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 facade 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 next Councillor Surgery is on Thursday 17th February between 10am and 12noon for which a booking system is being trialed. The appointments will be available either face to face or virtually through Zoom. If you would like to make an appointment please contact the office on 01837 53179 or email@example.com.
Cleaning Contract Tenders Invited
Okehampton Town Council is seeking tenders for the cleaning of the public toilets at Fairplace and in Market Street, Okehampton for the period 1st April 2022 to 31st March 2025 Details can be obtained from the Councilís website www.okehampton.gov.uk or by contacting the Office on 01837 53179 Closing date: 12 noon Friday 18th February 2022
Town Council Grants
Grants are available from the Council for not-for-profit groups and organisations to apply for, details can be found the grants page of the website. The last opportunity to apply for a grant in this financial year is coming up and applications forms should be sent to the Town Clerk by email or post by the 21st February 2022.
Okehampton Train Timetable
The online timetable journey planners have been updated, and can be download from GWR's website on https://www.gwr.com/plan-journey/train-times.
There are currently 6 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras within the town and Simmons Park, with more to follow in phase 2 of the project. The aim of these is to help tackle crime and antisocial behaviour, and to keep the public safe.
Images from the CCTV cameras are recorded 24 hours a day and footage from the system can be used as evidence. Where an offence has been report in an area covered by the cameras, the Police may ask to view the any footage that might be helpful.
If you would like to apply for access to the CCTV footage please complete the application form which you will need to bring into the Council Office in the Town Hall along with the required forms of identification or send it direct to the monitoring hub in Torbay, the details of which are contained within the form.
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Ceremonies in the Council Chamber
The number of guests for ceremonies in the Council Chamber has been increased to 24 plus the Couple. We ask that masks be worn to protect the Registrar, Council Staff and guests.
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Information about Okehampton
Visit Okehampton and Visit Dartmoor
For more information on Okehampton's shops and businesses visit https://www.visitokehampton.co.uk/
For more information on Dartmoor- what to do where to stay visit https://www.visitdartmoor.co.uk/
Okehampton Neighbourhood Plan
More information about the Neighbourhood Plan can be found at okehamptonneighbourhoodplan.com