Okehampton Town Council

Town Clerk
Town Hall, Fore Street
Devon EX20 1AA
Tel: 01837 53179

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.

Councillor Vacancy - Notice of Co-option of a Councillor
The Returning Officer at the office of West Devon Borough Council has confirmed that the Council can now fill the casual vacancy for the South Ward by co-option.

NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to Rule 8 of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rule 1986 the Council will fill the casual vacancy by co-option.

The Council may co-opt any person who is legally qualified to hold such office, and who is willing to serve provided they are a  British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union, and are neither the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order of have, within five years before the day of the election, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine.

Provided the person also satisfies at least ONE of the following they may apply:

They must also be 18 years or older on the day they become nominated for election.

Applicants may contact the Town Council for details and an application form (01837 53179) or click here for an application form and here for eligibility criteria.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 4th September 2017 following which the casual vacancy will be filled by co-option.

Emma James, Town Clerk
1st August 2017

Civic Service
This year the Civic Service and Parade, normally held in June, is taking place on Sunday 17 September 2017 at 3 pm at All Saints Church.

Scaffolding at the Town Hall
Last year the Council undertook the periodic maintenance and repainting of the windows on the ground floor of the Town Hall's offices.  This year, it's time to move 'upstairs' and, to give the safe access needed, scaffolding will be erected at the front of the Town Hall while work proceeds.  The scaffolding will be in place for a number of weeks until the windows, fascias and soffits are repainted.  Depending on the weather, we shall then look at moving the scaffolding to the Market Street side of the Town Hall and complete the repainting there.  Normal access to the Town Hall (and to the County Council's Registrar's Office) will be available throughout.  This will help maintain the Town Hall as a well-maintained example of a fine building in the very centre of the town.


Wales & West Utilities will be undertaking works in George Street  and Fairplace Terrace commencing 31 July 2017 ongoing into September.  This is a mains replacement scheme and will involve temporary prohibition of through traffic and parking.  Click here for further details.

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Councillor Vacancy (South Ward)
See details on home page for notice of co-option of a Councillor.

Town Council Meetings
The next meeting of the Property Committee will be held on Monday 4 September 2017 at 7.00 pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall followed by a meeting of the Planning Committee.

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

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