very low as long as people follow the Government’s instructions to maintain social distancing. But if possible try to avoid using footpaths etc that may take you through a farmstead or other rural business where social distancing may be difficult.

Landowners do not have the legal right to block or obstruct public rights of way. However, in very limited circumstances where large numbers of people are using such routes, landowners may consider the following measures:

tying gates open if it is safe to do so, so that walkers do not need to touch the gate.

temporarily displaying polite notices that encourage users to respect local residents and workers by following social distancing guidelines and consider using alternative routes that do not pass through gardens, farmyards or schools.

offering an alternative route around gardens and farmyards only where it is safe to do so (you must gain permission from relevant landowners and make sure the route is safe for users and livestock) provided that the original right of way is maintained.

The link is


Staverton Conservation Area – Adoption Statement

Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and

Town and Country Planning

(Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012

Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990

Staverton Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan

Supplementary Planning Document

Adoption Statement

Notice is hereby given under Regulation 14 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 that Daventry District Council adopted the above-mentioned Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on 10th October 2019.

The SPD is intended to identify the special architectural and historic interest and to provide a clear framework and guidance for future development in and affecting the Staverton Conservation area.

The adopted SPD, a Consultation Statement and this Adoption Statement, can be viewed online at the Council’s website: or inspected at the Daventry District Council Offices, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP.

If you require any further information or advice please contact the Local Strategy Service at the above address or telephone 01327 302559.

Any person with sufficient interest in the decision to adopt the SPD may apply to the High Court for permission to apply for judicial review of that decision. Any such application must be made promptly and in any event not later than six weeks after 10th October 2019.

Anna Wilson

Heritage Policy Assistant

Daventry District Council – Business Team

Lodge Road, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 4FP

01327 302291

Staverton Conservation Area – Consultation 2019

Staverton Consultation Poster



Have your say on village conservation area reviews

People are invited to give their views this summer on plans that aim to protect the heritage of five villages in Daventry District.

A series of consultations are being held by Daventry District Council (DDC) to seek the public’s feedback on Draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plans for Pitsford, Chapel Brampton, Staverton, Everdon and Little Everdon.

The plans have been drafted by DDC as part of a wider review of the District’s conservation areas – areas considered worthy of preservation or enhancement because of their special architectural or historic interest. Draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan documents have been produced for four existing conservation areas at Pitsford, Chapel Brampton, Staverton and Everdon and also make proposals for a new designation at Little Everdon.

Residents will be able to give their views, as well as attending drop-in sessions, during the following dates and times:

Pitsford Conservation Area Consultation – A focused consultation, following on from the previous October 2018 consultation started at 10am on Monday, 27 May and runs until 5pm on Monday, 8 July.

A public drop-in session will be held in Pitsford Village Hall on Tuesday, 26 June from 5pm to 7pm, when officers will be on hand to answer any questions.

View the plan and comment online at

Chapel Brampton Conservation Area Consultation – from 10am on Monday, 3 June until 5pm on Monday, 15 July.

A public drop-in session will be held at the Bramptons Primary School on Thursday, 20 June from 6pm to 7.30pm.

View the plan and comment online from 3 June at

Staverton Conservation Area Consultation – from 10am on Monday, 3 June until 5pm on Monday, 15 July.

A public drop-in session will be held at Staverton Village Hall on Wednesday, 3 July from 3.30pm to 7pm.

View the plan and comment online from 3 June at

Everdon and Little Everdon Consultations – both take place from 10am on Monday, 3 June until 5pm on Monday, 15 July. A public drop-in session will be held at Everdon Village Hall on Tuesday, 9 July from 3.30pm to 7pm.

View the plan and comment online from 3 June at

Councillor Alan Chantler, Strategic Planning Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, said: “It’s really important that we preserve the history of our District, and our ongoing review of conservation areas is key in helping to achieve this.

“Designation as a conservation area puts in place tighter planning controls for anyone seeking permission to alter or demolish a building, or carry out work to trees, in order to maintain the special interest of the area. Appraising these existing areas means we can continue to ensure our heritage is protected for the future.

“We have worked closely with members of the community in Pitsford, Chapel Brampton, Staverton, Everdon and Little Everdon to prepare these draft plans and I would encourage residents to have a look at them and give their views.”

People can also email their consultation feedback to, give their responses in writing at the drop-in sessions, or by posting them to the Heritage Policy Officer, Local Strategy Service, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP.

For further information please contact:

Becky Hutson, Daventry District Council Communications Team, on 01327 302404 or email

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