OPFCC Youth Commission – A chance to have your say in changing services

Northamptonshire’s Police, Crime and Fire Commissioner is recruiting young people to be part of the Northamptonshire 2020/21 OPFCC Youth Commission.

The OPFCC Youth Commission has been set up by the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to ensure that the views of young people are heard, and help change services for the better.

We are now looking to recruit around 20 young people from across Northamptonshire to form the 2020/21 Youth Commission. We are eager to encourage young people to apply whose voices might struggle sometimes to be heard. We are also keen to engage with young people who have already had experience of the criminal justice system. The age range for the Youth Commission is 14-19 years.

You can check out information about the commission at:

https://www.northantspfcc.org.uk/opfcc-youth-commission/ where you will find an information sheet that can be downloaded, and an online application form for young people to complete.

I do have paper copies of the application form for any young people without access to a computer – if you need any just let me know and I’ll get them over to you.

Applications open on July 1st and will remain open until midnight on 31st July.

The first Northamptonshire Youth Commission ran from May 2019 until March 2020. The young people involved held a ‘Big Conversation’ with over 1000 young people in Northamptonshire – the results of their work are now shaping new initiatives that will help keep young people safer.

We would be really grateful if you could share this information on your council website and in any newsletters that you send out. I’ve attached a graphic in case that it is helpful

Do let me know if you need any more information…..and thanks so much for your support.



Dale Willis

Youth Commission

Office of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner

Telephone 101 extension 346532 or 03000 111 222 (if out of county) Mob: 0797 602 1611

Address East House, FHQ, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ


E-mail Dale.willis@northantspfcc.pnn.gov.uk

Relief Road Works – New road alignment on Appletree Road

It has just been confirmed that the current entrance to Appletree Road at the junction with Banbury Road will be closed from next week commencing 22nd June.

Traffic for Appletree Road, The Close and Industrial Estate will be routed up the new Relief Road to turn right onto the existing road by the allotments.

This will mean there will be no HGV traffic for the estate on Appletree Road during this period.

To achieve this there will have to be 3-way traffic lights replacing the existing 2 way ones on Banbury Road and Allens Orchard and the additional arm on the new relief road.  This will mean slightly longer delays.

The new traffic management will be in place for the whole of July and then revert to the existing configuration.

I believe there is also separate NCC Highways work being carried out at the junction of Appletree Road and The Close during this period for kerbs, drains and pavement installation which will likely cause further disruption.

Neighbourhood Watch Notes June 2020


16 June 2020

Scams.   Over the past few days there have been a number of reported incidents of individuals posing as Police Officers carrying out covert operations into bank activities.  In one incident an elderly couple were scammed out of thousands of pounds.

Please stay aware of this activity and question thoroughly anyone who make such claims and never divulge bank details without independently checking first.  If there is any doubt give me a call or, independently, call 101.

Hate Crime.  These are difficult times for all of us and we have seen over the past week or so rising tensions amongst various groups of people.  Whatever you think of the right or wrongs Hate Crime and Discrimination is illegal.  I have attached a flyer which shows the route for reporting any observed instances of Hate Crime.  We should not, in our community if nowhere else, be tolerating this activity.

Social Distancing. Although shops and other amenities are gradually reopening there should be no groups of more than 6 and the social distancing rules still apply.  Whatever others are doing elsewhere in the country we should endeavour to follow these guidelines that are put in place for everyone’s health and safety.


Please ensure that these notes are passed on to those you know do not have access to these pages and please keep checking on those we consider vulnerable.  We are still not out of the trees and we should STAY ALERT at all times.


Tom Smith

Chipping Warden

Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator

01295 660 608

0779 209 8167


New works on Allens Orchard Green

For those watching the ongoing LOM activity in Allens Orchard I can report that the current crew are digging a trench to install the replacement gas main. We need a new one as the current one goes through the middle of the soon to be excavated Allens Orchard Balancing Pond.

The trench will cross the green opposite my house (no 3) and then continue up the left hand side of the roadway to the far end of Allens Orchard. Then crossing the green along(side?) the footpath back to Banbury Road then over the (newly laid) road to be reconnected on the bank by the allotments.

It will take up to 5 weeks in total.

I am hoping we can somehow get the road resurfaced in the process.

Western Power Distribution have also reported that the electricity poles over the allotments will probably be removed early July.

With these combined utility delays the Relief Road is not likely to be finished before Sept/Oct although I haven’t had any new timetable as of yet.

