Okehampton Town Council have a number of facilities and services which are provided for use by the general public, including the Charter Hall which can be rented for a wide variety of functions and events. The impressive Council Chamber is available for hire and may be used for civil ceremonies. The Committee Room is also available for hire for meetings. Wifi is available in all rooms.
The town of Okehampton is situated on the northern edge of Dartmoor in West Devon. Okehampton is an ancient town and was initially settled in the Bronze Age. It lies at the confluence of the East and West Okement Rivers from which is takes its name. Okehampton has been described as the walking centre of Dartmoor. It is also popular with cyclists and walkers taking the Granite Way, a beautiful trail from Okehampton to Lydford.
The town has many attractions including the spectacular ruins of Okehampton Castle which date back to Norman times and the beautiful expansive parkland at Simmons Park with leisurely river side walks, ornamental gardens and a Swiss style chalet, multi sports facilities and playing areas for all ages as well as the Parklands Leisure Centre. The impressive tower of St James Chapel (15C) dominates the main street which in times gone by was the Old London Road lined with coaching inns which can still be seen today. The Town Hall, a handsome building with granite fašade built in 1685 adds a touch of elegance to the town centre which also boasts a number of vibrant shopping arcades as well as the acclaimed Museum of Dartmoor Life.
The prevention zone means that all poultry keepers - whether on a commercial scale or simply a small backyard flock - are now required by law to house them (keep them under cover) or otherwise keep them separate from wild birds. This requirement (the Prevention Zone) has now been extended until 28 February 2017. They have also banned gatherings of poultry across the UK.
It is also important that poultry keepers must continue to keep a close watch on the health of their birds, and take steps to reduce the risk of infection via the environment, for example in wild bird droppings, by practising good biosecurity. You should do this even if your birds are inside. If they are concerned it is important that they contact their Vet. Click here to view DEFRA guidance on keeping birds safe from bird flu.
January 2017 Night time road closures
Because of the forecast weather, the night time works planned for Market Street (10th January) and Fore Street (11th January) have been postponed. A new date will be advised later.
Devon County Council have informed us that circumstances and weather permitting, SWH will be carrying out the following works under road closures as shown below:
Fore Street, Okehampton - 6th/7th January 2017 - resurfacing 1 night
George Street, Okehampton - 5th/6th January 2017 - resurfacing 1 night
Market Street, Okehampton - 3rd/5th January 2017 - resurfacing 2 nights
Tel: 01837 53179
Town Council Meetings
The next meeting of the Parks Committee will be held on Monday 23 January 2017 at 6.30 pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall.
Town Council Office Open Hours
Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm
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