Okehampton Town Council

Town Clerk
Town Hall, Fore Street
Okehampton
Devon EX20 1AA
Tel: 01837 53179
townclerk@okehampton.gov.uk

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.

December Parking - Simmons Park Car Park
In order to support local shoppers and trading in Okehampton, the Town Council have decided that parking in Simmons Park Car Park will be free of charge on weekdays after 3 pm from 1st - 31st December 2017.
Parking will also be free on Saturday mornings in December - 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th - together with the normal provision for free Bank Holiday parking on 25th & 26th December and 1st January.

Town Council Office Opening Hours
The Town Council is extending its Office hours in order to be more accessible to members of the public.  From Tuesday 2nd January 2018 the Office will be open from 9.30 am to 4 pm from Monday to Thursday.

Whilst there is more and more emphasis on electronic communication, it is also important for members of the public to feel that they are able to pop into the offices and speak to someone in person.

Members of staff are already in the Office throughout the day and so this change will not impact on Town Council staffing levels or increase costs.  The office will be open from 9.30 am straight through until 4 pm from Monday to Thursday, except Public Holidays.  Appointments outside of these hours can be arranged by contacting the Office on 01837 53179 or be emailing Hilary@okehampton.gov.uk.  The change will commence on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

The Office will be closed for the festive season from Thursday 21st December until Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Emma James
Town Clerk


 

Station Road Temporary Prohibition of Parking - 7-23 December 2017
Devon County Council have given notice that from Thursday 7 December to Saturday 23 December 2017 between the hours of 09.00 and 22.00 parking will be prohibited on Station Road, Okehampton from the junction with Parklands for a distance of 60m in a north west direction for The Train to Christmas Town.  Click here for details.

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Town Council Meetings
The next meeting of the Planning Committee will be held on Monday 18 December 2017 at 7.00 pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall followed by a meeting of the Policy & Resources Committee.

Town Council Office Open Hours
Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm

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