Neighbourhood Watch Notes – 26th May 2020

Since our last notes two incidents of suspicious behaviour in the village have been reported to Nothamptonshire Police.  I am pleased to report both were responded to positively within a matter of hours.  In both cases an incident number has been given and the details retained for intelligence purposes.

Please remember one of the purposes of the scheme is to ensure that we live in a safe and secure community.  We should CHECK – CHALLENGE anything which we believe cannot be explained satisfactorily or that we think is suspicious.

The scheme is currently being run as a community wide project within which I hope everyone is kept informed and joins in.  The time for enlarging this involvement and increasing direct personal participation is yet to come.

Recent police reports have stressed the need, even in these challenging times, to remember the national anti-terrorist campaign.  Emphasis today is drawn to the PREVENT section of this campaign and to help with our understanding a series of animations covering five common misconceptions, around faith, spying, criminalisation, ideology and policing of views, have been produced.  These can be viewed at:


The emphasis today continues to be on COVID 19 and our attitude to STAY ALERT.  We appear, at least in England, to be slowly moving towards a lessening of restrictions in our everyday life but we should not get ahead of ourselves and pre-empting the published guidance.

We appear to have been extremely lucky in the village lets keep it that way.


Tom Smith

0779 209 8167

01295 660 608


Neighbourhood Watch Notes – 15th May 2020

As well as being posted on the Community pages these notes are also being distributed by email and hardcopy form to those who do not have internet access and who have let me know. Please encourage anyone you know who does not have internet to register with me so that I can arrange appropriate delivery of future notes.

Although our current lifestyle is dominated by COVID-19 and our need to continue social distancing in our slightly improved conditions continues, we still have to maintain a grip on normal lifetime habits. Therefore, the themes for these notes relate to everyday threats but which have been exacerbated by the current dilemma. These are Scams and Domestic Abuse.

Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards would like to make as many people as possible aware there has been a significant increase in vulnerable people in financial difficulty because of COVID-19 and there is a corresponding increase in sharks who are trying to capitalise on this. Any attempt by Text, email, telephone or even physical presence can be reported to:


Before divulging any information to anyone, your watch words are to be:


The second theme today is domestic abuse. Sadly, on a national level, this has seen a significant increase in recent times due possibly to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions.

I have attached a link to a Northamptonshire County Council leaflet dealing with the subject.  Please read it and keep it handy.


Please get in touch with me if anything concerning our safety, security and well being worries you; either as an individual or as a community.

Stay Safe


Tom Smith

01295 660608

0779 209 8167


Relief Road Construction News – 24th April 2020

Fusion JV are continuing with the Relief Road construction and are now coming to the final connection works to join the new road to the old A361 carriageway.  Unfortunately this will mean a period of prolonged weekend closures over the next couple of months whilst this is carried out.

24th – 27th April will see the first Southern Tie-in works after which the road will be re-opened with traffic on the new road and hopefully the closure of Appletree Road to through traffic.  This may be delayed if things don’t go well till the next weekend but whenever it finally happens it will be long overdue relief for the residents.

The next closure is scheduled for 15th -18th May to apply the surface coat to the new roadway and finally the Southern end will be completed on 22nd-25th May.  Work can then start on the Allens Orchard balancing pond.

The Northern end tie-in will be happen later and the A361 is planned to be closed 29th May-1st June north of the village

Traffic will still be using the A361 through the village till the new road if fully reopened in August.

Once again rumours are circulating that “the northern roundabouts have been found to be too small and will have to be ripped up and done again”  I have no idea how these get started.

The Fusion Project Manager’s exasperated answer is “The roundabout is not being changed.”

Additionally, Oxfordshire County Council Highways are planning to close the A361 between Williamscot and Wardington on Sat 2nd May for resurfacing.

Nigel Galletly – Parish Council Chairman – 01295 660365

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

Chipping Warden (S129)

The good news is that the village has been accepted into the national Neighbourhood Watch scheme. This means that, on a fairly regular basis, we will receive, from a number of official sources, information which will help us maintain our community in a safe and secure manner.

Shortly on entering the village you will see “Neighbourhood Watch” signs informing those coming into the village or just passing through that we are collectively managing our safety and security.

To this end if you notice anything concerning the safety and security of our environment please let me know and we will see what we can do about it. I have a small team who will make themselves known to you as needs be.

For the next few days, starting tomorrow I will be publishing on the community pages certain information that has been passed to me.

It is important that this information gets to as many people in the village as possible so please pass it on. We are trying to note all those who cannot receive electronic messages, internet, email or text.

There is a code of practice and legislation that protects any information passed into the Neighbourhood Watch organisation.

Tom Smith

01295 660 608

077 9209 8167