Okehampton Town Council
Okehampton Town Council Chamber The Town Hall in Okehampton The town centre of Okehampton Swiss style chalet, Simmons Park, Okehampton Simmons Park, Okehampton, walks along the East Okement River Adventure play ground, Simmons Park, Okehampton Children's play area, Parklands Leisure Centre and putting green in Simmons Park, Okehampton Band stand, Simmons Park, Okehampton The Skate Park, Okehampton Dartmoor Railway, Okehampton

Welcome to the official website of Okehampton Town Council

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.

Duty Planner Service
Following the Town Council's representation about the absence of a Planner Service at Okehampton, we have received confirmation from West Devon Borough Council that the Duty Planner Service has been reinstated at the St James Street Office (the Borough Council's Okehampton Customer Services Centre) for a trial period.  If there is insufficient evidence of the service being used, it would be reasonable to assume that it will be withdrawn.  Click here for further information.

Mayor's Civic Service and Procession - Sunday 26 June 2016

The Mayor's Civic Service will take place at Fairplace Church on Sunday at 10.30 am.
As a long-standing part of Okehampton's tradition, there will be a parade leaving from outside the Town Hall at 10 am, marching along Fore Street, into Mill Road, then following Mill Road until reaching Fairplace Church.  Here the procession will attend the Civic Service before reforming outside the Church at about 11.30 and following the reverse route back to Fore Street.  The Mayor will carry out an inspection of the uniformed elements before the Parade is dismissed.
The Okehampton Excelsior Silver Band will lead the procession and a number of organisations and groups have been invited to take part, including the Cadet forces, Royal British Legion, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers to name but some.
In order to provide safety for this procession, there will need to be some rolling road closures.  Advance warning signs have already been in place for some days.  If you need to use your car in that area on Sunday morning, please note that road closures will take place and may I thank you in advance for your patience in waiting until the road is open again.  The formal notice of rolling road closure can be seen by clicking here.

Annual Return 2015/16

The Town Council's Annual Financial Return to the Auditors for the year ended 31 March 2016 is being finalised.  An integral part of the process is notification to the public through our website.  By clicking on this link you will access the following items of information:

  • Section 2 of the Return - Accounting statements for 2015/16
  • A statement that the accounts are unaudited at this time and may be subject to change
  • A copy of the Annual Governance Statement - blank at present, pending affirmation by the Town Council at their meeting on 20 June
  • Notice of date of commencement of period for the exercise of public rights.

The last one gives opportunity for a local government elector to view the Council's accounts.  Arrangements can be made through the Council Office at the Town Hall to view the accounts during the period specified, and specifically on Monday to Thursday (inclusive) between 10 am and 3 pm or otherwise by specific arrangement with the Town Clerk.

Sunday Rover Rail Service

Devon County Council's Dartmoor Sunday Rover service is once again in operation between Okehampton and Exeter railway stations and running 4 trains each Sunday until 11 September.  The Town Council's Working Group 'Destination Okehampton' have also produced a leaflet showing possible 'Sunday Day-Out Destinations' from Okehampton.  Please click here for the information.


 


 




 

Devon County Council have informed us of restrictions applying to Tors Road, Okehampton in June and July.  For further details please click here.

Tel: 01837 53179

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Town Council Meetings

The next meeting of the Planning Committee will be held on Monday 27 June 2016 at 7.00 pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall.

Town Council Office Open Hours

Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm

 

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